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NYC high school student convicted in 2017 classroom slaying

Jul. 15, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City high school student who says he was bullied has been convicted of manslaughter and assault in the fatal stabbing of a classmate. A judge handed down the guilty verdict against Abel Cedeno (seh-DAYN'-yoh) on Monday at a non-jury trial in the Bronx. Cedeno had been accused of...

Israeli minister's remarks on gays widely condemned

Jul. 14, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's new education minister's remarks in favor of "conversion therapy," a controversial technique that seeks to turn gays into heterosexuals, came under widespread criticism and led hundreds to protest Sunday. Rafi Peretz, who leads a small religious nationalist party, said in a...

Climate change forum loses sponsor after dispute over story

Jul. 13, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A planned forum on climate change for Democratic presidential candidates lost several major sponsors on Saturday in the wake of the left-leaning magazine The New Republic publishing — and later retracting — a vulgar and homophobic story related to gay presidential contender...

Gay man slain, another wounded after contacted on dating app

Jul. 12, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A 26-year-old Detroit man has been charged in an attempted robbery and shooting that left one gay man dead and another wounded after they were contacted through a dating app. Demetris Nelson was arraigned Friday on charges of first-degree murder, felony murder, assault and using a firearm...

Gay square dancers add new spin to centuries-old dance style

Jul. 11, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There wasn't a crinoline in sight as 850 square dancers at the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs opened its annual convention last week in a Philadelphia hotel, bringing their best promenades and do-si-dos to a slightly sped-up version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."...

NYC police probe defaced Rapinoe posters

Jul. 10, 2019 10:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say they are investigating after posters featuring U.S women's soccer team player Megan Rapinoe (ruh-PEE'-noh) were defaced with derogatory slurs. Police said Wednesday the vandalism, which was discovered inside the Bryant Park subway station in midtown Manhattan on...

'Orange is the New Black' leaves legacy for women of color

Jul. 10, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — From corrupt, brutal overseers to the fraught world of inmate hierarchy to unlikely friendships and romances, "Orange is the New Black" told deeply rich and complex stories about life for women behind bars that resonated far beyond prison walls. While it was originally centered around the...

Indiana teacher fired for same-sex marriage sues archdiocese

Jul. 10, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A teacher who was fired from his job at a Catholic high school because he's in a same-sex marriage is suing the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for interfering in his teaching contract. The teacher, Joshua Payne-Elliott, sued the archdiocese Wednesday in Marion County court, seeking...

Man accused of burning LGBTQ books loses motion to dismiss

Jul. 10, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) — A magistrate has refused to dismiss a criminal mischief charge against an Iowa religious activist accused of burning four LGBTQ children's books that he checked out of a library. Prosecutors say 63-year-old Paul Dorr posted a video on Facebook in October in which he denounced the...

Catholic school to help fired teacher find new job

Jul. 9, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney says a Catholic high school teacher fired for being in a same-sex marriage has reached a settlement in which the Indianapolis school will help the teacher with future employment options. Attorney Kathleen DeLaney announced the settlement with Cathedral High School in a news...