Trans teen’s war with his body started when he was just 10
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Theo Ramos learned how to cut himself when he was in fifth grade, when his body seemed to revolt.
Exploring online was easy, with hashtags like #scars, #hurt and #brokeninside.
Nothing made sense back then, but Theo absorbed what he saw on websites like a religion. All he could focus on was how the exterior he was born with — that of a girl — didn't look or feel right. That was six years ago, when he had another name and a different gender.
Coming out as trans just start of journey for teen, family
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — It was May of seventh grade, and 14-year-old Theo Ramos was in a new school. Perhaps because it was an arts magnet program, or because it was a diverse place, kids and adults seemed to embrace the transgender boy much more than those at his old school did. There were fewer nasty comments, less bullying.
Years into journey, transgender teen still finding himself
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — It's been six years since Theo Ramos first cut himself in the school bathroom, six years since his parents and friends and teachers found out he wanted to be a boy instead of a girl, six years in transition.
And his mother, 55-year-old Lori Ramos, has been at his side.
Nebraska board considers statement on gender identity
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska school board is considering a proposed position statement that says gender identity and sexual orientation should not bar someone from access to education.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court says it won't reconsider its ruling that blocked the city of Fayetteville from enforcing an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual...
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio appeals court has overturned a judge's decision that denied a transgender 15-year-old a legal name change.
The 12th District Court of Appeals ruled recently that...
The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday upheld a lower court's ruling that the state cannot deny two transgender women Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgery.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is suing a plasma collection company for allegedly discriminating against a transgender woman who was banned from donating because of...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Opposition lawmakers urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday to reconsider his ban on New York state-funded travel to North Carolina, so a group of state college swimmers and...
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group voiced concern Thursday for the safety and well-being of an Egyptian transgender woman arrested in a police raid on her home in Cairo.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Upset over comments on gender identity made by Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. and wife Becki Falwell, around 30 students protested at the Christian college's...
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Senate committee considering a bill to prohibit discrimination in public schools heard conflicting opinions Monday on whether the measure is necessary.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that he backs a legislative push to ban some types of gay conversion therapy that he called "barbaric" but added that defining what...
Fairbanks adds equal rights protections for LGBTQ residents
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The city of Fairbanks has passed sweeping new equal rights protections for the LGBTQ community.
The Fairbanks City Council this week approved an ordinance that...
LGBTQ advocates dismayed but Undaunted by legislative losses
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The General Assembly's 2019 session was a disappointment for LGBTQ advocates as most legislation on health care, marriage and legal protections on the basis of sexual...
Missouri Supreme Court extends LGBTQ protections in rulings
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court extended legal protections Tuesday against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in separate cases dealing with...
Bill targeting transgender athlete policy fails in House
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota bill seeking to scrap a policy allowing transgender students to play on the athletic team that matches their gender identity failed Monday in the state...
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Connecticut runners part of debate over transgender athletes
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Andraya Yearwood hears the comments, usually from adults and usually not to her face.
She shouldn't be running, they say, not against girls.
The Latest: Bill rejected to limit teaching gender dysphoria
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on a measure that would limit teaching about gender dysphoria (all times local):
A Senate panel has rejected a bill that would have banned...
Indiana Senate approves stripped-down hate crimes bill
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Republican-dominated Indiana Senate passed a stripped down hate crimes bill Thursday and sent the measure to the House, where Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and others hope...
Kenya court set to rule on whether to scrap anti-gay laws
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Extortion, physical assaults, verbal abuse, denial of state services, forceful evictions, harassment, being disowned by family members.
Opponent: Transgender athletes bill perpetuates myths
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Opponents are calling on South Dakota lawmakers to defeat a bill taking aim again at a policy allowing transgender students to play on the athletic team that matches their...
Virginia district split over ending transgender bathroom ban
GLOUCESTER, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school district that has drawn national attention for its transgender bathroom ban appeared starkly divided Tuesday over the prospect of ending the policy,...
Indiana Senate removes list of biases from hate crimes bill
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's state Senate has removed sexual orientation, gender identity, race and a list of other characteristics from a hate crimes bill.
House rejects sexual orientation discrimination legislation
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's House has rejected a measure that would prohibit housing or workforce discrimination based on sexual orientation.
The bill was defeated 70-22 on Monday. It's the latest defeat for an idea that's gone down several times in recent years.
The North Dakota Senate in January rejected a measure that would prohibit housing or workforce discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Indiana hate crimes bill advances despite conservative foes
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A bill aimed at removing Indiana from the list of just five states without a hate crimes law cleared a legislative committee Monday, but not without the continued opposition of conservative groups that have stymied similar proposals for the last several years.
School board in Virginia may end transgender bathroom ban
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — For nearly four years, Gavin Grimm has been suing his former school district after it banned him from using the boys bathrooms in high school.
Along the way, he's became a national face for transgender rights. His case almost went to the U.S. Supreme Court. He graduated and moved to California but kept fighting.
Arkansas asked to reconsider ruling on LGBT rights measure
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas city and LGBT rights advocates are asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling that blocked the city from enforcing an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Jury sides with transgender employee in ‘historic’ Iowa case
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A jury ruled Wednesday that an Iowa prison warden discriminated against a transgender employee by denying him the use of men's restrooms and locker rooms in a verdict that advocates call "historic."
Bill advances to ban so-called conversion therapy for minors
DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers want a fifth attempt to ban psychotherapy that seeks to change minors' sexual orientation or gender identity to succeed.
