transgender rights

Supreme Court affirms transgender rights in declining to hear Virginia school bathroom case

BY: - June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will not hear a case of a transgender student in Virginia who was barred from using the boys’ bathroom, a decision that affirms lower-court rulings that said treating transgender students differently violates federal law. Justices on the top court offered no comment in declining to take […]

Reynolds’ plan to restrict transgender children’s role in school sports faces opposition

BY: and - May 6, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ plan to restrict the participation of transgender children in school sports is facing opposition from Democrats and some Iowa faith leaders. At her press conference Wednesday, Reynolds reiterated her desire to sign legislation that will in some way limit the ability of transgender students to participate in sports alongside other children. She […]

ACLU challenges Iowa law restricting public funds for transgender medical care

BY: - April 22, 2021

The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa filed a lawsuit Thursday against a state law that exempts Medicaid and other public insurance plans from funding transition-related surgeries for transgender individuals. The national ACLU LGBTQ & HIV Project and the ACLU of Iowa filed the lawsuit jointly on behalf of Aiden Vasquez, a transgender Iowan who […]

Rachel Levine confirmed as highest-ranking openly transgender federal official

BY: - March 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Dr. Rachel Levine on Wednesday became the first openly transgender individual to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a federal position. The Senate voted 52-48 to confirm her as an assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. Two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, […]

COMMENTARY

Iowa has more at stake than new road signs

BY: - March 11, 2021

Tucked away among hundreds of bills being considered this year by the Iowa Legislature is one people might have quickly embraced in a different era. But times have changed. It has been 38 years since Robert Ray left the governor’s office. State government today is far messier than it was back then. Compounding the reaction […]

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Transgender students from Florida, Virginia score victories in landmark lawsuits

BY: - September 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — Transgender teen Andrew Adams used the boys bathroom, which aligned with his gender identity, when he enrolled as a freshman in 2015 at Allen D. Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Then two girls lodged a complaint and school authorities ordered Adams to use a gender-neutral or girls restroom instead. In 2017, […]

LGBT students escorted out of the Capitol after complaint of transgender kids in restroom

BY: - March 12, 2020

Over 150 LGBT students were escorted out of the Iowa Capitol on Thursday after a group of transgender kids refused to leave the men’s restroom and use gender-neutral bathrooms instead, according to Iowa Safe Schools, an LGBT student advocacy group. Middle- and high-school students draped in rainbow flags toured the Capitol in the morning as […]

Conversion therapy is happening underground in Iowa, LGBT advocates say. Some lawmakers are trying to stop it.

BY: - February 19, 2020

When Peter Nunn was 14 years old, his parents found a men’s workout magazine he owned and came to their own conclusions about his sexual orientation. His father decided to take him on a trip away from their home near Atlanta, but declined to tell him where they were going until their layover in St. […]

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Iowa bills create restrictions for transgender students playing sports and lessons on LGBT topics

BY: - February 7, 2020

Local LGBT advocacy groups are condemning a pair of bills concerning Iowa schools, saying they would cause harm against a segment of students who may already feel discriminated against. Both bills were introduced in the Iowa House and are sponsored by 13 Republican legislators.  House File 2201 would require school districts to notify parents about […]

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LGBT advocates: GOP bill would strip rights from transgender Iowans

BY: - January 29, 2020

Update: Iowa Rep. Steven Holt, R-Denison, tweeted Wednesday evening that he is not moving the gender identity bill forward. Holt is the chair of the Iowa House Judiciary Committee. —— A new bill supported by a group of Iowa House Republicans aims to remove “gender identity,” from the Iowa Civil Rights Act — a move […]