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Rally goers 'Rise and Roar' in NYC as part of Women's March

Jan. 18, 2020 4:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of people braved chilly, snowy conditions in New York City on Saturday as part of the Women's March rallies nationwide. The fourth annual marches focused on issues including climate change, reproductive rights, pay equity, immigration reform and LGBTQ rights. “Today, we...

In Connecticut, 'day of action' replaces Women's March

Jan. 18, 2020 1:15 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut organizers aren't staging a Women's March like in past years, but they're still hosting events in the state's major cities on Saturday. Women’s March Connecticut organizers say the press conferences in front of Bridgeport Superior Court, New Haven Superior Court...

Dex Rumsey, 15, is photographed with his mother Robyn and father Clay Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Roy, Utah. Dex Rumsey, 15, came out as transgender at age 12. In consultation with a counselor and doctors, he gradually began wearing short hair and boy's clothes, then began using puberty blockers and eventually testosterone. His parents say he's gone from a shy, withdrawn child to a happy, thriving kid. He scared he could become depressed and suicidal again a ban on hormone therapy and sex-reassignment surgery for minors were to pass. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

LGBT activists say new bills target transgender youth

Jan. 18, 2020 10:55 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — At the urging of conservative advocacy groups, Republican legislators in more than a dozen states are promoting bills that focus on transgender young people. One batch of bills would bar doctors from providing them certain gender-related medical treatment; another batch would bar...

Appeals court rules against convict over gender pronouns

Jan. 17, 2020 6:30 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A transgender convict has lost a federal appeal to have her name changed in court records — and to have the appeals court refer to her with feminine pronouns. The case of Norman Varner — now Katherine Nicole Jett — divided a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit...

In this Nov. 14, 2019, photo, Andres Irigoyen meets with his attorney at the National Immigration Justice Center in Chicago, moments after winning his bid for asylum in immigration court. Irigoyen, who arrived in August, said he faced repeated discrimination and violence for being openly gay in his native country of Ecuador.  “Freedom,” he said. “Nothing compares with this. I feel completely happy right now.” (AP Photo/Noreen Nasir)

Lawyers: Immigration court system is 'red tape gone crazy'

Jan. 16, 2020 5:37 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Tucked in a windowless room of Chicago's immigration court, one of the nation's largest legal advocacy groups for immigrants runs a free help desk. Their pace is dizzying. Most days, there's a line outside the door, with some cases taking years to resolve. Attorneys have no printer and make...

Massachusetts Senate approves comprehensive sex ed bill

Jan. 16, 2020 4:36 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate approved a bill Thursday that would require school districts that offer a comprehensive sex education curriculum rely on “medically accurate, age-appropriate" information. Supporters say the bill — which was approved by a 33-2 vote — doesn't...

Superintendent apologizes for teens yelling homophobic slurs

Jan. 16, 2020 3:40 PM EST

MADISON, Ala. (AP) — The superintendent of an Alabama school district issued an apology after a group of high school baseball players shouted homophobic slurs at a same-sex couple. Students on the James Clemens High School baseball team drove by the home of Colin Tomblin and his partner, Jason, on Friday...

Imam in Uganda is mocked for mistakenly marrying a man

Jan. 16, 2020 1:11 PM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The mocking of a Ugandan imam who unknowingly married a man in a Muslim ceremony highlights intolerance in the East African country, a gay rights activist said Thursday. The imam, who says he did not know his partner was male, has been suspended from clerical duty and his partner...

Cypriot Kevork Tontian, right, and Brazilian Wemson Gabral da Costa talk during an interview inside Cyprus' prison complex in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Former heroin addict Kevork Tontian says he met the man he wanted to spend the rest of his life with behind bars, and not even his freedom was enough to keep him away from Wemson Gabral da Costa. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Gay inmates tie the knot inside Cyprus prison

Jan. 16, 2020 12:49 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Former heroin addict Kevork Tontian met the man he wanted to spend the rest of his life with behind bars. And not even his freedom was enough to keep him away from Wemson Gabral da Costa. Tontian, a Cypriot, says that after being released from Cyprus' central prisons complex two...

Vote keeps 2 LGBTQ books in district's elementary schools

Jan. 16, 2020 10:04 AM EST

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Officials in a northern Virginia school district are pushing back against a campaign by conservative parents to withdraw books with LGBTQ characters from elementary schools. The Washington Post reports that a subcommittee of the Loudoun school board voted Wednesday to prevent the...