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For trans activists, recent setbacks temper long-term hopes

Nov. 19, 2019 1:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Amid their annual vigils for transgender homicide victims, trans rights activists in the U.S. are trying to maintain long-term optimism even as many hard-won protections are under threat. Just a few weeks ago, President Donald Trump’s administration argued before the Supreme Court...

Chick-fil-A halts donations to 3 groups against gay marriage

Nov. 18, 2019 6:54 PM EST

Chick-fil-A is ending donations to three groups that oppose gay marriage in an effort to halt protests and broaden its customer base. But the move has angered some of the fast food chain’s fans. The Atlanta-based company said Monday that starting next year, it will focus its giving on three areas: hunger,...

Texas archdiocese challenges LGBT anti-discrimination rights

Nov. 15, 2019 3:20 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas archdiocese wants to become a foster care provider, but only if it can be exempt from adhering to federal safeguards against anti-LGBT discrimination. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is joining the Texas Attorney General’s office and the Department of Family and...

Pope denounces anti-gay ‘persecution’ as recalling Nazi era

Nov. 15, 2019 1:58 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has denounced anti-gay discrimination as reminiscent of Nazi-era persecutions and evidence of a “culture of hatred” that has re-emerged today. Francis made the comments in a wide-ranging speech Friday to an international penal law association. He said some...

Missouri police officer agrees to mediation after $20M award

Nov. 15, 2019 11:29 AM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County police officer has agreed to mediation to reach a settlement and avoid court appeals, weeks after a jury awarded him $20 million to resolve his lawsuit alleging he suffered discrimination because he is gay. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that both sides...

Senate confirms White House lawyer as appeals court judge

Nov. 14, 2019 3:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House lawyer won Senate confirmation as a federal appeals court judge Thursday despite complaints by lawmakers from both parties about his record on immigration, race, women's equality and LGBTQ rights. Steven Menashi, an associate White House counsel, was confirmed by a 51-41...

Uganda charges 67 people after raid of LGBT-friendly bar

Nov. 12, 2019 10:09 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Sixty-seven people arrested at a gay-friendly bar in Uganda were charged with "common nuisance" Tuesday in what activists called the latest attack on the LGBT community. They face a maximum sentence of a year, lawyer Patricia Kimera said. She described the charges as "petty," adding...

US Latinos are no longer majority-Catholic, here's why

Nov. 8, 2019 2:39 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emmanuel Perez was about 15 years old when he decided the Catholic faith was not for him. Perez's cousin had just died in a car crash and his mother drove from her Santa Ana home in Orange County to Tulare near Fresno to help prepare the body for the viewing. She wanted to "be there for...

Senate panel advances judicial nominee on party-line vote

Nov. 7, 2019 6:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed a top aide to President Donald Trump for a federal appeals court post Thursday, despite complaints from lawmakers about his refusal to answer questions about his record at the Education Department and the White House. Steven Menashi, an...

Missouri chief: "room to improve" after $20 million verdict

Nov. 5, 2019 3:53 PM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County's embattled police chief says a jury's $20 million verdict in a gay discrimination lawsuit is an opportunity for improvement in his department. Jon Belmar spoke Tuesday with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , his first interview since the jury award to Sgt. Keith Wildhaber...