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Borussia Dortmund have their backs to the wall in the Bundesliga and host Werder Bremen on Sunday knowing only a win will do if they are to have any chance of salvaging something from their rollercoaster season. Dortmund were eliminated in the Champions League quarter-finals by Manchester City on Wednesday and their hopes of playing in Europe's elite club competition next season are slipping away. The Ruhr valley club's inconsistent domestic campaign has seen them drop to fifth place on 46 points, seven off fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt, with six matches remaining.
The pound edged up in early London trading on Thursday, helped by a broadly weaker dollar, but was still close to six-week lows versus the euro, struggling to regain momentum after it was hurt by profit-taking at the start of the month. Sterling had a strong first quarter of the year, helped by relief that a no-deal Brexit was avoided at the end of 2020, the UK's pace of vaccine rollout and a lessening of negative rates expectations. "With the negative policy rate risk premium fully priced out, the hurdle for news driving further gains is much higher and news flow has become more ambiguous," said Adam Cole, chief currency strategist at RBC Capital Markets.
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Marcos del Mazo/GettyWillow Breshears says she has been contacted by several young transgender people in Arkansas over the last few days. “One of them said he was going to kill himself if the bill passed,” Breshears, an 18-year-old community organizer for the Center for Artistic Revolution and a founder of the Young Transwomen’s Project, told The Daily Beast of the now-notorious House Bill 1570. “That has weighed heavily on me. I was at a loss for words when he said it. It really showed me how important gender-affirming care is.”In early April, Arkansas became the first state in America to ban the provision of gender-affirming treatments and surgery for transgender youth. The state’s legislature has voted to override Governor Asa Hutchinson’s veto of HB 1570, which bans transition care for trans minors, prohibiting doctors from providing gender-affirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers, or surgery to anyone under 18 years old, or from referring them to other providers for the treatment. (Legal challenges are expected against the bill; it is one of a plethora of proposed anti-trans bills in Arkansas.)These States Could Outlaw Transgender Teens’ Access to Health Care and SportsA local doctor working with trans youth has told Breshears they had already received several calls from trans youth saying that if the medical bill passed they would kill themselves. “People don’t realize the impact this bill will have on trans kids,” Breshears said. “When it comes to the health care ban, hormones are essential for trans kids that want them. I know I would not be the person I am today had I not had access to transition-related care. It is so life-changing for young people. Without it, suicide rates are higher.”Madi, a 13-year-old trans girl from North Carolina, told The Daily Beast about how hard it was facing the onslaught of a similarly poisonous slate of bills in that state. “It’s hard to see people like me being hurt by this and not be able to do what they love. It’s very difficult to know I might not be able to do a sport if I want to, and it's just overall…” Madi paused and sighed, as she spoke to The Daily Beast on a Zoom call alongside her mother, Katie Jenifer. “It’s very stupid and un-needed in our lives right now. It feels horrible being threatened with who I am, because without these things I might not be here today. My mom knows I was very depressed as a child when I wasn’t transitioned. And if I were to go through my whole life like that, I don’t know if I could have done it. And that’s probably scary for my mom to hear. It’s scary for me to hear coming out of my own mouth.”There appears to be a perverse race in Republican-controlled states right now as to who can legislate most viciously against transgender youth. There are so far more than 240 anti-LGBTQ bills under consideration in state legislatures, according to the Human Rights Campaign; more than 115 of them directly target transgender people, with over 60 bills focused on banning trans kids from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity. The discriminatory bills have been condemned by the country’s leading medical associations (including the American Medical Association, the Endocrine Society, and the American Psychiatric Association), and are opposed by professional sports organizations like the NCAA.As The Daily Beast has reported, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee have already passed bills that would bar trans girls from participating in women’s sports. Texas’ Senate yesterday passed another trans youth sports ban. Legislators in the state are also considering a bill that classifies providing children with puberty suppression drugs or performing gender reassignment surgery as child abuse. The Florida House also passed a trans sports ban yesterday—a bill which also mentions genital checks of children, genetic testing, and the measurement of students’ testosterone levels.Missing so far in the vitriol and misinformation issuing forth from legislators’ lips has been any consideration of what their targets–trans youth themselves—might feel, which is a mixture of desperation, anger at being malignly used as culture war targets, and yet despite all that is being done to them, a determination to fight on.In North Carolina, doctors would be banned from performing gender confirmation surgery on anyone under the age of 21 (many of the other anti-trans health care bills use 18, the conventional legal-adult age, as the cutoff). The proposed legislation would also stop doctors from providing gender-confirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers, or surgery.Another North Carolina bill would restrict trans girls’ access to sports; another would allow medical providers to turn patients down for treatment according to their religious or moral beliefs. One of the most notorious bills would compel state employees to effectively out children, demanding they notify parents in writing if their child displays “gender nonconformity” or expresses a desire to be treated in ways incompatible with the gender they were assigned at birth. The bills also protect the widely condemned practice of conversion therapy.“It’s horrible knowing that there is a chance that these laws could happen eventually,” said Madi. “And I just don’t think anyone should go through this, because it’s basic human rights—to be able to be yourself and do what you want to do. And it’s just horrible that anyone would have to have that even close to being taken away from them.”Ash, a 16-year-old young trans man also from North Carolina, told The Daily Beast he was finding this period of time “pretty terrifying. I’ve been quite a bit of a nervous wreck this week. I’m terribly angry at the state government, and I’m trying to channel that into action. It’s just a complete mess. I’m really worried about these bills.”The bill preventing medical care concerns Ash the most. “It’s been a nightmare of mine for a couple of years that some legislation would be passed that would mean I could not access my hormones. I was deeply, terribly depressed and suicidal before I was on testosterone. I would not be alive today without it. I fear terribly for the well-being of other trans people my age who are hoping to access this care in the future, and also to a lesser degree for myself. I already have a lot of dysphoria-easing changes from this medication.”The raising of the age of medical care to 21 “means they are not only taking away bodily autonomy of kids but also of legal adults,” Ash said.Ash was granted special permission to begin taking the medicines when he was 15 (as opposed to 16). “My mental state was so terrible I needed medication to live. I felt like my own body was alien to me. I felt like under constant attack from my own body. You can’t outrun that. I never felt like my gender identity ever matched the sex I was assigned at birth. But I didn’t really feel this super-alien-threatening sort of presence from my body until puberty. “It felt like there were really only two ways out. I could end my life, or I could change the form I was in, so that my external features matched my internal gender identity. I am very lucky to have a very supporting family, therapist, and doctor. My whole community helped me through it.”When Justin Sykes, a 22-year-old trans male student studying sustainable development at Appalachian State University, began his course of hormone replacement he was a minor and had to get both his parents’ consent.