- Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage in churches Updated: Jul-02-15 3:22 am
SALT LAKE CITY - Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church's embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.
- Ohio high court orders use of gender-neutral language Updated: Jul-02-15 3:08 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered the use of gender-neutral references in family court cases in place of words such as husband and wife following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage across the country.
- Officials: Students' gender identity determines restroom use Updated: Jul-01-15 10:45 am
NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia - The U.S. Justice Department says in a court filing that transgender students must be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
- Girl Scouts refuse $100,000 anti-transgender donation Updated: Jun-30-15 7:37 pm
SEATTLE - The Girl Scouts of Western Washington said it has returned a $100,000 donation because it came with the provision that the money couldn't be used to support transgender girls.
- Latah County approves adding LGBT protections Updated: Jun-30-15 4:57 pm
MOSCOW, Idaho - County officials in northern Idaho have updated their employee handbook to ban discrimination against a person because of the sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Harvard athlete among 1st openly transgender NCAA swimmers Updated: Jun-30-15 3:45 pm
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts - Schuyler Bailar was a star recruit for the women's swimming team at Harvard University, a tough competitor with a shot at winning titles. But Bailar is opting to forgo such honors to join the men's team instead, competing as one of the first openly transgender swimmers in the NCAA.
- Early, weighty choices in 'Frontline' doc 'Growing Up Trans' Updated: Jun-29-15 9:18 pm
NEW YORK - "Growing Up Trans" explores the transgender phenomenon as younger people than ever (and their parents) now experience it: a frontier of possibilities and unknowns, and a minefield of high-stakes choices for these youngsters as they also navigate the changes adolescence brings.
- Transgender immigration detainees may be housed by gender Updated: Jun-29-15 7:13 pm
SANTA ANA, California - Immigration authorities will consider housing transgender detainees based on the gender they identify with in the wake of criticism about detention conditions for the population, officials said on Monday.
- Religious objections law to take effect months after uproar Updated: Jun-29-15 1:47 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - The threats to boycott Indiana have faded since the uproar this spring over the state's religious objections law, which takes effect Wednesday. Yet, the law criticized as possible legal discrimination against gays and lesbians still troubles tourism efforts and looms over the state's politics.
- Nigeria urged to repeal its anti-gay law by rights group Updated: Jun-29-15 12:49 pm
LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's draconian law against gays has encouraged mob attacks, police torture, evictions and public whippings, according to a report Monday that urges the country's new president to repeal the legislation.
- Cuomo demands better protections for transgender students Updated: Jun-28-15 9:26 pm
NEW YORK - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the state Education Department to do a better job of protecting transgender students from harassment and discrimination in the classroom.
- Gay activists in Asia upbeat about impact of US court ruling Updated: Jun-27-15 10:43 pm
Gay rights activists in Asia, where no country allows same-sex couples to legally marry, are upbeat about prospects for a change following the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing such marriages in every state of the nation.
- Lubbock police chief demoted days after federal hiring probe Updated: Jun-27-15 1:46 pm
LUBBOCK, Texas - The police chief in Lubbock, Texas, was demoted to captain just a day after an assistant police chief overseeing a murder investigation was reassigned, according to a newspaper report.
- Filipino LGBT people celebrate Gay Pride, US court decision Updated: Jun-27-15 9:28 am
MANILA, Philippines - Several hundred gays, lesbians and transgender people held a Gay Pride rally Saturday in the Philippine capital to push for LGBT rights and to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing gay marriages in all U.S. states as a victory for their cause.
- Deadline looms for Governor Ige to announce bill vetoes Updated: Jun-26-15 5:50 pm
HONOLULU - The deadline is approaching for Hawaii Gov. David Ige to tell lawmakers which bills he plans to veto.
- Federal appeals court revives sex-reassignment lawsuit Updated: Jun-26-15 2:49 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - State prison officials may be violating a transgender California inmate's rights by denying her sex reassignment surgery, a federal appeals court ruled Friday as it revived the prisoner's lawsuit against the state.
- NYC bill would require some bathrooms to be gender-neutral Updated: Jun-26-15 2:32 pm
NEW YORK - Aiming to curb gender bias and harassment in New York City, officials are readying a plan that would require businesses to convert some restrooms to gender-neutral facilities.
- Indiana groups hail marriage ruling, seek more protections Updated: Jun-26-15 2:04 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Friday that allows gays to marry across the country divided opinion across Indiana, with supporters celebrating but calling for more civil-rights protections and opponents saying the ruling illustrates the need to protect religious freedoms.
- Pennsylvania governor applauds same-sex marriage ruling Updated: Jun-26-15 11:19 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is applauding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, but says state lawmakers should follow up by passing a law to protect people against discrimination based on their sexual or gender preference.
- Lubbock police accused of discrimination in hiring process Updated: Jun-25-15 2:36 pm
LUBBOCK, Texas - A federal review claims that the Lubbock Police Department discriminated against Hispanics and women in hiring probationary police officers.
- Google, other firms support expanding transgender rights Updated: Jun-24-15 7:49 pm
BOSTON - Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Google and Eastern Bank are backing an effort in Massachusetts to extend the state's public accommodations protections to transgender individuals.
- Civil liberties group: Transgender students still harassed Updated: Jun-24-15 5:23 pm
ALBANY, New York - Transgender students are often harassed in public schools across New York, and education officials have failed to carry out a legislative mandate to protect them, the New York Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday.
- California judge agrees to dismiss kill-gays ballot measure Updated: Jun-23-15 7:45 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A California judge has thrown out a proposed ballot initiative that advocated killing anyone who engages in gay sex, calling the measure "patently unconstitutional."
- Trial ordered for man in slaying of transgender woman Updated: Jun-23-15 4:31 pm
PHILADELPHIA - A man has been ordered to stand trial in the stabbing death of a transgender woman in north Philadelphia earlier this year.
- Rights group slams Malaysia for prosecuting transgenders Updated: Jun-22-15 1:40 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Human Rights Watch on Monday criticized a Malaysian Islamic court for fining nine Muslim transgender women for cross-dressing and jailing two of them for a month.