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Baltimore Flamingos play rugby and connect with community

Oct. 24, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) — After moving to Baltimore City in 2016, Darrell Coffey felt there were not enough spaces for the LGBTQ community. So, he launched the Baltimore Flamingos rugby club that summer. The initiative began with him and his friend, Xero Coto, tossing balls...

Biden to meet Pope Francis amid some rifts with US bishops

Oct. 23, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

There’s an intriguing subplot to President Joe Biden’s upcoming meeting with Pope Francis. The world’s two most prominent Roman Catholics will be celebrating a shared outlook on church teaching and vital social issues even as Biden faces unwavering opposition from many U.S. Catholic...

Professor resigns amid probe into posts on women, Muslims

Oct. 22, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A University of Montana professor who was placed on administrative leave while the university investigated blog posts about his religious beliefs that maligned women, Muslims and people who are LGBTQ resigned on Friday. “It is apparent to me...

Chapelle special spurs Netflix walkout; 'Trans lives matter'

Oct. 21, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix employees who walked out Wednesday in protest of Dave Chappelle's special and its anti-transgender comments were joined by allies who chanted “Trans lives matter,” getting pushback from counterprotesters who also showed up. A pre-noon...

Chapelle special spurs Netflix walkout; 'Trans lives matter'

Oct. 21, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix employees who walked out Wednesday in protest of Dave Chappelle's special and its anti-transgender comments were joined by allies who chanted “Trans lives matter,” getting pushback from counterprotesters who also showed up. A pre-noon...

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...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Oct. 19, 2021 12:17 PM EDT

Topeka Capital-Journal. October 15, 2021. Editorial: Seaman school board has a difficult decision ahead. We believe members must choose to change the name. The Seaman USD 345 School Board needs to do what’s right, not what’s popular. ...

District attorneys refuse to prosecute some GOP-led laws

Oct. 19, 2021 10:40 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Republican lawmakers in Tennessee blocked a policy to ease up on low-level marijuana cases, Nashville's top prosecutor decided on a workaround: He just didn't charge anyone with the crime. Meanwhile, in Georgia, the Gwinnett County...

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...