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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019 file photo, Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, far left, and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. The U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has found a Connecticut policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in girls sports is illegal. The office says the policy violates Title IX, the federal civil rights law that guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics.  (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)

US: Transgender sports inclusion violates others' rights

May. 28, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's policy allowing transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports violates the civil rights of athletes who have always identified as female, the U.S. Education Department has determined in a decision that could force the state to change course to keep federal...

FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Gavin Grimm, who has become a national face for transgender students, speaks during a news conference held by The ACLU and the ACLU of Virginia at Slover Library in Norfolk, Va. A federal appeals court is hearing arguments Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in the case of Grimm who sued a Virginia school board after he was barred as a student from using the boys’ bathrooms at his high school. A judge ruled last year that the Gloucester County School Board had discriminated against Grimm. (Kristen Zeis/The Daily Press via AP, File)

Virginia school board defends transgender bathroom ban

May. 26, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school board defended its transgender bathroom ban before a federal appeals court Tuesday, as a transgender man barred from using the boys bathroom in high school argued that the policy discriminated against him and violated his constitutional rights. A judge ruled last year...

This undated photo provided by Idaho State University shows Mary Marshall, one of two female track athletes who want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new state law banning transgender women from competing in women's sports. It's the first such law in the nation. Attorneys for Marshall, 20,  of Twin Falls, Idaho, and 19-year-old Madison Kenyon of Johnston, Colo., filed a request Tuesday, May 26, 2020 to side with Idaho in fighting the lawsuit. The American Civil Liberties Union and Legal Voice filed the lawsuit in April. (Eric Gordon/Idaho State University via AP)

Idaho State track athletes want transgender lawsuit tossed

May. 26, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two female athletes at Idaho State University want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new state law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports, the first such law in the nation. Madison Kenyon, 19, of Johnston, Colorado, and Mary Marshall, 20, of...

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2016 file photo, an Iraqi woman who fled the fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants waits for humanitarian aid at a camp for internally displaced people, in Khazir, near Mosul, Iraq. A new report released Monday, May 11, 2020, by the Norwegian Refugee Council found that internally displaced women will face more obstacles returning home than men after nearly three years of languishing in camps since the end of the war against the Islamic State. At least 11 % of women, the report says, will face barriers hindering their return including tribal conflicts and militia presence. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

Group says Iraqi women fighting to return home face hurdles

May. 11, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi women who fled war and conflict are facing systemic inequalities in their fight to return to their homes, a rights report published Monday revealed about Iraq's internally displaced population. The Norwegian Refugee Council's findings show that up to 11% of...

Trump administration asks court to toss lawsuit over ERA

May. 8, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Trump administration has asked a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by three Democratic state attorneys general seeking to force the U.S. archivist to recognize Virginia's vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and adopt it in the U.S. Constitution. Virginia became the 38th and...

FILE - In this March 27, 2020, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington. The U.S. Education Department is promising to process student loan forgiveness claims for nearly 170,000 borrowers within 18 months as part of a proposed settlement announced Friday in a federal lawsuit filed in California. The lawsuit alleged that DeVos illegally stalled a program known as borrower defense to repayment, which forgives federal student loans for borrowers who are cheated by their colleges. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

New campus sexual assault rules bolster rights of accused

May. 6, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday issued a new policy that will reshape the way schools and universities respond to complaints of sexual misconduct, bolstering the rights of the accused and narrowing the scope of cases colleges are required to investigate. “We released a final rule that...

FILE - In this July 7, 2019, file photo,  United States' Megan Rapinoe lifts up a trophy after winning the Women's World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France. The  global players' association released its report on the state of  women's soccer, after warning that the coronavirus  outbreak could have a disastrous impact following the gains of last summer's Women's World Cup.  (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

Women’s soccer loses equal pay bid; other claims await trial

May. 2, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

A federal judge threw out the unequal pay claim by players on the U.S. women's national soccer team in a surprising loss for the defending World Cup champions but allowed their allegation of discriminatory working conditions to go to trial. Players led by Alex Morgan sued in March 2019, claiming they have not...

HFM TBA**FILE-In this Sept. 26, 2019, file photo, former Byron, Ga., fire chief Rachel Mosby poses for a photo in the home of a friend in Atlanta. Mosby is a transgender woman who held the job for more than a decade as a man, then was fired in June, 18 months after she openly transitioned. Mosby has filed a discrimination lawsuit in 2020, in U.S. District Court after the EEOC took no action on a sex discrimination complaint she filed last year.(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Transgender fire chief files discrimination suit over firing

Apr. 29, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A transgender fire chief has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the small Georgia city where she led the fire department for more than a decade, then was fired 18 months after she began coming to work as a woman. Rachel Mosby says her firing last summer by the city of Byron...

Panama's gender-based quarantine problem for transsexuals

Apr. 23, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama's mandatory coronavirus quarantine that divides the days people can go out for essentials by gender has led to harassment and discrimination of transsexual people, an international human rights organization said Thursday. Human Rights Watch sent a letter to President Laurentino...

This 2019 photo provided by Augusta Films, shows Richard Sobol in a still from the documentary

Attorney who fought for civil rights in Louisiana has died

Apr. 15, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A white lawyer who defended black civil rights activists at the height of the movement in Louisiana, often weathering threats to his own life, has died. Richard Barry Sobol died March 24 at his home in Sebastopol, California, of aspiration pneumonia, stemming from radiation treatment for...