“That in itself was a hurdle. My mom was on my side. At that time my dad wasn’t sure where he stood. Now they’re very supportive. Now, to think you might have to leave the state to get what you need is just so devastating—to put another layer or block on something that should just be basic health care. For a lot of people like me, these surgeries or hormone replacements are not optional. That’s why my parents supported me. They thought, ‘We have the choice of losing our daughter completely because I was so depressed and lost, or give him this medicine that will help him feel more affirmed in his own body.”Katie Jenifer, Madi’s mom, is her daughter’s most passionate advocate, and has been helping campaigners against similar bills in other states like Montana, Arkansas, Utah, and Alabama. “I had hoped North Carolina had learned the lesson of HB2”—the notorious “bathroom bill” that cost the state billions of dollars in lost revenue and national notoriety—“but apparently not,” Katie said. “It’s stressful, but I appreciate any opportunity to clear up the misinformation out there. It’s harder for Madi and other trans folks to have their very existence discussed and argued about at a state level. That in itself is a tragedy. The bills solve problems that don’t exist and seek to erase trans people. But no matter what bills are passed, trans people are not going away. They’ve been here forever, and they will continue to be here.”Among parents of cis children “the biggest misunderstanding” Katie has faced is they don’t seem to grasp that “trans girls are girls, trans women are women, trans boys are boys, and non-binary people are non-binary.”Katie hears the recycling of transphobic talking points like, “What if a cis boy isn’t doing well in sports, and decides all of a sudden to be trans and try out for the girls’ team?” Katie sighed. “One, that doesn’t happen, and two, there is so much gatekeeping for trans kids already. It’s a long process with a lot of hurdles. If somebody wakes up tomorrow and determines they are trans, legitimately or not, they can’t automatically try out for boys’ sports or any of those things. Madi has been on this journey for eight years almost. That simply doesn’t happen.”The other major misunderstanding, said Katie, was around the medical interventions trans kids have, like taking hormones or puberty blockers. “My response to that is permanent change for Madi and her body would be for us not to help her, and she would go through natal puberty, and her chances for suicide go way up. Studies show over and over again that trans kids shown support at home, and with medical interventions and mental health support help bring their suicide rates down to the same as the cis population. That alone should tell us that it helps, not hurts, kids to allow them to be part of their own health care. What happened to bodily autonomy for people anyway?”In his veto, Governor Hutchinson talked about the Arkansas medical bill as a “vast government overreach,” but he had already signed Senate Bill 354 into law on March 25, preventing trans girls and women from playing school sports consistent with their gender identity. Hutchinson also signed a law allowing doctors to refuse to treat someone because of religious or moral objections, a law whose opponents believe will be used to turn away LGBTQ patients. He is also expected to sign a hate crimes bill, much criticized by advocates, which doesn’t refer to specific categories such as race, sexual orientation, or gender identity. A proposed “bathroom bill,” which seeks to stop trans people from being able to pee in public restrooms, is currently stalled over concerns about its costs. One bill would make it a felony to give hormones to anyone under 18 years old.To the state legislators in Arkansas, Breshears said she would say: “These attacks go so much deeper than having access to a bathroom or accessing hormones. All of these bills are rooted in the belief that trans people don’t deserve to live, that they don’t deserve to thrive, and they don’t want to see us in Arkansas. The blood of these kids is on their hands when the suicide rates go up. When kids feel like they have no one and nothing on their side, it is directly because of these bills. We’ve been doing legislative work for over a month now. It’s a lot. We haven’t had any wins. As you can imagine, it’s very disheartening. It’s all just a direct attack on trans kids.”What would Breshears say to Governor Hutchinson, who she has already met along with other trans activists prior to his ultimately futile veto of the Arkansas health care bill? “So much more needs to be done beyond vetoing one of these bills. All of these bills should have been vetoed. These bills should never have come into existence. Cherry-picking which bills are government over-reach and which are not is hypocritical. They’re all government overreach. These are children they’re legislating against. It’s really disgusting, and the reason a lot of families and parents of trans kids are moving out of state.”“Living in the South and being trans is an exhausting reality”Breshears and other trans activists in Arkansas are planning a “trans week of mourning” commencing this coming Monday, to reflect on the passage and impact of the slate of anti-trans bills that have passed through its legislature. There will be events, discussions, and expert advice on hand. Help is being planned for those who may need to travel out of state for their health care needs. The week of mourning will end with a “day of celebration,” said Breshears. “We are pretty hopeful that the lawsuits and injunctions being filed mean the bill won’t get signed into law. But we are trying to get resources in place in case people suddenly lose their treatment. We’re still here fighting to make sure these kids get the respect and dignity they deserve.” The sports bill was a non-issue, said Breshears, given that there were so few trans kids in sports. “The bills use biologically essentialist language, claiming trans women have an innate power, more athletic ability, than cisgender women. It’s not true at all.”“It’s disheartening,” said Breshears. “I’m ready for this legislative session to be over. Living in the South and being trans is an exhausting reality. It just feels surreal. You heard about bills like these popping up in other states and they did pop up in Arkansas but never to this extent. It is attack after attack after attack. We cannot catch a break.”Kendra R. Johnson, executive director of advocacy campaign group Equality NC, spoke to The Daily Beast as it emerged that Jaida Peterson, a 29-year-old Black transgender woman, had been murdered in Charlotte, North Carolina. At least 14 transgender or gender non-conforming people have been violently killed so far in 2021, according to the Human Rights Campaign. “It’s been a really tough week,” said Johnson, her voice betraying raw emotion. The murder had happened at the same time as the emergence of some of the most virulent anti-trans bills in the nation in North Carolina. Apart from being intrusive and unnecessary, the proposed legislation also begs the question of who gets to decide what “gender non-conforming” means, and how outing any child who you know nothing about helps them; indeed it may put them in danger if the person they are being outed to is anti-LGBTQ.Johnson told The Daily Beast that the relentless attacks on trans people in the state were part of an “ongoing culture war that we’ve seen before marriage equality, but which has definitely ratcheted up since marriage equality. They have increasingly targeted the trans community just because it’s misunderstood.”In the lead-up to the landmark Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality, there was an increase in LGB visibility, and public opinion shifted, said Johnson. “There has been an increase in trans visibility in recent years—including the presence of people like Laverne Cox and Angelica Ross, and shows like Pose—but it’s not as comprehensive as the normalized representations of other minorities in the media. So, there is this greatly misunderstood group of individuals which unfortunately makes them a major target for the conservative right.“What is most devastating to me, whether these bills get advanced, is the harm they have already done to the trans community, further marginalizing people who already struggle to get basic income, housing, employment, and health care. It sort of ratifies this marginalization of this group that is already pushed out of mainstream society.”Appalachian State student Sykes told The Daily Beast that he thought there would be bills like the slate in North Carolina “over and over again. But we shouldn’t get tired and burned out. We don’t want them to pass.” To try and stop trans teens getting the health care they need “won’t stop people being trans, it’s just going to make their lives more miserable. It’s not protecting or helping anyone. People are not choosing to be trans. The choices are how to be affirmed in one’s own body.” The North Carolina legislators putting roadblocks in the way of progress are doing so in the face of “the momentum for change.” If the bills pass, said Sykes, they will not be long-lasting. “I feel frustrated, like banging my head against a wall. I want to say, ‘Grow up, guys.’ Who is in charge of the world is changing. That is scaring these cis white men who are used to being in power. Now people are living freely, they are lashing out. They’re going to hurt people in the short term, but in the long term these bills are not here to last. That’s what I hold on to. The likelihood of the bills passing is low. If they do pass they will be fought against. This is not going to be part of the status quo.” Legislators would better spend their time by spending time in their communities getting to know the full range of people in that community, Sykes said, rather than playing power games.If he could, Ash would tell legislators that these bills would harm children, not protect them. “Some children will die, some will be kicked out of their homes from being outed to unsupportive parents by schools. Some will no longer be able to participate in sports that provided a sense of community for them. And some will go through the thoroughly psychologically damaging process of conversion therapy which these bills also support. I would ask legislators to oppose these bills with all the power they have. I would ask them to not only vote against them being passed, but to speak out against them and inform others who might support them about the damage they will cause.”If she could talk to legislators direct, Katie Jenifer, Madi’s mom, would ask them to talk to parents with trans kids or to talk to trans people. “It’s obvious that they have not. It’s obvious they don’t understand what all the issues around transgender health are, or transgender mental health. Like Madi said, we’re trying to solve problems that don’t exist, as we did with HB2. Trans people have existed for all time, trans athletes have played sports for decades. There has not been some massive takeover. It’s just hurting trans people, even having these conversations. To have people discussing your very existence and right to be who you are is harmful to them.”This reporter asked Madi what it was like to be discussed in this way.“Nobody wants to be thought of as being disgusting, nobody wants to be disgusting,” said Madi. “Nobody wants to feel like they don’t belong. Nobody wants to feel they can’t be who they want to be. You’re not going to take someone out of themselves. Trans is a part of me, so you are not going to strip that out of me and try and make me someone I am not. I will always be like this. I will always be a girl. You can’t take that away no matter how hard you try.”Ash too has found it exhausting having his “existence constantly debated. It takes a terrible toll on a person’s mental health and general well-being, and trans people have just gotten used to it. Unfortunately, it’s very expected at this point. I can’t say I expect it to stop any time soon. I have just become accustomed to it. Although I have learned to step back from it a little. I learned not to debate people online because you are not going to change people’s minds in the YouTube comments.”One of the brutal consequences of this are acts of anti-trans violence and murder, said Johnson. The anti-trans bills repeat one another, and only differ in language depending on the level of bigotry and prejudice held by their individual authors, Johnson said. The N.C. health care bills were “overreach” into the health care of those already facing discrimination, she added. “It’s horrific that guidance counselors, who should be creating safe spaces, would be compelled to out kids if they have ‘gender non-conformity,’ and then it also protects conversion therapy, which is akin to torture and debunked by every major health association.”Johnson’s “best hope” is that people speak up against the bills and they expire in committee—or that North Carolina's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, vetoes them as he is anticipated to do. But just to have the debates has been “devastating” and “horrific” for trans people in North Carolina, and the trans and non-binary staff of Equality NC. “The hateful rhetoric being propagated does the community harm,” said Johnson. In the year that marriage equality had passed, suicide among LGBTQ teens had declined in the spirit of affirmation that followed. “The inverse is true when you have these negative bills,” Johnson said.Doctors being able to turn away patients on religious grounds “means if you’re trans and need cardiac care in a rural area, a doctor could deny you treatment and a referral. This should be unconstitutional, but LGBTQ people are still fighting for our basic civil rights, unfortunately,” Johnson added.Breshears believes the Arkansas bills are “coming from a place of retaliation” for Joe Biden being elected president—and being so vocally in support of trans people and LGBTQ equality. “Most of the bills in Southern states are really an attempt to remind already-marginalized people that these legislators don’t care about us,” Breshears said.“I will always be a trans girl. I will always be a regular girl.”Breshears herself started to take hormones when she was 13 years old, “so I definitely know what it’s like to transition at a young age—and I also work with a lot of youth facilitating programs for young people.” Breshears said she fortunately had a supportive family. “My family has always been super-grounding. My mom and grandma are very supportive.”Breshears and others wish lawmakers would address the real problems young trans people face. She has her own “share of horror stories” being trans at public school, and had heard “countless” other stories from young people about mistreatment they had faced. “This bill aside, it’s already extremely difficult to navigate schools and public spaces as a trans kid. And this bill only furthers that,” said Breshears. “I definitely received a lot of verbal abuse—not only from students but teachers as well. It was very difficult to navigate. A lot of times it was misgendering—by staff and other kids.” In her work, she has emailed several schools, urging principals and teachers to use correct names and pronouns. Madi in softball garb, 2019-2020 (7th grade) Courtesy Katie Jenifer This reporter asked if the North Carolina bills passed, would Madi and her family leave the state.“My mom and my dad will not let anyone hurt me,” Madi said. “They won’t let anybody change the way I am. I will always be a trans girl. I will always be a regular girl. We will do whatever we have to to keep me, my sister, and the whole family safe. That’s it. They said they would do anything to protect trans kids, me. They said they would do anything.”Katie interjected to say their family had “a lot of unearned privilege. We would be able to move, but not everybody can. That’s the real problem, and it will create a real health care crisis in our state for folks who maybe don’t have the financial means to do that, or people who already face discrimination, like Black, indigenous, and other people of color.” Katie said campaigners were already planning to set up a mutual aid organization to assist those who will not have access to medical care if the bills pass.Madi’s mom and dad, Craig, have lost friends, and years ago had people advise them to prevent Madi’s transition. Katie said she and Craig were heartened by how many people at their church had supported them, “but we also lost quite a few friends. People left the church, one couple spent hours trying to convince us to send Madi to conversion therapy which is still legal in North Carolina, and which one of the bills protects. That was a tough period.”Katie said Madi was outed by a local news station when she was in first grade; the crew turned up and started asking other parents questions about Madi. Madi was in running club, and one of the parent-volunteers outed her to the other kids in that. Her gymnastics gym wouldn’t let Madi transition from the “mommy-and-me” class to the girls’ class.Katie and Craig decided they needed a legal advocate to help Madi, but it was beyond their financial means—and so Katie went to law school, so she could be her daughter’s advocate. This would not be necessary, said Katie, if the Equality Act was law, or any of the statewide equality bills proposed by Equality NC come to pass. “But that’s not what’s happening right now,” said Katie. “My other child is also a member of the queer community. Even with a law degree, I’m still relatively helpless when it comes to the state trying to interfere in how I raise my kids.”If Madi could address North Carolina legislators directly, “I would just say these bills are unnecessary. There is no reason for them. As my mom said, they are attacking vulnerable trans kids. We can’t really do anything to protect ourselves, so they’re just going to do anything they can to bring us down. But parents like mine, who are supportive and who love their kids, are not going to let anything happen. We are going to do whatever we can to stop this, and to give everyone the treatment they deserve.” Justin Sykes. Courtesy Justin Sykes Justin Sykes, who will graduate in May, is particularly alarmed by how, who, and what will be judged as “gender non-conforming.” For one thing, one person’s performance of masculinity, say, is different from another person’s.It “feels wrong” to Sykes that the government would seek to interfere in family life through the policy of forcible outing. “That is never OK. It’s all about respecting boundaries. If you have an identity you don’t want to be shared, you shouldn’t have to be scared of being outed.”