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Olathe councilwoman says she won’t resign over LGBTQ flap

Nov. 20, 2019 2:11 PM EST

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas city councilwoman says she will not resign after an LGBTQ advocate accused her of complaining to his employer about his public support for a nondiscrimination ordinance. Olathe Councilwoman Karin Brownlee made the announcement Tuesday during a council meeting that drew a...

For trans activists, recent setbacks temper long-term hopes

Nov. 19, 2019 1:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Amid their annual vigils for transgender homicide victims, trans rights activists in the U.S. are trying to maintain long-term optimism even as many hard-won protections are under threat. Just a few weeks ago, President Donald Trump’s administration argued before the Supreme Court...

Gay rights advocate seeks Olathe councilwoman’s resignation

Nov. 19, 2019 12:52 PM EST

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A gay rights activist says an Olathe City Council member should resign after she complained to his employer about his efforts to persuade the council to adopt an ordinance providing protections for LBGTQ residents. Brett Hoedl, chairman of the Equality Kansas Metro Kansas City chapter,...

Chick-fil-A halts donations to 3 groups against gay marriage

Nov. 18, 2019 6:54 PM EST

Chick-fil-A is ending donations to three groups that oppose gay marriage in an effort to halt protests and broaden its customer base. But the move has angered some of the fast food chain’s fans. The Atlanta-based company said Monday that starting next year, it will focus its giving on three areas: hunger,...

Lincoln mayor signs order adding to discrimination rules

Nov. 18, 2019 4:25 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The mayor of Lincoln has signed an executive order that bans discrimination against city employees based on gender identity or expression. Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird signed the executive order Monday in a move that strengthens a city policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual...

Texas archdiocese challenges LGBT anti-discrimination rights

Nov. 15, 2019 3:20 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas archdiocese wants to become a foster care provider, but only if it can be exempt from adhering to federal safeguards against anti-LGBT discrimination. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is joining the Texas Attorney General’s office and the Department of Family and...

Pope denounces anti-gay ‘persecution’ as recalling Nazi era

Nov. 15, 2019 1:58 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has denounced anti-gay discrimination as reminiscent of Nazi-era persecutions and evidence of a “culture of hatred” that has re-emerged today. Francis made the comments in a wide-ranging speech Friday to an international penal law association. He said some...

Missouri police officer agrees to mediation after $20M award

Nov. 15, 2019 11:29 AM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County police officer has agreed to mediation to reach a settlement and avoid court appeals, weeks after a jury awarded him $20 million to resolve his lawsuit alleging he suffered discrimination because he is gay. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that both sides...

Panel brings transgender issues to light, opens dialogue

Nov. 14, 2019 4:23 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — “Guess what? I am a transgender woman and I am just like everybody else.” Keri Abrams was addressing an audience of about 35 people at the “Ask a Trans Person” panel at Chesterfield Central Library earlier this week. Equality Virginia -- an advocacy...

Senate confirms White House lawyer as appeals court judge

Nov. 14, 2019 3:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House lawyer won Senate confirmation as a federal appeals court judge Thursday despite complaints by lawmakers from both parties about his record on immigration, race, women's equality and LGBTQ rights. Steven Menashi, an associate White House counsel, was confirmed by a 51-41...