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High school athletes file complaint over transgender policy

Jun. 18, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Three Connecticut girls who have run high school track have filed a federal discrimination complaint saying a statewide policy on transgender athletes has cost them top finishes in races and possibly college scholarships. The complaint filed Monday with the U.S. Education...

Biden visits Stonewall ahead of 50th anniversary of uprising

Jun. 18, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Biden paid a visit Tuesday to the Stonewall Inn ahead of the 50th anniversary of an uprising that helped spark the gay rights movement. The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president spent about 30 minutes at the New York City tavern. He mingled with patrons, went...

Mastercard to allow transgender people to use chosen name

Jun. 17, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mastercard will allow transgender people to use their chosen names on credit and debit cards in an effort to combat discrimination at the cash register. That means that the name on the credit card owned by a transgender person could be different than that found on their birth certificate or...

High court avoids new case over same-sex wedding cake

Jun. 17, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court decided Monday against a high-stakes, election-year case about the competing rights of gay and lesbian couples and merchants who refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings. The justices handed bakers in the Portland, Oregon, area a small victory by throwing out a...

Road once adopted by KKK is sponsored by gay pride group

Jun. 17, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — A stretch of road on Florida's Gulf Coast that was adopted by the Ku Klux Klan 25 years ago is now being sponsored by a gay rights group. Pasco Pride recently adopted the stretch of Moon Lake Road in New Port Richey. WUSF in Tampa reports that the KKK adopted the 1-mile...

50 years after Stonewall, LGBT rights are a work in progress

Jun. 17, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — They didn't set out to change history; they weren't the first LGBT Americans to mobilize against bias. Yet the June 1969 uprising by young gays, lesbians and transgender people in New York City, clashing with police near a bar called the Stonewall Inn, was a vital catalyst in expanding LGBT...

50 years after Stonewall, LGBT rights are a work in progress

Jun. 17, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — They didn't set out to change history; they weren't the first LGBT Americans to mobilize against bias. Yet the June 1969 uprising by young gays, lesbians and transgender people in New York City, clashing with police near a bar called the Stonewall Inn, was a vital catalyst in expanding LGBT...

Taylor Swift makes surprise performance at gay bar Stonewall

Jun. 15, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift made a surprise performance at an iconic gay bar a day after releasing a song supporting the LGBTQ community. Swift celebrated Pride Month by appearing at New York City's Stonewall Inn on Friday night. She released her new tune Thursday called "You Need to Calm Down," where she...

Swift calls out homophobes on new song, announces 7th album

Jun. 14, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift's latest song has a new target: homophobes. Coinciding with the announcement of her seventh album, "Lover," the pop star on Thursday released a new tune called "You Need to Calm Down," where she addresses her own haters but also calls out those who attack the LGBTQ community....

4-term Indiana GOP Rep. Susan Brooks won't seek reelection

Jun. 14, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republican U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks announced Friday that she won't seek reelection next year because she wants to spend more time with her family after four terms in Congress — a pending retirement that follows Democrats' plans to target her suburban Indianapolis district...