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Europe's Top Human Rights Court Waives Sterilization Requirement in Turkish Trans Man’s Gender Reassignment

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled against the government of Turkey on Tuesday in favor of a trans man who was denied the right to gender reassignment surgery unless he agreed to undergo sterilization reports Buzzfeed:

 

The case began in 2005, when a Turkish court ruled that a trans man identified in court documents as Y.Y. could not undergo gender reassignment surgery because he was not infertile, a requirement for gender reassignment under Turkish law. He went to court rather than submit to medical sterilization. A Turkish court ultimately allowed him to move forward with gender reassignment in 2013, but the ECHR still heard his original challenge and awarded him damages of 7,500 euros in damages for the years he was unable to access gender reassignment surgery.

“The respect due to the physical integrity of the concerned party would be in opposition to his having to undergo” sterilization, the court ruled in a unanimous decision, and therefore a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights, the treaty on which the ECHR’s authority is based. “The resulting interference in the claimant’s rights with respect to his private life cannot thus be said to have been ‘necessary’ in a democratic society.”

However, the ruling only addresses sterilization requirements, and it does not address other barriers impeding trans people from gender reassignment surgery such as having psychiatric professionals sign off on requests. 


Get Ready for the Dazzling Display of the World's First 'Drone Ballet' - VIDEO

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Fjuze, a Dutch event organizing group, has partnered with the Royal Dutch Air Force for what can only be described as as a psychedelic, TRON-esque take on Cirque du Soleil performed entirely by drones. The event, called AIR, is being billed as a drone ballet featuring lights, lasers, and synchronized “illusions.”

“In this high energy and explosive show, drones will take center stage to bring a collaboration and fusion of music, video, projections and special effects.” the show’s website promises. “AIR allows you to experience a variety of ballet and battles, races and lasers, circus, illusions and most of all magic from hundreds of drones.”

Check out the first trailer for AIR, the drone ballet AFTER THE JUMP...

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Foodies vs McDonald's, A Taste Test Trick: VIDEO

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You've no doubt seen this experiment done with everything from water to wine, but here's another one for the pile: can trained foodies tell the difference between fresh, organic food and standard McDonald's fast food fare? Netherlands-based LifeHunters decided to find out the answer by doing some shopping at McDonald's and re-plating the food before handing out samples to quality- and health-minded individuals at a food convention in Houton. 

You already know the results - they couldn't - but it's still a fascinating thing to see in action how much that what we believe we're eating affects our perception of quality. You'll need to turn on English subtitles, but you can watch the video AFTER THE JUMP...

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Dutch Foreign Minister Delivers Angry, Emotional Address to the UN on MH17 Tragedy: VIDEO

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Frans Timmermans of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs , addressed the United Nations yesterday over the shooting down of MH17, which had among its 298 passengers 192 Dutch citizens (including one passenger with dual US-Netherlands citizenship).

Timmermans's speech reflected the anger and bewilderment the world is feeling over the incident and its aftermath, along with the emotion. Said Timmermans of the victims:

"Did they lock hands with their loved ones? Did they hold their children close to their hearts? Did they look each other in the eyes one final time in a wordless goodbye? We will never know."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via mashable - note: Timmermans is misidentified in the CSPAN embed as  Karel J. G. van Oosterom)

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LGBT Activists Create 'Gay Village' Hoax to Raise Awareness About Homophobia

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The town of Tilburg in the Netherlands recently created a genius plan to confront homophobia head on, threatening to create a "gay village" and effectively segregate society. Organizers of Pink Monday, an event promoting tolerance of the LGBT population, proposed the village with developer Blauwhoed after statistics showed that 30% of lesbians and 22% of gay men did not feel safe in their home country. Controversy and backlash ensued before the plan was revealed to be a hoax.

Yahoo! News reports:

Peter van der Vorst, a Dutch radio presenter, tweeted that the village would be "a fenced gay ghetto", while Cornald Maas, a television presenter, commented: "Shameful and moron plan, it is like creating an outdated ghetto community for a safer 'straight' society."

Tanja Ineke, president of the gay rights group COC Netherlands, condemned the plan and commented that law enforcement should improve safety and social inclusion.

"This is not the direction we want to go in to solve the security problems of the LGBT community," she said. "It is up to the police, local authorities and central government to solve them so that LGBTs in every city, every neighbourhood and every street feel safe, not only in a separate area with a fence around it."

The project's planners went so far as to make a website.

"We go further than just housing," the Gay Village website read. "Together with the future residents, we determine which services will provide for the community: its own supermarket, tennis court, a cooking school, a chapel or a gym, so you live in a quiet green area with all mod cons."

Pink Monday organizers were pleased with the outrage their plan engendered, stating: "All we wanted was to create an awareness, and we are certain that we succeeded in this." 

Well-played, Netherlands. Well-played.


Two Frenchmen Jailed for Brutal Assault on Gay Man

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This photo of Wilfred de Bruijn's bloodied face made international headlines in 2013 after he was assaulted while walking arm-in-arm with his boyfriend in Paris.

The two men who attacked him were finally jailed, Dutch News reports:

Two Frenchmen were sentenced to 2.5 years in jail, with 12 and 18 months suspended, in Paris on Tuesday for beating up a gay Dutch man.

Wilfred de Bruijn, who lives in the French capital city, was walking home with his friend one evening in April last year when the two Frenchmen jumped him. During the attack, which made international headlines, De Bruijn was kicked in the face, suffering a broken tooth and cracks in his jaw and skull.

A man who witnessed the attack but did not help the Dutchman was given a six-month suspended jail sentence.


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