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Team criticized for Spicer throwing out pitch on Pride Night

Jul. 20, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — A decision to have President Trump's former communications director Sean Spicer throw out the first pitch at a Rhode Island minor league baseball game on "Pride Night at the Ballpark" is getting pushback. Some fans said on Twitter they felt Spicer's appearance Friday night at the...

Polish city's first LGBT pride parade disrupted

Jul. 20, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police in eastern Poland detained a number of people who threw bottles at officers and verbally abused participants in the city of Bialystok's first LGBT pride parade Saturday. Officers in riot gear and border guards escorted more than 500 people along the Equality Parade route in...

Ecuador has first same-sex marriage, following court ruling

Jul. 18, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A lesbian couple has married in Ecuador in the first same-sex wedding since a landmark ruling last month by the country's highest court. Michelle Avilés and Alexandra Chávez were wed Thursday at the civil registry office in the coastal city of Guayaquil. They say they will...

Janet, Chris Brown, 50 Cent to perform at Saudi concert

Jul. 17, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, Future and Tyga have been added to the lineup for the Jeddah World Fest, the concert in Saudi Arabia that Nicki Minaj pulled out of because of human rights concerns. The website for the event, to take place Thursday at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium,...

Israeli education minister apologizes for remarks on gays

Jul. 17, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's education minister has apologized for controversial remarks about homosexual "conversion therapy" and intermarriage among Diaspora Jews that drew widespread criticism in Israel and the U.S. Rafi Peretz, leader of a small religious nationalist party, wrote in a letter to the head...

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...

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...

Israeli minister's remarks on gays widely condemned

Jul. 14, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's new education minister's remarks in favor of "conversion therapy," a controversial technique that seeks to turn gays into heterosexuals, came under widespread criticism and led hundreds to protest Sunday. Rafi Peretz, who leads a small religious nationalist party, said in a...

Climate change forum loses sponsor after dispute over story

Jul. 13, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A planned forum on climate change for Democratic presidential candidates lost several major sponsors on Saturday in the wake of the left-leaning magazine The New Republic publishing — and later retracting — a vulgar and homophobic story related to gay presidential contender...