Gays and lesbians - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Gays and lesbians Iowa to pay $6.5M to settle landmark sports bias lawsuits IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa will pay $6.5 million to settle discrimination lawsuits filed by former athletic administrator Jane Meyer and her partner, former women's field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, according to settlements their attorneys called historic Friday. Iowa will pay $2.33 million to Meyer and $1.49 million to Griesbaum to ... Fri, 19 May 2017 21:39:00 GMT 2017-05-19T21:39:00Z Shariah court in Indonesia sentences gay couple to caning BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — An Islamic Shariah court in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time, further undermining the country's moderate image after a top Christian politician was imprisoned for blasphemy. The court, whose sentencing Wednesday coincided with International Day Against Homopho... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:14:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:14:00Z Alaska lawmakers deny transgender man for human rights post JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature on Tuesday rejected the appointment of Drew Phoenix, a transgender man, to serve on the state's human rights commission. The vote came near the end of an hours-long joint session called to consider Gov. Bill Walker's nominees to boards, commissions and administration posts. Phoenix was the only nominee to be voted down. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 05:24:00 GMT 2017-05-17T05:24:00Z Report: Bullying persists in schools, sex assault reports up WASHINGTON (AP) — One in every 5 middle and high school students has complained of being bullied at school and the number of reports of sexual assault on college campuses has more than tripled over the past decade, according to a federal study released Tuesday. "There are areas of concern in terms of bullying and rates of victimization being high," said L... Tue, 16 May 2017 04:03:00 GMT 2017-05-16T04:03:00Z Man gets 49 years for anti-transgender hate crime killing GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man received a 49-year prison sentence Monday for the first-ever conviction on federal hate crime charges arising from the killing of a transgender woman. In a case watched by the LGBT community nationwide, U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced Joshua Vallum in the 2015 killing of 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson. It was the firs... Mon, 15 May 2017 22:57:00 GMT 2017-05-15T22:57:00Z $7.5M settlement approved in Wal-Mart same-sex benefits case BOSTON (AP) — A $7.5 million class action settlement between Wal-Mart and a former employee who challenged the retail chain's lack of health insurance benefits for her same-sex spouse was approved by a federal judge on Monday. The settlement will pay for claims by current and former Wal-Mart associates in the U.S. and Puerto Rico that they were unable to ... Mon, 15 May 2017 21:49:00 GMT 2017-05-15T21:49:00Z The Latest: Sessions pledges more work against hate crimes GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a Mississippi man convicted of federal hate crimes charges in killing a transgender person (all times local): 4 p.m. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department, under his leadership, will continue efforts to "vindicate the rights of those individuals who are affected by bias motivated crimes." ... Mon, 15 May 2017 21:16:00 GMT 2017-05-15T21:16:00Z Biden to headline DNC's annual LGBT gala in New York WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden will headline the Democratic National Committee's annual LGBT Gala in New York next month, the DNC says. DNC Chair Tom Perez says the former vice president will receive the inaugural LGBT hero award for his advocacy on behalf of gays and lesbians at the June 21 dinner. Gays and lesbians ... Mon, 15 May 2017 19:12:00 GMT 2017-05-15T19:12:00Z Mormon church severs some of its ties to the Boy Scouts. SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church, the biggest sponsor of Boy Scout troops in the United States, announced Thursday it is pulling as many as 185,000 older youths from the organization as part of an effort to start its own scouting-like program. