Latest Gender identity News

Michigan board declines to certify LGBTQ rights ballot drive

Jul. 26, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan elections board on Monday declined to certify an LGBTQ-rights ballot drive after determining it did not submit enough valid voter signatures. The 4-0 vote from two Democrats and two Republicans came after the elections bureau did a...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jul. 26, 2021 10:03 AM EDT

San Antonio Express-News. July 22, 2021. Editorial: State leaders join bullying of trans kids When considering who should be off-limits from harm done by lawmakers, children should rise to the top of the list, yet Gov. Greg Abbott and the GOP’s...

First openly transgender Olympians are competing in Tokyo

Jul. 26, 2021 03:57 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For Quinn, a midfielder for the Canadian women's soccer team, the opening match of the Tokyo Games carried more emotional weight than their previous Olympic appearances. Quinn became the first openly transgender athlete to participate in the Olympics when...

47 Nebraska school districts object to sex ed standards

Jul. 25, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nearly 50 Nebraska school boards have objected to proposed state health education standards that include lessons for young children on gender identity and gender expression. State Sen. Joni Albrecht said 47 school boards across the state have either...

Indiana businesses urge Congress to pass LGBTQ protections

Jul. 23, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 100 Indiana businesses are urging Congress to pass legislation stalled in the Senate that would extend federal civil rights protections to LGBTQ people, saying in a letter that “discrimination is bad for business." Prominent businesses...

Federal judges block transgender restrictions in 2 states

Jul. 21, 2021 20:07 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Federal judges on Wednesday temporarily blocked an Arkansas law banning gender confirming treatments for transgender youth and a West Virginia ban on trans athletes in women's sports, two major victories for LGBTQ advocates against a wave of restrictions approved by...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Jul. 21, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. July 19Gov. Tim Walz issued his 25th executive order of 2021 (his 171st overall) to bar the practice of conversion therapy on children in Minnesota. Conversion therapy, sometimes called reparative therapy, seeks to change the sexual orientation...

Federal judge temporarily blocks enforcement of Arkansas ban on gender confirming treatment for transgender youth.

Jul. 21, 2021 13:03 PM EDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Federal judge temporarily blocks enforcement of Arkansas ban on gender confirming treatment for transgender youth.

Bill would ban discredited conversion therapy in Charleston

Jul. 21, 2021 04:13 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in West Virginia's capital city have introduced a proposal to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Councilwoman Caitlin Cook, a council...

Louisiana Senate backs transgender sports ban veto override

Jul. 20, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Republican state senators Tuesday narrowly voted to overturn Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' rejection of a bill prohibiting transgender students from participating in school sports, on the opening day of the first veto session under the state's nearly...