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Tennessee to mandate bathroom signs about transgender use

May. 18, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will become the first state in the United States to require businesses and government facilities open to the public to post a sign if they let transgender people use multiperson bathrooms, locker rooms or changing rooms associated with their gender...

Complaint: New Orleans police rescinded offer to trans man

May. 18, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A transgender man filed a federal discrimination complaint against the New Orleans Police Department after his job offer was rescinded on unspecified psychological and behavioral grounds. Britton Hamilton was offered a job with the agency in December,...

Tennessee gov signs transgender 'bathroom bill' for schools

May. 17, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed legislation that puts public schools and their districts at risk of losing civil lawsuits if they let transgender students or employees use multi-person bathrooms or locker rooms that do not reflect their gender at birth. ...

Federal judge to leave bench to head Dickinson College

May. 14, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The federal judge who outlawed “intelligent design” from being taught in public schools and struck down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage will leave the bench to become the president at Dickinson College, the school said Friday. John E....

Alaska bill would bar transgender girls from female sports

May. 13, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A bill introduced in the waning days of this year's legislative session in Alaska would require schools to designate school-sponsored athletic teams or sports as male, female or co-ed and require participation in a female sport to be based on the participant’s sex...

Vetoed Arizona sex education bill coming back with changes

May. 12, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A contentious sex education bill that was vetoed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey last month is being revived, with the sponsor keeping what she called “the heart” of the proposal, increased parental notifications, but stripping out provisions that specifically targeted...

US restores transgender health protections denied by Trump

May. 10, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government will protect gay and transgender people against sex discrimination in health care, the Biden administration declared Monday, reversing a Trump-era policy that narrowed rights at the intersection of changing social mores and sensitive medical...

Lutherans elect Megan Rohrer first transgender bishop

May. 10, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

(RNS) — The Rev. Megan Rohrer was elected bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Sierra Pacific synod on Saturday (May 8), becoming the first transgender person to serve as bishop in the denomination or in any of the U.S.’ major Christian faiths. ...

US to protect gay and transgender people from sex discrimination in health care, breaking with Trump policy

May. 10, 2021 08:44 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — US to protect gay and transgender people from sex discrimination in health care, breaking with Trump policy.

‘Love, welcome and respect’: He advocates for LGBTQ faithful

May. 08, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

Inside Allentown’s Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, with its tall stained-glass windows and sanctuary suffused with a soft golden glow, the man in the black shirt and slacks could be mistaken for a clergyman. He is, in fact, by someone who calls him “Father.”...