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2 Muslim men from Texas say American Airlines profiled them

Sep. 20, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Two Muslim men from Texas say American Airlines profiled them and canceled their flight after crew members said they "didn't feel comfortable" flying with the pair. Abderraoof Alkhawaldeh and Issam Abdallah said they filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation against the...

DC considers banning 'gay panic' defense

Sep. 20, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington, D.C., Council is considering legislation that would bar people charged with violent offenses from claiming they acted in self-defense after learning the victim was gay or transgender. WTOP-FM reports Council Chairman Phil Mendelson introduced the "Sexual Orientation and...

Transgender prisoner who sued dies days before release

Sep. 19, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A transgender prison inmate who sued the state of New York, saying she was raped in a men's prison, has died of cancer days before she was to be freed on parole. LeslieAnn Manning, who had been serving a 30-year sentence for shooting at a police car, died Saturday at the Wende...

In new Sudan, women want more freedom, bigger political role

Sep. 19, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — On her daily walks from home to her job at a primary school in the city of Port Sudan, Khalda Saber would urge people to join the protests against the three-decade rule of Sudan's autocratic President Omar al-Bashir. At school, she rallied fellow teachers to join the pro-democracy uprising. "I...

Transgender man can sue Catholic hospital over hysterectomy

Sep. 18, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California transgender man can go ahead with a discrimination lawsuit against a Catholic hospital that canceled his hysterectomy, an appeals court ruled Tuesday. The decision by the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco overturns a lower court ruling dismissing the...

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...

Police investigate after transgender woman's body found

Sep. 18, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina have launched a homicide investigation after the body of a transgender woman was found in the debris of a house fire. The Charlotte Observer reports Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they're trying to determine if someone intentionally set the fire. The body...

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...

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...