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A judge delayed R. Kelly’s trial for racketeering and sex trafficking in New York on Tuesday, citing a slew of roadblocks resulting from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Page Six reports that Brooklyn Federal Judge Ann Donnelly pushed the start of the singer’s trial back to August 9. Kelly’s case has been postponed three times before this due to the pandemic. 

“We are scheduled for an April trial date, but I suspect it’s not going to come as a surprise that that is not a date that is going to work given the current conditions,” Donnelly said.

The judge felt there would be too many hurdles for an April start, including people traveling to New York from out of state who will have to quarantine and be tested, most jurors having to take public transportation to and from the court, and Kelly moving to a Brooklyn lockup that is currently facing a COVID-19 outbreak. Donnelly also noted that court staff is not currently being prioritized to receive the vaccination.

Kelly is also facing a slew of federal charges in Chicago, where he has been incarcerated since his arrest. That trial is scheduled to begin in September. 

Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him and has vehemently denied the allegations against him. 




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Apple’s AirTags To Have Feature That Allows Users To Know If Someone Is Using Bluetooth To Track Them

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Apple‘s upcoming AirTags will provide a way for users to track a person or an item and allow a user to know if a person is tracking them.

According to Mashable, Apple has developed a new option called “Item Safety Alerts” within the iOS 14.5 beta feature. The outlet reports that the feature will alert a user when an unknown item is on their person or object being tracked. This feature would benefit someone if someone were to place an AirTag on an object, person, child, or pet of someone.

The Item Safety Alerts feature can be switched on or off in the Find My App tab. If a person chooses to have the feature turned off, a notice will alert the user to know that someone could potentially track them without the user being notified.

“The owner of an unknown item will be able to see your location, and you will no longer receive notifications when an unknown item is found moving with you,” the notice says.

The AirTags have Bluetooth capability and can easily be attached to bikes, clothing items, purses, or bags.

The Verge reports that the new feature may also not be solely exclusive to AirTags, as Apple reportedly plans on opening up the Find My app to other companies like Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag.

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China Wants To Teach Masculinity After Seeing Stereotypical Gender Roles Change; Political Advisers Claim Country Is Going Through ‘Masculinity Crisis’

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China wants to create masculinity courses for boys in response to changing gender roles.

In January, China’s Education Ministry published plans to “cultivate masculinity” in boys from kindergarten through high school. The initiative involves hiring and training more gym teachers, testing students more comprehensively in physical education, making health education compulsory, and supporting research into issues like the “influence of the phenomenon of internet celebrities on adolescents’ values,” the ministry stated, according to NBC.

But advocates in the country feel the move is working against equality and perpetuating gender stereotypes. “Boys don’t need masculinity education,” said Lü Pin, the founder of China’s largest feminist advocacy media channel, Feminist Voices.

“The concept of masculinity forces every man to be tough, which excludes and harms men with other types of characteristics,” she said. “It also reinforces men’s hegemony, control, and position over women, which goes against gender equality.” Chinese censors banned Feminist Voices back in 2018.

The plan’s announcement comes after China’s political advisers claimed the nation was going through a “masculinity crisis.” “Chinese boys have been spoiled by housewives and female teachers,” the adviser, Si Zefu, said in a policy proposal back in May, NBC reports. Boys would soon become “delicate, timid and effeminate” unless action was taken, he said. Zefu went on to say that the “feminization” of Chinese boys “threatens China’s survival and development.”




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Missouri, Kansas Legislators Propose Anti-Transgender Bills That Would Make It Illegal For Doctors To Perform Gender-Reassignment Services To People Under 18; LGBTQ Advocates Fight Back

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LGBTQ advocates are trying to stop proposed anti-transgender bills from passing in Missouri and Kansas.

Legislators in Missouri and Kansas have proposed bills that would make it illegal for doctors in the states to perform gender-reassignment services, procedures, or surgeries for transgender children under 18, according to KSHB’s Sarah Place. The American Civil Liberties Union and LGBTQ advocates are pushing back against the move.

The bills called Kansas House Bill 2210 and Missouri House Bill 33 would also make it illegal to prescribe puberty blockers and hormone therapy. Currently, gender reassignment procedures are only available to people older than 18, according to NBC 52. The bill would also ban parents from helping or supporting their children who are undergoing medical treatments. If parents do support their children, they can be reported to the state children’s division.

While lawmakers claim they are protecting children, advocates say they are putting children in danger. “Our kids hear that,” Shira Berkowitz with PROMO Missouri says, “and we’re doing everything we can to make sure they’re supported by their parents, by the adults in their lives, and know there is a much larger support system for them than these bills set to attack them.”




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