Latest Gender identity News

Trans athlete ban pushed by Noem clears South Dakota Senate

Jan. 19, 2022 17:24 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Senate on Wednesday passed a bill proposed by Republican Gov. Kristi Noem that would ban transgender women and girls from participating in school sports leagues that match their gender identity. The bill cleared the Senate with wide support from...

Virginia school district to remove controversial gender book

Jan. 16, 2022 12:18 PM EST

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — A school district in Virginia plans to pull copies of the controversial book, “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” from its library shelves. The Washington Post reports that Loudoun County school officials are citing color illustrations that were deemed inappropriate....

Univ. of North Dakota leader defends gender inclusion plan

Jan. 14, 2022 19:40 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The president of the University of North Dakota on Friday defended a proposal that would allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, saying the intent is to align the Grand Forks-based school with existing laws and to better...

Transgender athlete ban, backed by Noem, clears committee

Jan. 14, 2022 17:50 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota legislative committee on Friday approved a bill championed by Gov. Kristi Noem to ban transgender women and girls from participating in school sports leagues that match their gender identity. With the Republican governor's full-fledged lobbying,...

North Dakota bishops oppose UND gender inclusion policy

Jan. 12, 2022 17:11 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group that represents North Dakota’s Roman Catholic bishops is contacting parents of students at the University of North Dakota and asking that they urge administrators to reject the school’s proposed “gender inclusion” policy. The policy, which is...

Tennessee high court pick goes to state AG's office attorney

Jan. 12, 2022 15:31 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Wednesday picked a high-level lawyer in the attorney general's office for a vacancy on the state Supreme Court, signaling a likely shift further right for the court. The Republican governor selected Tennessee Associate Solicitor...

Noem to start session pulled between social, economic issues

Jan. 10, 2022 19:40 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — As South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem marks the beginning of the state's legislative session Tuesday, she finds herself in a balancing act, caught between business groups wanting to ratchet up the state's economic growth and social conservatives pushing some of the country's...

Agenda in Pierre: Marijuana, federal windfall, social issues

Jan. 10, 2022 07:43 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's rapid-fire legislative session kicks off Tuesday with lawmakers prepared to debate legalizing marijuana, how to spend nearly $1 billion in federal coronavirus relief and what to do with a spate of bills touching on some of the nation's most incendiary...

New Hampshire moves to outlaw 'gay panic defense'

Jan. 09, 2022 08:42 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is closer to joining more than a dozen other states in prohibiting defendants accused of manslaughter from using the victim's gender, gender identity or sexual orientation as a defense. The House voted 223-118 on Thursday to outlaw what has been...

Women-focused carpentry class makes skillset more accessible

Jan. 09, 2022 00:05 AM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — As Dallas Conyers walked through her neighborhood near Greenville, South Carolina, she thought about the personal animal rescue she inherited from her father earlier in 2021. Some of the dog houses, which currently shelter 12 dogs, would need to be entirely...