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Immigrant detentions soar despite Biden’s campaign promises

Aug. 05, 2021 04:14 AM EDT

WINNFIELD, La. (AP) — Alexander Martinez says he fled from homophobia, government persecution and the notorious MS-13 gang in El Salvador only to run into abuse and harassment in America’s immigration detention system. Since crossing the border illegally in April, the...

Wrestling coach charged with distributing child pornography

Aug. 04, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

A New Jersey youth wrestling coach and former state champion who made headlines for becoming the NCAA’s first openly gay college wrestler is facing child pornography charges. The U.S. attorney’s office announced Wednesday it has charged Alec Donovan with receipt and...

Georgia ex-deputy sentenced to prison for unregistered gun

Aug. 03, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia sheriff's deputy, who was arrested during an investigation into a violent extremist group, has been sentenced to serve more than three years in federal prison for possessing unregistered guns, prosecutors said. Cody Richard Griggers,...

Tennessee sued over 'bathroom bill' for public schools

Aug. 03, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee was hit Tuesday with a second legal challenge aimed at overturning a slate of bills targeting transgender people that Gov. Bill Lee signed into law earlier this year. The federal lawsuit filed by the Human Rights Campaign challenges...

Former school superintendent alleges anti-gay discrimination

Aug. 03, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

HULL, Mass. (AP) — The former superintendent of Hull public schools alleges in a lawsuit that he was discriminated against because he is gay and his firing has made it impossible for him to land a new job in education. Michael Devine alleges breach of contract,...

Union Gospel Mission seeks high court ruling on hiring case

Aug. 03, 2021 08:51 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission filed a petition Monday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide a case in which the Washington Supreme Court ruled in favor of a bisexual lawyer who sued the mission over its anti-LGBTQ hiring policy. Attorney Matt Woods...

Charleston, WVa, OKs ordinance banning conversion therapy

Aug. 03, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in West Virginia's capital city have approved a proposal to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children. Charleston became the first city in West Virginia to enact such an ordinance Monday night. The ban had...

DaBaby offers 2nd apology after recent homophobic comments

Aug. 02, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper DaBaby offered another apology Monday while facing heavy backlash after he made crude and homophobic remarks at a recent Miami-area music festival. The Grammy-nominated performer said he was misinformed for his comments about HIV/AIDS in the...

DaBaby booted from Lollapalooza after homophobic comments

Aug. 01, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Rapper DaBaby was cut Sunday from Lollapalooza's closing lineup following crude and homophobic remarks he made last week at a Miami-area music festival. The Grammy-nominated artist, whose name is Jonathan Kirk, had been scheduled as a closing act on the...

NC business owner, author, drag performer wears many hats

Aug. 01, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A Fayetteville business owner goes beyond the doors of his salon not only as an author and drag performer, but also as a pillar of the community. North Carolina native Joshua Gray-Heim, 35, started his professional career at the Carolina...