Latest Gender issues News

North Dakota Gov. Burgum vetoes transgender sports measure

Apr. 21, 2021 21:24 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum vetoed legislation Wednesday restricting transgender students from participating in public elementary and secondary school sports. Burgum said in his veto message that the state “has a level playing field...

Missouri House votes to ban trans athletes on girls teams

Apr. 21, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Transgender girls would be banned from playing on girls' sports teams under a bill that advanced Wednesday in the Missouri House. House lawmakers voted 100-51 to add the provision to another bill, sidestepping the more-typical process that requires...

Arkansas lawmakers vote transgender athlete ban expansion

Apr. 21, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Wednesday voted to expand the state's new ban on transgender girls and women competing on school sports teams consistent with their gender identity. The House voted 74-17 to authorize the attorney general to sue schools...

NYC judge agrees to dismiss thousands of prostitution cases

Apr. 21, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge tossed out thousands of prostitution-related cases dating to the 1970s on Wednesday at the request of the Manhattan district attorney, who announced he would no longer prosecute many offenses related to sex work. The mass dismissal of...

Colorado bill would protect gender identity and expression

Apr. 21, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would add “gender identity” and “gender expression” to anti-discrimination statutes as state lawmakers across the country are introducing bills aimed at curbing transgender rights. There are 21 states...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Apr. 21, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ April 21 The Advocate on political bills that could endanger Louisiana's attempt at restarting tourism: With a shorter session designed to be focused on...

Tennessee lawmakers pass new transgender 'bathroom bill'

Apr. 21, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have passed a bill that would put public schools and districts at risk of civil lawsuits if they let transgender students or employees use multi-person bathrooms or locker rooms that do not reflect their gender at birth. The...

Lawrence commission approves ban on conversion therapy

Apr. 21, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence will no longer allow licensed providers to practice conversion therapy on minors in the city. The city commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to ban the practice, which is designed to change a person's sexual orientation or gender...

Former juvenile justice commissioner appeals termination

Apr. 21, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s former juvenile justice commissioner has appealed her termination for alleged harassment, bullying and creating a “toxic environment” in the workplace, according to a published report. LaShana Harris disputed findings from an...

Families, doctors urge Alabama to reject trans treatment ban

Apr. 20, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Transgender youth, parents and advocates on Tuesday urged the Alabama House of Representatives, as well as the state’s governor, to reject legislation that would ban the use of puberty-blockers or hormones to treat transgender minors. ...