Latest Gender identity News

High school track athletes Alanna Smith, left, Selina Soule, center and and Chelsea Mitchell prepare to speak at a news conference outside the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, Conn. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. The three girls have filed a federal lawsuit to block a state policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in girls sports. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

Transgender athletes seek to become defendants in lawsuit

Feb. 18, 2020 12:20 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two transgender high school runners want to become defendants in a federal lawsuit that seeks to block them from participating in girls sports in Connecticut. Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood would be stripped of the right to run track this spring if a judge rules against a state...

US judge dismisses lawsuit over transgender pronoun dispute

Feb. 17, 2020 2:32 PM EST

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — A judge dismissed a professor's lawsuit against a small, public university in Ohio that rebuked him for not addressing a transgender student using the student's preferred gender terms. Nicholas Meriwether's federal lawsuit alleged that Shawnee State University officials violated...

Soccer player Mara Gomez poses for a portrait at her home in La Plata, Argentina, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Gomez is a transgender woman who is limited to only training with her women's professional soccer team, Villa San Carlos. She is waiting for confirmation from the Argentina Football Association (AFA) she can play. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Transgender woman poised to make Argentine soccer history

Feb. 14, 2020 2:29 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Dozens of trophies, balls and cups sit on two worn, wooden shelves in the small home in a Buenos Aires suburb of Mara Gómez, who is poised to become the first transgender woman to play professional soccer in Argentina. Tall and athletic, Gómez looks at the mementos...

State urges judges to uphold felon name change restrictions

Feb. 13, 2020 4:02 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A lawyer with the Pennsylvania attorney general's office told a panel of judges Thursday to uphold a state law that bars some convicted felons from legally changing their names, in a case brought by three transgender women. Alexander Korn said during Commonwealth Court oral argument in...

Danbury High School sophomore Alanna Smith speaks during a news conference at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, Feb, 12, 2020. Smith, the daughter of former Major League pitcher Lee Smith, is among three girls suing to block a state policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in girls sports. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

Girls sue to block participation of transgender athletes

Feb. 12, 2020 6:33 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The families of three female high school runners filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from participating in girls sports. Selina Soule, a senior at Glastonbury High School, Chelsea Mitchell, a senior at Canton High School and Alanna...

Judge rules Oklahoma transgender inmate lawsuit can proceed

Feb. 12, 2020 4:37 PM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A transgender inmate can sue the state of Oklahoma and prison officials who she says stopped her hormone therapy because they thought she was faking her gender identity, a federal judge has ruled. A physician's assistant ordered an end to Glenn Porter's hormone therapy after a staff...

Transgender felons seek to ease state rules on name changes

Feb. 12, 2020 11:33 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania court this week will consider a legal challenge by three transgender women to a two-decade-old state law that prohibits people who have committed serious felonies from ever changing their names. Commonwealth Court will hear oral arguments Thursday in the lawsuit...

Appeals court won't reconsider inmate's gender surgery case

Feb. 11, 2020 7:07 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has become the first circuit in the nation to order a state to pay for an inmate's gender confirmation surgery, ruling Monday that a three-judge panel decision will stand. Idaho Gov. Brad Little says he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the...

LGBT advocate Richard Seese protests a bill that would ban gender confirmation medical treatments for children under 16, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 at the state Capitol in Pierre, S.D. Legislation that aimed to prevent South Dakota physicians from giving gender confirmation procedures to children under 16 has been stopped by a Senate committee. A Republican-dominated Senate committee voted 5-2 to kill the proposal. (Abigail Dollins/Argus Leader via AP)

Ban on treatments for transgender kids fails in South Dakota

Feb. 10, 2020 4:47 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Legislation aimed at stopping South Dakota physicians from providing puberty blockers and gender confirmation surgery to transgender children under 16 failed to get enough support Monday in a Senate committee. A Republican-dominated Senate committee voted 5-2 to kill the proposal,...

Supporters of SB 868 gather for a group photo after a press conference ahead of the floor votes on SB 868, the Virginia Values Act. The event was held in the Jefferson Room of the State Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Virginia lawmakers pass protections for LGBTQ people

Feb. 6, 2020 9:02 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers passed comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation Thursday that advocates said makes the state the first in the South to enact such protections for LGBTQ people. The measures advanced on bipartisan votes, 59-35 in the House and 30-9 in the Senate as newly...