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First city in South Mississippi recognizes Pride Month

Jun. 12, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — For the first time, the City of Ocean Springs has issued a proclamation recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. For LGBTQ people in Ocean Springs who remember the backlash to a pride march back in 1993, which organizers said was...

In US, Pride Month festivities muted by political setbacks

Jun. 11, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

It’s Pride Month, and gay Americans should have a lot to celebrate: A new president who has pledged to advocate for LGBTQ people, an easing of a pandemic that has disrupted their communal activism, and increasing public acceptance of their basic rights, including record-high support for...

Hungary: Bill would ban 'promoting' homosexuality to minors

Jun. 11, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s governing conservative party has prepared new legislation that bans showing pornographic material and any content portraying or promoting sex reassignment or homosexuality to anyone under 18. Fidesz, the party of Prime Minister...

Walton family sets up $1M fund for LGBT groups in Arkansas

Jun. 10, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Family members of Walmart founder Sam Walton on Thursday launched a $1 million fund for groups assisting LGBT people in the retail giant's home state of Arkansas, which has enacted measures restricting transgender people's rights. The new fund...

Florida reverses itself, will allow rainbow bridge lighting

Jun. 09, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida reversed itself Wednesday and said a downtown Jacksonville bridge can be decorated in rainbow lights to celebrate gay rights, one day after it had ordered them doused. Taryn Fenske, a spokeswoman for Gov. Ron DeSantis, told The...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 09, 2021 07:25 AM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. June 4, 2021. Editorial: Our kids’ education should be based on fact, not propaganda ' Editorial It’s either chutzpah or hypocrisy, maybe both, that leads Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and the Florida Board...

Mormon sex therapist's ouster stirs worries of shame culture

Jun. 09, 2021 00:15 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Sex therapist Lisa Butterworth has long been willing to delve into sensitive sexuality questions with clients who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They seek her out to have open and frank conversations about the faith’s strict rules. ...

Paul Givan, 39, set to be Northern Ireland's new leader

Jun. 08, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A 39-year-old lawmaker is set to become Northern Ireland's youngest first minister, following an internal party revolt that led to the ousting of the leader who played a major role during the Brexit dramas of the past few years. Paul Givan, who has a...

LGBTQ groups, supporters rally in Tokyo, demand equal rights

Jun. 06, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese sexual minority groups and their supporters staged a rally outside Tokyo's iconic Shibuya Station on Sunday calling for equal rights and public support for enacting a long-sought equality law before the Olympics, despite fading hopes due to the governing party's...

Transgender Salvadoran killed despite long search for safety

Jun. 05, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

SAN MIGUEL, El Salvador (AP) — Rejected by her family, Zashy Zuley del Cid Velásquez fled her coastal village in 2014, the first of a series of forced displacements across El Salvador. She had hoped that in the larger city of San Miguel she could live as a transgender woman without...