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FAQ: What you need to know about transgender children

What are puberty blockers and hormone treatments for transgender teenagers? What do we know about transgender participation in sports? Experts answer these questions and more.
  • Apr 22, 2021

Arkansas legislators pass ban on transgender medical treatments for youths, overriding governor’s veto

Arkansas state legislators voted to pass the nation’s first law banning gender-affirming medical treatments for transgender minors, overriding a veto from their governor and intense opposition from major medical organizations across the country.
  • Apr 6, 2021
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Could the economy get … too good?

Why some prominent economists and Republican lawmakers are worried the economy might recover too quickly. And, what it’s like to be a teenager while lawmakers debate your right to exist.
  • Apr 6, 2021

Arkansas governor vetoes bill banning medical treatments for transgender youths

Hutchinson called the bill a "product of the cultural war in America" and said it would be a "vast government overreach."
  • Apr 5, 2021

Arkansas passes bill restricting access to medical treatments for transgender children

The legislation is the first to pass in a series of similar bills introduced in more than 17 states so far this year, part of a growing effort by Republican lawmakers to restrict the rights of transgender young people.
  • Mar 29, 2021

Rachel Levine, historic transgender nominee, confirmed as assistant health secretary

Levine, who most recently served as Pennsylvania’s top health official, is the first openly transgender official to be confirmed by the Senate.
  • Mar 24, 2021

A forgotten slice of the Asian American success story: Struggling single mothers

The median household income of Asian Americans matches or surpasses that of their White peers. But the success of the top-earners can obscure the hardships faced by those at the other end of the income spectrum.
  • Mar 23, 2021

As senators debate her rights, a transgender teenager gives a confident testimony

Stella Keating, a 16-year-old transgender girl from Washington state, said it was the honor of her lifetime to testify as a witness in support of the Equality Act.
  • Mar 17, 2021

Equality Act is creating a historic face-off between religious exemptions and LGBTQ rights

Both sides know greater legal protections for LGBTQ people are coming. The question is if a deal can be struck under Biden.
  • Mar 16, 2021

A transgender girl struggles to find her voice as lawmakers attack her right to exist

At 15, Chloe Clark’s identity has become a political flashpoint, questioned by those who have never met her or her parents.
  • Mar 16, 2021