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EXPLAINER: Japanese ruling party race to determine next PM

Sep. 17, 2021 07:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Official election campaigning started Friday for the next head of Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party. The winner will almost certainly become leader of the world’s No. 3 economy, shaping key political, military and security roles in the region. ...

Draft of Cuba's new family code opens door for gay marriage

Sep. 15, 2021 20:49 PM EDT

HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — The draft of a new family code for Cuba released Wednesday proposes allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt as well as giving children greater participation in decisions that affect them. The preliminary draft, which must be approved by Cuba’s...

Gay senator slams removal of Missouri gay history exhibit

Sep. 15, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A gay Missouri lawmaker on Wednesday decried the removal of an LGBTQ history exhibit from the state Capitol. The exhibit on the gay rights movement in Kansas City was only up for four days before it was removed from the Missouri State Museum...

Review: Drag queen dreams in ‘Talking About Jamie’

Sep. 15, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” a predictable and glossy “Billy Elliot”-like musical of British working-class aspiration that’s nevertheless a joy, is the kind of movie that might have once been made about the trials of coming out as a young gay man. ...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Sep. 15, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

Winston-Salem Journal. Sept 13, 2021. Editorial: Jan. 6 justice begins It’s a dubious distinction to be the first Triad resident convicted of a misdemeanor in relation to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the nation’s Capitol. It’s not something, we...

Poll shows Swiss voters on track to back same-sex marriage

Sep. 15, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A poll released Wednesday suggests Swiss voters are on track to vote yes in a “marriage for all” referendum, which supporters see as a key step for equal rights, but opponents fear could erode traditional family values. The latest poll for public...

Emails reveal conflict over Missouri LGBTQ history exhibit

Sep. 14, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri State Museum employees tried to defend an LGBTQ history exhibit to state officials before it was removed from the state Capitol after being displayed only four days, according to emails between museum and state officials. Museum Director...

Biden nominates first LGBT woman to federal circuit court

Sep. 14, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is nominating a Vermont judge who played a critical role in paving the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage to become the first openly LGBT woman to serve on any federal circuit court. The White House announced Thursday...

1st female LGBT federal appeals court nominee to get hearing

Sep. 14, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is considering President Joe Biden's nomination of a Vermont judge who played a role in the state’s passage of the first-in-the-nation civil unions law, a forerunner of same-sex marriage, to become the first openly LGBT woman to...

Chesapeake school board updates nondiscrimination policy

Sep. 14, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — The Chesapeake School Board has changed its nondiscrimination policy, adding protections to ensure students and faculty are treated equally regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. The board voted unanimously Monday to approve...