Gender issues

In this Saturday, June 10, 2017 photo transgender woman Anna Kouroupou applies a make up at her home in Athens. Marginalized, stigmatized, often abused and rejected, Greece’s transgender community is now hoping a controversial new law passed by Greece’s parliament Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 will improve their daily lives and foster greater acceptance in what is often a deeply conservative society. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
October 10, 2017 - 12:18 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Before she had even reached puberty, Anna Kouroupou knew she wasn't what her birth certificate said she was: a boy. But having herself officially declared female was a painful process, and one that could only legally be done if it included gender reassignment surgery...
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FILE - In this undated file photo, Stiles Zuschlag, a transgender teen, stands outside Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine. The Maine teen who was crowned homecoming king at his new school says he wants to use the attention to spread love and tolerance. (Deb Cram/Portsmouth Herald via AP, File)
October 10, 2017 - 12:16 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A transgender Maine teen who was crowned homecoming king at his new school says he wants to use the attention to spread love and tolerance. Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine, named Stiles Zuschlag homecoming king on Oct. 6. He came out as a transgender male in 2015...
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In this July 24, 2017 photo, President Donald Trump speaks about healthcare in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington. Trump is allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women by claiming religious or moral objections, issuing new rules Friday that take another step in rolling back the Obama health care law. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 06, 2017 - 9:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a one-two punch elating religious conservatives, President Donald Trump's administration is allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers and issuing sweeping religious-freedom directions that could override many anti-discrimination protections for...
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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2017 file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes a statement at the Justice Department in Washington. Sessions said Thursday he is reviving a Bush era crime-fighting strategy that emphasizes aggressive prosecution of gun and gang crimes. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
October 05, 2017 - 3:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal civil rights law does not protect transgender people from discrimination at work, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a memo released Thursday that rescinds guidance issued under the Obama administration. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars workplace discrimination...
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October 05, 2017 - 12:36 pm
The Justice Department is asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's moves to curtail military service by transgender people. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of eight transgender individuals. They include service members in the Air Force, Coast Guard and Army,...
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Samuel Brownback, governor of Kansas and a former U.S. senator, appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as the nominee to be the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
October 04, 2017 - 12:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A presidential nominee is defending his decision as Kansas governor to scrap an order that barred discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Sam Brownback is in line to be ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. The Republican was testifying on...
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October 04, 2017 - 9:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is writing the foreword to a memoir by transgender activist Sarah McBride, who made history when she addressed the Democratic National Convention last year. McBride is now national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, a leading LGBT-rights...
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October 03, 2017 - 3:59 pm
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Authorities in Azerbaijan are rejecting accusations of a crackdown on gay and transgender people in the ex-Soviet nation. The Interior Ministry and the Prosecutor General's office said in a joint statement Tuesday that raids in the capital, Baku, targeted those accused of...
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September 29, 2017 - 8:23 am
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Lawyers and activists say dozens of gay and transgender people in Azerbaijan have been swept up in raids in the capital of Baku this month and some were sentenced to up to 30 days in jail. Homosexuality was decriminalized in majority-Muslim Azerbaijan in 2000, but animosity...
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This undated image provided by Amber Steinfeld shows her child, Ally Lee Steinfeld, a transgender teen whose birth name was Joseph Matthew Steinfeld Jr. The burned and mutilated remains of Steinfeld's body were found in a bag stashed in a chicken coop in the rural southern Missouri town of Cabool, last week. Three suspects were arrested on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, and another was arrested on Monday, Sept. 25. (Courtesy of Amber Steinfeld via AP)
September 27, 2017 - 5:38 pm
Each year, for the past three years, LGBT advocacy groups have tallied the killings of more than 20 transgender people in the U.S. Yet state or federal hate crime laws are rarely used to prosecute the slayings. Now many LGBT-rights groups are questioning the effectiveness of the laws, saying they...
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