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A group of LGBTQ advocates gathered outside the South Dakota Capitol in Pierre on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, to protest a bill that would have banned people from updating the sex on their birth certificates. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

South Dakota lawmakers revive bill decried by LGBTQ groups

Jan. 26, 2021 5:18 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Republican lawmakers on Tuesday revived a proposed law that would ban people from changing the sex designation on their birth certificates, even after a House committee rejected the bill that LGBTQ advocates decried as an attack on transgender people. Republicans in the...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2017 file photo, Cardinal Joseph Tobin gives the homily during a Mass installing him as the new archbishop of Newark, in Newark, N.J. Declaring “God is on your side,” Tobin along with the archbishop of Santa Fe, N.M., and six other U.S. bishops issued a statement Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, expressing support for LGBT youth and denouncing the bullying often directed at them. It was released by the Tyler Clementi Foundation, named for the Rutgers University student who took his own life in 2010 after being targeted by online harassment. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Group of US Catholic bishops urges support for LGBT youth

Jan. 25, 2021 8:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Declaring “God is on your side,” a Roman Catholic cardinal, an archbishop and six other U.S. bishops issued a statement Monday expressing support for LGBT youth and denouncing the bullying often directed at them. “All people of goodwill should help, support and defend...

Hate crime charge added in attack on gay Louisiana teen

Jan. 25, 2021 3:48 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A hate crime charge has been added to attempted murder in the case of a gay Louisiana teenager who was attacked by another teen he met on a dating app last year. Police initially said the evidence did not support a hate crime in the attack on Holden White, who spent days in a coma and...

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 keeps Citi sponsorship with money donated to LGBTQ

Jan. 25, 2021 2:05 PM EST

Investment bank Citi decided Monday to keep its sponsorship of Justin Thomas, condemning the anti-gay slur he muttered and requiring him to donate a “meaningful portion” of his deal as part of an active role in LGBTQ causes. Carla Hassan, the chief marketing officer of New York-based Citi, announced...

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...