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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. Transgender athletes are getting an ally in the White House next week as they seek to participate as their identified gender in high school and college sports. Attorneys on both sides say they expect President-elect Joe Biden’s Department of Education will switch sides in legal battles that could go a long way in determining whether transgender athletes are treated by the sex on their birth certificates or by how they identify.  (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)

Transgender athletes look to changing of White House guard

Jan. 15, 2021 1:47 PM EST

Transgender athletes are getting an ally in the White House next week as they seek to participate as their identified gender in high school and college sports — although state legislatures, Congress and the courts are all expected to have their say this year, too. Attorneys on both sides say they expect...

Human rights activists show an altered image with colors symbolizing LGBT rights as they gathered outside the provincial court in Plock, Poland, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Three activists went on trial Wednesday at the court on charges of having offending religious sentiment by adding the LGBT rainbow symbol to posters of the revered icon, The Black Madonna and Baby Jesus, and publicly displaying the altered image on garbage bins and mobile toilets. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland: 3 on trial over LGBT sign on posters of revered icon

Jan. 14, 2021 4:24 PM EST

PLOCK, Poland (AP) — Three human rights activists went on trial Wednesday in Poland for alleged desecration and offending religious sentiment by adding the LGBT rights movement's rainbow symbol to posters of a revered Roman Catholic icon and publicly displaying the altered image, including on garbage bins...

FILE - In this May 12, 2016, file photo, gender free sign hangs outside a restroom at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, N.C. A 3 1/2-year ban on local ordinances aimed at protecting LGBT rights in North Carolina expired Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, prompting gay rights groups to urge the passage of such measures.
Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper agreed to the moratorium in March 2017 in exchange for GOP lawmakers agreeing to do away with portions of a “Bathroom Bill” that Republicans had approved a year earlier.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Moratorium over: N. Carolina towns advance LGBT protections

Jan. 12, 2021 4:06 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The first North Carolina municipalities are acting to expand LGBT rights again a month since the expiration of a moratorium on nondiscrimination ordinances agreed to years ago as a compromise to do away with the state's “bathroom bill.” The governing board of...

Poland: Church cancels lease of liberal Catholic magazine

Jan. 5, 2021 11:13 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A liberal Roman Catholic magazine in Poland that recently criticized some high-ranking church officials says local church authorities in Krakow have terminated the publication's office lease after almost 76 years. The Tygodnik Powszechny (General Weekly) said on Facebook and on its...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 file photo, Rev. Joseph Lowery speaks at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr., spoke, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Lowery, a veteran civil rights leader who helped King found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and fought against racial discrimination, died Friday, March 27, 2020, the family said. He was 98. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Religious leaders worldwide, across faiths who died in 2020

Dec. 31, 2020 2:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Catholic priest who for decades had been one of the Vatican’s top experts on the Latin language died on Christmas Day at a nursing home in Milwaukee. A United Methodist Church bishop in the West African nation of Sierra Leone died in a traffic accident in August as he was engaged...

Students stage a sit-in outside the Fenelon High School in Lille, northern France, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. About 100 teenagers rallied in northern France to pay homage to a transgender student who killed herself this week after facing tensions with school officials around her gender identity. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

French teens protest after transgender classmate's suicide

Dec. 18, 2020 12:50 PM EST

LILLE, France (AP) — About 100 teenagers rallied in northern France on Friday to pay homage to a transgender student who killed herself this week after facing tensions with school officials for wearing a skirt to class, a case that has drawn online indignation and national attention to the issue of gender...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 2, 2020 file photo, members of the clergy lead protesters in the Prayerful Protest march for George Floyd, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day, May 25. During nationwide protests, leaders from many religious traditions spoke out to support the peaceful goals of demonstrators. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

After turbulent 2020, faith in America faces more big issues

Dec. 18, 2020 11:21 AM EST

For many religious denominations in the United States, there were two shared preoccupations in 2020 beyond the usual matters of faith: How to cope with the coronavirus pandemic and how to respond to tumultuous political events. With Joe Biden replacing Donald Trump as president, and with vaccines eventually...

Transgender women celebrate Pride Day at the Hotel Gondolin where they live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. In September, President Alberto Fernández signed a decree establishing a 1% employment quota for transgender people in the public sector.  (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Argentina to add more transgender people to labor force

Dec. 17, 2020 10:05 AM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Angeles Rojas strides down the hall of the Argentine state bank, passed portraits on the walls of past bank presidents who may have been shocked to see a young transgender person on its workforce. The 23-year-old joined the human resources department of Banco Nación,...

FILE - In this Saturday, July 6 2013 file photo participants walk down Andrassy Street under a giant rainbow flag during the 18th Budapest Gay Pride March in Budapest, Hungary. Human rights and LGBT groups have condemned an amendment to Hungary’s constitution approved on Tuesday that effectively bans adoption for same-sex couples and enshrines a strict Christian conservative ideology into the legal conception of the family.  (AP Photo/MTI, Imre Foldi, file)

Rights groups condemn Hungarian ban on same-sex adoptions

Dec. 16, 2020 12:11 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Human rights groups on Wednesday condemned a new Hungarian law that effectively bans adoption for same-sex couples and applies a strict Christian conservative viewpoint to the legal definition of a family. The amendment, passed by Hungary’s right-wing ruling coalition in...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks at the Phoenix International Academy in Phoenix. DeVos has extended the moratorium on student loan payments and the accrual of interest until Jan. 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Trump eases rules for religious social service providers

Dec. 14, 2020 6:26 PM EST

The Trump administration on Monday moved to loosen Obama-era restrictions on religious organizations that receive federal money to provide social services. In new rules coordinated across nine federal agencies, the administration said it was clearing barriers that make it difficult for religious groups to...