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Janice Mirikitani, poet, San Francisco church leader, dies

Jul. 29, 2021 22:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Janice Mirikitani, a beloved San Francisco poet laureate who together with her husband ran the city's Glide Memorial Church, which caters to the poor and homeless, has died. She was 80. Mirikitani died suddenly Thursday, the church confirmed in a...

Nebraska largely scraps gender identity lessons after uproar

Jul. 29, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska education officials announced Thursday that they have largely scrapped plans for gender identity lessons in public school curriculum after an uproar from conservatives who argued that the topics weren't appropriate for children. The new draft...

Bill proposes LGBTQ veterans advisory committee at VA

Jul. 29, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas of New Hampshire has introduced a bill to establish an LGBTQ Veterans Advisory Committee at the Department of Veterans Affairs. “LGBTQ+ veterans, whether they served during the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ era, in the...

Designer who won't make same-sex wedding websites loses case

Jul. 28, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has ruled against a web designer who didn’t want to create wedding websites for same-sex couples and sued to challenge Colorado’s anti-discrimination law, another twist in a series of court rulings nationwide about whether businesses denying services...

Democratic donor convicted of offering drugs for sex; 2 died

Jul. 27, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal jury on Tuesday convicted a wealthy California political donor on charges he injected gay men with methamphetamine in exchange for sex, leading to two deaths and other overdoses. Ed Buck, 66, was found guilty of all nine felony counts in...

LGBTQ event at children's museum canceled following threats

Jul. 27, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A private LGBTQ event that was to be held at the Lincoln Children’s Museum has been canceled following a barrage of threats — including death threats — against the museum and the nonprofit group putting on the event. The children’s museum...

Police: Attack on 14-year-old Dutch girl may be LGBTQ-linked

Jul. 27, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Police in Amsterdam said Tuesday that they are treating a brutal assault on a 14-year-old girl as a possible LGBTQ-related attack. The assault Monday gained national prominence after Paul Brink posted a photo of his daughter Frédérique on...

'About time': LGBTQ Olympic athletes unleash a rainbow wave

Jul. 27, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — When Olympic diver Tom Daley announced in 2013 that he was dating a man and “couldn't be happier,” his coming out was an act of courage that, with its rarity, also exposed how the top echelons of sport weren't seen as a safe space by the vast majority of LGBTQ athletes. ...

Marshall psychologists, students featured at Comic-Con again

Jul. 27, 2021 04:17 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Psychologists and students from Marshall University are featured again in this year's Comic-Con International. The program is online for the second year and featured panel discussions with actors, writers and others from television, movies,...

Reid Miller brings Jadin Bell's story to the big screen

Jul. 26, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

Actor Reid Miller was around 13 years old when he first heard about the death of Jadin Bell. The Oregon teenager who died by suicide in 2013 inspired a national conversation about bullying and its effects on LGBTQ youth. It never occurred to Miller, now 21, that in less...