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Oct 17, 2023

Court to decide fate of school shooting records

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A lawsuit over whether the families of school shooting victims have a right to control what the public learns about a massacre was argued inside a packed Tennessee courtroom on Monday, the latest turn in an intense public records battle. The person who killed three 9-year-old children and three adults at a […]

Sep 28, 2023

State judge blocks gender-affirming care ban

HELENA, Mont. — A Montana law banning gender-affirming medical care for transgender minors is temporarily blocked, a state judge ruled Wednesday, just four days before it was to take effect. Legislative debate over Montana’s bill drew national attention this spring after Republicans punished Democratic Rep. Zooey Zephyr — the first transgender woman elected to the […]

Sep 22, 2023

NC transgender health case might go to high court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal appeals court is considering cases out of North Carolina and West Virginia that could have significant implications on whether individual states are required to cover health care for transgender people with government-sponsored insurance. The Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in cases Thursday involving the coverage […]

Sep 11, 2023

Governor pardons parent arrested at school board meeting

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The father of a Virginia student sexually assaulted in her high school bathroom has been pardoned for his actions while protesting the school's handling of the case at a meeting two years ago. Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced Sunday that he cleared Scott Smith of his disorderly conduct conviction. The incident became a rallying point for Youngkin's gubernato[...]

Aug 25, 2023

AG: Boards must follow state transgender policy

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's attorney general says Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's new model policies for the treatment of transgender students are in line with federal and state nondiscrimination laws and school boards must follow their guidance. Republican Attorney General Jason Miyares issued the advisory opinion Thursday. It comes as a growing number of school boards across the state are[...]

Aug 18, 2023

Legislators override Cooper’s vetoes of LGBTQ-related bills

RALEIGH (AP) — Transgender youth in North Carolina have lost access to gender-affirming treatments after the state's Republican-controlled General Assembly voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of that legislation and others involving gender in sports and LGBTQ classroom instruction. GOP House and Senate supermajorities rejected the Democratic governor's veto late Wednesday. Though a court ch[...]

Jun 28, 2023

Ban on gender-affirming care for minors in North Carolina clears another legislative chamber

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Restrictions on access to gender-affirming care for transgender youth have now passed both North Carolina legislative chambers, as the Senate on Tuesday approved a ban on hormone therapy, puberty blockers and surgeries that is more stringent than what the House recently passed. The Senate’s proposal would prohibit any health care provider […]

Jun 23, 2023

Transgender sports ban heads to North Carolina governor’s desk

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Transgender girls in North Carolina would no longer be allowed to play on the school sports teams that align with their gender identity under a proposal that received final legislative approval on Thursday. The GOP-controlled state House voted 62-43 to send the bill to the desk of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, […]

Jun 22, 2023

General Assembly pushes limits on transgender youth rights

RALEIGH — Transgender rights took center stage Tuesday in North Carolina as the GOP-controlled General Assembly advanced legislation to restrict gender-affirming health care and trans participation in sports. The legislative push comes in the dwindling days of the North Carolina session and as many Republican-led state legislatures round out a record year of legislation targeting […]

Jun 15, 2023

Transgender sports ban nears finish line in North Carolina legislature

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bill banning transgender girls from playing on the middle school, high school and college sports teams that align with their gender identity is approaching the finish line in North Carolina as GOP-controlled state legislatures nationwide round out a record year of legislation targeting transgender residents. The North Carolina bill, which […]

Jun 7, 2023

US judge blocks Florida ban on trans minor care in narrow ruling, says ‘gender identity is real’

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge temporarily blocked portions of a new Florida law championed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis that bans transgender minors from receiving puberty blockers, saying in a Tuesday ruling that gender identity is real and the state has no rational basis for denying patients treatment. Judge Robert Hinkle issued a […]

May 3, 2023

Transgender surgery ban advances in North Carolina House

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dozens of transgender North Carolinians and their supporters spoke out against state lawmakers Tuesday as a House committee advanced legislation banning gender-affirming surgeries for minors without allowing members of the public to testify. The audience erupted in chants of “Let us speak” and “Blood on your hands” as the Republican-controlled House [[...]

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