Latest Gender issues News

S Korean military to appeal ruling on transgender soldier

Oct. 21, 2021 07:06 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military said Thursday it will appeal a landmark court ruling that struck down its decision to discharge the country’s first known transgender soldier before she was found dead earlier this year. A district court ruled this...

Chapelle special spurs Netflix walkout; 'Trans lives matter'

Oct. 20, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix employees who walked out Wednesday in protest of Dave Chappelle's special and its anti-transgender comments were joined by allies who chanted “Trans lives matter,” getting pushback from counterprotesters who also showed up. A pre-noon...

Montana media groups appeal ruling over closed GOP meeting

Oct. 20, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Members of the Montana media are appealing a state judge's ruling in a lawsuit over whether Republican members of a legislative committee legally held a secret meeting before voting on bills involving abortion and transgender health care. The media...

Kansas City suburb bans LGBTQ conversion therapy

Oct. 19, 2021 08:06 AM EDT

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas City suburb has agreed to ban controversial conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth. The Kansas City Star reports that licensed medical or mental health professionals face a $1,000 fine for trying to change a person’s sexual...

MTV: Europe Music Awards to counter Hungary's anti-gay laws

Oct. 19, 2021 06:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The MTV Europe Music Awards will be held Nov. 14 in Hungary, the network said Tuesday, reaffirming and defending the location despite the country’s recent passage of legislation widely condemned as anti-LGBTQ. The ceremony is an opportunity to make...

UN investigator: Gender equality in free speech is far off

Oct. 18, 2021 23:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An independent U.N. investigator warned Monday that despite the Nobel Peace Prize to courageous Filipino journalist Maria Ressa, “gender equality in freedom of expression remains a distant goal.” Irene Khan, the special investigator on the...

Rights watchdog faults Malta for abortion, journalist safety

Oct. 18, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A European human rights watchdog recommended on Monday that Malta legalize abortion, improve gender equality and implement reforms to protect journalists, adding another international voice of criticism to the laws and culture on the Mediterranean island nation. ...

Texas passes new limits on transgender high school athletes

Oct. 18, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is poised to become the latest and most populous state to tighten restrictions on transgender athletes in public high school sports. State lawmakers on Sunday approved a measure that requires transgender athletes to play on teams that align...

Japan leader calls for greater military capability, spending

Oct. 18, 2021 06:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called for increases in Japan's military capability and spending in response to what he described as growing threats from China and North Korea in a public debate with eight other political party leaders ahead of upcoming national elections. ...

Wyoming's Sissy Goodwin remembered with museum exhibit

Oct. 17, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Vickie Goodwin was supposed to meet her husband at the Smithsonian Museum, and he was very, very late. The Wyoming natives were visiting D.C. for her job, and while she attended a meeting, Sissy had gone off to sightsee. Now he was nowhere to be...