Family fears retaliation for protesting against LGBT school event

U.S. 10/08/19, 10:14

An Iowa couple fear retaliation against them or their son after they protested an LGBT event organized by a state senator at their son's school Sept. 23 without informing them. Robert Michael's stepson called his mother from school asking if he could leave school, he was very uncomfortable with something going ...

Kenyan court upholds laws criminalizing same sex relations

Africa 05/24/19, 09:00

A three-judge panel of Kenya's High Court has upheld sections of the country's penal code that criminalize same-sex relations. The judges' unanimous ruling on Friday disappointed Kenya's vibrant gay community, as many had hoped the court would make history by scrapping the colonial-era laws. Activists argue that the laws criminalizing consensual same-sex ...

Polish leader: LGBT rights an import that threatens the nation

Europe 04/25/19, 03:54

The chairman of Poland's conservative ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has called the LGBT rights movement a foreign import that threatens the Polish nation. Kaczynski, Poland's most important politician, also said "everyone must accept Christianity" and that questioning the powerful Roman Catholic Church in Poland is unpatriotic. The positions that Kaczynski took Wednesday ...

Supreme Court to take up LGBT job discrimination cases

Politics 04/22/19, 09:57

The Supreme Court will decide whether the main federal civil rights law that prohibits employment discrimination applies to LGBT people. The justices say Monday they will hear cases involving people who claim they were fired because of their sexual orientation. Another case involves a funeral home employee who was fired after ...

Inside Buttigieg’s ‘complicated’ relationship with Pence

Politics 04/12/19, 09:02

On the campaign trail, Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg blasts Vice President Mike Pence's cultural and religious conservatism. But as the mayor of Indiana's fourth largest city, his tone toward the state's Republican former governor was more muted. During the four years in which they overlapped in Indiana politics, Buttigieg, the ...

Smollett saga shook public trust, heightened racial tensions

Entertainment 03/27/19, 23:58

In the two months since Jussie Smollett reported a late-night attack by assailants shouting racial and anti-gay slurs, the "Empire" actor and activist went from victim to defendant. Police and many in the black community rallied to his defense before condemning his account as a hoax. On Tuesday, Smollett was a ...

California mayor cedes position amid sex harassment claims

U.S. 03/04/19, 22:21

Mayor John Duran announced Monday that he will resign the largely ceremonial position for health reasons amid sexual harassment allegations. Duran said he will relinquish the title — which is rotated annually among City Council members — with two months to go but will remain on the council, the Los Angeles ...

Eyeing 2020, Biden touts GOP ties but risks alienating Dems

Politics 02/28/19, 20:43

As he weighs launching another presidential campaign, former Vice President Joe Biden is publicly highlighting his relationships with Republicans, a move that risks alienating Democratic primary voters. At a foreign policy forum in Nebraska with former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Thursday, Biden hailed "the character, integrity and humanity" of ...

Update: Methodist conference rejects same-sex marriage

U.S. 02/26/19, 18:31

The Latest on The United Methodist Church's deliberations on LGBT inclusion (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Delegates to a crucial conference of The United Methodist Church, America's second-largest Protestant denomination, have rejected a move to ease the faith's ban on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy. After several more hours of debate, ...

Kenya court postpones ruling on anti-gay laws to May 24

Africa 02/22/19, 06:16

A Kenyan court Friday postponed a ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, disappointing many in the country's LGBT community. The ruling will not be made until May 24 because some judges had been busy, Justice Chaacha Mwita of the High Court said. Several activists who went to the court for ...

Mormon church won’t oppose gay conversion therapy ban

U.S. 02/20/19, 20:14

The Mormon church won't stand in the way of a proposal to ban gay conversion therapy for minors in its home base of Utah, leaders said Wednesday, a position that advocates heralded as a milestone in the conservative state. The announcement is key in part because LGBT members have historically reported ...

Smollett developments leave some baffled, others outraged

Entertainment 02/17/19, 19:56

The national outrage that simmered after actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked by people shouting racial and anti-gay slurs was fueled in part by celebrities who spoke out loud and strong on social media. But the outrage has now been replaced by surprise, doubt and bafflement as the singers, actors ...

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