Gays and lesbians

FILE- In this June 12, 2016 file photo, a couple embraces outside the Stonewall Inn in New York. On Thursday, June 6, 2019, Commissioner James O'Neill apologized for the 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Inn, which catalyzed the modern LGBT rights movement. O'Neill said Thursday that "the actions taken by the NYPD were wrong" at the gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village. He called the actions and laws of the time discriminatory and said, "For that, I apologize." (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
June 06, 2019 - 8:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 50 years after a police raid at the Stonewall Inn catalyzed the modern LGBT rights movement, New York's police commissioner apologized Tuesday for what his department did. "The actions taken by the NYPD were wrong, plain and simple," Commissioner James O'Neill said during a...
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June 06, 2019 - 3:13 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal says the government cannot deny spousal employment benefits to same-sex couples in a ruling hailed as a major step forward for same-sex equality in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The court Thursday overturned an earlier judgment, saying...
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June 05, 2019 - 2:06 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story June 4 about uniformed police officers banned from the Sacramento pride parade, The Associated Press, relying on information from an LGBTQ nonprofit group, reported erroneously that Los Angeles Police Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala identifies as gay. A corrected...
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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2014, file photo, then Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad announces during a rally with supporters his plans to run for another term, in West Des Moines, Iowa. Branstad, the current U.S. ambassador to China, urged Beijing to engage in substantive dialogue with exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama during a visit to the Himalayan region over the past week. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
June 03, 2019 - 1:17 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jury selection began Monday in what is expected to be a monthlong civil trial over allegations that former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad pressured an official to quit because he was gay, a case Branstad's attorney predicts will escalate into an "unhinged attack on the Republican...
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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2009 file photo, Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin speaks to a reporter in Riverside, R.I. Tobin, Rhode Island's Roman Catholic bishop is facing backlash after tweeting Saturday, June 1, 2019 that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ Pride Month events. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)
June 03, 2019 - 12:13 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A priest is asking parishioners not to leave his church over a tweet by Rhode Island's bishop urging Roman Catholics to not support or attend LGBTQ Pride Month events. The Rev. Edward L. Pieroni begged gay and lesbian parishioners not to leave the church during Sunday...
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June 02, 2019 - 9:01 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story June 1 about Democratic presidential candidates speaking in California, The Associated Press reported erroneously that New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker was the only candidate to bring up the recent fatal shooting in Virginia. At least one other candidate mentioned it. A...
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Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., hold up signs during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
June 02, 2019 - 5:21 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential candidates (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro says he's hoping his campaign for president will prove Latinos aren't scared by President Donald Trump's racism. Castro is the only...
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Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Human Rights Campaign Columbus, Ohio Dinner at Ohio State University Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
June 01, 2019 - 10:02 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden declared Saturday that the Equality Act would be his top legislative priority, an effort to enshrine LGBTQ protections into the nation's labor and civil rights laws. The former vice president shared his hopes of signing the...
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Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden walks on stage during the Human Rights Campaign Columbus, Ohio Dinner at Ohio State University Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
June 01, 2019 - 9:31 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says the Equality Act will be his top legislative priority. The former vice president told a crowd In Ohio of his hopes of signing the legislation...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2019 file photo, Taylor Swift arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Swift says she’s kicking off Pride month by asking Tennessee’s Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander to protect LGBTQ rights and support the Equality Act. The musician, who lives in Tennessee, posted a letter on social media early Saturday, June 1 that she supported the House’s recent passage of the Equality Act, which would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
June 01, 2019 - 12:08 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Taylor Swift says she's kicking off Pride Month by asking Tennessee's Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander to protect LGBTQ rights and support the Equality Act. The pop star, who lives in Tennessee, posted a letter on social media early Saturday that she supported the House'...
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