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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2018, file photo, Destiny Clark, 33, of Odenville, Ala., sits infant of a pride flag for a portrait in Odenville, Ala. Alabama’s policy requiring a transgender person to undergo full gender reassignment surgery before they can change the sex on their driver’s license is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Judge: Alabama transgender license policy unconstitutional

Jan. 15, 2021 7:53 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s policy requiring a transgender person to undergo full gender reassignment surgery before they can change the sex on their driver’s license is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Friday. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson said Alabama policy’s that...

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Sen. Wiener has introduced legislation that would ban certain medically unnecessary surgeries on children born with ambiguous or conflicting genitalia. The first-of-its-kind legislation would not allow these types of surgeries until the child is at least 6-years-old. A similar bill failed to pass last year after facing opposition from the California Medical Association. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California bill would ban intersex surgery for young kids

Jan. 15, 2021 5:58 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker is trying again to ban some medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children until they are at least 6-years-old, hoping a narrower focus combined with new legislative leadership will be enough to get the first-of-its-kind legislation signed into law....

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. Transgender athletes are getting an ally in the White House next week as they seek to participate as their identified gender in high school and college sports. Attorneys on both sides say they expect President-elect Joe Biden’s Department of Education will switch sides in legal battles that could go a long way in determining whether transgender athletes are treated by the sex on their birth certificates or by how they identify.  (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)

Transgender athletes look to changing of White House guard

Jan. 15, 2021 1:47 PM EST

Transgender athletes are getting an ally in the White House next week as they seek to participate as their identified gender in high school and college sports — although state legislatures, Congress and the courts are all expected to have their say this year, too. Attorneys on both sides say they expect...

More NC towns expand LGBT employment, commerce protections

Jan. 14, 2021 11:14 AM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — More North Carolina towns have approved expanded non-discrimination ordinances for LGBT people, the result of the recent expiration of a 3 1/2-year ban on such rules by local governments. The Chapel Hill board approved new protections unanimously on Wednesday that cover employment...

West Virginia city is latest to pass fairness ordinance

Jan. 14, 2021 4:18 AM EST

KEYSER, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia now has 14 cities that have adopted local fairness ordinances protecting LGBTQ residents from discrimination, a civil rights advocacy group said. The Keyser City Council voted Wednesday night to adopt such an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and...

FILE - In this May 12, 2016, file photo, gender free sign hangs outside a restroom at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, N.C. A 3 1/2-year ban on local ordinances aimed at protecting LGBT rights in North Carolina expired Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, prompting gay rights groups to urge the passage of such measures.
Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper agreed to the moratorium in March 2017 in exchange for GOP lawmakers agreeing to do away with portions of a “Bathroom Bill” that Republicans had approved a year earlier.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Moratorium over: N. Carolina towns advance LGBT protections

Jan. 12, 2021 4:06 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The first North Carolina municipalities are acting to expand LGBT rights again a month since the expiration of a moratorium on nondiscrimination ordinances agreed to years ago as a compromise to do away with the state's “bathroom bill.” The governing board of...

Boston firefighter sex discrimination case settled for $3.2M

Jan. 12, 2021 3:51 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston firefighter who said she was sexually harassed by male colleagues while on the job, then denied a better position as retaliation for reporting the harassment, has reached a $3.2 million settlement with the city, her attorneys said Tuesday. The agreement with Nathalie Fontanez...

A man walks by the display of the capital city's logo near the Seoul City Hall in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The government of South Korea's capital is being criticized for a now-deleted online manual for pregnant women that contained sexist tips and gender stereotypes. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Seoul city criticized for sexist tips to pregnant women

Jan. 12, 2021 5:36 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The government of South Korea's capital is facing criticism for an online manual for pregnant women that contained sexist tips and gender stereotypes. The now-deleted guidelines, which were published on the website of Seoul’s “Pregnancy and Childbirth Information...

Fatima Ali prepares cheese-plate takeaway at her home kitchen in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. After Iraq imposed a coronavirus lockdown in March, Fatima is among a growing numbers of Iraqi women who are finding some good under the movement restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic: They're starting their own businesses from home. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Pandemic restrictions a business boon for some Iraqi women

Jan. 12, 2021 1:28 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Fatima Ali was in her final year studying to become a medical analysis specialist when Iraq imposed a full lockdown in March. Forced by a raging pandemic to stay home, she spent her days on social media, looking for something to do with her time. Then an idea came to her: Six years ago,...

Parlow Cone unopposed for additional year as USSF president

Jan. 11, 2021 5:51 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Cindy Parlow Cone is unopposed for an additional one-year term as U.S. Soccer Federation president running until February 2022. Parlow Cone, a former national team midfielder, became president March 11 last year when Carlos Cordeiro quit following a backlash. The federation had claimed in a...