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Univ. of North Dakota leader defends gender inclusion plan

Jan. 14, 2022 19:40 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The president of the University of North Dakota on Friday defended a proposal that would allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, saying the intent is to align the Grand Forks-based school with existing laws and to better...

Transgender athlete ban, backed by Noem, clears committee

Jan. 14, 2022 17:50 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota legislative committee on Friday approved a bill championed by Gov. Kristi Noem to ban transgender women and girls from participating in school sports leagues that match their gender identity. With the Republican governor's full-fledged lobbying,...

Polish diocese apologizes for asking if abuse victim is gay

Jan. 13, 2022 13:05 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Catholic diocese in Poland apologized on Thursday for having asked a court to determine whether a man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest is gay, and whether the sexual contact may have consequently been pleasurable for him. Following wide...

Sydney man admits gay hate murder of American 32 years ago

Jan. 13, 2022 05:49 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian man has pleaded guilty to murdering an American mathematician who fell from a Sydney cliff in 1988 in a gay hate crime that was dismissed by police at the time as suicide. Scott White was charged in 2020 with murdering 27-year-old Los Angeles-born Scott...

'American Idol' runner-up Aiken aims for Congress again

Jan. 10, 2022 15:45 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken announced Monday he's running for Congress again in North Carolina, this time seeking to succeed the retiring U.S. Rep. David Price. In a video announcing his bid in the 6th District, Aiken said he's joining the...

Pope moves to reorganize Vatican doctrine office

Jan. 10, 2022 11:54 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis took the first step Monday to reorganize the Vatican’s powerful doctrine office, removing the No. 2 official widely believed responsible for a controversial document barring blessings for same-sex couples because God “cannot bless sin.” Francis named...

US judge in Michigan tosses gay corrections officers' suit

Jan. 09, 2022 16:57 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge in Michigan has tossed a lawsuit brought by two gay corrections officers, ruling that some of their discrimination claims weren’t sufficiently proven and that statutes of limitation barred others. Michelle Wood alleged in the 2020 suit that she was...

New Hampshire moves to outlaw 'gay panic defense'

Jan. 09, 2022 08:42 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is closer to joining more than a dozen other states in prohibiting defendants accused of manslaughter from using the victim's gender, gender identity or sexual orientation as a defense. The House voted 223-118 on Thursday to outlaw what has been...

Upscale Mississippi Coast restaurant hosts drag brunch

Jan. 08, 2022 00:20 AM EST

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — It was an hour into brunch at the White Pillars restaurant in Biloxi when Lexis Redd D’Ville lifted a thigh-high white stiletto boot and stepped onto a solid oak dining table. Around the room, 100 people waved $1 bills in her direction. The dining table on...

Senegal rejects bill to double jail time for homosexuality

Jan. 06, 2022 15:45 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's National Assembly has rejected a proposed law that would have doubled the jail time for people convicted of homosexuality, which is illegal in the country, though proponents of the bill vowed to press ahead with their efforts. The proposed...