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Pakistani police target traffickers selling brides to China

Jun. 17, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

FAISALABAD, Pakistan (AP) — At first, in her desperate calls home to her mother in Pakistan, Natasha Masih couldn't bring herself to say what they were doing to her. All the 19-year-old would say was that her new husband — a Chinese man her family sold her off to in marriage — was torturing...

50 years after Stonewall, LGBT rights are a work in progress

Jun. 17, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — They didn't set out to change history; they weren't the first LGBT Americans to mobilize against bias. Yet the June 1969 uprising by young gays, lesbians and transgender people in New York City, clashing with police near a bar called the Stonewall Inn, was a vital catalyst in expanding LGBT...

50 years after Stonewall, LGBT rights are a work in progress

Jun. 17, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — They didn't set out to change history; they weren't the first LGBT Americans to mobilize against bias. Yet the June 1969 uprising by young gays, lesbians and transgender people in New York City, clashing with police near a bar called the Stonewall Inn, was a vital catalyst in expanding LGBT...

Pakistan police seek to unravel networks trafficking women

Jun. 17, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

FAISALABAD, Pakistan (AP) — With waves of arrests, Pakistani investigators are trying to unravel trafficking networks that convince impoverished Pakistanis to marry off their daughters to Chinese men for cash, and they say evidence is growing that many of the women and girls are sold into prostitution once...

AP Explains: The rocky rise of LGBT rights in Latin America

Jun. 14, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Despite a dark past, today many LGBT citizens in Latin America are enjoying the right to marry, choose their gender identity and adopt children. But while laws in several of the region's biggest countries are changing that doesn't necessarily translate into a broader societal shift...

Ecuador's highest court approves same-sex marriage

Jun. 12, 2019 10:32 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's highest court authorized same-sex marriage Wednesday in a landmark case seeking to expand LGBT rights in the small South American nation. The decision by the Constitutional Court came after a lengthy legal battle waged by several couples and gay rights advocates. With the...

Rep. Omar filed joint tax returns before she married husband

Jun. 12, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota campaign finance officials said last week that Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar misused campaign funds in violation of state rules. They also revealed that she had filed joint tax returns with her husband years before they were legally married and at a time when she was married...

White House hopefuls target Trump for anti-LGBTQ policies

Jun. 8, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic White House hopefuls on Saturday attacked President Donald Trump as harmful to LGBTQ Americans and promised if elected they would not just restore gay rights but expand them. Speaking to a crowd gathered in front of the Iowa State Capitol as part of the Des Moines gay...

UN: 115 million men and boys were married as children

Jun. 7, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — New research by the United Nations' children's arm estimates 115 million men and boys around the world were married as children, and 23 million of them wed before age 15. UNICEF 's most in-depth analysis to date of boy bridegrooms was released Friday. The agency estimated in 2014...

DA: Gay couples shouldn't get domestic violence protection

Jun. 6, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee district attorney is facing calls for an investigation after saying gay people shouldn't receive domestic violence protections, arguing that such laws are designed to protect the "sanctity of marriage." Hundreds of lawyers from across the state say they want the...