“I think I would ask them to see my humanity,” Sykes said of his message to legislators, “and to remember that when making these bills that they affect real people. If they go through, they are not moving the country forward. And they won’t get rid of trans people. We will be here, we will always be here. We’ve been taught there is one normal. There is not one normal. Human experience is diverse.”As the bills are being discussed, Madi wants to be a person other trans youth can look to. “It’s just something that shouldn’t be thought of as disgusting for someone to be who they want to be. And it’s just…” Madi sighed. “I don’t know what other to say other than it’s stupid. It’s not the nicest thing to say, but when you’re not being nice to me, what am I going to do? You’re always told, ‘Treat people as you would wish to be treated.’ We, trans people, have done nothing wrong, and we are being attacked for it.”Ash finds doing martial art helps a lot, by getting his anger out physically. “If I can take my anger out on a punching bag, it’s much better than bottling it up and potentially being more on edge around friends and family because of this stuff. Also what helps is spending time with trans friends—specifically having that community and solidarity where you don’t have to explain yourself. There’s a lot of anger and fear. I think in general people seem to be going through different stages of grief with this, like we are grieving the loss of a sense of safety and security that we had in North Carolina up till this point.”Ash says he is in the fortunate position where his family can move if they feel they need to. “If these bills do go through we will move,” said Ash. “And I also know plenty of people who this is definitely not the case for, especially trans friends I have who are not out, and who have unsupportive parents who they might get forcibly outed to by schools for presenting trans behaviors. They can’t move because the bills are being passed, because their parents don’t know. They can’t do anything about it. They will have to perform according to the gender roles of the sex they were assigned at birth, so as not to get kicked out of home, or not to be outed. And I definitely know people who are not financially able to leave the state.”Would leaving North Carolina be a huge change, this reporter asked Ash.“I have lived in North Carolina my whole life,” Ash said. “We moved to a new town this last year, and we are just feeling settled. I do not want to move because of this. It is definitely a big deal to be effectively uprooting my entire life, and not being able to be in contact with my friends anymore. It’s not something I want to do, but I will have to it if this legislation is passed.”“People are realizing how dumb bigotry is.” Madi said her school experience right now was “great. I haven’t been torn down by anybody that I know of. Everybody who I have told has been supportive. I don’t think many of my teachers know. Only some of my friends and the principal, so learning has been normal. My life has been normal.” It was “trickier” at a previous school, where fellow pupils were less supportive. “When I first transitioned in fourth grade, people would call me ‘It,’ and they wouldn’t address me by my preferred pronouns. That hasn’t really stuck with me because I was so young, and they didn’t know what they were talking about either.”The present debates have reminded Justin Sykes of the HB2 era. He finds it exhausting, “having to tell cis straight men again and again that I exist, and that my existence is valid. It’s just different than yours. It’s like, ‘Why are you trying to control me? Leave my body alone. Worry about your own life.’ On the flip side, it is bringing more awareness and making our voices heard in the mainstream. We’re not a small group hiding in the corner. We are making big contributions in society. People are realizing how dumb bigotry is.” Allyship, for Sykes—who is looking to a possible career in social justice and community organizing—is not just helping with political activism, but can be “smaller, being respectful, use someone’s proper pronouns.”As a Black trans man, Sykes said he experienced “a double whammy. I always have to explain my Blackness in queer spaces and my queerness in Black spaces. There are very few spaces where I can just exist and not have to justify why I’m there.” Appalachian State is a “very white school, the many spaces I work in are very white. Many times I find myself here having to create the queer spaces and the Black spaces. And it's exhausting in some ways. I also know that in creating these spaces I am building bridges for other people and helping my department become more diverse. Hopefully, I’m making things easier for the people coming up behind me.”Madi hopes people talk about the bills more, “and realize what’s going on,” lobby their representatives, sign petitions, and show their support. A recent group chat on the subject at school only yielded 2 positive responses, which disappointed her. Her mom Katie feels like parents of cis kids do not realize their kids would be impacted by aspects of the sports bill, which will include invasive physical examinations of children. Craig is a nurse, and the notion anyone could be refused medical care on the grounds of religion “would go against every single reason why he became a nurse. There are very real issues that need dealing with around girls and women’s sports—like coaches who sexually assault the people they’re training, and disparities in resources compared to male sports—but trans people playing sports is not an issue. And the outing of children around perceived ‘gender non-conformity could put kids in very dangerous situations.”Ash’s two major hopes and ambitions for the future are to study creative writing at MIT. His other interest is epidemiology. “I find viruses fascinating. This past year I have gotten into the virus-nerding aspects of the pandemic. And I’m definitely going to keep living, and even if it’s not in this state I am going to keep fighting for the rights of trans people who still live here.”“Seeking a license to discriminate is not new in America,” Kendra R. Johnson of Equality NC told The Daily Beast, but it was “particularly cruel” when aimed at the trans community, given the high levels of discrimination and marginalization they already face. “Legislators don’t understand the blood they have on their hands when they propose these measures without sitting down with their constituency to understand conditions of all the people in their constituency. Words matter. Actions matter. The bills are solutions to problems that don’t exist.”These words and actions are attacks on trans people, and send out a dangerous, wider message about them, Johnson said. “Legislators should work to serve the full community, not only the vocal parts of the community that are spewing hate. Their role as legislators should be to improve access to education, health care, employment, and safety for everyone, not sanctioning hate against a greatly misunderstood portion of the population. They should be working to build a state where everyone can thrive, instead of creating a situation where only certain people deemed worthy have access to basic human rights.” Allies of trans people need to get involved and support trans people actively, Johnson said, lobbying legislators, donating money, and offering their time. In Arkansas, Breshears asks trans allies to donate to local pro-trans equality organizations, like the ACLU of Arkansas, and to find ways to let trans youth in the state “know that you love and see them and wherever you are you’re going to keep fighting for them.”How is Breshears managing day to day? “It’s a struggle, I’m not going to lie,” she said. “I’m just trying to take as much time for myself as I possibly can.”“I have thought a lot about leaving Arkansas,” Breshears added. “But these bills remind me about how much work there is to do here. I am definitely in it for the long run.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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Company announcement, Helsinki, 15 April 2021 at 12:00 pm (EEST) Nexstim Plc: Invitation to the Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting of Nexstim Corporation (NXTMH: HEX, NXTMS: STO) (“Nexstim” or the “Company”) will be held on 11 May 2021 at 12:00 PM (EEST). The meeting will be held exceptionally without the presence of shareholders or their representatives at Nexstim’s head office, Elimäenkatu 9 B (courtyard), 4th floor, 00510 Helsinki. The Board of Directors of the Company has decided on an exceptional general meeting procedure pursuant to the provisional act approved by the parliament on 15 September 2020 (the “Provisional Act”). In order to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual General Meeting will be held without the presence of shareholders or their representatives at the venue. This is necessary so that the Annual General Meeting can be held in a predictable manner, taking into account the health and safety of shareholders, company personnel and other stakeholders. Shareholders and their representatives may attend the meeting and exercise their rights only by voting in advance and by submitting counter-proposals and questions in advance in accordance with this invitation and other instructions of the company. It is not possible to attend the meeting on the premises. Instructions for shareholders can be found in Part C “Instructions for Meeting Participants” of this invitation. A. Matters on the agenda of the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders At the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, the following matters will be considered: 1 OPENING THE MEETING 2 CALLING THE MEETING TO ORDER Attorney-at-law Jan Lindberg will act as the chairman. If Jan Lindberg is prevented from acting as chairman for a weighty reason, the Board of Directors will appoint as the chair the person it deems most suitable. The chairman may appoint a secretary for the meeting. 