Gays and lesbians

In this Sept. 15, 2018 photo, Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, poses for photographers at the HRC's National Dinner in Washington. Griffin, the influential gay rights activist who helped turn the Human Rights Campaign into a powerful political force, announced Thursday that he is stepping down as the organization’s president. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
November 15, 2018 - 11:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chad Griffin, the influential gay rights activist who helped turn the Human Rights Campaign into a powerful political force, is stepping down as the organization's president. Griffin's announcement follows a midterm election in which the organization invested heavily in Democratic...
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In this Oct. 9, 2018 photo, Linda Marino poses with photographs of her son, Samuel, at her home in Tolland, Conn. Samuel Marino died in a 2009 car crash that relatives believe was intentional after becoming a victim of a male sex trafficking ring. Advocates are calling for more recognition and services for male victims. (AP Photo/Dave Collins)
November 15, 2018 - 1:08 am
TOLLAND, Conn. (AP) — Like many victims of a Connecticut sex trafficking ring that preyed on troubled young men and teenage boys for more than 20 years, Samuel Marino never told his family or police about being coerced into having sexual relations with much older men. Marino ended up carjacking...
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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2017, file photo, traffic along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington streaks past the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters building. The FBI says hate crimes reports were up about 17 percent in 2017, marking a rise for the third year in a row. An annual report released Tuesday shows there were more than 7,100 reported hate crimes last year. There were increases in attacks motivated by racial bias, religious bias and because of a victim’s sexual orientation. The report shows there was a nearly 23 percent increase in religion-based hate crimes. There was a 37 percent spike in anti-Jewish hate crimes. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
November 13, 2018 - 1:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Hate crimes across the United States spiked 17 percent in 2017 — marking a rise for the third straight year — with a 37 percent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, according to an FBI report released Tuesday. There were 7,175 reported hate crimes last year, up from 6,121 in 2016...
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In this Nov. 2, 2018 photo, Honduran transgender Alexa Amaya, who part of a group of 50 or so LGBTQ migrants traveling with the migrant caravan hoping to reach the U.S. border, uses a compact to apply makeup while riding in the back of a flatbed truck to Sayula, Mexico. "I know it will be difficult to win asylum," said Alexa, a 24-year-old from Copan Honduras, "but we have to make the attempt." (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
November 13, 2018 - 12:03 am
MATIAS ROMERO, Mexico (AP) — Dozens of transgender women and gay men in the caravan moving through Mexico with hopes of seeking asylum in the United States have banded together for protection — not from the uncertainty of a journey fraught with danger from the gangs who prey on migrants but from...
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November 12, 2018 - 9:14 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An Episcopal bishop in Albany, New York, has issued a directive banning same-sex marriages in his diocese, saying the church has been "hijacked by the 'Gay Rights Agenda.'" The Rev. William Love says in a pastoral letter that Scripture describes same-sex relationships as "sinful...
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FILE - This Dec. 1, 2012 file photo shows a silhouette of a crucifix and a stained glass window inside a Catholic Church in New Orleans. As U.S. Catholic bishops gather for an important national assembly, the clergy sex abuse crisis dominates their agenda. But it's only one of several daunting challenges facing the nation's largest religious denomination. While federal and state law enforcement agencies widen their investigations of abuse, the church finds itself with ever fewer priests and nuns in service. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
November 10, 2018 - 3:41 pm
As U.S. Catholic bishops gather for their national assembly next week, the clergy sex abuse crisis dominates their agenda amid calls from critics that church leaders finally bring about meaningful reforms to root out misbehaving priests. The three-day assembly that starts Monday in Baltimore comes...
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November 09, 2018 - 9:32 am
ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzanian authorities are carrying out physical examinations on 10 men suspected of homosexual activity in Zanzibar, according to police. A wave of arrests of gays in Tanzania is feared after a senior official urged the public to report suspected homosexuals to authorities...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Colorado Governor-elect Jared Polis hugs his Lt. Governor-elect Dianne Primavera during his victory speech at the watch party for Colorado Democrats at a hotel in downtown Denver. Polis became the first openly gay man elected as a governor of any state. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)
November 08, 2018 - 5:31 pm
LGBT candidates scored a raft of notable midterm election victories — winning two governorships, at least nine seats in Congress, and their first-ever legislative seats in Indiana, Kansas and Nebraska. In Colorado, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis became the first openly gay man elected as a governor of any...
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Democratic gubernatorial challenger Christine Hallquist addresses supporters as she delivers her concession speech during an election night rally party in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Hallquist lost to incumbent Republican Vermont Gov. Phil Scott. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
November 08, 2018 - 4:14 pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The country's first major-party transgender candidate for governor said Thursday she doesn't know what she will do next now that she's lost the election in Vermont — but Christine Hallquist is keeping all of her options open. Hallquist, a former utility executive who was a...
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Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks to supporters at a rally, Monday, Nov., 5, 2018, in Richmond Hill, Ga. Republican candidate Brian Kemp and Abrams are locked in a tight race that could head to a runoff if neither wins a majority Tuesday. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
November 06, 2018 - 7:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tweetstorms and a trade war. Kanye in the Oval Office. Kavanaugh in the hearing room. President Donald Trump's presidency has been a wild, turbulent, two-year ride. Now it's time for voters to weigh in how much they're enjoying it. Republicans' across-the-board control of Congress...
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