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El Monte Police Chief David Reynoso, left, takes pictures of graffiti on the side wall of the First Works Baptist Church, after an explosion in El Monte, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. The FBI and local police are investigating an explosion early Saturday at the Los Angeles-area church that had been the target of protests for its anti-LGTBQ message. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Authorities investigate blast at anti-gay California church

Jan. 23, 2021 8:07 PM EST

EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) — The FBI and local police are investigating an explosion early Saturday at a Los Angeles-area church that had been the target of protests for its anti-LGTBQ message. Officers responding around 4:30 a.m. initially thought a vandal had broken the windows of First Works Baptist Church...

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2008, file photo, Alice Hoagland, the mother of 9/11 victim Mark Bingham, speaks during a news conference following a pretrial session for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-defendants in Camp Justice on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Hoagland, beloved as a mother figure by players in the global gay rugby movement her own son Mark Bingham helped establish shortly before he perished as one of the heroes of Flight 93, died Dec. 22, 2020, in her sleep at her home in California after battling Addison’s disease. (Mandel NGAN/Pool Photo via AP)

Alice Hoagland, gay-rugby godmother and 9/11 activist, dies

Jan. 21, 2021 7:56 PM EST

Alice Hoagland, a beloved figure of the gay rugby movement that her own son, Mark Bingham, helped set in motion shortly before he perished in the 2001 terrorist attacks as one of the heroes of Flight 93, has died. She was 71. Hoagland, a former flight attendant who became a safety activist while carrying on her...

Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (Ken Cedeno/Pool via AP)

Biden Cabinet: Buttigieg urges big funds for Transportation

Jan. 21, 2021 7:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of transportation, Pete Buttigieg, was headed down a smooth path to quick confirmation, pledging to senators on Thursday to work with them to carry out the administration’s ambitious agenda to rebuild the nation’s...

FILE - The entrance to the Labor Department is seen near the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, May 7, 2020.  Civil rights groups on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 celebrated President Joe Biden’s swift revocation of a Trump administration order that had banned federal agencies, contractors and recipients of federal funding from conducting certain diversity training. The Department of Labor had already suspended enforcement of the order after a California federal court granted a preliminary injunction against it in response to a lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal, an organization that advocates for the rights of LGBT people. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

Biden revokes Trump order banning some diversity training

Jan. 21, 2021 5:44 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights groups on Thursday celebrated President Joe Biden’s swift revocation of a Trump administration order that had banned federal agencies, contractors and recipients of federal funding from conducting certain diversity training. The order had targeted workplace trainings...

In this screen grab taken from a Zoom meeting provided by the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners, Grand Traverse County Commissioner Ron Clous holds a rifle at his home during a county commissioner meeting Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Michigan. Clous displayed the rifle during the online meeting in response to a citizen's comments about a far-right extremist group, drawing backlash from some local residents. (Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners via AP)

Michigan official shows gun after public meeting criticism

Jan. 21, 2021 1:07 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A county official in northern Michigan displayed a rifle during an online meeting in response to a citizen's comments about a far-right extremist group, drawing outrage from some local residents. Ron Clous, an elected member of the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners,...

Justin Thomas waits to hit from the first tee during the final round of the Tournament of Champions golf event, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (Matthew Thayer/The Maui News via AP)

Thomas to go on training program after anti-gay slur

Jan. 20, 2021 1:11 PM EST

Justin Thomas intends to go through an individual training program to “become a better person” after he was picked up uttering a homophobic slur under his breath when he missed a putt at a tournament in Hawaii this month. Clothing brand Ralph Lauren ended its long-time sponsorship with Thomas...

Justin Thomas watches a shot during the second round of the Tournament of Champions golf event Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (Matthew Thayer/The Maui News via AP)

Ralph Lauren drops Justin Thomas after gay slur heard on TV

Jan. 15, 2021 11:16 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Ralph Lauren Corp. said Friday it is ending its sponsorship with Justin Thomas after he was heard muttering a homophobic slur to himself after missing a putt last week in Hawaii. Thomas has worn the company's clothing since he turned pro. He has reached No. 1 in the world briefly on two...

Human rights activists show an altered image with colors symbolizing LGBT rights as they gathered outside the provincial court in Plock, Poland, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Three activists went on trial Wednesday at the court on charges of having offending religious sentiment by adding the LGBT rainbow symbol to posters of the revered icon, The Black Madonna and Baby Jesus, and publicly displaying the altered image on garbage bins and mobile toilets. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland: 3 on trial over LGBT sign on posters of revered icon

Jan. 14, 2021 4:24 PM EST

PLOCK, Poland (AP) — Three human rights activists went on trial Wednesday in Poland for alleged desecration and offending religious sentiment by adding the LGBT rights movement's rainbow symbol to posters of a revered Roman Catholic icon and publicly displaying the altered image, including on garbage bins...

This combination of photos shows show writers and creators, from left, Greg Berlanti, Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy and Lena Waithe who were named in a study about LGBTQ and gender inclusiveness on television. GLAAD is asking the industry to reach 20% representation of LGBTQ regularly seen characters on all three platforms by 2025, and to ensure that half of LGBTQ characters on every TV platform are people of color within the next two years. (AP Photo)

Study: Pandemic eats into LGBTQ representation on network TV

Jan. 14, 2021 12:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — LGBTQ and gender inclusiveness on television has retreated slightly this season due to delays and shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study out Thursday by the advocacy group GLAAD. The percentage of regularly seen LGBTQ characters on streaming as well as...

FILE - In this May 12, 2016, file photo, gender free sign hangs outside a restroom at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, N.C. A 3 1/2-year ban on local ordinances aimed at protecting LGBT rights in North Carolina expired Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, prompting gay rights groups to urge the passage of such measures.
Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper agreed to the moratorium in March 2017 in exchange for GOP lawmakers agreeing to do away with portions of a “Bathroom Bill” that Republicans had approved a year earlier.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Moratorium over: N. Carolina towns advance LGBT protections

Jan. 12, 2021 4:06 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The first North Carolina municipalities are acting to expand LGBT rights again a month since the expiration of a moratorium on nondiscrimination ordinances agreed to years ago as a compromise to do away with the state's “bathroom bill.” The governing board of...