Angelina Jolie becomes visiting with professor

The A-List actress will be teaching students about the impact war has on women.

Actress and director Angelina Jolie can now add professor to her résumé, after being appointed ‘visiting professor in practice’ by the London School of Economics.

The UN Ambassador will teach as part of a new MSc course on women, peace and security, which aims to explore the impact of war on women.

LSE said the course will be run by its Centre for Women, Peace and Security – launched last year by Jolie and Lord William Hague.

The pair co-founded a global initiative to tackle sexual violence in conflict zones in 2012.

“It is vital we broaden the discussion on how to advance women’s rights and end impunity for crimes that disproportionately affect women, such as sexual violence in conflict,” the actress told the The Guardian.

The course – starting in September – is one-year in length, with Jolie scheduled to teach at least once during that period.

Former foreign secretary Mr Hague – who Jolie has worked with during her time with the United Nations – will also teach on the course.

“I am looking forward to teaching and learning from the students, as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the United Nations,” Jolie added.

Back in 2014, Jolie and her husband Brad Pitt announced their support for their eight-year-old to self-identify as male.

John Jolie Pitt attracted widespread attention when they appeared on the red carpet for Angelina’s film ‘Unbroken’, wearing a tuxedo and with cropped hair.

The family have for several years shown full support for John’s right to explore their self-identification.

Back in 2010, Jolie said: “She wants to be a boy. So we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys’ everything. She thinks she’s one of the brothers.”

$ 3m discrimination suit was struck with by gaming business Device

Video game studio Valve is facing a $3 million lawsuit after a former employee alleged they were discriminated against for being transgender.

The studio is known for producing hit games including Half-Life, Counter Strike and Portal.

A former translator – who cannot be named for legal reasons – filed the lawsuit with the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles in April.

The employee had been responsible for translating games into Spanish, but in 2012 informed her employers she would be transitioning to female.

The translator’s needs were accommodated and she was allowed to work from home during her recovery from gender transition surgery, but was reclassified an independent contractor.

She was terminated in January 2016, after a complaint about the “hostile work environment” – allegedly referring to the company’s practice of using unpaid translators in some areas.

The suit alleges that in addition to the workplace issue, “Plaintiff was terminated due to her transgender status”.

It adds: “While Defendants accommodated her at first, her direct supervisor referred to her in a derogatory fashion. He referred to Plaintiff as ‘it’ – which is highly offensive to a transgender person.

“The term ‘it’ dehumanizes transgender persons and the usage of such a term [by the supervisor] shows that he was biased against her and shows that her transgender status was another reason he decided to terminate her.

“The real reasons for termination are unlawful.”

The suit says that “actual, consequential, and incidental financial losses” were incurred, saying she was left with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Video game site Polygon states she is suing for “$1 million for general damages, $1 million for special damages, $150,000 for unpaid wages and penalties, and $1 million for loss of earnings”.

However, in its response filed this week, Valve denies all of the allegations – and calls for the case to be dismissed.

Uncommon ‘Pizzly’ Or ‘Grolar’ Bear Killed And Chance By Hunter In Canada

It’s called a “pizzly” or “grolar” bear, and is so rare only a handful of sightings have been confirmed in the wild — and no one can say for sure how many even exist. 

Until about 10 years ago, few believed this hybrid grizzly-polar bear even existed in the wild at all.

But earlier this month, one of these rare bears was shot and killed in Canada by 25-year-old hunter Didji Ishalook. 

“It looks like a polar bear but it’s got brown paws and big claws like a grizzly,” Ishalook told the Guardian. “And the shape of a grizzly head.”

DNA samples from the bear have been sent out for testing, but experts think they already know what the results will say.

“I think it’s 99 per cent sure that it’s going to turn out to be a hybrid,” Ian Stirling, an emeritus research scientist with Environment Canada, told The Toronto Star.

The paper reports that the bear was legally killed as part of a program that allows Inuit to practice subsistence hunting. 

Stirling explained that it can take several days to induce ovulation in a female bear.

“The fact that a grizzly and polar bear are mating tells you that they’re hanging out,” he told the Star. “This isn’t just a casual one-night stand kind of thing.”

The name of the hybrid bear depends on the father: If he’s a grizzly, the baby is a grolar. If he’s a polar bear, it’s a pizzly, according to Nunatsiaq News.

