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'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...

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...

Virginia transgender bathroom case: Judge favors ex-student

Aug. 9, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal judge in Virginia ruled Friday that a school board's transgender bathroom ban discriminated against a former student, Gavin Grimm, the latest in a string of decisions nationwide that favor transgender students who faced similar policies. The order issued by U.S. District Judge...

A federal judge in Virginia has ruled a school board's transgender bathroom ban violated the rights of a former student

Aug. 9, 2019 5:23 PM EDT
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal judge in Virginia has ruled a school board's transgender bathroom ban violated the rights of a former student.

Civil rights probe opened into transgender athlete policy

Aug. 8, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The federal Office for Civil Rights has launched an investigation into Connecticut's policy that allows transgender high school athletes to compete as the gender with which they identify. The investigation was announced in a letter Wednesday from the arm of the U.S. Department of...

Indianapolis Jesuit school appeals archbishop's decree

Aug. 5, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Jesuit high school that the Indianapolis Archdiocese no longer recognizes as Catholi c because it refused to fire a teacher in a same-sex marriage says it's appealing that decision to the Vatican. Brebeuf Preparatory School President the Rev. Bill Verbryke sent a letter to the school...

New Kansas governor brings sharp shift on LGBTQ foster kids

Aug. 5, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' child welfare agency has drafted guidelines urging foster parents to allow LGBTQ kids in their care to "express themselves as they see themselves," riling conservatives a little more than a year after the state granted legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that do...