Gay rights

Catalans Dragons Israel Folau, left, walks out with teammates ahead of the Super League rugby match between Catalans Dragons and Castleford Tigers at Stade Gilbert Brutus in Perpignan, France, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
February 15, 2020 - 4:38 pm
As Israel Folau made a try-scoring debut for his new club Catalan Dragons on Saturday, a man watching from the stands was told to remove a rainbow flag unfurled in support of the LGBT movement. Folau has been widely condemned for posting homophobic comments on social media. It led to Folau — a...
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Soccer player Mara Gomez poses for a portrait at her home in La Plata, Argentina, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Gomez is a transgender woman who is limited to only training with her women's professional soccer team, Villa San Carlos. She is waiting for confirmation from the Argentina Football Association (AFA) she can play. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
February 14, 2020 - 12:02 am
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Dozens of trophies, balls and cups sit on two worn, wooden shelves in the small home in a Buenos Aires suburb of Mara Gómez, who is poised to become the first transgender woman to play professional soccer in Argentina. Tall and athletic, Gómez looks at the mementos...
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Former Australian Open champion Margaret Court holds up the women's Australian Open trophy, the Daphne Ackhurst Memorial Cup, as her 50th anniversary of her Grand Slam is celebrated at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
January 29, 2020 - 3:32 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Martina Navratilova has apologized after getting caught on a technicality in her on-court campaign to have a stadium renamed at the Australian Open. The 18-time major winner didn't step back from the key message, though. Navratilova has regularly objected to Margaret...
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Tunisia's Ons Jabeur celebrates after defeating China's Wang Qiang in their fourth round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
January 26, 2020 - 4:25 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ons Jabeur is the first Arab woman to make it to a Grand Slam singles quarterfinal, and she's proud to lead the way. “I'm trying to inspire many young generations back home either in Tunisia or the Arabic world, especially in Africa, which is amazing," she said. “I've...
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FILE - In this May 21, 2019, file photo, Arizona state Rep. Nancy Barto, middle, stands with other lawmakers in the State House. Transgender girls and women in Arizona would be barred from participating in sports on the team that aligns with their gender identity under a proposed law. Republican Rep. Barto introduced the measure on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, saying it is intended to prevent female athletes from being forced to compete against biological males. It would apply to K-12 schools, community colleges and state universities but only to female teams. (AP Photo/Bob Christie, File)
January 24, 2020 - 8:16 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Transgender girls and women would be barred from participating in sports on the team that aligns with their gender identity under a proposed Arizona law. The proposal announced by GOP Rep. Nancy Barto on Friday is co-sponsored by 22 other Republican House members and is the latest on...
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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2018, file photo, Gus Kenworthy, of the United States, jumps during the men's slopestyle final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. These days, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy is one tough act to follow. His talents have him starring in a variety of roles both on and off the slopes. He's an actor (recently appearing in "American Horror Story: 1984"), gay-rights advocate (he came out in 2015) and friend to animals (rescuing stray dogs). Of course, he's also an innovative slopestyle/halfpipe competitor who recently switched countries and will now represent Britain (to honor his mom). (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
January 23, 2020 - 2:45 am
Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy hasn't had much time to rehearse and practice new tricks heading into the Winter X Games this weekend. That's no line, either. He's just been too busy memorizing them. The 2014 Olympic slopestyle silver medalist is one tough act to follow as his talents have him...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 1977, file photo, Margaret Court of Australia hits a backhand shot against Chris Evert of Fort Lauderdale, in the finals of the $100,000 Virginia Slims tennis tournament in Chicago. Tennis Australia said Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, it plans to honor Margaret Court’s 50th anniversary of her 1970 Grand Slam during January’s Australian Open, but stressed her controversial anti-gay views “do not align with our values of equality, diversity and inclusion.”(AP Photo/Larry Stoddard, File)
November 30, 2019 - 1:11 am
Tennis Australia has confirmed it plans to honor Margaret Court’s 50th anniversary of her 1970 Grand Slam during January’s Australian Open, but stressed her controversial anti-gay views “do not align with our values of equality, diversity and inclusion.” Court won 24 Grand Slam singles titles,...
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August 08, 2019 - 12:07 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The federal Office for Civil Rights has launched an investigation into Connecticut's policy allowing transgender high school athletes to compete as the gender with which they identify. The investigation follows a complaint by the families of three girls, who say they were...
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FILE - This July 7, 2019 file photo shows Megan Rapinoe celebrating her team's victory after the Women's World Cup final soccer match between U.S. and The Netherlands outside Lyon, France. Penguin Press announced Thursday, July 25, that Rapinoe’s book, currently untitled, will come out in Fall 2020. Penguin is calling the book a “perfect vehicle” for an “honest, thoughtful, unapologetic” take on everything from soccer to nationalism to gay rights. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)
July 25, 2019 - 11:27 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has scored again, this time with a book deal. Penguin Press announced Thursday that Rapinoe's book, currently untitled, will be published in Fall 2020. Penguin is calling the book a "perfect vehicle" for an "honest, thoughtful, unapologetic" take on...
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With members of the U.S. women's soccer team in the background before the start of a ticker tape parade in their honor, Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks before signing a bill into law Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in New York. The bill will expand a law banning gender pay discrimination to make it illegal for employers to pay workers differently based on their age, race, religion or other characteristics, and making it easier for workers to prove pay discrimination in court. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
July 10, 2019 - 3:38 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state expanded a state law Wednesday that prohibits gender pay discrimination, making it illegal to pay someone less based on characteristics including race, religion, disability or gender identity. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the changes into law in Manhattan,...
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