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Federal judge to leave bench to head Dickinson College

May. 14, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The federal judge who outlawed “intelligent design” from being taught in public schools and struck down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage will leave the bench to become the president at Dickinson College, the school said Friday. John E....

Alaska bill would bar transgender girls from female sports

May. 13, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A bill introduced in the waning days of this year's legislative session in Alaska would require schools to designate school-sponsored athletic teams or sports as male, female or co-ed and require participation in a female sport to be based on the participant’s sex...

Vetoed Arizona sex education bill coming back with changes

May. 12, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A contentious sex education bill that was vetoed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey last month is being revived, with the sponsor keeping what she called “the heart” of the proposal, increased parental notifications, but stripping out provisions that specifically targeted...

US restores transgender health protections denied by Trump

May. 10, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government will protect gay and transgender people against sex discrimination in health care, the Biden administration declared Monday, reversing a Trump-era policy that narrowed rights at the intersection of changing social mores and sensitive medical...

Lutherans elect Megan Rohrer first transgender bishop

May. 10, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

(RNS) — The Rev. Megan Rohrer was elected bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Sierra Pacific synod on Saturday (May 8), becoming the first transgender person to serve as bishop in the denomination or in any of the U.S.’ major Christian faiths. ...

US to protect gay and transgender people from sex discrimination in health care, breaking with Trump policy

May. 10, 2021 08:44 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — US to protect gay and transgender people from sex discrimination in health care, breaking with Trump policy.

‘Love, welcome and respect’: He advocates for LGBTQ faithful

May. 08, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

Inside Allentown’s Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, with its tall stained-glass windows and sanctuary suffused with a soft golden glow, the man in the black shirt and slacks could be mistaken for a clergyman. He is, in fact, by someone who calls him “Father.”...

Prospects dim for passage of LGBTQ rights bill in Senate

May. 08, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Controlling Congress and the White House for the first time in a decade, Democrats were hopeful that this would be the year they finally secured civil rights protections for LGBTQ Americans. Then came a new debate over women’s and girls sports. ...

Red meat politics: GOP turns culture war into a food fight

May. 07, 2021 07:11 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Conservatives last week gobbled up a false news story claiming President Joe Biden planned to ration red meat. Colorado Rep. Rep. Lauren Boebert suggested Biden “stay out of my kitchen.” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted out a headline warning Biden was getting...

Utah affirms transgender right to change birth certificates

May. 06, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court affirmed the right of transgender people to change their sex designation on birth certificates Thursday, a ruling that came as a bright spot for advocates amid a wave of legislation targeting transgender people around the country. ...