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said the move wasn't triggered by the Boy Scouts' decision... Fri, 12 May 2017 04:19:00 GMT 2017-05-12T04:19:00Z Texas House OKs giving adoption agencies 'religious refusal' AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A bill headed to the Texas Senate would allow publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections. The state House gave final approval 93-49 on Wednesday, after lengthy debate the previous night. The state Senate is even ... Wed, 10 May 2017 19:48:00 GMT 2017-05-10T19:48:00Z Seattle mayor ends re-election bid after sexual abuse claims SEATTLE (AP) — For weeks Seattle Mayor Ed Murray pushed ahead with plans for his re-election campaign despite claims by men he sexually abused them decades ago when they were teenagers, allegations Murray vehemently denied. But Murray announced Tuesday he was abandoning his bid for a second term, saying it would be best for the city. "It tears me to piece... Wed, 10 May 2017 09:56:00 GMT 2017-05-10T09:56:00Z Qantas boss gets pie in face from gay marriage opponent CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A man who squashed a lemon meringue pie into Qantas Airways chief executive Alan Joyce's face during a public address in Australia said Wednesday he was protesting Joyce's advocacy for same-sex marriage. Joyce, a gay, Irish-born 50-year-old, was giving a speech to 500 people in a Perth hotel on Tuesday when Tony Overheu approach... Wed, 10 May 2017 06:10:00 GMT 2017-05-10T06:10:00Z Texas House OKs letting adoption groups deny non-Christians AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Many state-funded Texas adoption and foster care agencies routinely deny non-Christian, gay, and unmarried applicants on religious grounds — and legislation that got initial approval in the state House on Tuesday is designed to protect them from potential lawsuits from doing so. The private organizations, which are paid by the state t... Wed, 10 May 2017 04:11:00 GMT 2017-05-10T04:11:00Z The Latest: Texas House OKs rejecting non-Christian parents AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a Texas bill allowing adoption agencies to raise "religious objections" to would-be adoptive parents (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Publicly funded adoption agencies that ban non-Christian, unmarried, or gay prospective parents could soon be shielded by the state of Texas. The House v... Wed, 10 May 2017 03:48:00 GMT 2017-05-10T03:48:00Z Seattle mayor abandons re-election campaign after sex claims SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Tuesday dropped his re-election bid after four men claimed he sexually abused them when they were teenagers, allegations Murray vehemently denied as an anti-gay political conspiracy aimed at derailing his campaign. Murray for weeks pushed ahead for a second term despite the allegations but told reporters he decide... Tue, 09 May 2017 20:54:00 GMT 2017-05-09T20:54:00Z Texas adoption agencies could ban Jews, gays, Muslims AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Parents seeking to adopt children in Texas could soon be rejected by state-funded or private agencies with religious objections to them being Jewish, Muslim, gay, single, or interfaith couples, under a proposal in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Five other states have passed similar laws protecting faith-based adoption organiza... Sun, 07 May 2017 03:37:00 GMT 2017-05-07T03:37:00Z Candidate for Army secretary withdraws amid heavy criticism WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's choice for Army secretary has withdrawn his nomination in the face of growing criticism over his remarks about Muslims, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. Mark Green, a Republican state senator from Tennessee, said in a statement Friday that "false and misleading attacks" against him had turned... Sat, 06 May 2017 06:52:00 GMT 2017-05-06T06:52:00Z Trump's pick for Army post drops out amid growing criticism WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's choice for Army secretary withdrew his nomination on Friday in the face of growing criticism over his remarks about Muslims, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. Mark Green, a Republican state senator from Tennessee, said in a statement that "false and misleading attacks" against him had turned h... Sat, 06 May 2017 04:06:00 GMT 2017-05-06T04:06:00Z U. of Iowa to review job practices after $1.4M bias verdict IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa announced plans Friday to hire an outside firm to review its employment practices after a jury ruled that it discriminated against a high-ranking gay female athletic administrator. President Bruce Harreld said the review would begin in the athletic department and focus on compliance with the Iowa Civil Rights ... Fri, 05 May 2017 22:46:00 GMT 2017-05-05T22:46:00Z By Tennessee law, words have 'natural and ordinary' meanings NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation requiring words in Tennessee law to be interpreted as having their "natural and ordinary meaning." Gay rights groups called it a sneaky way of denying same-sex couples the legal rights and protections granted to a "husband," a "wife," a "father" or "mother." No other state has a si... Fri, 05 May 2017 21:31:00 GMT 2017-05-05T21:31:00Z Jury: Univ. of Iowa discriminated against athletic official DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A jury on Thursday awarded more than $1.4 million to a former University of Iowa athletic administrator, ruling that the university had discriminated against her because of her gender and sexual orientation. Jane Meyer alleged she suffered workplace discrimination as a gay woman in a relationship with the school's longtime and high... Fri, 05 May 2017 13:14:00 GMT 2017-05-05T13:14:00Z Owner: Site of Pulse nightclub massacre 'now sacred ground' ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Florida gay nightclub that was the site of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history will become a memorial and museum to comfort the bereaved now and educate future generations about the importance of tolerance, the club's owner said Thursday. "What began as a place for fun and joy is now sacred ground," Pulse owner Barbara ... Thu, 04 May 2017 20:09:00 GMT 2017-05-04T20:09:00Z Top Senate Democrat says he'll vote no on Trump's Army pick WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat declared Wednesday he'll vote against President Donald Trump's pick for Army secretary over what he said are disparaging comments the nominee has made about LGBT people, Latinos and Muslims. Chuck Schumer of New York said Mark Green, a Republican state senator from Tennessee, is opposed to gay marriage and has s... Wed, 03 May 2017 22:10:00 GMT 2017-05-03T22:10:00Z Supreme Court lets stand California ban on anti-gay therapy WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has again rejected a challenge to California's ban on so-called gay conversion therapy. The justices did not comment Monday in turning away an appeal from a San Diego minister and others who argued the law violated their First Amendment religious freedoms. The federal appeals court in San Francisco ha... Mon, 01 May 2017 15:05:00 GMT 2017-05-01T15:05:00Z Ellen DeGeneres, Steve Harvey among top Daytime Emmy winners LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" won the Daytime Emmy Award for best entertainment talk show Sunday, 20 years to the day that her character came out as gay on the sitcom "Ellen." "She did it because it was the right thing to do," said Mary Connelly, "Ellen" executive producer, of DeGeneres' decision to be open about her sexuality and do the same for her characte... Mon, 01 May 2017 06:42:00 GMT 2017-05-01T06:42:00Z Methodist court ruling a blow for openly lesbian bishop NEW YORK (AP) — The first openly lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church can stay on the job for now, but she is subject to a disciplinary review that could lead to her removal, the top church court ruled Friday. Bishop Karen Oliveto's civil marriage to another woman violates church law that bars clergy who are "self-avowed practicing homosexuals," ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 04:16:00 GMT 2017-04-29T04:16:00Z 'Yep, I'm Gay': Happy 20th out anniversary, Ellen DeGeneres NEW YORK (AP) — With a headline of "Yep, I'm Gay" on the cover of Time magazine and the same declaration on her sitcom, Ellen DeGeneres made history 20 years ago as the first prime-time lead on network TV to come out, capturing the hearts of supporters gay and straight amid a swirl of hate mail, death threats and, ultimately, dark times on and off the screen. ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:26:00 GMT 2017-04-28T02:26:00Z Weinstein Co. and MPAA settle ratings dispute NEW YORK (AP) — The Weinstein Co.'s transgender drama "3 Generations" has been reclassified with a PG-13 rating after the distributor made slight tweaks to the movie. The Weinstein Co. said Thursday that it made "some edits to the film as a compromise" after the Motion Picture Association of America gave "3 Generations" an R-rating. Harvey Weinstein criticized that decision.... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:09:00 GMT 2017-04-27T19:09:00Z Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Moore running for US Senate MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's entry into the U.S. Senate race adds another layer of drama to what's already expected to be a rollicking special election to fill the seat previously held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The fiery Republican jurist's stands against gay marriage and for a courthouse display of the Te... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:35:00 GMT 2017-04-27T12:35:00Z San Diego schools defend effort to fight Islamophobia SAN DIEGO (AP) — One of the nation's largest school districts is defending its campaign to fight Islamophobia and promote understanding of Muslim culture against critics who say it is favoring a religion. Kevin Beiser, vice president of the San Diego Unified School District board, said Tuesday that the effort is modeled on a plan he advanced several years... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:32:00 GMT 2017-04-26T03:32:00Z