Latest Gender issues News

For trans activists, recent setbacks temper long-term hopes

Nov. 19, 2019 1:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Amid their annual vigils for transgender homicide victims, trans rights activists in the U.S. are trying to maintain long-term optimism even as many hard-won protections are under threat. Just a few weeks ago, President Donald Trump’s administration argued before the Supreme Court...

Judge says teen to stand trial in Colorado school shooting

Nov. 18, 2019 7:00 PM EST

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — Colorado prosecutors have enough evidence for a teenager to stand trial on dozens of charges in a suburban Denver school shooting that killed a classmate, a judge ruled Monday. Judge Jeffrey Holmes ruled that Alec McKinney, 16, should stand trial on more than 40 charges, including...

Lincoln mayor signs order adding to discrimination rules

Nov. 18, 2019 4:25 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The mayor of Lincoln has signed an executive order that bans discrimination against city employees based on gender identity or expression. Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird signed the executive order Monday in a move that strengthens a city policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual...

Atlanta to hold vigil for transgender victims

Nov. 18, 2019 3:55 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The city of Atlanta is planning a vigil to honor transgender people who die in crimes. Transgender Remembrance Day will be held at Atlanta City Hall on Wednesday night. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports it will honor transgender people killed this year by hate crimes, mass murders or...

Michigan changes transgender policy for driver’s licenses

Nov. 18, 2019 2:57 PM EST

FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says her department is making it easier for transgender people to get a driver’s license or state ID card. Starting Monday, those wanting to correct the sex designation on their license can go to a branch office to have their photo...

Police release name of 22-year-old woman killed in crash

Nov. 17, 2019 4:16 PM EST

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — Police have released the identity of a female passenger who was killed in a crash that resulted in drunken driving charges for the driver. The Newport Daily News reports that 22-year-old Kailyn Newton of Westport, Massachusetts, died after the Saturday morning crash. Police...

Idaho board axes birth certificate gender rule

Nov. 15, 2019 4:36 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho State Board of Health and Welfare has scrapped a temporary rule requiring transgender minors to get a doctor’s approval before changing the gender listed on their birth certificate. The Idaho Press reports that board chairman Darrell Kerby announced the rule was being...

Texas archdiocese challenges LGBT anti-discrimination rights

Nov. 15, 2019 3:20 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas archdiocese wants to become a foster care provider, but only if it can be exempt from adhering to federal safeguards against anti-LGBT discrimination. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is joining the Texas Attorney General’s office and the Department of Family and...

Egyptian woman fights unequal Islamic inheritance laws

Nov. 15, 2019 2:41 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — One Egyptian woman is taking on the country’s inheritance laws that mean female heirs inherit half that of men. Since her father's death last year, Huda Nasrallah, a Christian, has stood before three different judges to demand an equal share of the property left to her two brothers by...

Kansas City bans gay conversion therapy

Nov. 14, 2019 6:47 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Conversion therapy for LGBTQ young people will not be allowed in Kansas City. The city council on Thursday approved an ordinance banning the therapy, which tries to change a gay or transgender person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The therapy also has been banned in...