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Transgender plaintiffs want birth certificate gender change

Apr. 23, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Jason Scott wanted to attend community college in Seattle, he needed a high school transcript, and he couldn't get that without a birth certificate. The only problem was that Scott is transgender and his Tennessee birth certificate lists him as female. The resulting confusion...

Dem donors swoon, and sometimes fight, over Pete Buttigieg

Apr. 23, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pete Buttigieg is suddenly the hottest ticket for Democratic donors in the 2020 presidential contest. Entertainment moguls are fighting over who will host Hollywood fundraisers for the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Democratic donors are showering him with praise. And he has...

Deputy on leave for homophobic comment over teen's suicide

Apr. 23, 2019 6:18 AM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama deputy has been put on administrative leave for posting a homophobic comment on a Facebook post about a gay teen who killed himself. reports Madison County Deputy Jeff Graves wrote the comment Sunday on a WZDX-TV Facebook post about the death of 15-year-old Nigel...

Court sides with Philly over same-sex parents in foster care

Apr. 22, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

Philadelphia city government can require that contractor Catholic Social Services does not discriminate against same-sex couples in its foster care program, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the city after it stopped placing children with the Archdiocese of...

Michigan adoption agency reverses LGBT policy

Apr. 22, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A major faith-based foster care and adoption contractor for the state of Michigan said Monday it will place children in LGBT homes, reversing course following a recent legal settlement. Grand Rapids-based Bethany Christian Services is responsible for about 8% of Michigan's more than...

Supreme Court to take up LGBT job discrimination cases

Apr. 22, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking on a major test of LGBT rights in cases that look at whether federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The justices said Monday they will hear cases involving people who claim they were fired...

Supreme Court to hear cases on gay, transgender discrimination in the workplace.

Apr. 22, 2019 9:34 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court to hear cases on gay, transgender discrimination in the workplace.

United Methodists edge toward breakup over LGBT policies

Apr. 20, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There's at least one area of agreement among conservative, centrist and liberal leaders in the United Methodist Church: America's largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors. The differences...

Man charged with threatening Congress members over phone

Apr. 19, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

TAMARAC, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man unleashed threatening rants over the phone against three Democratic members of Congress, as he raged against gun control, illegal immigration, homosexuals, black people and Muslims, authorities said. John Kless, 49, was arrested Friday and charged with making threatening...

Colombians stage kiss-a-thon in support of LGBT rights

Apr. 17, 2019 9:33 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Dozens of same sex couples kissed simultaneously outside an upscale shopping mall in Colombia's capital Wednesday, in the latest demonstration calling for LGBT rights in the South American country. The "kiss-a-thon" was held just days after two gay men in their early 20s were...