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Authorities in Uganda suspend prominent LGBTQ rights group

Aug. 06, 2022 06:47 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan authorities have suspended the work of a prominent LGBTQ rights group, calling it an illegal entity. Sexual Minorities Uganda has been the East African nation's most prominent support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people...

Autocratic Hungarian leader Orban hailed by US conservatives

Aug. 04, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Hungary’s autocratic Prime Minister Viktor Orban urged cheering American conservatives on Thursday to “take back the institutions,” stick to hardline stances on gay rights and immigration and fight for the next U.S. presidential election as a pivotal moment for their beliefs....

New Yorkers can apply online for IDs with “X” option

Aug. 04, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers who want a driver's license with an “X” gender identity marker can now apply online and skip the line at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday that New Yorkers can go to the state DMV website to change their gender...

French PM announces the creation of new LGBTQ ambassador job

Aug. 04, 2022 08:24 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne on Thursday announced the creation of a new position of ambassador for LGBTQ rights in efforts to fight discrimination across the world. Borne spoke while visiting an LGBTQ center in Orleans, central France, on the 40th anniversary...

NY man who sent threats to LGBTQ groups gets 30 months

Aug. 03, 2022 19:40 PM EDT

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A 74-year-old retired schoolteacher from a New York City suburb was sentenced to 30 months in prison Wednesday for mailing dozens of violent threats to LGBTQ affiliated individuals, groups and businesses over several years. According to prosecutors,...

Judge: West Virginia Medicaid must cover transgender care

Aug. 03, 2022 17:31 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Medicaid program must provide coverage for gender-confirming care for transgender residents, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Chuck Chambers in Huntington made the ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by LGBTQ interest group Lambda...

Same-sex marriage plaintiff Obergefell runs for Ohio office

Aug. 02, 2022 19:56 PM EDT

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Jim Obergefell, whose landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationally, is hoping he and fellow Democrats can make gains in the Ohio Statehouse this year with a message grounded in equality. “It really just all comes down...

Biden names FEMA, CDC officials to head monkeypox response

Aug. 01, 2022 22:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to name top officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to serve as the White House coordinators to combat the growing monkeypox outbreak. The White House said Biden will...

Florida to schools: Don't follow federal LGBTQ protections

Jul. 29, 2022 17:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida advised school districts to ignore protections for LGBTQ students that President Joe Biden's administration is trying to implement, saying the anti-discrimination language is not binding law and following the guidance could result in breaking state law. ...

A look at pending legislation to protect same-sex marriages

Jul. 29, 2022 16:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Respect for Marriage Act, now pending in the Senate, would ensure that same-sex marriages are still legally recognized nationwide if the Supreme Court were to overturn its 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision that declared a constitutional right for gay couples to wed. ...