The House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee sent a bill to ban the practice to the full House on a 8-3 vote Wednesday. Three GOP lawmakers cast the "no" votes.
South Dakota House OKs limits on teaching gender dysphoria
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota representatives approved a bill Tuesday that would prohibit public school instruction about gender dysphoria through seventh grade.
The House voted 39-30 to send the measure to the state Senate. Republican Rep. Tom Pischke, the sponsor, said the intent of the measure is to make sure that public schools are not "teaching and confusing our young children to be more susceptible to this dysphoria."
Poll: NY voters back Albany’s priorities but not leadership
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new Siena College poll says New York voters support several significant proposals working their way through the state Capitol.
The survey released Monday finds that nearly 70 percent of respondents back the recently passed Child Victims Act. It would extend the statute of limitations to give molestation victims more time to sue or seek criminal charges. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will sign the measure.
North Dakota Legislature marches toward midsession break
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Legislature is marching toward its mid-session break, and lawmakers are finishing up committee work and considering remaining bills in their respective chambers. Many of the major spending bills are still being considered this week in House and Senate appropriations committees as the session heads to "crossover" at month's end. That's when legislation that has passed one chamber moves to the other.
Senator pulls bill to deem conversion therapy child abuse
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska state lawmaker who introduced a bill to classify conversion therapy as child abuse says she will withdraw the measure amid concerns that it could punish parents who are misled.
Sen. Megan Hunt, of Omaha, made the announcement shortly before a legislative hearing Thursday on the proposal.
The Latest: Colorado panel OKs birth certificate bill
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a Colorado birth certificate modernization bill (all times local):
A Colorado House committee has advanced a bill allowing persons to more easily obtain birth certificates reflecting their gender identity.
The House Health & Insurance Committee approved the bill by a 7-4 vote on Wednesday. It now goes to the House floor.
The bill is sponsored by Democrats Rep. Daneya Esgar and Sen. Dominick Moreno.
Colorado panel takes up birth certificate modernization bill
DENVER (AP) — LGTBQ advocates are confident Colorado's Democrat-controlled Legislature will finally pass a bill allowing persons who change their gender identity to obtain new birth certificates.
Current law provides only for an amended birth certificate, not the issuance of a new one.
Bills to expand hate crimes law die at Mississippi Capitol
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi this year will not expand its hate crimes law to allow stronger criminal penalties for crimes against additional groups.
Advocates asked legislators include crimes targeting people because of sexual orientation, gender identity or disability under the law.
Bills seek to add groups under Mississippi hate crimes law
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Advocates want Mississippi to expand its hate crimes law to allow stiffer penalties for crimes targeting people because of sexual orientation, gender identity or disability under the law.
55 Kansas lawmakers sponsor LGBTQ anti-discrimination bill
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Fifty-five Kansas lawmakers are co-sponsoring a bill that would ban discrimination in the private sector based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The bill introduced Monday would protect LGBTQ residents in employment, housing and services.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports 38 representatives and 17 senators are co-sponsoring the bill.
Lawmakers to debate sports betting, distracted driving plans
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers plan to take up bills this week to create a reporter shield law, allow sports betting in Deadwood and ban teaching about gender identity in elementary and middle schools.
Here's a glance at what's on the agenda when the Legislature returns to Pierre on Tuesday:
Trans veteran on frontlines of hometown human rights efforts
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — In 2014 U.S. Army Maj. David Stewart was stationed at Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan as he and other members of the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division fought in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Arkansas court rules city can’t enforce LGBT protections
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' highest court on Thursday said a city can't enforce its ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, saying it's already ruled the measure violates a state law aimed at preventing local protections for LGBT people.
New York enacts law to ban transgender discrimination
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state added gender identity and gender expression to the state's anti-discrimination law Friday, making it illegal to deny people a job, housing, education or public accommodations because they are transgender.
North Dakota Senate kills sexual orientation legislation
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate has rejected a measure that would prohibit housing or workforce discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The bill was defeated 27-20 on Friday. It's the latest defeat for an idea that's gone down several times in recent years.
Democratic Senate Minority leader Joan Heckaman says people are leaving North Dakota because they don't feel accepted.
Massachusetts moves transgender inmate to women’s prison
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts prisons officials have for the first time moved a transgender inmate from a men's prison to a women's prison.
Court filings show that the 54-year-old inmate, who has lived as a woman and received hormone therapy for decades, was transferred in September from MCI-Norfolk to the state women's prison in Framingham.
Commission poised to seek AG’s opinion on LGBT protections
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is poised to ask the new attorney general to reconsider her predecessor's opinion that state law doesn't protect LGBT people from discrimination .
The commission will decide Monday whether to make the request to Attorney General Dana Nessel at its scheduled meeting in the Detroit suburb of Warren.
Senate panel leaves in place transgender athlete policy
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota Senate panel on Thursday voted to leave in place an activities association policy that lets transgender students play on the athletic team that matches their gender identity.
The Senate Education Committee voted 5-2 against a bill that would have voided the policy. It would have required a student's sex to be determined by their birth certificate or a South Dakota High School Activities Association physical exam form.
West Virginia city to add LGBTQ to list of protected groups
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Another West Virginia city has voted to add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to its list of protected minorities.
The Register-Herald reports the Beckley Common Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to add LGBTQ discrimination protections to the city's code.
Florida agriculture commissioner orders LGBT protections
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is adding sexual orientation and gender identity to her department's list of workplace protections against discrimination.
Friday's announcement means the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will include LGBT employment protections along with those based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age and disability.
It is the first agency to extend protections to transgender employees and applicants.