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In GOP strongholds, a big push on 'culture war' legislation

Apr. 10, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An ardent abortion foe who once opposed allowing gay couples to be foster parents, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is the unlikeliest figure to complain about bills on the “culture wars" reaching his desk. But by vetoing a ban on gender...

Approval of Kansas bill on trans athletes isn't veto-proof

Apr. 09, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas conservatives on Friday pushed a proposed ban on transgender athletes in girl's and women's school sports through the Republican-controlled Legislature but don't have enough support yet to overcome a possible veto by the state's Democratic governor. ...

Barbara Ehrenreich among winners of PEN literary awards

Apr. 09, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Ehrenreich, Ross Gay and Michael X. Wang are among the winners of prizes from PEN America, the literary and human rights organization. During a virtual ceremony Thursday night, Gay's “Be Holding: A Poem” received the $75,000 Jean Stein Award...

Police: Person found shot to death inside Springfield home

Apr. 09, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A woman has been found shot to death inside an apartment in Springfield, and a man has been arrested in the case, police in the southwestern Missouri city said. Officers were called just before 7 p.m. Thursday to the apartment, where they found...

Kansas lawmakers likely to pass bill on transgender athletes

Apr. 09, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — LGBTQ-rights advocates in Kansas are relying on the state's Democratic governor or the courts to block a ban on transgender athletes in girls' or women's school sports after conservatives on Thursday moved to push it through the GOP-controlled Legislature. ...

GLAAD Media Awards presenters support transgender athletes

Apr. 08, 2021 23:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Schitt’s Creek” and “The Boys in the Band” were winners at the GLAAD Media Awards, which included soccer’s Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger calling for transgender students to be accepted as “part of the team” in sports. Harris and...

Senior Polish judge deletes tweet about transgender child

Apr. 08, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish top court judge on Thursday deleted a tweet in which she had publicized personal information about a transgender child, triggering accusations that she had placed the youth in danger. This is the latest development highlighting a divide...

Noem pitches transgender sports ban; lawmakers say not now

Apr. 07, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Despite South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's renewed push for lawmakers to take up issues she feels were left unsettled during the regular legislative session, including banning transgender girls from girls' sports, lawmakers said they won't address it during a special...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Apr. 07, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ April 5 The Greensboro News & Record on Major League Baseball's removal of the All-Star Game from Atlanta: There’ll be no joy in Cobb County this...

Discrimination part of everyday life for Peru's trans people

Apr. 07, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The attack on Gahela Cari came following a televised political debate in the form of a searing tweet from her opponent. Attached to it was an image of her Peruvian elections registration with her names and gender given at birth, all of which she no longer identifies with,...