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Data: ACLUFreedom for All Americans; Cartogram: Michelle McGhee/Axios

Eight states this year have banned transgender kids from playing on sports teams that match their gender identity, per data from the ACLU and bipartisan LGBTQ advocacy group Freedom For All Americans.

Why it matters: So far, almost all of the record number of bills targeting trans youth that have actually passed are focused on sports, suggesting that more laws of this kind could be incoming.

  • Republicans backing the bills say the legislation ensures fairness in women's sports, although multiple states that have passed bills — including Arkansas and West Virginia — have been unable to provide evidence of trans athletes gaining unfair advantages in competitions.
  • The ACLU and Human Rights Campaign have announced lawsuits in response to the new laws, with the latest effort led by the HRC in Florida.

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Record 29 out LGBTQ athletes set to compete in Tokyo Paralympics

Photo: Philip Fond/AFP via Getty Images

A record 29 openly LGBTQ athletes are set to compete at the Tokyo Paralympics, which begin Tuesday, Outsports reports.

Why it matters: It's more than double the number of publicly out LGBTQ Paralympians who competed in Rio de Jainero in 2016. The athletes hail from multiple countries, including the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and Brazil.

Updated 26 mins ago - Economy & Business

Hybrid work now dominates the knowledge economy

llustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, most knowledge workers are in hybrid work arrangements, partly remote and partly in-office, a new survey finds.

By the numbers: 58% said they now work this way, in a survey of around 10,000 knowledge workers from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Japan, conducted last November by Future Forum, a research group backed by Slack.

Rents hit all-time high

Data: Zumper; Chart: Axios Visuals

The national median price of a one-bedroom rental apartment in January was up 12% year-over-year, to $1,374 — an all-time high, per Zumper, an online apartment rental site.

Why it matters: Inflation is taking a bigger bite out of people's paychecks these days not only in food and gasoline, but also in housing costs.