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Oklahoma woman charged with racist vandalism hospitalized

Aug. 21, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A woman charged with spray-painting racist, anti-gay and anti-Semitic graffiti on the county Democratic Party's offices, an art center and an elementary school in Norman, Oklahoma, was hospitalized for medical and mental health treatment. Court documents show that on Aug. 1,...

Trial delayed in alleged threats to anti-LGBT delegate case

Aug. 21, 2019 4:39 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial has been delayed for a Virginia man accused of threatening a West Virginia delegate who equated the LGBTQ community to the Ku Klux Klan. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Monday bench trial for Jonathan George Benfer was delayed over several oversights. The absent...

SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Gender pronouns part of LGBT fight

Aug. 20, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of legal briefs supporting fired funeral director Aimee Stephens at the Supreme Court use "she" and "her" to refer to the transgender woman. So does the appeals court ruling in favor of Stephens that held that workplace discrimination against transgender people is illegal under...

Trump steadily fulfills goals on religious right wish list

Aug. 20, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Donald Trump assumed the presidency, conservative religious leaders drew up "wish lists' of steps they hoped he'd take to oppose abortion and rein in the LGBTQ-rights movement. With a flurry of recent actions, Trump's administration is now winning their praise for aggressively...

Judge to rule on tossing suit against Smollett in October

Aug. 20, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge hearing the city of Chicago's lawsuit against Jussie Smollett says she'll rule on the actor's request to toss the suit in October. The 10-minute status hearing Tuesday was the first since the civil case was moved to federal court from state court. The former "Empire" actor...

Palestinian police vow to crack down on planned LGBT event

Aug. 19, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian police have threatened to arrest anyone involved in a gathering planned by LGBT activists and have called on people to come forward with information about them. The announcement over the weekend followed word that al-Qaws, an LGBT group in the Palestinian territories,...

Berlin memorial to gay victims of Nazis vandalized

Aug. 19, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police say a central memorial to the gay victims of the Nazis has been vandalized. The concrete memorial in Berlin's Tiergarten park, near the memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, features a window into which visitors can look and view a video of a same-sex couple kissing....

Greek Orthodox bishop convicted of hate speech resigns

Aug. 18, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Metropolitan Amvrosios of Kalavryta, a fiery conservative Greek Orthodox bishop known for criticizing, often in intemperate terms, those who he believed acted in a "non-Christian" or "non-Greek" way, including gays, migrants and politicians, resigned Sunday. Amvrosios, 81,...

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?...