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Uganda expected to charge 75 after raid of LGBT-friendly bar

Nov. 12, 2019 7:05 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A human rights lawyer in Uganda says 75 people will be charged in court after police raided a gay-friendly bar. Activists call it the latest attack on the LGBT community. Nicholas Opiyo said Tuesday that police have released 50 other people after Sunday's raid in the capital,...

Klobuchar: Woman with Buttigieg's record would miss debate

Nov. 11, 2019 6:56 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign drew a record six female candidates to the field. But with just less than three months until voting starts, only one has risen to the top tier. Is it sexism or just politics? That's the debate that erupted Monday as one of those candidates,...

Scientific groups remove job posts over LGBTQ policy at BYU

Nov. 11, 2019 3:36 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two well-known scientific groups have dropped job postings from their websites from Brigham Young University because of the school's LGBTQ policies, igniting a debate on whether research organizations should take a stance on social issues. The Washington-based American Geophysical...

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...

Study finds LGBTQ characters hit record high on network TV

Nov. 7, 2019 11:05 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Pose" and "Batwoman" are among the shows contributing to a surge in LGBTQ and gender inclusiveness on television, according to a new study by the advocacy group GLAAD. The percentage of regularly seen LGBTQ characters on prime-time broadcast TV this season reached an all-time high of...

Fans say farewell to legendary Puerto Rico astrologer

Nov. 6, 2019 7:12 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Walter Mercado lay in his coffin Wednesday wearing a velvet suit that ranged in color from his favorite violet to dark blue as a teary woman stood nearby, transfixed by a screen that showed pictures of the legendary Puerto Rican astrologer surrounded by friends, family and his...

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...

Legendary Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado dies at 88

Nov. 3, 2019 5:02 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Television astrologer Walter Mercado, whose glamorous persona made him a star in Latin media and a cherished icon for gay people in most of the Spanish-speaking world, has died. He was 88. Mercado was known throughout Latin American for the melodrama of his daily horoscopes,...

Police arrest 2 for beating man they thought was gay

Nov. 3, 2019 6:22 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police say they have arrested two people for beating up a man because they thought he was gay. Police said Sunday the two are suspected of hitting the 39-year-old man on the head after calling him gay in a restaurant in central Belgrade. Ilija Vucevic says he was attacked...