As sightings become increasingly common, experts are debating the reasons for the seemingly growing number of hybrid bears.

“With climate change, grizzly bears are moving further north, so there is more overlap between grizzly bears and polar bears in terms of their range,” bear expert Dave Garshelis of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources told the CBC. “There are even American black bears that are moving further north. And a few black bears have been spotted outside of Arviat.”

But not everyone is sold on that theory. 

“We can’t say specifically, ‘this is because of climate change,'” Nunavut carnivore biologist Malik Awan told Nunatsiaq News. “There’s many possible reasons. For example, there’s a lot going on in grizzly habitat in the South like habitat change, loss and fragmentation.”

Whatever the reason, there seem to be more of them these days — and that’s bad news for the vulnerable polar bear: A 2010 report in Nature find that hybridization “can be the final straw in loss of species,” according to National Geographic. 

“It is not a good thing for the future of polar bears that we see this hybridization occurring,” bear expert Chris Servheen told Vice News. “And it’s not going to result in some kind of new bear that is successfully living in the Arctic.”

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Korea does not understand same sex marriage

A lawsuit filed by a prominent South Korean couple has been dismissed by authorities.

A lawsuit filed by a prominent gay film director and his partner seeking legal status for their same-sex marriage was rejected by a South Korean district court yesterday in the first case of its kind.

Movie director Kim Jho Gwang-Soo and his long-time partner Kim Seung-Hwan, held a wedding ceremony in Seoul in 2013 and recently submitted their marriage registration form to their local authority – only for it to be rejected.

The couple challenged the decision in a lawsuit filed in July last year – but the ruling on Wednesday sided with the local authority, which claims marriage can only be between a man and a woman.

“Circumstances have changed concerning marriage, but unless there is separate legislation, a same sex union cannot be recognised as marriage under the existing legal system”, the Seoul western district court said in a statement.

“Related laws, including the constitution and civil law, are premised on the notion of a conjugal bond meaning a union involving different sexes,” it added.

The couple are the most high-profile gay couple in South Korea and the lawsuit they filed over their marriage licence was the first of its kind.

“We regret the court decision, but we did see it coming,” Kim Seung-Hwan told AFP, adding that the couple intended to appeal the ruling.

The couple’s lawyer Ryu Min-Hee said the lawsuit had argued that civil law should be viewed through a “gender-neutral” prism that upheld equal rights provisions in the constitution.

“When in doubt, all laws should be interpreted in a constitutional way,“ she said.

“We’re disappointed but we’re not done yet,” she added.

Transphobic ‘family’ team start weird, anti-trans audio video targeted at Goal (MOVIE)

A anti-trans group has launched a fresh attack on Target for its pro-transgender stance.

Faith2Action has released a sinister new recruitment video for its latest protest.

The “Don’t Target Our Daughters Day” protest will take place on June 4 outside Target stores across the US.

Faith2Action, describes itself as a “pro-active launching pad for the pro-family movement” and hopes the video will encourage supporters to join the group in its boycott.

The bizarre clip portrays a young girl being attacked in a bathroom stall.

Lyrics of the accompanying song include the line: “No matter how loud it’s shouted, sin is not a civil right. Calling evil good will never make it right.”

Organisers say the upcoming protest will be a “moment to stand together”, with plans to rally outside Target to warn shoppers about “Target’s open door policy to men (including predators and sex offenders) into the ladies restrooms and fitting rooms.”

“It’s time to tell Target to stop ‘Targeting our Daughters’—from the sidewalk outside their stores,’ wrote Faith2Action’s founder Janet Porter.

She also claimed that it was “time to take [the boycott of Target] to another level.”

The video is only the latest attempt by transphobic groups to rally people to their cause, after a fake Facebook post went viral last month, aimed scaring people into joining protests by claiming that Target is installing urinals in women’s bathrooms.

More than a million people people have joined the boycott of the superstore in recent weeks, after it confirmed that transgender people were able to use their preferred bathroom.

The company said it “welcomes transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”

A number of protesters have taken to disrupting Target stores directly – with one man sparking a lockdown in Illinois, while in another incident a woman waved a Bible while warning customers “the devil will rape your children”.

Watch the worrying video below: