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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019 file photo, Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, far left, and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. In a response to a lawsuit brought by three female high school runners, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference maintains that it is exempt from Title IX, that guarantees equal access to women and girls in education, including athletics. The lawsuit argues that male anatomy gives the transgender runners an unfair advantage in violation of Title IX. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)

US Justice Department: Don't treat trans athletes as girls

Mar. 25, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is getting involved in a federal civil rights lawsuit that seeks to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from competing as girls in interscholastic sports. Attorney General William Barr signed what is known as a statement of interest Tuesday, arguing...

Idaho transgender women sports ban bill heads to governor

Mar. 18, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho bill banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports despite warnings that such a law is unconstitutional headed to the governor's desk on Wednesday. The House voted 54-16 to approve an amended version from the Senate. The measure would apply to all sports...

US naval officer sues over military transgender ban

Mar. 18, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A U.S. naval officer who is facing involuntary discharge because of a policy restricting transgender people from military service has filed a lawsuit that aims to force defense officials to allow her to continue serving. The federal lawsuit, filed Tuesday, is the first legal challenge to the...

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2011, file photo, House Speaker John Boehner, left, of Ohio reenacts the swearing in of Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hanna, a moderate Republican from upstate New York who broke with his party in 2016 over supporting then-candidate Donald Trump, died Sunday, March 15, 2020, after a battle with cancer, his family said. He was 69. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Former GOP Rep. Richard Hanna, a moderate voice, dies at 69

Mar. 17, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

BARNEVELD, N.Y. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, a moderate Republican from upstate New York who broke with his party in 2016 over supporting then-candidate Donald Trump, has died. He was 69. His family released a statement saying the three-term congressman died Sunday in a hospital after a battle...

FILE - In this June 6, 2018, file photo, Gabriela Hernandez, executive director of the nonprofit New Mexico Dream Team, holds up an image in Albuquerque, N.M, of Roxsana Hernandez , a Honduran transgender woman who died while in U.S. custody. A transgender woman who has been detained with men in immigration custody for nine months says she's been sexually harassed and assaulted. Advocates say Alejandra Alor Reyes, an asylum-seeker from Mexico, is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and should be released on humanitarian grounds while she awaits an appeal to her asylum denial. They say transgender immigrants face unsafe conditions in detention and that none are being held with members of the gender they identify with. (AP Photo/Mary Hudetz, File)

Advocates: Transgender woman sexually assaulted at ICE site

Mar. 12, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A transgender woman seeking asylum should be released after she was sexually assaulted and harassed while being detained in an Arizona immigration facility with men for nine months, advocates said Thursday. Alejandra Alor Reyes, who is from Mexico, is suffering from PTSD and should be...

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Review: Using Shakespeare to take the pulse of America

Mar. 9, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

“Shakespeare in a Divided America,” Penguin Press, by James Shapiro America: land of the free, home of the brave, known for Route 66, Silicon Valley … and Shakespeare? Yes, and from colonial days onward. Back then, the Bard wasn’t even considered high culture - his plays were as...

Brigham Young University student Kate Lunnen joins several hundred students protesting near The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints church headquarters Friday, March 6, 2020, in Salt Lake City, to show their displeasure with a letter this week that clarified that

Mormon students protest BYU stance on same-sex behavior

Mar. 7, 2020 2:03 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After Brigham Young University two weeks ago dropped a section from its strict code of conduct that had prohibited all expressions of homosexual behavior, bisexual music major Caroline McKenzie felt newfound hope that she could stop hiding and be herself. She even went on a date with...

Judge sides with transgender Alaska librarian in health case

Mar. 6, 2020 9:10 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska health care plan that has excluded coverage of gender-confirming surgery for transgender employees is discriminatory, a federal judge ruled Friday. The decision came in a 2018 case filed against the state by Jennifer Fletcher, a legislative librarian who said she was forced...

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Review: Authors take readers through the history of drag

Mar. 6, 2020 10:29 AM EST

“Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life,” Penguin Books, by Tom Fitzgerald & Lorenzo Marquez In “Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life,” authors Tom...

FILE - In this March 6, 2019 file photo, former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., speaks to reporters at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago. On Thursday, March 5, 2020, Schock came out as gay in social media and web posts, saying he would do more if he were in Congress today to support LGBTQ rights _ which he opposed when he served. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Ex-GOP US Rep Schock says he's gay, regrets anti-gay stances

Mar. 5, 2020 9:11 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Saying he would do more if he were in Congress today to support LGBTQ rights — which he opposed when he served — former Illinois U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock came out as gay Thursday in social media and web posts. In the postings on Instagram and a webpage, the 38-year-old also...