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Texas archdiocese challenges LGBT anti-discrimination rights

Nov. 15, 2019 3:20 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas archdiocese wants to become a foster care provider, but only if it can be exempt from adhering to federal safeguards against anti-LGBT discrimination. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is joining the Texas Attorney General’s office and the Department of Family and...

Pope denounces anti-gay ‘persecution’ as recalling Nazi era

Nov. 15, 2019 1:58 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has denounced anti-gay discrimination as reminiscent of Nazi-era persecutions and evidence of a “culture of hatred” that has re-emerged today. Francis made the comments in a wide-ranging speech Friday to an international penal law association. He said some...

Missouri police officer agrees to mediation after $20M award

Nov. 15, 2019 11:29 AM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County police officer has agreed to mediation to reach a settlement and avoid court appeals, weeks after a jury awarded him $20 million to resolve his lawsuit alleging he suffered discrimination because he is gay. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that both sides...

Kansas City bans gay conversion therapy

Nov. 14, 2019 6:47 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Conversion therapy for LGBTQ young people will not be allowed in Kansas City. The city council on Thursday approved an ordinance banning the therapy, which tries to change a gay or transgender person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The therapy also has been banned in...

Panel brings transgender issues to light, opens dialogue

Nov. 14, 2019 4:23 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — “Guess what? I am a transgender woman and I am just like everybody else.” Keri Abrams was addressing an audience of about 35 people at the “Ask a Trans Person” panel at Chesterfield Central Library earlier this week. Equality Virginia -- an advocacy...

Senate confirms White House lawyer as appeals court judge

Nov. 14, 2019 3:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House lawyer won Senate confirmation as a federal appeals court judge Thursday despite complaints by lawmakers from both parties about his record on immigration, race, women's equality and LGBTQ rights. Steven Menashi, an associate White House counsel, was confirmed by a 51-41...

Gay pastor taking leave to settle complaints against her

Nov. 14, 2019 12:38 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a gay pastor in Iowa City will request a leave of absence as part of a settlement of complaints that her sexual orientation violates United Methodist Church law. The Rev. Anna Blaedel had been director of the Wesley Center at the University of Iowa but stepped down in...

Uganda charges 67 people after raid of LGBT-friendly bar

Nov. 12, 2019 10:09 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Sixty-seven people arrested at a gay-friendly bar in Uganda were charged with "common nuisance" Tuesday in what activists called the latest attack on the LGBT community. They face a maximum sentence of a year, lawyer Patricia Kimera said. She described the charges as "petty," adding...

Klobuchar: Woman with Buttigieg's record would miss debate

Nov. 11, 2019 6:56 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign drew a record six female candidates to the field. But with just less than three months until voting starts, only one has risen to the top tier. Is it sexism or just politics? That's the debate that erupted Monday as one of those candidates,...

Scientific groups remove job posts over LGBTQ policy at BYU

Nov. 11, 2019 3:36 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two well-known scientific groups have dropped job postings from their websites from Brigham Young University because of the school's LGBTQ policies, igniting a debate on whether research organizations should take a stance on social issues. The Washington-based American Geophysical...