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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...

Mormon leader reaffirms church's opposition to gay marriage

Sep. 17, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reaffirmed the religion's opposition to gay marriage Tuesday, while explaining that leaders lifted a short-lived ban on baptisms for children of gay parents because they felt the "heartache" it caused. Church president Russell...

The Latest: Mormon leader speaks about LGBT policies

Sep. 17, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — The Latest on a speech by the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (all times local): 12:40 p.m. The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' is reaffirming that the religion must stick to its opposition of gay marriage because God's law states...

Arizona artists win suit over same-sex wedding invitations

Sep. 16, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The free speech rights of two Christian artists who make wedding invitations were violated by an anti-discrimination ordinance in Phoenix that makes it illegal to refuse service to same-sex couples for religious reasons, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 4-3 decision reversed...

Rwandan gospel singer comes out as gay, to country's shock

Sep. 16, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Friends of Albert Nabonibo, a well-known gospel singer in Rwanda who recently came out as a gay man, do not want their names revealed. It is too shameful, one says. Another says he is anguished because his family knows he often used to socialize with Nabonibo. The singer shocked many...

Serbian police intervene to protect gay pride parade

Sep. 15, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Police in Serbia briefly clashed with far-right supporters who tried to prevent a gay pride parade attended by the country's openly gay prime minister on Sunday. Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and her partner joined several hundred activists in the annual march through downtown...

'That was my child': Transgender deaths devastate families

Sep. 12, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

LUMBER BRIDGE, N.C. (AP) — "Okay, Mommy. I love you." That was Brenda Scurlock's last text from her son, Avery, before he was shot eight times, his body abandoned in a field in eastern North Carolina. Scurlock had always worried about Avery's safety. He was young and black in a society where those...

Senators blast Trump judicial nominee for silence at hearing

Sep. 11, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators from both parties criticized a nominee for a federal appeals court for declining to answer questions Wednesday about his work in the Trump White House and Education Department. Steven Menashi, an associate White House counsel, has been nominated by President Donald Trump for the...

Student gets 14 years in prison for NYC school slaying

Sep. 10, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A gay New York City high school student who police say fatally stabbed a classmate whom he claimed had been bullying him amid years of harassment from peers over his sexual orientation was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Abel Cedeno apologized at a sentencing hearing Tuesday for killing...

Mexico trans women fight for justice as murders unpunished

Sep. 10, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Months after Kenya Cuevas' friend was slain in front of her, a funeral wreath with Cuevas' name on it arrived at her doorstep. The implication was clear: Keep making noise about murdered transgender women and you'll be next. Mexico has become the world's second deadliest country after...