Man who used to be a woman denied recognition as father

Updated 04 November 2012
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Man who used to be a woman denied recognition as father

TOKYO: A person who had a sex-change to become a man has complained of discrimination after a Japanese court refused to register him as the father of his wife’s child, according to reports Saturday. The 30-year-old, who was born female, had sought to be registered as the father after his wife delivered a boy in 2009 by way of artificial insemination using donated sperm.
But the Tokyo Family Court ruled the child must be registered as if he was born out of wedlock as the man is physically not capable of reproduction — despite the fact sterile men are routinely recognized as the fathers of babies born using artificial insemination. The couple married in 2008, after the husband officially changed his gender, and were recognized as husband and wife under a new law that came into effect in 2004.“Under the law, Japan decided to treat me as a man.
I would like to receive the same treatment as a father too,” the man, whose name was not reported, told local journalists Friday, according to the Mainichi Shimbun. “I feel I am being discriminated against. I will continue to fight so that I can live as a husband and a father,” he said, according to national broadcaster NHK.


Queen Elizabeth II turns 92, to attend star-studded concert

Updated 21 April 2018
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Queen Elizabeth II turns 92, to attend star-studded concert

  • Sting, Tom Jones, Craig David and Kylie Minogue are among singers performing at the queen's birthday celebration at Royal Albert Hall.
  • The queen celebrates two birthdays every year.

London: Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.
Sting, Tom Jones, Craig David and Kylie Minogue are among singers performing at the celebration at Royal Albert Hall, billed as the “Queen’s Birthday Party.”
Prince Harry is expected to speak at Saturday evening’s event, in his new role as president of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
Special gun salutes are also being staged midday Saturday in central London to mark the occasion.
The queen celebrates two birthdays every year: Her actual birthday on Apr. 21, which she usually marks privately with her family, and her “official birthday” in the summer. That usually falls on the second Saturday in June, when she joins the Trooping the Color military parade in central London.