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JoyBinge Ep. 25: Celebrating Baby Steps!

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Hi and welcome to JoyBinge, a podcast where we re-learn that good things are happening in the world and celebrate those good things because we are tired of only hearing about the bad crap. We are Kimmy and Sinow, bringing you some good news to celebrate! We are not journalists or professionals of any sort in the news industry. This week we are covering the dates May 18 - 31, 2019. We just want to spread good news to you! Let’s binge on some joy!


Transgender no longer recognised as 'disorder' by WHO

  • Written for the BBC News on May 29, 2019

  • The World Health Organization annually updates their various classifications regarding different aspects of health and announced their newly updated Classification of Diseases (ICD) for 2019 on Saturday, May 25th!

  • The new manual made some big changes, the biggest one being that gender incongruence or transgender has been moved from mental health to sexual health

  • BBC News reports, “In the latest manual, called the ICD-11, gender incongruence is defined as a marked and persistent incongruence between a person's experienced gender and assigned sex. In the previous version - ICD-10 - this was considered a gender identity disorder, in the chapter entitled mental and behavioural disorders.”

  • Changing how gender incongruence is classified should have large effects on the transgender community

  • One of the reasons gender incongruence was changed to sexual health was to help reduce stigma against transgender people

  • BBC News quoted the Coordinator for the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the WHO, Dr. Lale Say, as saying, “It was taken out from mental health disorders because we had a better understanding that this was not actually a mental health condition, and leaving it there was causing stigma. So in order to reduce the stigma, while also ensuring access to necessary health interventions, this was placed in a different chapter."

  • There is a video included in the article from this statement from the WHO where they interview Dr. Lale Say about the changes regarding the transgender classification in ICD-11 that you can watch. It’s really interesting and informative!

  • While the classification move is a great first step, it by no means should be the last step toward recognizing the transgender community in the healthcare arena

  • The article goes on to state, “Meanwhile, nine organisations working on gender identity said in a joint statement: "It has taken us a long time to get here. Until a few years ago, removing pathologising categories affecting trans and gender diverse people from the ICD-10 list of mental disorders seemed impossible.

  • "Today, we know that full depathologisation can be achieved and will be achieved in our lifetime."

  • The statement added: "Although placement in this chapter is an improvement, it is by no means perfect. For example, it is somewhat reductive to define trans health as related only to sexual health.''

  • The article goes on to point out that the WHO is still evolving as many have pointed out that the term “gender incongruence” has its own issues

  • As the article states, “Language, especially when it comes to gender, matters. It is the incongruence part - defined "out of place" - that make some activists feel the WHO is not as progressive as this move would initially appear.”

  • Other issues are pointed out in the article so if you want to look into that, please read the article and research the terms and their effects on people

  • What we want to celebrate here is that a strong influential organization, the WHO, is taking steps to include people all over the gender spectrum into their health manuals. These manuals are used worldwide to lead nations into a direction for bettering their care for all types of people.

  • Policies aren’t perfect and a lot more change needs to happen. Good things to do not happen quickly so we must celebrate each step as it happens

  • But celebrating each step doesn’t mean the work is done, it just means one more milestone has been achieved. And that is worth celebrating.

Taiwan Celebrates Same-Sex Marriage With A Mass Wedding Banquet

  • Written by Shannon Van Sant for NPR on May 26, 2019

  • Speaking of improving inclusion, Taiwan took a huge step in this direction by declaring same-sex marriages legal

  • They are the first nation in Asia to legalize homosexual unions

  • Van Sant reports, “Earlier this month, Taiwan's legislature voted 66 to 27 to recognize same-sex marriages. Taiwan's high court had ruled in 2017 that forbidding the marriage of same sex couples violated Taiwan's constitution, and set a two-year deadline for the legislature to pass a corresponding law or same-sex marriage would become legal automatically.”

  • On May 25th, 20 couples participated in wedding ceremonies that was celebrated by a mass wedding banquet in Taiwan

  • Taiwan’s leader, President Tsai Ing-wen supported the new ruling sending his message out via social media: “NPR's Laurel Wamsley reported that marriage equality was part of President Tsai Ing-wen's 2016 campaign platform. Before the vote in Taiwan's state legislature, Tsai tweeted, "Good morning Taiwan. Today, we have a chance to make history & show the world that progressive values can take root in an East Asian society. Today, we can show the world that #LoveWins."

  • The article goes on to say, “Chi Chia-wei, whom The New York Times calls the "godfather" of Taiwan's gay rights movement, told the news outlet, "Progress is good. More progress is even better." Chi, who was imprisoned by Taiwan in 1986 for coming out as gay, told the NYT the issues of transnational couples and full adoption rights must still be addressed.”

  • Several pictures and descriptions of the event from Saturday are included in the article so be sure to check it out to see all the happy people celebrating this amazing change in their country!

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Britain in two-week coal-free record

  • Written for the BBC News on May 31

  • Britain has accomplished a goal in the past two weeks that has not been seen since the 1880’s - no energy produced during those two weeks was created using coal!

  • The article reported, “Fintan Slye, director of the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO), said the British record for solar power had also been broken this month.”

  • Slye went on to call this new energy production a “new normal” for Britain and they are continuing to pursue the no coal goal with gusto

  • He went on to say, “2018 was our greenest year to date, and so far, 2019 looks like it has the potential to beat it.”

  • The article reported, “On 14 May, Britain generated a quarter of its energy from the sun - the largest proportion yet.

  • “When coal has not been used over the past fortnight, solar, wind, nuclear, gas and some hydro-generated power have been taking up the slack, the ESO said.”

  • By utilizing different resources for energy, Britain has seen remarkable success in removing coal from their energy dependency programs

  • The article continued, discussing how they gather the energy, “Chris Skidmore, energy and clean growth minister, said: "The UK has the largest offshore wind capacity on the planet, can generate more than a quarter of our electricity needs from the sun and last year, more than half of our electricity came from low carbon sources."

  • What is the end goal you ask? The article states, “The government plans to phase out the UK's last coal-fired plants by 2025 to reduce carbon emissions and Mr Slye said there was ‘still a lot of work to do’.”


Denton ISD transforms old bus into high-end food truck

  • Written by Sean Giggy for WFAA ABC News North Texas on May 30, 2019

  • School districts everywhere have to figure out what to do with old school buses once they run their course

  • Denton ISD came up with an innovative way to involve the whole school in repurposing their old bus with an educational slant

  • Enter, the Bus Stop Bistro: students make the food and sell it at festivals and all around town

  • Giggy reports, “The goal is to give students a taste of the real world. While culinary students may be driving the bus, there were many cooks involved in this kitchen.”

  • Two people from the school district came up with the bus renovation idea: Tonya Tivis, culinary arts instructor and principal Marcus Bourland

  • The article states, “They hope it will inspire other students to get involved and jump start a potential career.”

  • A video is included with the article so if you are in the US, you can find the link in the article, otherwise visit this YouTube video!

Thanks for listening to some of the joy found in the world this past week. If you have stories of good people doing good things in your neighborhood or anywhere, send them to us! We’ve got an email, or tweet at us @joybingepodcast or visit our Facebook page and Instagram account. TELL US THE GOOD STUFF!


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