What’s Current: London’s Royal Academy removes Jess de Wahls’ art from shop after trans activist campaign

Art by Jess de Wahls
  • London’s Royal Academy pulls artist Jess de Wahls’ work from its online shop after trans activists accuse her of “transphobia.” In 2019, de Wahls published an article on her website expressing concerns about the impact of gender identity ideology on women and girls.
  • British “trans widows” are speaking out about their marriages to men who transition. Currently, people cannot obtain a full Gender Recognition Certificate to legally change their sex without the consent of their spouse, but activists are asking ministers to ditch the requirement for a spouse’s agreement, a clause that allows women to exit a heterosexual marriage before it becomes a legally “homosexual” one.
  • Laurel Hubbard confirmed to become first trans-identified athlete competing at Olympics. At 43, he will be the oldest weightlifter at the games, and will compete in the super heavyweight category for women 192 pounds and over.
  • President Biden extends federal sex protections to include trans-identified students, meaning discrimination based on a student’s gender identity will be treated as a violation of Title IX, the 1972 federal law that protects against sex discrimination in education.
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