Latest Gender identity News

Expert: Transgender Olympic athlete could polarize opinion

Jun. 24, 2021 01:38 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A U.S. expert on transgender rights and politics says the participation of New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard at the Tokyo Olympics might inspire other trans athletes but could also become a focus for conservative activists who oppose greater LGBTQ rights...

Louisiana lawmakers consider holding veto override session

Jun. 23, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards' rejection of legislation banning transgender athletes from participating on school sports teams is spurring talk that Republican lawmakers may try to hold Louisiana's first veto session under the decades-old constitution. ...

Japanese soccer player Yokoyama comes out as transgender

Jun. 23, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese soccer player Kumi Yokoyama said they are transgender — a revelation praised in the U.S. where they play in the National Women’s Soccer League but an identity not legally recognized in Japan. The 27-year-old forward for the Washington Spirit...

School board meeting over transgender rules becomes chaotic

Jun. 23, 2021 10:25 AM EDT

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — One person was arrested and a second was cited for trespassing after Loudoun County's school board shut down public comment on proposed rules for the treatment of transgender students. Hundreds of people showed up at Tuesday's meeting in Leesburg to...

Uber Eats tackles app profile issue that outs trans drivers

Jun. 22, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A civil rights group warned Uber Eats that its app profiles place transgender drivers at risk of harassment and violence, prompting the company to apologize Tuesday to a Kansas man and to resolve issues within the app that outed him. The move...

Louisiana governor vetoes transgender sports ban proposal

Jun. 22, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday struck down a bill prohibiting transgender athletes from competing on girls’ sports teams in Louisiana schools, pushing back against legislation that has passed several Southern states. The veto from the Deep...

Washington Spirit's Yokoyama comes out as transgender

Jun. 22, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

Kumi Yokoyama, a forward for the Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League, has come out as a transgender man. Yokoyama, who has also played for Japan's national team, came out in an interview that Racing Louisville striker Yuki Nagasato posted on her...

UEFA declines Munich application for rainbow-colored stadium

Jun. 22, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

MUNICH (AP) — German soccer clubs are banding together to display rainbow colors during the country’s match against Hungary at the European Championship after UEFA rejected host city Munich’s plan to do the same. Clubs in Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, Wolfsburg,...

New Mexico school district to discuss transgender athletics

Jun. 22, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — School board members in southern New Mexico plan to discuss a proposal that could restrict participation in sports by transgender athletes. The Alamogordo school board scheduled a work session for Saturday that will include time for the public...

Transgender weightlifter Hubbard selected for Tokyo Olympics

Jun. 21, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Laurel Hubbard hefted 628 pounds (285 kilograms) in two lifts on the way to qualifying in the women’s super-heavyweight division for the Tokyo Olympics. That's heavy. But it's nowhere near the figurative weight Hubbard has carried to...