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Polish city's first LGBT pride parade disrupted

Jul. 20, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police in eastern Poland detained a number of people who threw bottles at officers and verbally abused participants in the city of Bialystok's first LGBT pride parade Saturday. Officers in riot gear and border guards escorted more than 500 people along the Equality Parade route in...

Today in History

Jul. 19, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, July 19, the 200th day of 2019. There are 165 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 19, 1969, Apollo 11 and its astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins, went into orbit around the moon. On this date: In 1553, King Henry VIII's...

Ecuador has first same-sex marriage, following court ruling

Jul. 18, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A lesbian couple has married in Ecuador in the first same-sex wedding since a landmark ruling last month by the country's highest court. Michelle Avilés and Alexandra Chávez were wed Thursday at the civil registry office in the coastal city of Guayaquil. They say they will...

Sununu signs school anti-discrimination bill

Jul. 18, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has signed a bill aimed at better protecting New Hampshire children from discrimination at school. The new law prohibits discrimination against students in public schools based on characteristics including age, race, sex, gender identity and sexual...

Janet, Chris Brown, 50 Cent to perform at Saudi concert

Jul. 17, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, Future and Tyga have been added to the lineup for the Jeddah World Fest, the concert in Saudi Arabia that Nicki Minaj pulled out of because of human rights concerns. The website for the event, to take place Thursday at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium,...

Egypt releases transgender woman after 4 months in jail

Jul. 17, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian rights group says authorities have released a transgender woman held for more than four months in connection to a call for protests. The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms said late Tuesday that Malak el-Kashef was released earlier this week. El-Kashef was among dozens...

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99

Jul. 16, 2019 11:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court's leading liberal, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99. During nearly 35 years on the court, Stevens stood for...

Oglala Sioux Tribe legalizes same-sex marriage

Jul. 16, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — The Oglala Sioux say they are the first tribe in South Dakota to legalize same-sex marriage. The tribal council last week approved a same-gender marriage ordinance in a 12-3 vote with one abstention. The new marriage ordinance amends marital and domestic law that has not changed on...

Mayor calls off ceremony to raise LGBTQ flag at City Hall

Jul. 16, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

READING, Pa. (AP) — The mayor of the eastern Pennsylvania city of Reading called off a scheduled ceremony to raise the LGBTQ rainbow flag over City Hall for the first time, calling it a political symbol. Acting Managing Director Osmer Deming said Mayor Wally Scott believes the "pride flag" represents a...

ACLU of Nebraska launches website for transgender people

Jul. 16, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska residents who identify as transgender now have a website where they can get state-specific information about their rights and available resources. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska on Monday launched a new website, transNebraska.org . It was funded in part by the...