Gays and lesbians

December 27, 2019 - 5:13 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Disney Channel actor charged with trying to have sex with a 13-year-old boy in Salt Lake City contends he can't get a fair trail because the judge handling his case is biased against gay people. An attorney for actor Stoney Westmoreland said in court documents filed...
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In this June 14, 2019, photo provided by the United Nations, Andrew Gilmour, assistant secretary-general for human rights, addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in Sudan and South Sudan at U.N. headquarters. Gilmour says the past decade has seen backlash on human rights on every front, especially on the rights of women and the LGBT communities. (Evan Schneider/United Nations via AP)
December 27, 2019 - 1:29 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The past decade has seen a backlash against human rights on every front, especially the rights of women and the LGBT communities, according to a top U.N. human rights official. Andrew Gilmour, the outgoing assistant secretary-general for human rights, said the regression of...
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In this Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, photo, people visit the Newseum, in Washington. The Newseum will close the Pennsylvania Avenue location on Dec. 31, 2019. It attracted millions of visitors but lacked a solid financial plan to stay afloat. The mission of the Newseum is to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
December 27, 2019 - 5:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2008, the Newseum — a private museum dedicated to exploring modern history as told through the eyes of journalists — opened on prime Washington real estate. Sitting almost equidistant between the White House and the Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue, the glass-walled building...
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FILE - This Feb. 26, 2017 file photo shows Barry Jenkins and the cast and crew of "Moonlight" accepting the award for best picture at the Oscars in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
December 24, 2019 - 11:38 am
NEW YORK (AP) — When the family-friendly Hallmark Channel recently pulled, under pressure from a conservative group, a set of ads featuring a kiss between two happy brides at the altar, backlash was swift — to say the least. Within hours, stars like Ellen DeGeneres and William Shatner were tweeting...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019 file photo, President Jair Bolsonaro attends a ceremony to launch an agro program at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro lashed out at journalists on Friday, Dec. 20 singling out one as looking like a homosexual, as news reports of a corruption investigation linked to his son continued making headlines. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
December 20, 2019 - 2:01 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro lashed out at journalists on Friday, saying one had a homosexual's “face” in a remark that was promptly mocked by the president's critics. A visibly upset Bolsonaro accused the press of bias against him and his son, Sen. Flávio Bolsonaro...
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FILE - This July 31, 2015 file photo shows professional dancer Louis Van Amstel, a former cast member on "Dancing with the Stars," at the 2015 Special Olympics Celebrity Dance Challenge in Beverly Hills, Calif. Amstel's fifth-grade son was berated by a substitute teacher after he said he was thankful that he’s finally going to be adopted by his two dads. The boy’s classmates say the teacher said, “that’s nothing to be thankful for” and lectured the 30 kids in the class about her views on homosexuality. The substitute was escorted from the building. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)
December 20, 2019 - 12:17 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah boy is speaking out after being berating by a substitute teacher for saying he was grateful for being adopted by his two dads, one of whom is a professional dancer from “Dancing with the Stars.” Daniel van Amstel, 11, told “CBS This Morning” on Friday that he got angry...
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December 18, 2019 - 6:05 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany is banning so-called gay conversion therapy for minors, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said Wednesday, saying the practice that purports to make patients straight has no scientific basis and often causes psychological harm. Merkel's Cabinet also outlawed the use of...
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This image made from undated video provided by Zola shows a scene of its advertisement. The Hallmark Channel says it will reinstate same-sex marriage commercials that it had pulled from the network. Hallmark Cards CEO Mike Perry said in a statement Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, that pulling the commercials “was the wrong decision." (Zola via AP)
December 16, 2019 - 4:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Hallmark Channel's decision to pull, then reinstate a commercial that featured a same-sex couple kissing shows how controversy can generate more publicity than simply ignoring it. The company also didn't help matters by reversing its decision following the backlash. “It's hard...
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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, acting chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, joined at left by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, meet with reporters to discuss the next steps of the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington. House Democrats are set to choose who will lead the powerful Oversight and Reform Committee _ a key role in the ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Three veteran lawmakers, including Maloney of New York, the acting chairwoman, are seeking to replace the late Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, who died last month. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
December 16, 2019 - 12:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government’s 2.1 million employees will get paid parental leave for the first time, a galvanizing moment in the growing movement to bring the benefit to all U.S. workers. The benefit, which gives 12 weeks of paid leave to mothers and fathers of newborns, newly adopted...
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This image made from undated video provided by Zola shows a scene of its advertisement. The Hallmark Channel says it will reinstate same-sex marriage commercials that it had pulled from the network. Hallmark Cards CEO Mike Perry said in a statement Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, that pulling the commercials “was the wrong decision." (Zola via AP)
December 16, 2019 - 8:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Hallmark Channel, reversing what it called a “wrong decision,” said Sunday it will reinstate commercials featuring same-sex couples that it had pulled following a complaint from a conservative group. The earlier decision by Crown Media, Hallmark's parent company, to pull several...
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