Latest Gender identity News

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...

Film academy honors 16 Student Academy Award winners

Oct. 18, 2019 1:55 AM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "I'd like to thank the academy" is a phrase many only ever get to say in front of their bathroom mirrors. But 16 student filmmakers actually got to utter those words on stage Thursday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science in Beverly Hills. Not only that: They're all...

Mormon church opposes Utah LGBTQ 'conversion therapy' ban

Oct. 16, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposed ban on so-called conversion therapy in Utah is in danger of being derailed after the influential Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints came out Tuesday night in opposition, just months after it said it wouldn't stand in the way of a similar measure under...

Matthew Shepard's parents criticize AG Barr on LGBT rights

Oct. 16, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student murdered in 1998, assailed Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday for what they called hypocrisy on LGBT rights during a Justice Department ceremony commemorating a hate-crimes law named after their son. The ceremony, held in the department's Great Hall,...

School district backtracks on transgender student policy

Oct. 16, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

JASPER, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia school district says it won't let transgender students use bathrooms aligning with their gender identity, reversing a previous decision. The Pickens County school district announced the decision Wednesday, following a heated public meeting Monday night. The district says it...

Detroit suburb bans so-called gay conversion therapy

Oct. 15, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit suburb has banned so-called conversion therapy, a scientifically discredited practice to change a gay person's sexual orientation or someone's gender identity. Ferndale council member Julia Music says the ban is an effort to build a "safe and inclusive space" for all...

AP analysis: Most states lack laws protecting LGBT workers

Oct. 15, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

Rumors started circulating around the fire station in Byron, Georgia, within a year after the medical treatments began. The fire chief's once-crewcut hair was growing longer, and other physical changes were becoming noticeable. Keeping quiet was no longer an option. The chief said that once members of the tiny...

School district backtracks on transgender student policy

Oct. 15, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

JASPER, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia county school district is putting on hold a new rule allowing transgender students to use bathrooms that align with their gender identity. News outlets report hundreds packed into a Pickens County School District meeting Monday night to debate the policy, and tensions were high...

Police seek ID of female found dead in Vermont river

Oct. 14, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Police in Vermont are trying to learn the identity of a female whose body was found in the Roaring Branch River in Bennington. Police say the death is suspicious. First responders were called to the area off Caroline Drive late Sunday morning. Detectives from the Bennington Police...

In or out? Court case on job bias casts pall on LGBT fests

Oct. 13, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — National Coming Out Day festivities were tempered this year by anxiety that some LGBT folk may have to go back into the closet so they can make a living, depending on what the Supreme Court decides about workplace discrimination law. But the mere fact that words like "transgender" are...