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Nevada detective fired after sex abuse charge in Utah

Sep. 19, 2018 9:08 PM EDT

MESQUITE, Nev. (AP) — A veteran Nevada police detective was fired Wednesday following his arrest last week on charges accusing him of sexually abusing a southern Utah teen he met on a social networking app geared toward gay and bisexual men. Gary Erickson, who was arrested Sept. 12 in Las Vegas, is...

'Sesame Street' wants to clarify: Bert and Ernie aren't gay

Sep. 19, 2018 1:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The producers of "Sesame Street" want you to know that Bert and Ernie are not, in fact, gay. Sesame Workshop tweeted Tuesday the characters have many human traits but "remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation." The workshop did not answer questions about why some puppets have...

Indian star Abhishek Bachchan on a victory for gay rights

Sep. 13, 2018 12:28 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan is cheering India's decision to strike down a ban on consensual gay sex, calling it "a wonderful step in the right direction." India's Supreme Court last week reversed a colonial-era law that made gay sex punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a landmark...

Study to focus on partner abuse among college gays, lesbians

Sep. 13, 2018 11:08 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Researchers at the University of New Hampshire are working on what they say is the largest study ever conducted about sexual violence in the college LGBTQ community. The university says 15 colleges and universities around the country are participating in the work. Researchers expect to...

German teenager arrested in gay club bomb attack plan

Sep. 13, 2018 8:38 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German teenager has been arrested on suspicion he was planning an Islamic extremist bombing attack in the Frankfurt area, prosecutors said Thursday. Frankfurt prosecutors' spokesman Sinan Akdogan told The Associated Press the 17-year-old was arrested by Hesse state police Sept. 1 and...

Chile's congress passes 'historic' gender identity law

Sep. 12, 2018 8:19 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — After a five-year battle, Chile's congress passed a gender identity law Wednesday that allows transgender people over 14 years of age to change their name and gender in official records. Activists called the with 95-46 vote in favor of the law "historic," with Chile's Movement for...

House race will mean state's first black or gay congressman

Sep. 12, 2018 7:42 PM EDT

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — The Republican and Democrat in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District race understand they have the chance to make history but are approaching their roles as trailblazers a little differently. Democrat Chris Pappas is embracing the fact he could become the state's first openly gay...

New Hampshire to make history with nominees in House race

Sep. 12, 2018 7:37 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is set to elect either its first black member of Congress or first openly gay representative. Eddie Edwards, an African-American former police chief backed by the Trump administration, won the Republican nomination Tuesday in the state's toss-up congressional district. He...

Romania parliament votes in favor of man/woman marriage only

Sep. 12, 2018 2:41 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian Senators approved a measure that could pave the way for the constitution to be changed to explicitly state that marriage is a union of a man and a woman. Senators on Tuesday voted 107-13 with seven abstentions to allow a referendum that could change the constitution,...

New Hampshire set to make history in open US House race

Sep. 12, 2018 1:27 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is set to elect either its first openly gay member of Congress or its first black representative. Democrat Carol Shea-Porter's decision to step down after four non-consecutive terms in the 1st Congressional District resulted in no fewer than 17 candidates vying for the...