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Sergeant told to tone down 'gayness' to lead diversity unit

Dec. 13, 2019 8:23 AM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A gay St. Louis County police sergeant who was awarded nearly $20 million in a discrimination lawsuit has been promoted to lieutenant and picked as the leader of a newly created diversity and inclusion unit. Police Chief Jon Belmar said in a news release Thursday night announcing the...

Board member resigns then changes his mind after LGBT vote

Dec. 11, 2019 12:24 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita school board member who quit after a vote to expand protections for LGBTQ students and staff has rescinded his resignation. Vice President Mike Rodee brought up concerns about potential litigation in voting against a statement that said the district would not discriminate...

New Hampshire releases hate crimes reporting guidelines

Dec. 10, 2019 5:09 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire released a set of guidelines Tuesday to help law enforcement agencies better handle hate crimes in the wake of recent debate about racism in the mostly white state. The protocols from the attorney general's office call on departments to designate one staffer responsible...

UK to return medal stripped from bisexual former sailor

Dec. 10, 2019 12:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British officials are returning a medal to a Falklands War veteran who said it was taken away from him because of his sexuality. Joe Ousalice says the long service and good conduct medal was confiscated from him when he was discharged from the Royal Navy after revealing he was bisexual during...

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 12:53 PM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 12:12 AM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...

Buttigieg backs black leaders after Indiana event disrupted

Dec. 5, 2019 7:18 PM EST

HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is applauding African American leaders in his home city for “speaking their truth” after a protester disrupted an event held to demonstrate black support for the mayor in South Bend, Indiana. African American leaders held...

Ex-judicial panelists: Abbott ousted them over gay marriage

Dec. 5, 2019 6:49 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Two former members of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct said they believe Texas Gov. Greg Abbott removed them from the panel because he disagreed with them over a same-sex marriage case. Abbott, a Republican, had appointed Amy Suhl and Maricela Alvarado to the commission in June of...

Viral video reignites LGBTQ debate at Quaker school

Dec. 5, 2019 5:57 PM EST

(RNS) — The video begins with Reid Arthur striding on stage in shorts and a glittering, iridescent hoodie. The George Fox University senior was participating in a lip sync dance number at his school set to Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down,” complete with a troupe of backup...

Federal court considers bathroom use by transgender student

Dec. 5, 2019 1:21 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A student has the right to use the bathroom that corresponds to his gender identity, a lawyer told a federal court Thursday, arguing that the issue is about the right of transgender students to “equal dignity." But the Florida school district that's appealing a lower court order in...