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FILE - In this June 16, 2008, file photo, Del Martin, left, places a ring on her partner Phyllis Lyon, right, during their wedding ceremony officiated by then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, center, at City Hall in San Francisco. Pioneering gay rights activist Lyon, who was among the first same-sex couples to marry in California when it became legal to do so, has died at her San Francisco home. Lyon died at age 95 of natural causes Thursday, April 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Civil rights pioneer and face of gay marriage dies at 95

Apr. 9, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gay rights pioneer Phyllis Lyon, who with her longtime partner was among the first same-sex couples to marry in California when it became legal to do so in 2008, has died at her San Francisco home. She was 95. Lyon lived life with “joy and wonder,” said Kate Kendell, a...

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum poses for a photograph at the door to her apartment in New York, Monday, April 6, 2020. Kleinbaum was installed in 1992 as rabbi of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in Manhattan. It's considered the largest LGBT synagogue in the nation, and AIDS was killing thousands of gay New Yorkers each year when she took the job. That experience has given her strength as New York now faces the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

LGBT rabbi who confronted AIDS crisis now faces COVID-19

Apr. 9, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sharon Kleinbaum was installed in 1992 as rabbi of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in Manhattan, considered the largest LGBT synagogue in the nation. At the time, AIDS was killing thousands of gay New Yorkers each year. “The CBST community knows what it takes to live through a...

This image released by ABC shows, from left, executive producer Christopher Lloyd, and actors Ed O'Neill and Ty Burrell on the set of

'Modern Family' promises satisfying end to its 11-season run

Apr. 3, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Writer-producers Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd were mulling ideas for the 2009 TV season when they landed on an intriguing sitcom approach, one revolving around an extended family and done in the “mockumentary” style made popular by “The Office.”...

Measure to ban discrimination against LGBTQ community fails

Apr. 3, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — An ordinance that would have banned discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation has failed in Daviess County, the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports. Commissioners voted 2-2 on the ordinance Thursday during a meeting held online due to COVID-19 restrictions. The...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 26, 2020 file photo, vials of blood for testing and a donated bag of blood will be sent for testing and use at an American Red Cross blood drive at the Carbondale YMCA in Carbondale, Pa. On Thursday, April 2, 2020, the U.S. government eased restrictions on blood donations from gay men and other key groups because of a drop in the nation's blood supply triggered by the coronavirus outbreak. (Jake Danna Stevens/The Times-Tribune via AP)

US eases blood donation limits for gay men due to shortage

Apr. 2, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government Thursday eased restrictions on blood donations from gay men and other key groups because of a drop in the nation's blood supply triggered by the coronavirus outbreak. The Food and Drug Administration's new policy aims to allow tens of thousands more Americans to give...

LGBT community raided in Uganda over social distancing

Apr. 1, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A gay rights leader in Uganda says 20 members of the local LGBT community have been detained after police raided their shelter and accused them of violating coronavirus-related social distancing measures. “It is evident that they were arrested because of their...

US appeals court: Attack on gay man enough for asylum claim

Mar. 31, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An asylum seeker from Ghana who said he was attacked by a mob led by his father because of his sexuality has shown a valid fear of persecution, a U.S. appeals case said in a case argued by two law students. The petitioner, a gay man in his late 20s from Accra, said he had a secret...

Police: Salt Lake man sexually assaulted lesbian

Mar. 27, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Salt Lake City Police Department has launched an investigation Thursday into a possible hate crime after a man was arrested on multiple sexual misconduct charges. Adam Quinn Atwood, 34, was accused of sexually assaulting a lesbian, who said he told her he would “fix the...

FILE - This May 1, 2019 file photo shows playwright Terrence McNally at the 73rd annual Tony Awards

Multiple Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally dies at 81

Mar. 26, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Terrence McNally, one of America’s great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Master Class" and the musicals "Ragtime" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman," has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81....

Ski resort greeter helps Utahns connect with LGBTQ community

Mar. 22, 2020 8:32 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Standing in her red uniform and sunglasses, Cami Richardson was one of the first people skiers saw this season after riding the cabriolet up to Park City Mountain Resort. “I love your outfit! Outfit of the day!” Richardson yelled to a skier wearing a teal and magenta...