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Father of kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart comes out as gay

Aug. 16, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The father of Utah kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart has come out as gay in a heartfelt letter that reveals he has struggled throughout his life with pain and guilt. "The decision to be honest and truthful about my orientation comes with its own set of challenges, but at the same...

'A heavy lift': Religious black voters weigh Buttigieg's bid

Aug. 16, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Joe Darby, a South Carolina pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, pondered a sensitive question that he knew was on the mind of his congregation. Would black voters be able to reconcile their conservative religious doctrine with voting for a gay candidate for president?...

'A heavy lift': Religious black voters weigh Buttigieg's bid

Aug. 16, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In South Carolina, many religious black voters are facing a conflict between a cultural openness for same-sex marriage and their deeply held biblical convictions that could impede support for the 2020 race's only gay candidate: Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj). The historically...

Judge won't dismiss embattled prosecutor from political case

Aug. 15, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge ruled on Thursday that a special prosecutor who has come under fire for making anti-gay and anti-Islam remarks will continue to handle a young black activist's court case. The decision comes among a long series of developments involving Coffee County District...

Novelist Sparks: Ex-school head started fires he put out

Aug. 15, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The private Christian school that novelist Nicholas Sparks founded in his North Carolina hometown was gripped by one small crisis after another and demanding too much of his attention until the headmaster he initially championed was cut loose, the writer said Thursday. Sparks testified...

Octavia Spencer to be honored by gay-rights education group

Aug. 13, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Octavia Spencer will be honored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network with its Inspiration Award at a gala later this year. The group known as GLSEN announced Tuesday that the star of "Hidden Figures and "The Help" will receive the honor at the group's Respect Awards,...

Guatemalans worry about graft after Giammattei wins election

Aug. 12, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Few took to Guatemala's streets to celebrate Monday after Alejandro Giammattei overwhelmingly won election as the country's next president, with some questioning how he would tackle the corruption, violence and insufficient economic opportunity that has driven tens of thousands to...

Polish city has peaceful pride march surrounded by police

Aug. 10, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

PLOCK, Poland (AP) — LGBT activists held a central Polish city's first pride parade with only minor incidents on Saturday amid a deep divide in the country over gay and lesbian rights. The parade in Plock, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Warsaw, came three weeks after anti-gay violence marred the...

Vegas man accused of plotting to bomb synagogue or LGBTQ bar

Aug. 9, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man who authorities say worked as a security guard has been arrested and accused of plotting to firebomb a Las Vegas synagogue or a bar catering to LGTBQ customers, officials said Friday. Conor Climo, 23, of Las Vegas, was arrested Thursday by an FBI-led anti-terrorism task force, U.S....

Religious activist fined for burning library's LGBTQ books

Aug. 6, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) — A religious activist accused of burning four LGBTQ children's books that he checked out of a library in Iowa has been convicted of criminal mischief and fined. Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says 63-year-old Paul Robert Dorr, of Ocheyedan, was found guilty of the misdemeanor...