Gender issues

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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This photo provided by the Texas County Sheriff's Office in Houston, Mo., shows Briana Calderas, charged with first-degree murder and other counts in the death of Joseph Steinfeld, 17. (The Kansas City Star via Texas County Sheriff's Office)
September 27, 2017 - 10:41 am
HOUSTON, Mo. (AP) — Some of Ally Lee Steinfeld's burned remains were found in a bag in a rural southern Missouri chicken coop. Authorities say both of the transgender teen's eyes had been gouged out and she had been stabbed in the genitals. As questions swirl about why the quiet 17-year-old was...
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Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford testifies before the Senate Committee on Armed Services on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, to consider his reappointment. Dunford said he’s not seen any shifts in North Korea’s military posture despite the reclusive nation’s threats to shoot down U.S. warplanes amid the “charged political environment” between Washington and Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
September 26, 2017 - 3:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top military officer said Tuesday he's not seen any shifts in North Korea's military posture despite the reclusive nation's threats to shoot down U.S. warplanes amid the "charged political environment" between Washington and Pyongyang. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford...
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