3 ELECTION OF PERSONS TO SCRUTINISE THE MINUTES AND TO SUPERVISE THE COUNTING OF VOTES Hanna Kotola, the General Counsel of the Company, acts as the scrutiniser of minutes and as the supervisor of counting of votes. If Hanna Kotola is prevented from acting as scrutiniser of minutes and as supervisor of counting of votes, the Board of Directors will appoint the person it deems most suitable to scrutinise the minutes and to supervise the counting of votes. 4 ESTABLISHING THE LEGALITY OF THE MEETING 5 RECORDING THE ATTENDANCE AT THE MEETING AND THE VOTING LIST Shareholders who have voted in advance during the advance voting period and who have the right to participate in the Annual General Meeting pursuant to Chapter 5, Sections 6 and 6a of the Finnish Companies Act are considered to be shareholders participating in the meeting. The voting list will be confirmed on the basis of information provided by Euroclear Finland Oy and Euroclear Sweden Ab. 6 PRESENTATION OF THE ANNUAL ACCOUNTS INCLUDING CONSOLIDATED ACCOUNTS, THE REPORT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND THE AUDITOR'S REPORT FOR THE YEAR 2020 The company’s annual report, which includes the company’s financial statements and the report of the Board of Directors and the auditor’s report and which is available on the company’s website no later than three weeks before the Annual General Meeting, will be deemed to be presented to the Annual General Meeting here. 7 ADOPTION OF THE ANNUAL ACCOUNTS 8 LOSS OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR The Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that no dividend be paid for the financial period 1 Jan – 31 Dec 2020 and that the loss for the financial year be recorded in the loss account. 9 DISCHARGING THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND THE CEO FROM LIABILITY 10 RESOLUTION ON THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Nomination Board of Shareholders representing the largest shareholders proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the Board shall have four members. 11 ELECTION OF THE CHAIR AND THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Nomination Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting that: in accordance with their consents to serving on the Board, Mr. Martin Forss and Ms. Leena Niemistö shall be re-elected as members of the Board and Mr. Tero Weckroth and Mr. Timo Hildén shall be elected as new members of the Board.Leena Niemistö is elected as Chairman of the Board. Leena Niemistö is independent of the Company but not independent of Company’s major shareholders due to the fact that she together with Kaikarhenni Oy, a company controlled by Ms. Niemistö, together hold approximately 15,3% (on 8th of April, 2021) of all registered shares and voting rights of the Company. Other proposed members of the Board are independent of the Company and its major shareholders. The biographies of proposed new Board members are visible in the Company’s website at https://nexstim.com/investors/shareholder-meetings. The Nomination Board agrees that proposed new Board members and the entire Board are suitable for the proposed roles individually and collectively, and Leena Niemistö is suitable to act as the Chairman of the Board. 12 RESOLUTION ON THE REMUNERATION OF THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND REIMBURSEMENT OF TRAVEL EXPENSES The Nomination Board of Shareholders proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the members of the Board of Directors chosen in the Annual General Meeting be remunerated for the period ending at the end of the 2022 Annual General Meeting as follows: €36,000 for the Chairman of the Board;€25,200 for other members of the Board; andNo member of the Board of Directors serving in the Nomination Board of Shareholders will be remunerated for their duties on the Nomination Board of Shareholders. a member of the Board of Directors be entitled to remuneration only for the period during which they are a member of the Board of Directors. According to the company’s policy, the cash remuneration is paid in four instalments. Restricted Share Unit Plan and Allocation for Board Members The Nomination proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the restricted share unit plan implemented first in 2016 be continued for one year for the sixth vesting period (2021–2022) with respect to the elected members of the Board of Directors of Nexstim Plc on the terms and conditions, which can be found at www.nexstim.comthe target group of the plan be those members of the Board of Directors who are independent of the company. Such a member is, however, not required to be independent of the shareholders of the companythe rewards allocations in 2021 will be determined as a Euro value The aim of the plan is to commit the participants to the company, align the objectives of shareholders and participants and thereby increase the value of the company and to offer the participants a reward plan based on receiving and accumulating the company’s shares. Allocation for Board Members for the Vesting Period 2021–2022 The Nomination Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting that: for a Board member, the gross value of the compensation for the vesting period 2021–2022 will be as follows: for the chairman of the Board of Directors: €24,000for a member: €16,800 The granted compensation will be converted into restricted share units at the beginning of the vesting period in 2021. The conversion of the granted reward into restricted share units will be based on the trade-volume-weighted average quotation of the company’s share on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd during twenty (20) trading days following the release date of the company’s Annual Accounts of the year 2020. In the plan, one restricted share unit corresponds to one company share. The value of the payable compensation will be determined on the basis of the share price on the book-entry registration date of the paid shares. ·The Nomination Board proposes that the compensations pursuant to the plan be paid to the Board Members in the company’s shares within one month of the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in 2022. Should a Board Member cease to be a member of the Board before the end of a vesting period, no compensation will be paid on that basis. The company will withhold taxes and employment-related expenses from the cash proportion of the compensation as per applicable law. Ownership recommendation The Nomination Board of Shareholders proposes that the Annual General Meeting advise the members of the Board to hold the shares paid as compensation as long as their mandate as a member of the Board continues. Travel expenses In addition, the Nomination Board proposes that reasonable travel expenses be reimbursed against receipts to the members of the Board, following the principles of the company’s Travel Policy. This applies both to members of the Board of Directors and, to the extent applicable, Board members acting as members of the Nomination Board of Shareholders. 13 ELECTION OF AUDITOR The Board of Directors proposes that PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy, Authorised Public Accountants, which has appointed Authorised Public Accountant Enel Sintonen as the principal auditor, be elected as the Company’s auditor for the period ending at the end of the next Annual General Meeting. The proposed auditor has given their consent to the election. 14 RESOLUTION ON THE REMUNERATION OF THE AUTHOR The Board of Directors proposes that the auditor be paid reasonable remuneration in accordance with the invoice approved by the Company. 