World Briefs: Transgender no longer a sickness in Denmark

Transgender no longer a sickness in Denmark

COPENHAGEN • Denmark will declassify "being transgender" as a mental illness, lawmakers from the parliament health committee decided.

There is a longstanding wish from the trans community to remove it from the clinical guidelines on illnesses, the committee's deputy chairman Flemming Moller Mortensen said on Tuesday. The move will come into force on Jan 1.


Employers can forbid wearing of headscarves

BRUSSELS • Firms should be allowed to prohibit staff from wearing the Islamic headscarf, but only as part of a general ban on religious and political symbols, an adviser to the European Court of Justice said.

"(An employee) may be expected to moderate the exercise of his religion in the workplace," Ms Juliane Kokott wrote in her opinion published on Tuesday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe