Latest Gender issues News

Angered by transgender flag, Iowa GOP lawmakers seek limits

Jan. 27, 2020 6:01 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Angered by a flag observing Transgender Day that briefly flew over the Iowa Capitol, Republican lawmakers moved forward Monday with a bill that would limit the types of flags state and local governments can display. Republicans moved the bill from a subcommittee to a full committee...

Equal Rights Amendment supporter Donna Granski, right, from Midlothian Va., cheers the passage of the House ERA Resolution in the Senate chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. The resolution passed 27-12. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

With Virginia's final ratification, ERA fight advances

Jan. 27, 2020 5:29 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia officially became the critical 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment on Monday, clearing the way for likely court fights over whether the measure can be added to the U.S. Constitution. State lawmakers made history earlier this month when each chamber of the General...

The Utah Capitol is viewed before the Utah Legislature begins work Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Salt lake City. Lawmakers are expected to consider hundreds of bills over the 45-day period. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Tax overhaul repeal first up as Utah lawmakers begin work

Jan. 27, 2020 3:02 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The repeal of a sweeping tax overhaul that sparked a voter backlash will begin quickly, legislators said Monday as they began work for the year. “We heard from the people. We listened to them,” said Republican Senate President Stuart Adams. The Legislature is expected...

Connecticut to allow non-binary gender option on licenses

Jan. 25, 2020 3:19 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles will soon allow a non-binary gender designation on state drivers’ licenses. Starting Monday, three gender options will be available for state-issued license and identification cards — male, female, and non-binary, denoted by...

FILE - In this April 8, 2019, file photo, Kelley Blair, CEO and founder of Diversity Center of Oklahoma walks arm-in-arm with James Cooper and Allie Shinn, right, Executive Director of Freedom Oklahoma. Marchers joined Councilman-elect James Cooper in a march from Park Avenue and Broadway to City Hall in support of the LGBTQ community in Oklahoma City. Leaders in conservative Oklahoma say they are looking for more legislative progress for LGBTQ people this year after notable strides in 2019. (Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman via AP)

Oklahoma leaders hope to push for more LGBTQ rights in 2020

Jan. 25, 2020 10:35 AM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders in conservative Oklahoma say they are looking for more legislative progress for LGBTQ people this year after notable strides in 2019. Tulsa and Oklahoma City updated their personnel policies to ban discrimination against city employees based on gender identity or expression,...

Man sentenced to life in prison for transgender wife's death

Jan. 24, 2020 10:48 PM EST

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man pleaded guilty Thursday to killing his transgender wife and was sentenced to life in prison, prosecutors said. Mark Steele-Knudslien, 49, of North Adams, pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to second-degree murder, The Boston Globe reported. ...

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...

Subcommittee advances bill banning LGBTQ discrimination

Jan. 24, 2020 7:48 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A General Assembly subcommittee advanced a bill Thursday that would prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, public accommodations, employment and credit applications. Lawmakers suggested expanding the focus of a bill introduced by Del....

Ohio judge apologizes for writing homophobic letters in '90s

Jan. 24, 2020 4:42 PM EST

MAUMEE, Ohio (AP) — A judge in northwest Ohio deeply apologized Thursday for a pair of homophobic letters-to-the-editor he wrote to his college newspaper in the 1990s. Maumee Municipal Court Judge Dan Hazard issued the apology to news outlets in Toledo, after WTOL-TV reported on the letters, which are...

Gov. Noem voices 'concerns' about transgender treatment bill

Jan. 24, 2020 4:26 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she has “concerns” about a bill in the House that would make it illegal for physicians to administer gender-change treatments to children under 16. But she declined Friday to offer full support or disapproval. The bill would allow for...