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LGBT Adoption & Fostering: myth & jargon buster

Myth buster There is no legal minimum age (although some services have their own policy such as over 21) There is no official upper age limit You can be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender Single people can apply as much as married or unmarried couples or couples in a civil partnership You do not need…
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Trans lesbian couple finally form a family

"You're going to be parents!" Harriet* is 24 and lives in the south west, with Lizzy*, 40, and their two adopted children. Here she tells their adoption story. “They’ve said yes,” our social worker said on the phone. “You’re going to be parents!” Those two short sentences marked the transition between the eternity of waiting…
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Bruce Jenner comes out as trans in a US TV interview

Callum offers a personal view of the story After many years of speculation and ridicule about his gender identity, Bruce Jenner, an American Olympic hero (he won gold in the decathlon, 1976 Montreal Olympics), and once the epitome of masculinity, has confirmed he is transgender and ready to live the rest of his life as…
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Unsung LGBT heroes: Margaret Rutherford

Margaret Rutherford, unsung hero Comic and character actor, Margaret Rutherford, was born into a drama-filled life.  Following her mother’s death, aged three, she was delivered to a kindly aunt, described by Rutherford as ‘my adoptive mother and one of the saints of the world,’ where she was raised in a comfortable, loving, London household. At…
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Unsung LGBT heroes… James Barry

James Barry, unsung hero Military surgeon James Barry was born around 1789. In 1809 he began his studies at Edinburgh Medical School, before travelling to London to complete his training as a surgeon. From there he enlisted in the British Army and traversed the globe, rising through the military ranks. By the end of his…
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Parenting a trans child, part 5

Squiggles finds his name What’s in a name? If we’re talking about the ones we give ourselves – or the ones given to us by our parents – a lot. Harriet Doyle continues the story of life with her adopted trans child. Most of the time our own names carry a lot of pride, heritage…
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