- Hawaii bill for birth certificate gender change passes Updated: May-05-15 6:04 pm
HONOLULU - The Hawaii Legislature has passed a bill that could make it a lot easier for transgender people to change their gender on their birth certificates.
- California seeks to block inmate's sex reassignment surgery Updated: May-05-15 2:13 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California officials want a federal appeals court to block a judge's order that the state immediately provide a transgender prisoner with sex reassignment surgery.
- Miley Cyrus on Bruce Jenner, pink armpits, her new charity Updated: May-05-15 10:50 am
LOS ANGELES - When Miley Cyrus wears pasties or posts photos of her pink armpits, it's not to be a provocateur. The 22-year-old says she's just being herself, and she wants all young people to have that same opportunity.
- Elkhart to look at adding gay, transgender protections Updated: May-05-15 8:07 am
ELKHART, Indiana - A proposed ordinance change in Elkhart would add protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Supreme Court rejects inmate's appeal for sex-change surgery Updated: May-04-15 4:05 pm
BOSTON - A nearly two-decade legal fight by a convicted murderer in Massachusetts to get taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery ended in failure Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected her final appeal.
- Charlotte allows transgender people to choose restrooms Updated: May-04-15 9:49 am
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - Officials in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are allowing transgender people to use the bathrooms of their gender identity in city and county-owned facilities.
- All-female Smith College to accept transgender applicants Updated: May-03-15 6:04 pm
NORTHAMPTON, Massachusetts - Smith College, the largest of the all-female Seven Sisters schools, is changing its policy to accept transgender women.
- Committee OKs gender-neutral bathroom proposal in Santa Fe Updated: May-02-15 5:17 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - A proposal to establish gender-neutral restrooms in Santa Fe cleared a hurdle this week.
- Fallout over religious objections law spurs local ordinances Updated: May-02-15 11:26 am
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana communities are taking steps to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity after an outcry over a state law that critics charged was anti-gay.
- In Iraqi malls, Syrian women work jobs spurned by locals Updated: May-02-15 3:00 am
IRBIL, Iraq - Two years after fleeing from her home in Damascus, 22-year-old Rahaf Abdullah is working at a gleaming mall in Iraq's Kurdish region, selling sweets to local women who largely refuse to take such jobs.
- Judge: Ex-Ohio St band director has 4 months to prove claims Updated: May-01-15 3:19 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A federal judge said Friday that an Ohio State University band director fired for turning a blind eye to a "sexualized culture" there has four months to gather evidence over his gender discrimination claim.
- Iowa college to offer LGBT student housing Updated: May-01-15 11:28 am
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - Iowa Western Community College will offer lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students a new community housing option this fall.
- Transgender army major wins victory in conservative Serbia Updated: May-01-15 6:23 am
BELGRADE, Serbia - In macho Serbia, he came across as macho as they come: an army major in a military culture that glorifies masculine strength. He was a perfect husband and father in a society that preaches family values. But for nearly his entire life, the major felt he was living a lie: Deep down, he was a woman.
- State Senate shoots down transgender bathroom restrictions Updated: Apr-29-15 6:50 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The Minnesota Senate has shot down a move to restrict transgender students' access to school bathrooms and locker rooms.
- State Patrol concludes Ohio transgender teen's death suicide Updated: Apr-29-15 3:50 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The State Highway Patrol has closed its investigation into a transgender teenager's death on a southwest Ohio highway after concluding it was suicide.
- Pressure grows to end blanket bans on gay men blood donors Updated: Apr-29-15 11:16 am
PARIS - The European Union's top court on Wednesday joined a growing chorus of voices questioning whether it still makes sense to forever bar all gay men from donating blood.
- Missouri school board mulls nondiscrimination policy change Updated: Apr-29-15 2:34 am
COLUMBIA, Missouri - The Columbia Board of Education Policy Committee is considering adding gender identity and expression to the district's nondiscrimination policy.
- More Arkansas local governments push for LGBT protections Updated: Apr-28-15 7:43 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Officials in Arkansas' most populous county and one of its most popular tourist destinations said Tuesday they're considering prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, expanding the pushback against a new state law criticized as anti-gay.
- Massachusetts AG optimistic court to OK gay marriage rights Updated: Apr-28-15 3:23 pm
BOSTON - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says she's cautiously optimistic the Supreme Court will rule in favor of gay marriage.
- Jamaica woman brings attention to rapes targeting lesbians Updated: Apr-28-15 11:17 am
KINGSTON, Jamaica - When Angeline Jackson and a friend were ambushed at gunpoint and sexually assaulted on a wooded trail outside the Jamaican capital, police initially seemed less concerned about the attack than the fact she is a lesbian.
- Ohio restaurant sorry for 'insensitive' Jenner hot dog name Updated: Apr-28-15 11:02 am
CINCINNATI - The owner of a popular Cincinnati restaurant has apologized after being criticized by transgender advocates for naming its hot dog of the day the "Bruce Jenner 2.0."
- Conservative pastors slam Bosma, Long over religion law fix Updated: Apr-27-15 5:04 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Republican Gov. Mike Pence and legislative leaders failed to protect religious liberties by approving a change to Indiana's religious objections law, conservative religious leaders said Monday.
- Audit says universities need to better track crime, sex bias Updated: Apr-27-15 4:50 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania's system of 14 state-owned universities should do a better job of tracking crimes and sex discrimination, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Monday as he released a performance audit of the agency.
- Kenya: Court orders government to register gay rights group Updated: Apr-27-15 3:35 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenyan judges on Monday ordered a government agency to register a human rights group representing the country's gay people.
- In final rush, Hawaii lawmakers discuss key topics Updated: Apr-26-15 2:55 pm
HONOLULU - It's the final rush in the Legislature, and major decisions are looming on several issues, including the Hawaii Health Connector.