Latest Gender identity News

Pope Francis meets transgender guests of Rome church

Aug. 11, 2022 11:24 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has met with a fourth group of transgender people who found shelter at a Rome church, the Vatican newspaper reported Thursday. L’Osservatore Romano said the encounter took place Wednesday on the sidelines of Francis’ weekly general audience. The...

Judge won't toss lawsuit against Utah transgender sports ban

Aug. 10, 2022 20:17 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge on Wednesday rejected the request by Utah officials to throw out a lawsuit challenging a state ban on transgender kids who want to compete in youth sports. The ruling comes ahead of a hearing scheduled for Thursday where Judge Keith Kelly will assess...

Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' law fuels anti-LGBTQ hate online

Aug. 10, 2022 14:37 PM EDT

Research that analyzed social media posts finds that hateful references to gays, lesbians and other LGBTQ people surged online after Florida passed a law that bars instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade. References to pedophiles and...

WVU researchers collecting data on gender-diverse identities

Aug. 09, 2022 04:09 AM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The number of teenagers living in Appalachia who identify as transgender, nonbinary or other diverse gender identities may be higher than previously thought, according to a survey conducted by West Virginia University researchers. More than 7% of young...

Court sets fall arguments on trans youth treatment ban

Aug. 06, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear arguments in November over Alabama’s efforts to outlaw the use of gender-affirming medications to treat transgender minors. Alabama is asking a federal appeals court to lift an injunction and let it enforce a law that...

New Yorkers can apply online for IDs with “X” option

Aug. 04, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers who want a driver's license with an “X” gender identity marker can now apply online and skip the line at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday that New Yorkers can go to the state DMV website to change their gender...

'Chicago' to welcome trans actor Angelica Ross as Roxie Hart

Aug. 04, 2022 16:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “Pose” star Angelica Ross is set to make her Broadway debut in “Chicago” this fall, becoming the first openly transgender actor to play the murderous vixen Roxie Hart in the long-running musical. Ross, whose credits also include “American Horror Story:...

Transgender child sues over Tennessee school bathroom law

Aug. 04, 2022 14:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A transgender child and her parents sued the Tennessee Department of Education on Thursday over a law that prohibits transgender students and staff from using school bathrooms or locker rooms that match their gender identities. The suit was filed in federal...

Trump-aligned challengers ousting GOP legislative incumbents

Aug. 04, 2022 10:46 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As Wisconsin's longest-serving Assembly speaker, Republican Robin Vos has presided over efforts to restrict abortions, weaken unions, expand gun rights and push back against COVID-19 mandates. Despite that, he's facing a primary challenger who claims he's not conservative...

Judge: West Virginia Medicaid must cover transgender care

Aug. 03, 2022 17:31 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Medicaid program must provide coverage for gender-confirming care for transgender residents, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Chuck Chambers in Huntington made the ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by LGBTQ interest group Lambda...