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Iowa governor defends surgery law amid California travel ban

Sep. 18, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's governor is defending a law she signed earlier this year that prohibits Medicaid payment for gender reassignment surgery after California's attorney general prohibited state-funded travel to Iowa. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Friday added Iowa to a list of 10...

Doctor focuses on serving health needs of LGBTQ community

Sep. 18, 2019 7:13 AM EDT

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Dr. Jeremy Stoepker was only in elementary school when his father, a gay rights activist, was diagnosed with AIDS. Doctors initially told Stoepker's father that he had a year to live, but he ended up surviving 19 years with the disease. "His doctors were, of course, these crazy...

Nepal's sexual minorities say progress in rights has stalled

Sep. 18, 2019 2:57 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal seized the lead in equal rights for sexual minorities in South Asia four years ago with a new constitution that forbids all discrimination based on sexual orientation. Even citizenship certificates and passports now allow a "non-male, non-female" category. But same-sex couples...

Mormon leader reaffirms church's opposition to gay marriage

Sep. 17, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reaffirmed the religion's opposition to gay marriage Tuesday, while explaining that leaders lifted a short-lived ban on baptisms for children of gay parents because they felt the "heartache" it caused. Church president Russell...

Lighthouse offers a beacon to LGBTQ teens in Connecticut

Sep. 17, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — When Joe Belisle was growing up in the 1970s, there were no support groups or resources for teenagers questioning their sexuality. So, he and other teens made what they thought was the safest decision — they remained under the radar and hid their identities. For Belisle, a...

The Latest: Mormon leader speaks about LGBT policies

Sep. 17, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — The Latest on a speech by the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (all times local): 12:40 p.m. The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' is reaffirming that the religion must stick to its opposition of gay marriage because God's law states...

Arizona artists win suit over same-sex wedding invitations

Sep. 16, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The free speech rights of two Christian artists who make wedding invitations were violated by an anti-discrimination ordinance in Phoenix that makes it illegal to refuse service to same-sex couples for religious reasons, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 4-3 decision reversed...

Rwandan gospel singer comes out as gay, to country's shock

Sep. 16, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Friends of Albert Nabonibo, a well-known gospel singer in Rwanda who recently came out as a gay man, do not want their names revealed. It is too shameful, one says. Another says he is anguished because his family knows he often used to socialize with Nabonibo. The singer shocked many...

LGBTQ Christians in Wisconsin look for a faith home

Sep. 16, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Craig Dull was studying to be a Lutheran minister when he came out during his junior year of college. It wasn't planned. At the time, he said, he believed he could somehow pray away his innermost feelings. Maybe if he prayed hard enough, he thought, God would intervene and make him...

Serbian police intervene to protect gay pride parade

Sep. 15, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Police in Serbia briefly clashed with far-right supporters who tried to prevent a gay pride parade attended by the country's openly gay prime minister on Sunday. Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and her partner joined several hundred activists in the annual march through downtown...