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Correction: Election 2020-Buttigieg story

Oct. 18, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — In a story Sept. 28 about Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, The Associated Press erroneously referred to him as the first openly gay man to run for president. Buttigieg is not the first openly gay man ever to run for president; he is the first openly gay man to become...

Conversion therapy survivor speaks on treatment in Columbia

Oct. 18, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — After landing at Columbia's airport, Amanda Loucks didn't want to listen to the radio in the car. She was afraid to hear Christian songs — too triggering. She'd always worried about coming back to Columbia, and yet she felt stronger than she thought she would. Loucks, who...

Mormon church opposes Utah LGBTQ 'conversion therapy' ban

Oct. 16, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposed ban on so-called conversion therapy in Utah is in danger of being derailed after the influential Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints came out Tuesday night in opposition, just months after it said it wouldn't stand in the way of a similar measure under...

Matthew Shepard's parents criticize AG Barr on LGBT rights

Oct. 16, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student murdered in 1998, assailed Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday for what they called hypocrisy on LGBT rights during a Justice Department ceremony commemorating a hate-crimes law named after their son. The ceremony, held in the department's Great Hall,...

France OKs bill legalizing IVF for lesbians, single women

Oct. 15, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's lower house of parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill that aims to give single women and lesbian couples legal access to in vitro fertilization, egg freezing and fertility medication. The assisted reproduction measures are part of a broader bioethics bill voted by the...

AP analysis: Most states lack laws protecting LGBT workers

Oct. 15, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

Rumors started circulating around the fire station in Byron, Georgia, within a year after the medical treatments began. The fire chief's once-crewcut hair was growing longer, and other physical changes were becoming noticeable. Keeping quiet was no longer an option. The chief said that once members of the tiny...

Polish conservatives win lower house but lose Senate

Oct. 14, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative Law and Justice party capitalized on its popular social spending policies to win a majority in the lower house of parliament and another four-year term in government, according to final election results Monday. The party won almost 44% of votes, which translated...

Warren joins Buttigieg in nixing threat to church tax status

Oct. 14, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

Elizabeth Warren would not seek to revoke the tax-exempt status of churches or other religious entities that decline to perform same-sex marriages if she's elected president, the Massachusetts Democrat's campaign said. Asked to respond to former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke's assertion last week that religious...

In or out? Court case on job bias casts pall on LGBT fests

Oct. 13, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — National Coming Out Day festivities were tempered this year by anxiety that some LGBT folk may have to go back into the closet so they can make a living, depending on what the Supreme Court decides about workplace discrimination law. But the mere fact that words like "transgender" are...

Poland's ruling party declares victory in divided nation

Oct. 13, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative governing Law and Justice party won the most votes in Sunday's election in the deeply divided nation and appeared, according to an exit poll, to have secured a comfortable majority in parliament to govern for four more years. The exit poll, conducted by the...