HC Wake-Up Call: Sessions' Church Condemns Family Separation, Being Transgender Is No Longer a Mental Disorder & the Scary Plant Spreading Throughout the U.S.

Good morning, Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

The Leader of Attorney General Sessions' Church Has Condemned the Separation of Families at the Border

Well this is awkward... On Tuesday, Bishop Kenneth Carter, the president of the United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops (and a major leader in the church Attorney General Jeff Sessions belongs to), publicly condemned the Trump administration's practice of separating undocumented parents and children at the border.

"To disrupt or sever family relationships is incompatible with Scripture and Christian tradition," Carter said in a statement to the Huffington Post. "And where the church has been silent in previous generations and cultures, or contributed to the separation of families, we have later understood our complicity and at our best have engaged in acts of repentance."

Welp, if the literal thousands of Americans vocalizing their issues with the Trump administration's so-called "zero tolerance immigration policy" can't get Sessions to reconsider his views, maybe the leader of his own religion can?

Being Transgender Will Be Officially Removed From the WHO's List of Mental Disorders

Just in time for Pride Month, the World Health Organization has announced it will no longer consider being transgender a mental health disorder in a newly-updated version of its International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD).

"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," Dr. Lale Say, a coordinator of WHO’s adolescents and at-risk populations team, told the Huffington Post.

Homosexuality was also once on the WHO's ICD, but was removed in the 1970s.

This Absolutely Terrifying Plant Called Giant Hogweed Is Spreading Throughout the U.S.

An invasive species of plant called giant hogweed, which has been spotted in various states throughout the U.S, was spotted for the first time in Virginia last week — and even though something with a name like hogweed sounds like absolutely nothing to be afraid of, it's *terrifying*.

According to experts at the Massey Herbarium at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, about 30 plants were found in northern Virginia last week — and they can have massive consequences. As BuzzFeed News reports, the plant produces a toxic sap that, upon contact with skin and sunlight, can cause severe third-degree burns to the skin and permanent blindness if it touches your eyes.

Officials are warning Virginia residents (and residents of New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington, where the plant has previously been found) to not go near giant hogweed if they see it, and if accidentally exposed, to immediately wash the area with cold water, stay out of sunlight and consult a doctor.

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Is it Friday yet?!

Caroline is the Evening/Weekend Editor and Style Editor at Her Campus, a senior public relations major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a leather jacket enthusiast.  You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @c_pirozzolo. 

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