Latest Gays and lesbians News

Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, waits to address a press conference ahead of the floor votes on SB 868, the Virginia Values Act, The event was held in the Jefferson Room of the State Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. In the background is Mara Keisling, Executive Director of The National Center for Transgender Equality. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Virginia lawmakers send LGBTQ protections bill to governor

Feb. 26, 2020 3:42 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers gave final passage Wednesday to a comprehensive anti-discrimination bill that advocates said will make the state the first in the South to enact such protections for LGBTQ people. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin, prohibits discrimination on the basis...

Texas teacher who sued school district reaches settlement

Feb. 26, 2020 2:27 PM EST

MANSFIELD, Texas (AP) — A Texas teacher who alleged she was discriminated against because of her sexual orientation has reached a settlement with the school district. Stacy Bailey, who is an art teacher at Mansfield Independent School District, will get a letter of recommendation and a $100,000 payment to...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg marches with demonstrators calling for a union and $15 minimum wage at McDonald's, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In SC, Buttigieg faces black voters wary of a gay candidate

Feb. 25, 2020 12:25 AM EST

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina state Sen. Gerald Malloy is fine with a gay presidential candidate like Pete Buttigieg. His older male relatives are not — and that may be the defining challenge of Buttigieg's campaign. As Buttigieg tries to sustain his early success in Iowa and New Hampshire, he...

FILE - This is a Jan. 27, 2020 file photo of The Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with same-sex couples.  The justices will review an appeals court ruling that upheld the city's decision to stop placing children with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's agency because it would not permit same-sex couples to serve as foster parents.  (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Justices to hear Philly dispute over same-sex foster parents

Feb. 24, 2020 6:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with same-sex couples, a big test of religious rights on a more conservative court. The justices will review an appeals court ruling that upheld the city's decision to...

In this Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 photo provided by ISAIAH, the group's Executive Director Doran Schrantz, center, and Imam Mohamed Omar, right, applaud during the religious coalition's Claiming Our Voices 2019 event at the Minneapolis Convention Center. In 2017, Imam Omar, executive director of Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., decided it was no longer prudent to remain isolated after members of an Illinois militia threw a pipe bomb into his mosque. Joining forces with other imams in the area, Omar, a refugee from war-torn Somalia, approached ISAIAH, a 20-year-old mostly white and Christian community organizing coalition based in St. Paul. (ISAIAH via AP)

Across races, religions, coalitions organize for solidarity

Feb. 24, 2020 3:28 PM EST

(RNS) — Rachel Prestipino knows how segregated Miami can be every day, including Sunday: “It’s not just at 11 a.m.” But one thing all groups in Miami share, said Prestipino, lead organizer for a local faith-based organization called People Acting for Community Together, is an interest...

Supreme Court to hear dispute over Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with same-sex couples

Feb. 24, 2020 9:34 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court to hear dispute over Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with same-sex couples.
Transgender godmother Camila Prins, representing the Colorado do Bras samba school, performs at Carnival in the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Prins entered the parade grounds, in a costume of feathers that displayed her sinuous body, fulfilling a dream nearly three decades old. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Brazilian transgender dancer shatters Carnival parade taboo

Feb. 23, 2020 12:02 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — When dancer Camila Prins entered Sao Paulo's Carnival parade grounds, a costume of feathers clinging to her sinuous body, she fulfilled a dream of feminine beauty nearly three decades old. Prins says she first realized she wanted to be a woman at a Carnival party at age 11, when, like the...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2020, file photo, friends and relatives hold up photos of victims of a shooting, in Hanau, Germany. The rampage this week in Germany in which a gunman killed nine people with foreign backgrounds was the country's third deadly far-right attack in a matter of months. German leaders openly acknowledge there is a problem, but so far, identifying a solution has been elusive. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Germany admits there's a far-right problem, but what to do?

Feb. 22, 2020 9:52 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — As Germany's president expressed his sympathy and shock during a candlelight vigil for nine people killed by an immigrant-hating gunman, a woman called out from the crowd, demanding action, not words. But the country's leaders are struggling to figure out how to counter a recent rise in...

Wisconsin prison warden who posted anti-Muslim memes fired

Feb. 21, 2020 4:30 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin deputy prison warden has been fired after posting Facebook memes comparing Muslim children to garbage and equating flying a gay pride rainbow flag with raising the Confederate flag. Richard “Sam” Schneiter, a 42-year veteran of the Department of Corrections,...

In this Jan. 20, 2020 photo, Robert Julian Stone looks over his medical records in his home in Palm Springs, Calif. Stone, a former University of Michigan student, alleges that the late University of Michigan Athletic Department physician Robert E. Anderson sexually assaulted him during a medical examination in 1971. (Kim Kozlowski/Detroit News via AP)

University of Michigan investigates doctor sex abuse claims

Feb. 20, 2020 11:48 AM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Five former patients have alleged that a late University of Michigan physician sexually abused them during exams, the university says, with one accuser saying Dr. Robert E. Anderson's actions over several decades made him a “sexual predator.” A spokesman acknowledged...