Gender issues

March 27, 2019 - 6:41 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Some of the world's biggest companies are back to oppose a range of new Texas legislation they say is discriminatory, two years after Apple, Facebook and other Fortune 500 companies banded together with gay rights activists in defeating the state's "bathroom bill" targeting...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2017, file photo, participants smile as they march with a banner during the Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in Tokyo's Shibuya district. Human Rights Watch is urging Japan to drop its requirement that transgender people be sterilized to have their gender changed on official documents.(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
March 20, 2019 - 4:54 am
TOKYO (AP) — Human Rights Watch urged Japan on Wednesday to drop its requirement that transgender people be sterilized before their gender is changed on official documents. A 2004 law states that people wishing to register a gender change must have their original reproductive organs removed and...
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FILE - In this July 17, 2017 file photo, escort volunteers line up outside the EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville, Ky. Kentucky's Republican governor has signed a measure putting new restrictions on abortion, and his lawyers filed a response to a lawsuit already aimed at blocking it, Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Before Gov. Matt Bevin signed the measure, the American Civil Liberties Union challenged the legislation in a federal lawsuit. The new law bans abortion for women seeking to end their pregnancies because of the gender, race or disability of the fetus. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan, File)
March 19, 2019 - 8:10 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican governor on Tuesday signed into law an anti-abortion measure already entangled in a federal lawsuit, instructing his lawyers to fight the legal challenge against the new restrictions on the procedure. Days before Gov. Matt Bevin put his signature on the...
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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks to supporters at a coffee shop on Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Madison, Wisconsin. O'Rourke came in wearing a green cabbage St. Patrick's Day necklace given to him by a supporter during breakfast. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)
March 18, 2019 - 2:06 am
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke told supporters Sunday that he's never taken LSD and there's "nothing" he hasn't already revealed about his past that could come back to hurt his run for office. The former Texas congressman — who has become known for his...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a campaign house party, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Salem, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
March 17, 2019 - 11:56 pm
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic race for president (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Democratic White House hopeful Cory Booker said Sunday night he would reverse President Donald Trump's ban on transgender individuals serving in the military if elected president. Speaking to a crowd...
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FILE - In this June 20, 2012 file photo, former Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., the author of Title IX in Congress, speaks during a forum in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington in a gathering to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX. Bayh, who championed the federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and sports, has died. He was 91. Bayh died early Thursday, March 14, 2019, surrounded by his family at his home in Easton, Md., according to a statement released by his family. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
March 14, 2019 - 1:53 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Birch Bayh pushed in the U.S. Senate for the landmark 1972 federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and athletics, women received fewer than 10 percent of all medical and law degrees and only one in 27 high school girls played sports. Now,...
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FILE - In this June 20, 2012 file photo, former Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., the author of Title IX in Congress, is applauded by Senior Adviser to the President and Chair of the Council on Women and Girls Valerie Jarrett, left, and tennis great Billie Jean King, center during a forum in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington in a gathering to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX. Bayh, who championed the federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and sports, died from pneumonia at his home in Easton, Md., Thursday, March 14, 2019, at age 91. King, who worked with Bayh on women's rights issues, released a statement with his family Thursday saying the former senator was "one of the most important Americans of the 20th century." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
March 14, 2019 - 1:14 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, who championed the Title IX federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and sports, died at his home Thursday at age 91. Bayh was surrounded by family at his home in Easton, Maryland, when he died shortly after midnight...
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FILE - In this March 13, 2019, file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices at the Department of State in Washington. China has responded to new U.S. allegations of human rights abuses with its own accusations of prejudice and interference, saying Washington should drop its “Cold War mentality” and stop interfering in China’s internal affairs. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
March 14, 2019 - 6:56 am
BEIJING (AP) — China responded to new U.S. allegations of widespread human rights abuses with its own accusations of prejudice and interference, saying Thursday that Washington should drop its "Cold War mentality" and stop interfering in China's internal affairs. In presenting the annual U.S. State...
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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, from left, transgender military members Navy Lt. Cmdr. Blake Dremann, Army Capt. Alivia Stehlik, Army Capt. Jennifer Peace, Army Staff Sgt. Patricia King and Navy Petty Officer Third Class Akira Wyatt, listen before the start of a House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Defense Department has approved a new policy that will largely bar transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning to another sex, and require most individuals to serve in their birth gender. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
March 12, 2019 - 11:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department has approved a new policy that will largely bar transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning to another sex, and require most individuals to serve in their birth gender. The memo outlining the new policy was obtained Tuesday by The Associated...
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In this Friday, March 8, 2019 photo provided by the United Nations, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, third from right, executive director of UN Women, speaks at the United Nations Observance of International Women's Day at the United Nations headquarters. Mlambo-Ngcuka is calling for the revolution in technology to be used to benefit the world's poor and especially women who will not achieve gender equality without "the giant leap that 21st century innovations can bring." At left is U.N. secretary General Antonio Guterres, and at right is Geraldine Byrne-Nason, chair of the Commission on the Status of Women and Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations. (Eskinder Debebe/The United Nations via AP)
March 11, 2019 - 6:57 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that there is a "deep, pervasive and relentless" pushback on women's rights and called for a fight to "push back against the pushback." Calling himself "a proud feminist," the U.N. chief said, "It is a fight we must win —...
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