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A Shariah Law official uses a rattan cane to whip one of two men convicted of gay sex in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Two men in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province were caned 77 times each after neighbors reported them to the Shariah Police for having sex. (AP Photo/Riska Munawarah)

2 men caned 77 times for having sex in Indonesia's Aceh

Jan. 28, 2021 5:39 AM EST

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Two men in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province were publicly caned each 77 times Thursday after neighbors reported them to Islamic religious police for having sex. Dozens of people witnessed the caning at Banda Aceh’s Tamansari city park. It's the third time...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, George Washington High School stands in San Francisco. The San Francisco school board has voted to remove the names of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln from public schools after officials deemed them and other prominent figures, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein unworthy of the honor. After months of controversy, the board voted 6-1 Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in favor of renaming 44 San Francisco school sites with new names with no connection to slavery, oppression, racism or similar criteria, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

San Francisco to strip Washington, Lincoln from school names

Jan. 27, 2021 8:56 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The names of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and other prominent figures including California Sen. Dianne Feinstein will be removed from 44 San Francisco public schools, a move that stirred debate Wednesday on whether the famously liberal city has taken the national reckoning on...

Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg smiles during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (Stefani Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Biden pick for transportation, Buttigieg, advances in Senate

Jan. 27, 2021 2:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel on Wednesday easily advanced President Joe Biden’s nomination of Pete Buttigieg to be transportation secretary, setting up a final confirmation vote for a key role in Biden’s push to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure and confront climate change. The...

A wreath is laid at the monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, as part of world observances of the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German death camp Auschwitz.  Some 1.1 million people, mostly Jewish, were killed during World War II. Most observances were held online, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and only few people attended the ceremony at the monument.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Auschwitz survivors mark anniversary online amid pandemic

Jan. 27, 2021 1:30 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Jewish prayer for the souls of the people murdered in the Holocaust echoed Wednesday over where the Warsaw ghetto stood during World War II as a world paused by the coronavirus pandemic observed the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Most International Holocaust...

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...