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Influential president of Human Rights Campaign stepping down

Nov. 15, 2018 12:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chad Griffin, the influential LGBTQ activist who helped turn the Human Rights Campaign into a powerful political force, announced Thursday that he is stepping down as the organization's president. Griffin's announcement follows a midterm election in which the group invested heavily in...

Case reveals shame, trauma of male sex trafficking victims

Nov. 15, 2018 10:08 AM EST

TOLLAND, Conn. (AP) — Like many victims of a Connecticut sex trafficking ring that preyed on troubled young men and teenage boys for more than 20 years, Samuel Marino never told his family or police about being coerced into sexual relations with much older men. Marino ended up carjacking vehicles from two...

Kentucky Baptist Convention cuts ties with churches

Nov. 14, 2018 11:26 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Baptist Convention has cut ties with more than 12 churches that showed support for an organization that lifted a ban this year on hiring LGBTQ employees. The Courier-Journal reports the Louisville-based Kentucky Baptist Convention voted Tuesday to end its relationship...

FBI report shows 17 percent spike in hate crimes in 2017

Nov. 13, 2018 1:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Hate crimes across the United States spiked 17 percent in 2017 — marking a rise for the third straight year — with a 37 percent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, according to an FBI report released Tuesday. There were 7,175 reported hate crimes last year, up from 6,121 in...

In Mexico caravan, LGBTQ migrants stick together for safety

Nov. 13, 2018 12:04 AM EST

MATIAS ROMERO, Mexico (AP) — Dozens of transgender women and gay men in the caravan moving through Mexico with hopes of seeking asylum in the United States have banded together for protection — not from the uncertainty of a journey fraught with danger from the gangs who prey on migrants but from...

Episcopal bishop says he is banning gay unions on his turf

Nov. 12, 2018 4:37 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An Episcopal bishop in upstate New York says the church has been "hijacked by the 'Gay Rights Agenda'" in a directive barring same-sex marriages in his diocese. The pastoral directive from The Rev. William Love, who is based in Albany, New York, highlights lingering opposition three...

The Latest: Top Episcopal responds to same-sex marriage ban

Nov. 12, 2018 4:31 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on an Episcopal bishop in Albany, New York, banning same-sex marriages in his diocese (all times local): 4:30 p.m. The head of the Episcopal Church says he will soon decide what to do about an upstate New York bishop barring same-sex marriages in his diocese. Episcopal Church...

Sex abuse crisis tops agenda as US Catholic bishops convene

Nov. 10, 2018 3:42 PM EST

As U.S. Catholic bishops gather for their national assembly next week, the clergy sex abuse crisis dominates their agenda amid calls from critics that church leaders finally bring about meaningful reforms to root out misbehaving priests. The three-day assembly that starts Monday in Baltimore comes after a series...

California man pleads not guilty in killing of gay student

Nov. 9, 2018 5:02 PM EST

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man pleaded not guilty on Friday to the murder of a gay University of Pennsylvania student in a hate crime. Samuel Woodward, a 21-year-old from Newport Beach, California, entered the plea during a hearing in Orange County Superior Court. Bail was previously...

Tanzanian officials order physical exams of 10 alleged gays

Nov. 9, 2018 11:22 AM EST

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzanian authorities are carrying out physical examinations on 10 men suspected of homosexual activity in Zanzibar, according to police. A wave of arrests of gays in Tanzania is feared after a senior official urged the public to report suspected homosexuals to authorities....