Gender identity

In Mexico caravan, LGBTQ migrants stick together for safety

MATIAS ROMERO, Mexico (AP) — Dozens of transgender women and gay men in the caravan moving through Mexico with hopes of seeking asylum in the United States have banded together for protection — not from the uncertainty of a journey fraught with danger from the gangs who prey on migrants but from...
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Study: LGBTQ characters on network TV hit record high

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A record-high percentage of LGBTQ characters are part of the new TV season's prime-time network series, according to the media advocacy group GLAAD. The annual study by media advocacy group GLAAD out Thursday also found an increase in the characters' ethnic diversity, with...
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Fury over reported federal plan targeting transgender people

WASHINGTON (AP) — LGBT leaders across the U.S. reacted with fury Monday to a report that the Trump administration is considering adoption of a new definition of gender that would effectively deny federal recognition and civil rights protections to transgender Americans. "I feel very threatened, but...
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Mixed views on hate crime law bearing Matthew Shepard's name

NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty years after Matthew Shepard's death , the federal hate crimes law bearing his name is viewed with mixed feelings by LGBT and anti-violence organizations that lobbied over nearly a decade for its passage. President Barack Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr...
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Mormons to spend less time at church on Sundays, leaders say

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormons will start spending less time at church each Sunday — two hours instead of three — after a change announced Saturday aimed at making worship more manageable for members around the globe. The switch, which takes effect in January, is a significant one for Mormons, who...
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As curtain goes up in Toronto, new faces fill audiences

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto International Film Festival prides itself on offering a diverse array of stories. This year, North America's largest film festival is also making sure that the media that covers its films is diverse, too. Some 180 journalists and critics from underrepresented groups were...
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Vermont's transgender candidate getting death threats

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's transgender gubernatorial candidate said Tuesday she's been getting a steady stream of death threats and other personal attacks since her candidacy began to draw attention from across the country and the world. Christine Hallquist, who won Vermont's Democratic...
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Missouri school district embraces gender-neutral bathrooms

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City-area school district that garnered national attention when a transgender student was crowned homecoming queen in 2015 has installed gender-neutral restrooms at two new elementary schools and in some existing locations. The individual bathroom stalls at...
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Transgender Hollywood seeks recognition, and not just roles

NEW YORK (AP) — When actress Scarlett Johansson reversed course recently and canceled plans to play a transgender man in the film "Rub & Tug," transgender actors like Scott Turner Schofield were gratified — and pleasantly surprised. After years of watching non-trans stars win accolades —...
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Epic 'It's A Boy' Themed Party Thrown For Friend Starting Testosterone Therapy

While this "It's a boy" themed party may have been unconventional, it was perfect for Corey Walker.
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