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Tunisia's Ons Jabeur celebrates after defeating China's Wang Qiang in their fourth round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

First for Jabeur as she reaches quarterfinals in Australia

Jan. 26, 2020 4:25 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ons Jabeur is the first Arab woman to make it to a Grand Slam singles quarterfinal, and she's proud to lead the way. “I'm trying to inspire many young generations back home either in Tunisia or the Arabic world, especially in Africa, which is amazing," she said....

FILE - In this May 21, 2019, file photo, Arizona state Rep. Nancy Barto, middle, stands with other lawmakers in the State House. Transgender girls and women in Arizona would be barred from participating in sports on the team that aligns with their gender identity under a proposed law. Republican Rep. Barto introduced the measure on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, saying it is intended to prevent female athletes from being forced to compete against biological males. It would apply to K-12 schools, community colleges and state universities but only to female teams. (AP Photo/Bob Christie, File)

Arizona bill would ban transgender girls, women from teams

Jan. 24, 2020 8:17 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Transgender girls and women would be barred from participating in sports on the team that aligns with their gender identity under a proposed Arizona law. The proposal announced by GOP Rep. Nancy Barto on Friday is co-sponsored by 22 other Republican House members and is the latest on a...

Tennessee governor signs anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 24, 2020 4:39 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has become the latest state to assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if those organizations exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed the bill Friday without fanfare or an...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2018, file photo, Gus Kenworthy, of the United States, jumps during the men's slopestyle final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. These days, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy is one tough act to follow. His talents have him starring in a variety of roles both on and off the slopes. He's an actor (recently appearing in

Cast in many roles, Gus Kenworthy is one tough act to follow

Jan. 23, 2020 2:46 AM EST

Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy hasn't had much time to rehearse and practice new tricks heading into the Winter X Games this weekend. That's no line, either. He's just been too busy memorizing them. The 2014 Olympic slopestyle silver medalist is one tough act to follow as his talents have him starring in a variety...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, Gov. Bill Lee, R-Tenn., walks on the turf before a NFL divisional playoff football game in Baltimore. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee on Tuesday sent a letter to Gov. Lee urging him not to sign the controversial adoption funding legislation currently awaiting his signature. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

ACLU urges Tennessee gov not to sign anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 22, 2020 1:20 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A civil rights group is raising questions about the legality of a Tennessee proposal that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. The American Civil Liberties...

FILE — In this Aug. 1, 1963 file photo Bayard Rustin, leader of the March on Washington poses in New York City. California lawmakers, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D- San Diego, called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to posthumously pardon Rustin, who was jailed for having gay sex nearly 70 years ago, during a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Eddie Adams)

California governor asked to pardon late gay rights leader

Jan. 21, 2020 6:33 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature’s LGBTQ and black caucuses on Tuesday asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to posthumously pardon a civil rights leader who was jailed for having gay sex nearly 70 years ago. Bayard Rustin was a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., along with being an...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 file photo, from left, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg look to answer a question during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. Multiple Democratic presidential hopefuls have talked about their faith on the campaign trail, weaving it into their approach to issues from immigration to climate change. Among the most vocal Democrats on that front is Buttigieg, who asserted his party’s connection to religion on Tuesday during its final primary debate before next month’s first-in-the-nation Iowa caucus. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Democrats' challenge: Courting evangelicals in the Trump era

Jan. 21, 2020 12:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s strong white evangelical support poses a challenge to Democrats: how to connect with a group of Christian voters whose longtime GOP lean makes them compelling antagonists in a polarized era. Former President Barack Obama reached out to evangelicals in notable...

In this Jan. 15, 2020, photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the dawn of what may be her toughest reelection fight, veteran Collins has parachuted into familiar terrain _ the pressure-packed middle of an issue, this time the impeachment of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Impeachment lands Sen. Collins in familiar spot: crosshairs

Jan. 18, 2020 1:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing perhaps her toughest reelection fight, veteran Sen. Susan Collins has parachuted into familiar terrain — the heart of a hot-button issue, this time President Donald Trump's impeachment. With Senate trial proceedings starting Tuesday, the moderate Maine Republican says she'll...

Dex Rumsey, 15, is photographed with his mother Robyn and father Clay Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Roy, Utah. Dex Rumsey, 15, came out as transgender at age 12. In consultation with a counselor and doctors, he gradually began wearing short hair and boy's clothes, then began using puberty blockers and eventually testosterone. His parents say he's gone from a shy, withdrawn child to a happy, thriving kid. He scared he could become depressed and suicidal again a ban on hormone therapy and sex-reassignment surgery for minors were to pass. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

LGBT activists say new bills target transgender youth

Jan. 18, 2020 10:55 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — At the urging of conservative advocacy groups, Republican legislators in more than a dozen states are promoting bills that focus on transgender young people. One batch of bills would bar doctors from providing them certain gender-related medical treatment; another batch would bar...

Appeals court rules against convict over gender pronouns

Jan. 17, 2020 6:30 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A transgender convict has lost a federal appeal to have her name changed in court records — and to have the appeals court refer to her with feminine pronouns. The case of Norman Varner — now Katherine Nicole Jett — divided a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit...