Trans­gen­der man legally a mom for giv­ing birth: Court

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in­di­vid­ual who is born­fe­male but later be­comes male and gives birth to a child should be legally re­garded as a mother, Eng­land’s high court ruled on Wednes­day. Fred Mc­Connell, a trans­gen­der man, wanted to be recog­nised as the fa­ther of his son, who was born last year, on the of­fi­cial reg­is­tra­tion of the child’s birth but was told he would have to be reg­is­tered as the mother. He sought le­gal ac­tion to quash that de­ci­sion, say­ing it breached his and his son’s rights but in a land­mark rul­ing, An­drew Mc­Far­lane, pres­i­dent of the high court’s fam­ily di­vi­sion, dis­missed his claim and con­cluded that Mc­Connell was the mother. “It is now med­i­cally and legally pos­si­ble for an in­di­vid­ual, whose gen­der is recog­nised in law as male, to be­come preg­nant and give birth to their child,” Mc­Far­lane said. “Whilst that per­son’s gen­der is ‘male’, their parental sta­tus, which de­rives from their bi­o­log­i­cal role in giv­ing birth, is that of ‘mother’.”

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Bot­toms up, fire’s out: Man douses fire with beer

A Ger­man mo­torist is be­ing cred­ited for his quick think­ing after his car en­gine caught fire on the high­way near the town of Hoes­bach in Bavaria. Pulling over, the man turned to a slightly dif­fer­ent foam ex­tin­guisher to douse the flames: bot­tles of beer ept in a case in his car. Au­thor­i­ties say the fire de­part­ment re­sponded but there was noth­ing left for them to do.



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