Latest Gender identity News

A Black trans woman was killed. Her sisterhood asks why?

Apr. 17, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Gray clouds, steeped with rain, swirled above Tuckaseegee Park when a short parade of cars pulled into the parking lot. One by one, the cars emptied, and dozens of women greeted each other, crying and laughing, having traveled from all over the...

GOP Oklahoma lawmaker criticized for transgender comments

Apr. 16, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker who helped revive a bill to ban transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports is coming under fire for saying transgender people “have a mental illness." Rep. Justin Humphrey, a Republican from the southeast...

Police investigate shooting death of Black transgender woman

Apr. 16, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Police in North Carolina are investigating the shooting death of a Black transgender woman who was found in a Charlotte hotel room. The Charlotte Observer reported Thursday that Jaida Peterson is the 14th transgender person killed nationwide since the...

Lee to sign bill letting students opt out of LGBTQ material

Apr. 16, 2021 05:04 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee plans to sign a bill requiring school districts to alert parents of any instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity and let them opt their student out. Casey Black, a spokesperson for the Republican, said Thursday...

Alabama lawmakers vote to ban trans girls from female teams

Apr. 15, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama could soon become the next conservative state to prevent transgender girls from playing on female sports teams. The Republican-dominated Alabama Legislature on Thursday gave final passage to a bill that would prohibit K-12 schools from...

North Dakota Legislature passes transgender sports bill

Apr. 15, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Republican-led North Dakota Legislature has passed a bill restricting transgender girls from participating in public elementary and secondary school sports and sent the measure to Gov. Doug Burgum. The Senate passed the bill Thursday that was...

'Distance makes sense:' Semenya pins Olympic hopes on 5,000

Apr. 15, 2021 07:24 AM EDT

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Caster Semenya won the 5,000-meter race at the South African national championships on Thursday in a personal-best time and then said she's likely to focus on long-distance events for the rest of her career. That could be her best hope of...

Arkansas governor signs stripped-down hate crimes measure

Apr. 14, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law a stripped-down alternative to hate crimes legislation that longtime supporters of such laws say doesn't provide true protections. The Republican governor on Tuesday signed the bill, which its...

Florida House moves to limit transgender students in sports

Apr. 14, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers moved closer to requiring transgender athletes to undergo testosterone or genetic testing — as well as submit to having their genitalia examined — to participate on sports teams in public schools and colleges. The proposal...

Fairness watchword at NC transgender sports ban hearing

Apr. 14, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Calls for fairness predominated at a North Carolina legislative hearing Wednesday on a bill that would prevent transgender girls and women from competing in organized school sports designated for biologically female athletes. A House judiciary...