Latest Gender identity News

Arkansas House sends governor stripped-down hate crimes bill

Apr. 12, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Monday approved a stripped-down alternative to hate crimes legislation that longtime supporters of such laws have criticized as not providing true protections following a succession of new measures restricting the rights of transgender people....

Louisiana's latest legislative session moves past pandemic

Apr. 12, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Despite the coronavirus outbreak, the Louisiana Legislature opened a regular session Monday that seems more like those of pre-pandemic times, with debates planned on taxes, sports betting, transgender rights and other issues far beyond the virus' aftermath. ...

Committee to consider change to bill targeting trans youth

Apr. 12, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Legislature may consider changes to a measure that would ban transgender athletes from participating in school and college sports according to the gender with which they identify. The House on Monday rejected an amendment that would have...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Apr. 12, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. April 8, 2021. Editorial: Sex education promotes respect, helps protect vulnerable children The Nebraska State Board of Education is considering adding instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation to the state health...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Apr. 12, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

Dubuque Telegraph Herald. April 9, 2021. Editorial: Proposed ethanol bill good for Iowa economy, environment Area lawmakers working on changes to rules regarding ethanol in gasoline have gone about penning new legislation in the right way: By bringing...

Montana faith groups, advocates show LGBTQ support

Apr. 11, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Shortly after the deadly 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Courtney VonLindern, who is gay and non-binary, was walking through downtown Missoula in a state of dejection when they spotted a pride flag displayed in the window of the United...

WVa lawmakers pass $4.5 billion budget with cuts to colleges

Apr. 10, 2021 23:18 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers approved a $4.5 billion budget on Saturday that leaves the state's two top universities with a combined $28 million cut, unless future surpluses can kick in to cover it. The 23-11 vote in the Senate came on the final day...

Speaker: Representatives divided over trans treatment bill

Apr. 10, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY. Ala. (AP) — Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon says representatives are divided over a bill that would ban the use of hormones and puberty-blockers to treat transgender minors. The Republican legislative leader said Thursday he was uncertain when the bill...

In GOP strongholds, a big push on 'culture war' legislation

Apr. 10, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An ardent abortion foe who once opposed allowing gay couples to be foster parents, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is the unlikeliest figure to complain about bills on the “culture wars" reaching his desk. But by vetoing a ban on gender...

West Virginia transgender athlete bill heads to governor

Apr. 09, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Transgender athletes in West Virginia would be banned from competing in female sports in middle and high schools and colleges under a bill that won approval from the legislature Friday. The bill heads to the desk of Republican Gov. Jim Justice,...