15 REDUCING THE QUANTITY OF COMPANY'S SHARES BY WAY OF ISSUING NEW COMPANY SHARES AND BY REDEMPTION OF COMPANY'S OWN SHARES The Board of Directors of Company proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the Annual General Meeting resolve on the reduction of the quantity of Company’s shares without reducing share capital by way of issuing new shares and by redemption of Company’s own shares, in such way that each current one hundred shares of the Company correspond to one share of the Company after the completion of the arrangements related to the reduction of the quantity of Company’s shares. Prior to the reduction of the quantity of Company’s shares, the total number of shares in the company is 663 639 370. The purpose of the reduction of the quantity of Company’s shares is to increase the value of a single share and thus to improve the trade conditions of the shares and the reliability of the price formation of the shares. Thus, the Board of Directors considers that there is a particularly weighty financial reason for the Company to reduce the quantity of Company’s shares. This arrangement shall not affect the equity of the Company. With respect to shareholders registered on the Transaction Day (as defined below) in the shareholders’ register of Nexstim maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd, the reduction of the quantity of shares shall be carried out as follows: It is proposed that the reduction of the quantity of Company’s shares be carried out so that the Company on 14 May 2021 (the “Transaction Day”) issue new Company shares to each such shareholder of the Company without consideration so that the number of all shares per book-entry accounts owned by the shareholders of the Company are divisible by the number 100. The maximum quantity of the Company’s own shares transferred by the Company shall be 100-1 shares multiplied by the number of such book-entry accounts on the Transaction Day, on which the Company’s shares are held, and which are owned by the shareholders of the Company. Based on the Board of Director’s estimate on the number of Company’s shareholders of Nexstim on the date of this proposal, it is proposed that the maximum amount of new shares issued by the Company in the share issue to such shareholders be 1,000,000 () new shares of the Company (calculated maximum number of shares in case each of the 10 000 shareholders will require full increase). The Board of Directors of the Company is entitled to resolve on all other matters related to the issuance of shares without consideration On the Transaction Day, at the same time with the aforementioned issue of the Company’s new shares, the Company shall redeem without consideration a number of shares from each such shareholder of the Company. The number of shares to be redeemed by the Company will be determined according to the redemption ratio of 100/1 based on the ownership of such shareholders on the Transaction Day. In other words, for every 100 shares of the Company, 100-1 Company shares shall be redeemed. The Board of Directors of the Company shall be entitled to resolve on all other matters related to the redemption of shares. The Company’s shares, which are redeemed in connection with the reduction of the quantity of Company’s shares, shall be annulled immediately following the redemption by a resolution of the Board of Directors of the Company. The reduction of the quantity of the Company’s shares shall be carried out in the book-entry system at the end of trading day on Nasdaq Helsinki on 14 May 2021, i.e., on the Transaction Day (i.e., on the record day). The annulment of the shares and the Company’s new total number of shares are entered in the trade register by 17 May 2021. Trading with the Company’s new total number of shares on Nasdaq Helsinki with new ISIN code will begin approximately on 17 May 2021, on which date the reduced number of shares will also appear on each book entry account of the shareholders registered in the shareholders’ register of Nexstim maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd. With respect to shareholders with shares registered in a) Euroclear Sweden AB’s Securities System (whether registered in the name of or a nominee or directly of the shareholder) and b) holders of nominee registered shares registered in Euroclear Finland Ltd’s Book-entry System, the reduction of the quantity of shares shall be carried out as follows: For the purposes of execution of the reduction of the number of shares, the Board of Directors also proposes that the Annual General Meeting of shareholders pass the resolution on the issuance of a maximum of 350,000 new shares to the Company itself without payment. The directed share issue is connected to the completion of the reduction of the number of shares and justified by the reasons set forth above in this section. For the sake of clarity, the number of shares to be issued to the Company itself is calculated based on the number of shares prior to the reduction in the Company, and not the number of the reduced shares. The shares issued to the Company itself are to be re-issued, i.e., transferred from the Company without consideration to such shareholders (the “Receiving Shareholders”) holding on the Record Day (as defined below) a) shares registered in Euroclear Sweden AB’s Securities System, whether registered in the name of or a nominee or directly of the Shareholder, or b) nominee-registered shares registered in Euroclear Finland Ltd’s Book-entry System, the amount of which (a or b) is not divisible by 100, to the extent required by their shareholding in the Company being divisible by the number 100. The Board of Directors is hereby authorised to pass a resolution on transfer of such shares from the Company to the Receiving Shareholders as well as to decide on the terms related to such share issue(s)/transfers. In connection with the redemption of the Company’s shares held by shareholders registered in the shareholders’ register of Nexstim maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd, the Company will also redeem without consideration a number of shares from each Receiving Shareholder. The number of shares to be redeemed by the Company will be determined according to the redemption ratio of 100/1 based on ownership of the Company’s shares by the Receiving Shareholders on the Transaction Day (according to share and shareholder information available with Euroclear Finland Oy) to execute the reduction of the number of shares, and such number(s) of reduced shares (per each Receiving Shareholder) are then adjusted, if needed, by the abovementioned transfer of shares to the Receiving Shareholders based on their actual ownership of the Company’s shares on the Record Day (as defined below). The Board of Directors of the Company shall be entitled to resolve on all other matters related to the redemptions of shares. The Company’s shares, which are redeemed in connection with the reduction of the quantity of the Company’s shares, shall be annulled immediately following the redemption by a resolution of the Board of Directors of the Company. The shares issued to the Company itself will be registered in the trade register by 17th of May 2021. Trading with the Company’s new total number of shares on Nasdaq Stockholm (and Nasdaq Helsinki) with new ISIN code will begin approximately on 17th of May 2021 (“Trading Day”). The record day (the “Record Day”) for the reduction of the quantity of Company’s shares shall be a) with respect to shares registered in Euroclear Sweden AB’s Securities System (whether registered in the name of or a nominee or directly of the shareholder) 18th of May 2021 and b) with respect to nominee-registered shares registered in Euroclear Finland Ltd’s Book-entry System 14th of May 2021. The transfers of shares from the Company to the Receiving Shareholders required for the final adjustments of their number of shares (after reduction) are expected to take place and be recorded in book-entry accounts at the latest on 17th May 2021 in Sweden and 19th May 2021 in Finland. Any own shares in the possession of the Company after transactions with the Receiving Shareholders will be annulled. The arrangement, if it is realised, will not require the shareholders to take any action. No part of the arrangement shall be carried out unless all the other parts of the arrangement are carried out as well. If necessary, the trading with the Company’s share on Nasdaq Helsinki or Nasdaq Stockholm shall be temporarily interrupted in order to perform the necessary technical measures in the trading facility after the Transaction Day. If the proposal of the Board of Directors is accepted as set forth above, it was noted that the authorised maximum amount of shares that may be issued under all outstanding authorisations (whether as new or existing shares or option rights or other rights to shares) shall also be divisible in accordance with the above-mentioned principle. 16 AUTHORISING THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO DECIDE ON ISSUANCE OF SHARES AS WELL AS ISSUANCE OF OPTION RIGHTS AND OTHER SPECIAL RIGHTS ENTITLING TO SHARES The Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the Board of Directors be authorised to decide on (i) the issuance of new shares and/or (ii) the transfer of the Company’s own shares and/or (iii) the issuance of special rights referred to in Chapter 10, Section 1 of the Companies Act with the following terms: Right to shares: New shares may be issued and the Company’s own shares transferred to the Company’s shareholders in proportion to their current shareholdings in the Company; ordeviating from the shareholders’ pre-emptive right through one or more directed share issue, if the Company has a weighty financial reason to do so, such as the use of shares as consideration for possible acquisitions or other arrangements related to the company’s business (including the arrangement described in section 15 above regarding the reducing of the quantity of the Company’s shares), financing of investments. The new shares can also be issued to the Company itself free of charge. Share issue against payment and without payment: New shares may be issued and treasury shares held by the Company may be transferred either against payment (Share issue against payment) or free of charge (Share issue without payment). A directed share issue can only be without payment if there is a particularly weighty financial reason for it from the Company’s point of view and taking into account the interests of all its shareholders. The maximum number of shares: Pursuant to the authorisation, the Board of Directors is entitled to decide on the issuance of new shares and/or the transfer of the Company’s own shares so that the total number of issued and/or transferred shares does not exceed 130,000,000, when the current number of the Company’s registered shares is 663 639 370, if the proposals set forth in section 15 are not approved. If the proposals set forth in section 15 are approved, the authorization will be adjusted correspondingly. Issuance of special rights: The Board of Directors may issue special rights referred to in Chapter 10, Section 1 of the Companies Act, which entitle the holder to receive new shares or the Company’s own shares in against payment. The right may also be granted to the Company’s creditor in such a way that the right is subject to the condition that the creditor’s claim be used to set off the share subscription price (convertible bond). The number of new shares to be subscribed to under the special rights granted by the Company and the number of treasury shares to be transferred held by the Company may not exceed a total of 130,000,000, which is included in the maximum number mentioned in the “Maximum number of shares” -section above. Subject to approval of proposals in this section 15 the authorization shall be changed correspondingly. Recording of the subscription price in the balance sheet: The subscription price of the new shares and the amount to be paid for the Company’s own shares must be entered in the invested unrestricted equity fund. Other terms and validity: The Board of Directors decides on all other matters related to the authorisations. The authorisations are valid for eighteen (18) months from the decision of the Annual General Meeting. The proposed authorisation does not invalidate prior resolved and registered authorisations made by the General Meeting of Shareholders regarding share issue, issuing of option rights and other special rights entitling to shares. 17 AUTHORISATION INTENDED TO BE USED FOR THE BOARD'S RSU PLAN AND FOR THE LONG-TERM INCENTIVE PLANS FOR THE MANAGEMENT AND THE PERSONNEL OF THE COMPANY The Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the Board of Directors be authorised to decide on (i) the issuance of new shares and/or (ii) the transfer of the Company’s own shares and/or (iii) the issuance of special rights referred to in Chapter 10, Section 1 of the Companies Act with the following terms: The shares issued under the authorisation are new or those in the Company’s possession. Based on and within the limits of this authorisation, the Board of Directors can also decide on issuance(s) of option rights or other special rights set forth in Chapter 10 the Companies Act complementing or replacing issuance(s) of shares. The new shares can also be issued to the Company itself free of charge. Share issue against payment and without payment: New shares may be issued, and treasury shares held by the Company may be transferred either against payment (Share issue against payment) or free of charge (Share issue without payment). A directed share issue can only be without payment if there is a particularly weighty financial reason for it from the Company’s point of view and taking into account the interests of all its shareholders. Under the authorisation, a maximum of 5 500 000 shares may be issued, which corresponds to approximately 0,82% percent of all the shares in the Company after the share issue, provided that new shares are issued, considering all registered shares of the Company. Subject to approval of proposals in this section 15 the authorization shall be changed correspondingly The shares, option rights and/or other special rights entitling to shares can be issued in one or more tranches. The Board of Directors is authorised to resolve on all terms for the share issues and the terms for the granting of the option rights and other special rights entitling to shares. The Board of Directors is authorised to resolve on a directed share issue and issue of the special rights entitling to shares in deviation from the shareholders’ pre-emptive right, provided that there is a weighty financial reason for the Company to do so. The authorisation is valid for five (5) years from the decision of the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. The authorisation may be used for the implementation of the RSU plan for the members of the Board of Director’s and for the long-term incentive plans for the management and the personnel of the Company. The authorisation can also be used for incentive arrangements and payment of the Board fees. The proposed authorisation does not invalidate prior resolved and registered authorisations made by the General Meeting of Shareholders regarding share issue, issuing of option rights and other special rights entitling to shares. 18 CLOSING OF THE MEETING B. Documents of the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders This invitation to the Annual General Meeting, which includes the proposals made to the Annual General Meeting and the Remuneration Report, is available on Nexstim Plc’s website at https://nexstim.com/investors/shareholder-meetings/ as well as at the Company’s head office. The Remuneration Report of the Company is attached to this invitation to the Annual General Meeting. The Annual accounts, Consolidated accounts, report of the Board of Directors and Auditor’s report are available on the abovementioned website no later than 20 April 2021. The minutes of the Annual General Meeting are available in the abovementioned website no later than 25 May 2021. C. Instructions for the participants of the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders In order to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual General Meeting will be held in such a way that shareholders or their representatives will not be able to attend the meeting physically. The Company’s shareholders and their representatives may attend the meeting and exercise their rights only by voting in advance and by submitting counter-proposals and questions in advance, taking into account the limitations of the Provisional Act. A shareholder or proxy cannot participate in the meeting via a real-time data connection either. 1. Shareholders registered in the shareholders’ register Each shareholder registered on 29 April 2021 in the shareholders’ register of Nexstim maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd has the right to participate in the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. A shareholder whose shares are registered on their personal book-entry account is registered in the shareholders’ register of Nexstim. 2. Registration and voting in advance of a shareholder entered in the shareholder register Registration and advance voting will begin on 20 April 2021, when the deadline for submitting counter-proposals for voting has expired and the Company has published any counter-proposals for voting on the Company’s website. A shareholder entered in the Company’s shareholder register who wishes to participate in the Annual General Meeting must register for the Annual General Meeting and vote in advance no later than 6 May 2021 at 10:00 am (EEST), by which time the registration and votes must be received. Shareholders may register and vote in advance between 20 April 2021 and 6 May 2021 at 10:00 am (EEST) in the following ways: a) Via the Company’s website https://nexstim.com/investors/shareholder-meetings/; For registration and advance voting, strong electronic authentication (online banking ID or Mobile Certificate) is required for natural persons, as well as a business ID and book-entry account number for legal entities. b) By mail or e-mail: a shareholder voting in advance by mail or e-mail must mail the advance voting form available on the Company’s website to Euroclear Finland Oy following address, Euroclear Finland Oy, Annual General Meeting/Nexstim Oyj, P.O. Box 1110, 00101 Helsinki, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If a shareholder participates in the Annual General Meeting by mailing advance votes to Euroclear Finland Oy, submitting votes before the deadline for registration and advance voting is considered registration to the Annual General Meeting, provided that the shareholder’s message contains the information required for registration, the requested information, such as the shareholder’s identification and contact information, must be provided. Personal data provided by shareholders in connection with the registration will only be used in connection with the Annual General Meeting and the processing of the necessary registrations related thereto. Voting instructions for all shareholders are available