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Public comment suspended amid Wyoming library book furor

Oct. 20, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Commissioners of a Wyoming county have suspended all in-person public comment at their meetings amid a furor over library books involving sex and LGBTQ issues. Campbell County commissioners in recent months have heard hours of public comment about...

Missouri lawmaker Tom Hannegan dies of stroke

Oct. 20, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican state Rep. Tom Hannegan died Wednesday of a stroke at age 51, his campaign treasurer said. “The community has suffered a great loss,” said Hannegan’s campaign treasurer, Scott Mell. Voters elected...

Across Africa, major churches strongly oppose LGBTQ rights

Oct. 20, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

In Ghana, home to a diverse array of religions, leaders of major churches have united in denouncing homosexuality as a “perversion” and endorsing legislation that would, if enacted, impose some of the harshest anti-LGBTQ policies in Africa. In Nigeria, the umbrella...

In Cuba, divisions over law to allow same-sex marriage

Oct. 19, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Adiel and Lachi are anxious to get married, perhaps dressed in black, in a ceremony by the seashore. The idea bothers the Rev. Moises de Prada, who like many of his parishioners opposes a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in Cuba. ...

Kansas City suburb bans LGBTQ conversion therapy

Oct. 19, 2021 08:06 AM EDT

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas City suburb has agreed to ban controversial conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth. The Kansas City Star reports that licensed medical or mental health professionals face a $1,000 fine for trying to change a person’s sexual...

MTV: Europe Music Awards to counter Hungary's anti-gay laws

Oct. 19, 2021 06:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The MTV Europe Music Awards will be held Nov. 14 in Hungary, the network said Tuesday, reaffirming and defending the location despite the country’s recent passage of legislation widely condemned as anti-LGBTQ. The ceremony is an opportunity to make...

Russian court outlaws racist, sexist extremist group

Oct. 18, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Monday outlawed a radical online group that has become infamous for its racist and sexist views. The regional court in Nizhny Novgorod banned the the Muzhskoye Gosudarstvo (Male State) group as extremist. Its members will face criminal...

Wyoming's Sissy Goodwin remembered with museum exhibit

Oct. 17, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Vickie Goodwin was supposed to meet her husband at the Smithsonian Museum, and he was very, very late. The Wyoming natives were visiting D.C. for her job, and while she attended a meeting, Sissy had gone off to sightsee. Now he was nowhere to be...

Biden to meet with Pope Francis to discuss COVID-19, climate

Oct. 14, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to meet Pope Francis when he visits the Vatican later this month as part of a five-day swing through Italy and the U.K. for global economic and climate change meetings. Biden plans to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the...

Suit: US enabling LGBTQ discrimination in foster program

Oct. 13, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The federal government is funding organizations that illegally discriminate against LGBTQ candidates to become foster care parents for unaccompanied refugee children, a lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges. According to the 29-page complaint, Kelly...