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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...

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. ...

More than 100 LGBTQ candidates compete in Mexican election

Jun. 02, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — For years, transgender activist Roshell Terranova protested in the streets and knocked on the doors of Mexico’s Congress to make the demands of the country's LGBTQ community known. Now thanks to her efforts and an electoral rule change, Terranova is running for Congress...

Rights group urges Japan to update law on changing gender

May. 25, 2021 07:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An international rights group on Tuesday urged Japan to change a law that it says puts “abusive and outdated” burdens on transgender people seeking to have their gender change legally recognized, including sterilization surgery and a psychiatric diagnosis. ...

Federal judge to leave bench to head Dickinson College

May. 14, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The federal judge who outlawed “intelligent design” from being taught in public schools and struck down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage will leave the bench to become the president at Dickinson College, the school said Friday. John E....

Home of San Francisco's 1st same-sex spouses now a landmark

May. 05, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The hilltop cottage belonging to a lesbian couple who were the first same-sex partners to legally marry in San Francisco has become a city landmark. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to give the 651 Duncan St. home of the late...

Alaska candidate shadowed by anti-gay article, election post

Apr. 27, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A candidate for U.S. Senate in Alaska previously wrote articles in support of an organization that espoused gay conversion therapy, questioned the integrity of elections and described the “Twilight” books and movies as evil. Many of the...

Japan's Olympic chief marks pride week with LGBTQ event

Apr. 27, 2021 09:35 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The head of the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday took part in an event marking Japan's LGBTQ pride week at a center in the capital, as activists and dozens of lawmakers pushed for an equality law to be enacted before the games begin in less than three months. ...

Mormon sex therapist ousted from faith for critiques

Apr. 22, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A sex therapist in Utah who has publicly challenged her faith's policies on sexuality has been kicked out of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints following a disciplinary hearing. Natasha Helfer received a letter Wednesday from a...

Alaska denied benefits to gay couples despite court rulings

Apr. 15, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wrongly denied some same-sex spouses benefits for years by claiming their unions were not recognized even after courts struck down gay marriage bans, court documents obtained by The Associated Press show. The agency that determines...