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University will end draft work on gender inclusion policy

Jan. 21, 2022 13:05 PM EST

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The University of North Dakota plans to end its work on a policy for gender inclusion and has no plans to implement it. The policy that was being drafted required use of a transgender person’s preferred pronouns and the use of locker rooms, bathrooms and...

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,...

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...

US judge in Michigan tosses gay corrections officers' suit

Jan. 09, 2022 16:57 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge in Michigan has tossed a lawsuit brought by two gay corrections officers, ruling that some of their discrimination claims weren’t sufficiently proven and that statutes of limitation barred others. Michelle Wood alleged in the 2020 suit that she was...

Tutu's advocacy for LGBTQ rights did not sway most of Africa

Dec. 29, 2021 02:31 AM EST

Desmond Tutu is being remembered for his passionate advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ people as well as his fight for racial justice. But the South African archbishop’s campaign against homophobia had limited impact in the rest of Africa, where same-sex marriage remains illegal and most countries...

Rights group says protection for transgender Thais lacking

Dec. 16, 2021 04:54 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Puncharat Taloet underwent a sex change operation several years ago, but her Thai state identification card still identifies her as a man, causing her serious complications. “It seems that when compared to other countries in the region, Thai people are open-minded...

Jury awards $4 million to Missouri transgender student

Dec. 14, 2021 16:07 PM EST

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City-area school district must pay a transgender student $4 million after it refused to let him use the boys' restrooms or locker rooms, a Jackson County jury decided. The jury on Monday found the Blue Springs school district had discriminated...

'A safe place.' For LGBT asylum seekers, a new shot at life

Dec. 13, 2021 09:43 AM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The church volunteers assembled furniture and hung decorations in the newly renovated apartment building. They laid out nearly every necessity, down to the bath towels, bed linens, cooking supplies and televisions. Over Thanksgiving weekend, the first...

Tunisia: LGBT activist's assault by police seen as a pattern

Dec. 10, 2021 06:57 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A prominent LGBTQ activist in Tunisia has reported that two men, one dressed in police uniform, threw him to the ground, beat and kicked him during an assault they said was punishment for his “insulting” attempts to file complaints against officers for previous...