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Egypt releases transgender woman after 4 months in jail

Jul. 17, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian rights group says authorities have released a transgender woman held for more than four months in connection to a call for protests. The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms said late Tuesday that Malak el-Kashef was released earlier this week. El-Kashef was among dozens...

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99

Jul. 16, 2019 11:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court's leading liberal, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99. During nearly 35 years on the court, Stevens stood for...

Oglala Sioux Tribe legalizes same-sex marriage

Jul. 16, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — The Oglala Sioux say they are the first tribe in South Dakota to legalize same-sex marriage. The tribal council last week approved a same-gender marriage ordinance in a 12-3 vote with one abstention. The new marriage ordinance amends marital and domestic law that has not changed on...

Mayor calls off ceremony to raise LGBTQ flag at City Hall

Jul. 16, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

READING, Pa. (AP) — The mayor of the eastern Pennsylvania city of Reading called off a scheduled ceremony to raise the LGBTQ rainbow flag over City Hall for the first time, calling it a political symbol. Acting Managing Director Osmer Deming said Mayor Wally Scott believes the "pride flag" represents a...

ACLU of Nebraska launches website for transgender people

Jul. 16, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska residents who identify as transgender now have a website where they can get state-specific information about their rights and available resources. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska on Monday launched a new website, transNebraska.org . It was funded in part by the...

Former Iowa official wins $1.5M in discrimination case

Jul. 15, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a staffer discriminated against the state's then-commissioner of workers' compensation in 2011 because he's gay, and the ex-official is entitled to $1.5 million for emotional distress, a jury said Monday. Polk County jurors found that Chris...

NYC high school student convicted in 2017 classroom slaying

Jul. 15, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City high school student was convicted on Monday of manslaughter and assault in the fatal stabbing of a classmate the assailant claimed had bullied him. State Supreme Court Justice Michael Gross handed down the guilty verdict against Abel Cedeno at a non-jury trial that featured...

Cuban singer becomes pioneer of #MeToo movement on island

Jul. 15, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Dianelys Alfonso has a bold presence — brightly colored tattoos, spandex bodysuits, Technicolor hair — and a clarion voice that won her the label "Goddess of Cuba" for her turns on songs ranging from ballads to reggaeton. Now she's also the center of a new phenomenon in Cuba...

Freed transgender inmate to fight for trans prisoner rights

Jul. 14, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A transgender woman who just got out of prison says she'll continue to fight for the rights of other transgender inmates now that she's free. Deon "Strawberry" Hampton, of Chicago, was released Monday from Logan Correctional Center that houses women inmates outside of Lincoln. She was...

Colorado settles suit by transgender inmate who alleged rape

Jul. 10, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado reached a $170,000 settlement with a transgender woman who sued the state and alleged being raped, assaulted and harassed while held in a men's prison, state officials said Wednesday. Officials said the agreement does not force broad policy changes for transgender inmates in...