- Supporters of gay Methodist pastor rally at bishop's office Updated: Jul-29-15 10:46 am
LANSING, Michigan - United Methodist clergy and churchgoers have held a press conference outside the bishop's office in Lansing in support of an openly gay pastor who says he was forced to resign.
- Michael Sam to make CFL debut for Alouettes in August Updated: Jul-28-15 5:38 pm
MONTREAL - Michael Sam will make his debut with the Montreal Alouettes in August, but his coach won't give an exact date.
- Only 40 gay couples apply to be married in SD in first month Updated: Jul-28-15 5:19 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Forty gay couples in South Dakota applied to be married during the first month following a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized such unions across the country, according to data provided by the state Department of Health.
- Gay accuser questions Cosby's ability to 'read' sexual cues Updated: Jul-28-15 2:58 pm
PHILADELPHIA - A lawyer for Bill Cosby's first accuser on Tuesday questioned his self-described ability to "read" people's sexual cues given that her client is gay.
- Elkhart mayor asks city council to withdraw LGBT ordinance Updated: Jul-28-15 12:50 pm
ELKHART, Indiana - Elkhart's mayor wants City Council members to withdraw his proposed ordinance seeking anti-discrimination protections for gays, lesbians and others after it sparked strong local opposition, but he's not completely giving up on the issue.
- And the Lord said retire: the Rev. Jack Belsom leaves legacy Updated: Jul-28-15 10:37 am
WAILUKU, Hawaii - When he was called to serve at then-Iao Congregational Church in October 1992, the Rev. Jack Belsom thought he might stay for a few years to help resolve issues, as he had done at other churches.
- Gay Catholic teacher says firing felt 'like a death' Updated: Jul-28-15 9:38 am
MERION, Pennsylvania - A suburban Philadelphia Catholic educator says being fired over her same-sex marriage felt like a death inside.
- Rio de Janeiro prisons seek to protect transgender inmates Updated: Jul-28-15 1:59 am
RIO DE JANEIRO - When Estefanie Ferraz went to prison, she had been living as a woman for around a decade, had undergone more than half a dozen plastic surgeries including breast and cheek implants to enhance her feminine looks, and was saving up for a sex change operation.
- Lawyer: School that blocked gay speech didn't discriminate Updated: Jul-27-15 1:17 pm
LONGMONT, Colorado - A school didn't discriminate by blocking a graduation speech by a valedictorian who wanted to disclose that he is gay, according to an outside attorney hired by Twin Peaks Charter Academy to investigate the decision.
- Moral Monday leader inspires protests, arrests and action Updated: Jul-27-15 11:20 am
GOLDSBORO, North Carolina - The Rev. William Barber walks gingerly with a cane, in a hunched-over posture, yet here he is on a recent Monday, leading 3,500 protesters on a downtown street.
- Transgender teen from Conn. looks to the future Updated: Jul-26-15 3:09 am
GREENWICH, Connecticut - In ninth grade, Evan Connors was taken to the hospital three times. He was reclusive. He was mute. He hated himself.
- YouTube stars find acceptance online, in person at VidCon Updated: Jul-25-15 6:04 pm
ANAHEIM, California - Ingrid Nilsen has been brought to tears.
- Texas court sidelines Houston's nondiscrimination ordinance Updated: Jul-24-15 3:28 pm
HOUSTON - Houston must repeal a newly adopted equal rights ordinance or let voters decide if they want to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the Texas Supreme Court ordered Friday.
- Transgender youths show hardship, resilience Updated: Jul-23-15 8:22 pm
MIAMI - The transgender community has gained a degree of acceptance in recent years with the help of such celebrities as Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox from "Orange is the New Black." But for those who are less known it can be more of a struggle. Many young transgender people, wrestling with their identities, find themselves shunned by family, friends and co-workers. Episodes of homelessness, alcoholism, drug abuse and violence often follow.
- Justice: Court voted on narrow part of gay marriage case Updated: Jul-23-15 6:08 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Arkansas Supreme Court voted on a narrow part of the state's case over gay marriage last month but only planned on issuing that decision if the nation's highest court didn't legalize same-sex marriage, a justice said Thursday.
- Professor makes incendiary remarks about Jews, women, gays Updated: Jul-23-15 2:17 pm
PHILADELPHIA - A tenured university professor in Pennsylvania who previously questioned the Holocaust and called for Israel's destruction is under fire again for incendiary remarks about Jews, women and gays.
- Utah LGBT leader says more help needed for transgender Updated: Jul-23-15 1:16 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - The new leader of one of Utah's most important LGBT organizations marvels at the rapid progress made on gay and lesbian issues, but says the growing transgender community still faces harsh discrimination.
- Human rights groups criticize both 2022 Winter Olympic bids Updated: Jul-23-15 9:26 am
Watchdog groups criticized the human rights records of China and Kazakhstan on Thursday, just over a week before the IOC decides on whether to award the 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing or Almaty.
- Kazakhstan's hostility toward gays under fire Updated: Jul-23-15 6:38 am
MOSCOW - A leading human rights organization has criticized Kazakhstan's hostility toward gay people ahead of a vote to pick the host for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
- 2 more Alabama counties to issue wedding licenses Updated: Jul-22-15 7:37 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - At least nine Alabama counties are refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couples, gay or heterosexual, nearly a month after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, according to a survey by The Associated Press on Wednesday.
- Vandals spray-paint doors of pro-LGBT church in Georgia Updated: Jul-22-15 2:27 pm
AUGUSTA, Georgia - Vandals spray-painted a Bible passage that condemns homosexual sex on a church whose pastor and his partner were among the first gay couples to receive a marriage license in Richmond County.
- Man sentenced for drug charge still faces sex abuse trial Updated: Jul-22-15 2:02 pm
EUGENE, Oregon - A man facing an Aug. 11 trial for sex abuse alongside Oregon gay rights activist Terry Bean has been sentenced in a separate meth possession case.
- Religious exemptions requested for possible Jackson LGBT law Updated: Jul-22-15 10:47 am
JACKSON, Wyoming - A Jackson reverend wants religious exemptions included in any anti-discrimination law passed in the town.
- Arkansas city to keep anti-discrimination ordinance Updated: Jul-21-15 4:08 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The mayor of a northwest Arkansas city on Tuesday said a measure banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity will continue being enforced despite a new state law aimed at prohibiting such ordinances.
- Kansas seeks dismissal of ACLU lawsuit on gay marriage Updated: Jul-21-15 2:14 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - The state is facing a Tuesday deadline to respond to a civil rights group's demand that Kansas' gay marriage ban be ruled unconstitutional - and not simply dismissed as moot - in light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month that legalized same-sex unions nationwide.