Latest Gender identity News

New York courts to expand gender options on jury documents

Nov. 12, 2019 2:03 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's court system is planning to expand the gender options on jury documents to be more inclusive of people who do not identify as male or female. The system aims to have the updated juror information card set for distribution by early January, said state court spokesman Lucian...

Kansas GOP colleagues spurn Davids' request on adoption rule

Nov. 6, 2019 3:16 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Congressional Republicans from Kansas have rejected a request from the delegation's lone Democrat that they join her in opposing a federal policy that allows faith-based adoption agencies to get taxpayer funding even if they turn away same-sex couples. Rep. Sharice Davids sent a letter...

At transgender medicine program, patients find compassion

Nov. 4, 2019 12:47 PM EST

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — When Allison Niedzwiecki was looking for hormone replacement therapy in 2015, she knew of only two medical providers in Connecticut who offered the service. "There are providers who hear the word "transgender" and don't think they know what to do or how to get involved,"...

Virginia women's college updates transgender student policy

Oct. 31, 2019 7:44 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A private women's university in Virginia has announced a new policy allowing students who transition from female to male while at school to remain enrolled and earn their degree. Under the new guidelines at Hollins University in Roanoke, enrolled students who transition from female to...

Governor updates LGBTQ community equal rights in Oregon

Oct. 25, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's LGBTQ community has updated rights to equal treatment under an executive order signed by Gov. Kate Brown. Brown, America's first openly bisexual governor, said a 1987 executive order needed to be updated to reflect current law and understandings about sexual orientation and...

Correction: Transgender Birth Certificates-Idaho story

Oct. 25, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In a story Oct. 24 about Idaho transgender people changing the sex listed on their birth certificates, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of people who have applied to change the gender on their birth certificates between April 2018 and September. The number is 145,...

Texas GOP leaders enter parents' battle over child's gender

Oct. 25, 2019 12:30 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Top Republican leaders in Texas this week weighed in on two parents' battle over their 7-year-old child's gender identity after the case was shared widely on social media and conservative news sites. Former spouses Anne Georgulas and Jeffrey Younger, who live in the Dallas area, have been...

Governor concedes Mormon worries on 'conversion therapy' ban

Oct. 24, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that concerns from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about a perceived lack of safeguards for religious beliefs in a proposed ban on so-called conversion therapy raise legitimate questions, but he thinks they can be resolved. The...

School board appealing decision on transgender bathroom ban

Oct. 23, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

RICMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school board is seeking to convince an appeals court that its transgender bathroom ban didn't discriminate against former student Gavin Grimm. The Gloucester County School Board filed a 76-page brief late Tuesday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. The...

Utah transgender nonprofit opens office in Orem

Oct. 20, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A project that started as a way for one transgender person to pay for gender-confirmation surgery has grown into a Utah-based nonprofit helping others who can't afford the procedure. Ian Giles founded the organization Genderbands, which provides free chest binders and awards surgical...