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Transgender teacher, Maryland school district settle lawsuit

Sep. 27, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A transgender teacher who said she was harassed by students, parents and colleagues has settled a lawsuit with a Maryland school district with an agreement that includes policy changes and training. Attorneys for Jennifer Eller said the settlement reached...

Maine OKs 1st religious school for tuition reimbursement

Sep. 22, 2022 21:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is ready to fund tuition for some religious school students for the first time since a Supreme Court ruling in June ordered the state to treat those schools the same as other private schools regarding tuition reimbursement. Cheverus High School, a...

Woman charged with bomb threat against children's hospital

Sep. 15, 2022 21:55 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal authorities on Thursday arrested a woman accused of calling in a fake bomb threat at Boston Children's Hospital amid a barrage of harassment and threats of violence over its surgical program for transgender youths. Catherine Leavy, 37, was arrested at her...

Indiana abortion ban challenged under religious freedom law

Sep. 08, 2022 18:32 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Opponents of Indiana’s abortion ban set to take effect next week filed a lawsuit Thursday arguing it would violate a state religious-freedom law that Republican lawmakers approved in 2015. The lawsuit follows another one filed last week also challenging the...

JoJo Siwa to receive Gamechanger Award from GLSEN

Sep. 08, 2022 12:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Social media sensation JoJo Siwa will be honored by the LGBTQ education group GLSEN next month for her anti-bullying and advocacy efforts. The organization says it will recognize the 19-year-old singer, dancer and content creator with its Gamechanger Award at an...

2nd web-hosting provider drops harassment site Kiwi Farms

Sep. 05, 2022 21:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Russia-based provider cut web protection services on Monday to Kiwi Farms, becoming the second provider in two days to abandon the notorious stalking and harassment site and leaving it inaccessible on the public internet. DDoS-Guard said it doesn't have to decide...

Citing imminent danger Cloudflare drops hate site Kiwi Farms

Sep. 04, 2022 21:52 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Citing an "immediate threat to human life," Cloudflare has dropped the notorious stalking and harassment site Kiwi Farms from its internet security services following an online campaign started by transgender Twitch streamer Clara Sorrenti to pressure it to do so. ...

Judge rules for photographer challenging gay rights law

Sep. 01, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal district court has ruled in favor of a Kentucky wedding photographer who challenged a Louisville ordinance banning businesses from discriminating against gay customers. U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Beaton on Tuesday granted a request by...

UN expert: US progress on LGBT rights but equality lacking

Aug. 31, 2022 01:40 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Enormous progress has been achieved in the last 50 years for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the United States but unfortunately “equality is not yet within reach and in many cases not within sight” for LGBT communities, the independent U.N. expert on...

Religious schools shun state funding despite Maine victory

Aug. 30, 2022 09:23 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Parents of children enrolled in Maine religious schools fought for years — all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court — for the state to treat tuition reimbursements the same as other private schools. But only one of the religious high schools that stood to...