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USAID official fired after anti-LGBTQ social media posts

Aug. 3, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deputy White House liaison for the U.S. Agency for International Development has been fired after posting a series of anti-LGBTQ tweets and complaining of anti-Christian bias by her now former colleagues. Officials said Merritt Corrigan was fired on Monday just hours after sending the...

Gay officer who settled suit will resign from diversity unit

Jul. 31, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A gay St. Louis County police lieutenant who settled a discrimination lawsuit against the police department for $10.25 million said Friday he is resigning from his job as commander of the department's new diversity and inclusion unit. Keith Wildhaber, who is white, said he was the...

EU keeps LGBT-hostile Polish towns out of local fund program

Jul. 29, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Six Polish towns that declared themselves as “LGBT Free” zones or banned campaigning for the rights of same-sex couples had their requests for European Union community funding rejected, an EU spokesman said Wednesday. At a news conference in Brussels, spokesman Adalbert...

Health secretary hits back after transphobic attacks

Jul. 28, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s health secretary hit back Tuesday against the “perpetuators and the perpetrators” of transphobic attacks against her, saying they hurt the state’s LGBTQ residents and must come to an end. Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman who is leading...

New York sued over licenses that limit gender to 'M' or 'F'

Jul. 28, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A 25-year-old seeking a New York driver’s license with a nonbinary gender identity marker of “X” sued the state in federal court Tuesday. The lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal on behalf of Sander Saba challenges the state policy limiting gender identity on licenses to...

Suit again targets N.C. private school scholarship program

Jul. 27, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Several North Carolina parents sued on Monday to halt the state's taxpayer-funded scholarship program for K-12 children to attend private schools, saying they're discriminated against based on their beliefs about religion and sexuality. The litigation filed in Wake County court...

Maricopa County reverses policy on anti-gay adoptions

Jul. 26, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County is reversing a five-year policy rooted in opposition to adoptions by same-sex couples. Parents in so-called uncontested adoptions are entitled to free legal representation, but Maricopa County has for years used an outside legal firm to handle those services. The Arizona...

North Dakota governor blasts party's anti-LGBTQ resolution

Jul. 23, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican governor on Thursday blasted an anti-LGBTQ resolution that was passed by hundreds of his party's delegates, calling it insulting and divisive. The resolution — one of dozens of party policy statements in a passed by this spring by mail-in ballot...

Alaska city passes ordinance banning LGBTQ discrimination

Jul. 22, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's fifth-most populous city has passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ people, Alaska's Energy Desk reported. Ketchikan on July 16 approved the protections for LGBTQ people that aren't covered under federal law. Though the United States' Supreme Court...

Christian adoption agency's legal fight back to trial court

Jul. 21, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Christian adoption agency's legal fight with New York state over its policy toward unmarried and same-sex couples will continue under a federal appeals court ruling Tuesday. New Hope Family Services in Syracuse professes that because of religious beliefs, it cannot recommend...