Transgender rights

Powerlifting bans against transgender women are at odds with global health standards

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The Powerlifting Women's Heavyweight competition of the 2017 World Games. Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

USA Powerlifting banned a transgender woman from competing in May, through policy that is at odds with global health standards and International Olympic Committee (IOC) guidelines.

Why it matters: Outside of sports, U.S. federal policies prevent transgender people from serving in the military and aim to prevent access to homeless shelters or health care if they do not present as their birth gender, regardless of their physical transition status.

2020 Democrats bring transgender rights onto the national debate stage

Several Democratic candidates brought the issue of transgender rights to the debate stage on Wednesday night — likely the most prominent national discussion of trans issues and rights in politics to date.