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FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 file photo Warsaw city mayor candidate from the main opposition party Civic Platform, Rafal Trzaskowski speaks to supporters after first exit polls indicating him as the winner are announced in Warsaw, Poland. Trzaskowski, a pro-European Union liberal, has recently joined the race for the nation's president and has emerged as the main challenger to incumbent President Andrzej Duda who had previously seemed certain to win. The date of the vote is yet to be announced. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, File)

Liberal Warsaw mayor injects suspense into presidential vote

May. 31, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Childhood actor. Pro-democracy activist. Avid supporter of the European Union and LGBT rights. Warsaw’s liberal mayor Rafal Trzaskowski made a late entry in Poland’s presidential election and has quickly emerged as the main challenger to the conservative incumbent,...

Louis Sheldon, anti-gay Christian group founder, dies at 85

May. 29, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, who founded the Traditional Values Coalition, a lobbying group that was largely known for opposing homosexuality and gay rights, died Friday. He was 85. Sheldon, a former Anaheim resident, died in Southern California of a longstanding condition, son-in-law...

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With a gay protagonist, Pixar short 'Out' makes history

May. 28, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In Steven Clay Hunter’s 23 years as an animator at Pixar, he has drawn a seven-armed octopus, a Canadian daredevil and a wheezing toy penguin. But there were scenes he never expected to animate until he began working on his short, “Out.” Hunter wrote and directed the...

A young visitor to the Franklin Park Zoo wears a mask out of concern for the coronavirus while walking near a male ostrich named

COVID-19-related deaths top 6,600; jobless claims still high

May. 28, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The overall number of confirmed COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic climbed to 6,640 on Thursday as another 93 deaths were reported. The number of individuals in Massachusetts diagnosed with confirmed cases of COVID-19 closed in on 95,000 with 675 new cases...

IKEA manager charged for firing Pole over anti-gay remarks

May. 28, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish prosecutor has charged an IKEA manager with violating the religious rights of an employee sacked for voicing strong objections, within the company, to a corporate event supporting tolerance for LGBT people last year. The Catholic employee at a Polish branch of the Swedish...

FILE -This June 12, 2011 file photo shows Larry Kramer, left, and Daryl Roth embracing after they won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play for

Reaction to the death of AIDS activist, writer Larry Kramer

May. 27, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Reaction to the death of Larry Kramer, the AIDS activist and playwright who turned his fury into mass protests and helped raise the profile of the disease: “At a time when the federal government sat paralyzed in denial of a disease that was ravaging an entire generation of LGBTQ...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2014 file photo, playwright Larry Kramer attends Acria's 19th Annual Holiday Dinner Benefit in New York. Kramer, the playwright whose angry voice and pen raised theatergoers’ consciousness about AIDS and roused thousands to militant protests in the early years of the epidemic, died Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in Manhattan of pneumonia. He was 84. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP, File)

Larry Kramer, playwright and AIDS activist, dies at 84

May. 27, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Larry Kramer, the playwright whose angry voice and pen raised theatergoers’ consciousness about AIDS and roused thousands to militant protests in the early years of the epidemic, has died at 84. Bill Goldstein, a writer who was working on a biography of Kramer, confirmed the news to...

FILE - This May 12, 2014 file photo shows playwright Larry Kramer at the premiere of HBO Films'

Larry Kramer used voice, pen to raise consciousness on AIDS

May. 27, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Time never softened the urgency of Larry Kramer’s demands. Theatergoers leaving a celebrated revival of Kramer’s “The Normal Heart” in 2011 were greeted by the playwright himself, deep in his 70s by then, handing out leaflets outside the Broadway theater...

LGBT rights ballot drive sues to cut signature requirement

May. 26, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group organizing a ballot drive to add LGBT anti-discrimination protections to Michigan’s civil rights law sued the state Tuesday, saying coronavirus restrictions made it impossible to collect the required 340,000 valid voter signatures. Fair and Equal Michigan and two...

School board candidate who mis-ID'ed Westgate shooter quits

May. 26, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A school board candidate who caused an uproar when he misidentified the gunman in last week's Westgate Entertainment District shooting as a “left-wing LGBTQ” college student has quit the race. Scott Weinberg announced on Facebook on Tuesday that he is dropping his campaign for...