Latest Gender issues 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...

Testosterone rule keeps transgender runner out of trials

Jun. 24, 2021 00:31 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Transgender runner CeCe Telfer will not be allowed to compete in the women's 400-meter hurdles at U.S. Olympic trials because Telfer has not met the conditions World Athletics established in its eligibility regulations for certain women's events. ...

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. ...

Suit: School district failed students reporting rape, abuse

Jun. 23, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

New York's top prosecutor is suing the school district in charge of a high school where dozens of students walked out in 2019 to protest the school’s response to a rape of a student by another. The lawsuit filed Wednesday by New York Attorney General Letitia James...

More than shoes: Nike navigates complicated twists in track

Jun. 23, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Ever since a track coach named Bill Bowerman tinkered with the idea of pouring rubber into his waffle iron to concoct a better shoe sole for running, Nike and the sport of track and field have become inseparably intertwined. The results of much of...

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...

Japan top court says married couples must adopt one surname

Jun. 23, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that laws requiring married couples to have the same surname are constitutional, dismissing a challenge by three couples seeking to keep their original names. The decision to affirm a 2015 Supreme Court ruling was...

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...