on the Company’s website at https://nexstim.com/investors/shareholder-meetings/. Further information is also available during registration time by telephone at +35892727170 from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EEST) 3. Proxy representative and powers of attorney A shareholder may participate in the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders and exercise their rights at the Meeting by way of proxy representation. A proxy representative shall produce a proxy document with a date or otherwise in a reliable manner demonstrate their right to represent the shareholder at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. When a shareholder participates in the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders by means of several proxy representatives representing the shareholder with shares at different securities accounts, the shares by which each proxy representative represents the shareholder shall be identified in connection with the registration for the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. The template for the power of attorney and voting instructions will be available on the Company’s website https://nexstim.com/investors/shareholder-meetings/ no later than 20 April 2021, when the deadline for submitting counter-proposals for voting has expired and the Company has published any counter-proposals for voting on the Company’s website. A shareholder who does not vote in advance may use the power of attorney service provided by the Company free of charge and authorises Leena-Maija Marsio from Attorneys at Law Trust Ltd or another lawyer independent of the Company appointed by them to represent the shareholder and to exercise their voting right at the meeting in accordance with the voting instructions given by the shareholder. A signed power of attorney including the advance voting form must be submitted to counsel Leena-Maija Marsio by mail or e-mail (contact information below) before the end of registration period and voting time, by which time the said documents must be received. A presentation of the agent appointed by the Company, Leena-Maija Marsio, can be found on the website https://www.thetrust.fi/staff/leena-maija-marsio/ and their contact details are: mailing address: Asianajotoimisto Trust Oy, Fredrikinkatu 39 B 15, 00120 Helsinki e-mail: email@example.com. A shareholder may also participate in the Annual General Meeting and exercise their rights there through another proxy of their choice. The proxy chosen by the shareholder must also vote in advance by mail or e-mail as described in this invitation (the proxy cannot vote through the electronic advance voting system). The proxy must mail the received power of attorney including the advance voting form or similar information to Euroclear Finland Oy, Annual General Meeting/Nexstim Oyj, P.O. Box 1110, 00101 Helsinki or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, to be received before the end of the registration period and voting time. Receipt of a power of attorney by Euroclear Finland Oy before the end of the registration period is considered registration for the Annual General Meeting. Holders of nominee-registered shares A holder of nominee-registered shares has the right to participate in the Annual General Meeting by virtue of such shares, based on which they, on the record date of the Annual General Meeting, i.e., on 29 April 2021, would be entitled to be registered in the shareholders’ register of Nexstim held by Euroclear Finland Ltd. The right to participate in the Annual General Meeting also requires that the shareholder, on the basis of such shares, has been registered into the temporary shareholders’ register maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd at the latest by 6 May 2021 at 10:00 a.m. (EEST). As regards nominee registered shares this constitutes due registration for the Annual General Meeting. A holder of nominee-registered shares is advised to request without delay, from their custodian bank, the necessary instructions regarding the registration in the shareholders’ register of Nexstim, the issuing of proxy documents and registration for the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. The account management organisation of the custodian bank has to register a holder of nominee-registered shares who wants to participate in the Annual General Meeting into the temporary shareholders’ register of Nexstim at the latest by the time stated above. 3. Shares registered with Euroclear Sweden AB A shareholder with shares registered with Euroclear Sweden AB’s Securities System who wishes to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting must: be registered in the shareholders’ register maintained by Euroclear Sweden AB no later than on 29 April 2021.Shareholders, whose shares are registered in the name of a nominee must, in order to be eligible to request a temporary registration in the shareholders’ register of Nexstim Plc maintained by Euroclear Finland, request that their shares are re-registered in their own names in the register of shareholders maintained by Euroclear Sweden AB, and procure that the nominee sends the above request for temporary registration to Euroclear Sweden AB on their behalf. Such registration must be made at the latest by 3 May 2021 and the nominee should therefore be notified well in advance before said date.request temporary registration in the shareholders’ register of Nexstim Plc maintained by Euroclear Finland Oy. Such request shall be submitted in writing to Euroclear Sweden AB no later than on 3 May 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Swedish time. 4. Making counter-proposals to resolution proposals Shareholders holding at least one hundredth of all the Company’s shares within the meaning of the Provisional Act have the right to make a counter-proposal to the resolution proposals on the agenda of the Annual General Meeting. Such counter-proposals must be submitted to the Company by e-mail to email@example.com no later than 10:00 a.m. (EEST) on 19 April 2021. Shareholders who make a counter-proposal must submit a statement of their shareholding in connection with the submission of the counter-proposal. The counter-proposal will be considered by the Annual General Meeting on the condition that the shareholder has the right to participate in the Annual General Meeting, the shareholder has registered for the Annual General Meeting and the shareholder still owns at least one hundredth of all shares on the record date. If the counter-proposal is not considered by the General Meeting, the votes cast in favour of the counter-proposal shall be disregarded. The Company will publish any counter-proposals to be put to the vote on the Company’s website https://nexstim.com/investors/shareholder-meetings/ no later than 20 April 2021. 5. Other instructions/information and advance questions Until 28 April 2021, a shareholder may ask questions referred to in Chapter 5, Section 25 of the Companies Act by e-mail addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Such shareholder questions, the Company’s answers to them and any non-voted counter-proposals will be available on the Company’s website https://nexstim.com/investors/shareholder-meetings/ no later than 4 May 2021. A prerequisite for asking questions is that the shareholder submits a statement of their shareholding upon request. On the date of this invitation to the meeting, 15 April 2021, Nexstim Plc has a total of 663 639 370 shares and votes. Helsinki 15 April 2021 NEXSTIM PLC Board of Directors Further information is available on the website www.nexstim.com or by contacting: Leena Niemistö, Chairman of the Board+358 9 2727 email@example.com Erik Penser Bank AB (Certified Adviser) +46 8 463 83 firstname.lastname@example.org About Nexstim Plc Nexstim is a Finnish, globally operating medical technology company. Our mission is to enable personalized and effective therapies and diagnostics for challenging brain diseases and disorders. Nexstim has developed a world-leading non-invasive brain stimulation technology called SmartFocus®. It is a navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) technology with highly sophisticated 3D navigation providing accurate and personalized targeting of the TMS to the specific area of the brain. SmartFocus® technology is used in Nexstim’s proprietary Navigated Brain Therapy (NBT®) system, which is FDA cleared for marketing and commercial distribution for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) in the United States. In Europe, the NBT® system is CE marked for the treatment of major depression and chronic neuropathic pain. In addition, Nexstim is commercializing its SmartFocus® based Navigated Brain Stimulation (NBS) system for diagnostic applications. The NBS system is the only FDA cleared and CE marked navigated TMS system for pre-surgical mapping of the speech and motor cortices of the brain. Nexstim shares are listed on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market Finland and Nasdaq First North Growth Market Sweden. For more information please visit www.nexstim.com Attachment Nexstim Plc_Company Announcement_15042021_EN_FINAL
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