Gays and lesbians

Watch Gay Student's Homecoming Proposal To Straight Best Friend

17-year-old Alexander asked his straight best friend, Erick, to be his homecoming date in a heartwarming way. The high school senior popped the question to his pal, who is on the football team. And even though he’s not gay -- he said yes to set an example that straight and gay men can be friends.
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Polish police use tear gas to protect gay rights march

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish police used tear gas and a water cannon Saturday against right-wing extremists who were trying to block the first equality parade in the city of Lublin in eastern Poland. More than 1,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists with rainbow-colored flags...
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Tens of thousands in Berlin protest racism, discrimination

BERLIN (AP) — Tens of thousands of people protested racism and discrimination Saturday in Berlin, a demonstration that came amid rising concerns about Germany's increasingly confident far right. A wide range of groups, including pro-refugee, gay rights and Muslim organizations, backed the "...
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Matthew Shepard's murder still haunts Wyoming after 20 years

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — When two roofing workers beat a young gay man to death in Wyoming in 1998, the gruesome crime quickly reverberated around the U.S. and turned the sandy-haired college student into a powerful symbol of the quest for acceptance and equal rights. But two decades after Matthew...
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Mixed views on hate crime law bearing Matthew Shepard's name

NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty years after Matthew Shepard's death , the federal hate crimes law bearing his name is viewed with mixed feelings by LGBT and anti-violence organizations that lobbied over nearly a decade for its passage. President Barack Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr...
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Virgin Atlantic To Host First Transatlantic ‘Pride Flight’

Virgin Atlantic airlines will be taking Pride celebrations to new heights. For the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the first ever New York City Pride parade, Virgin will host a Pride flight from London to NYC.
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Mormons to spend less time at church on Sundays, leaders say

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormons will start spending less time at church each Sunday — two hours instead of three — after a change announced Saturday aimed at making worship more manageable for members around the globe. The switch, which takes effect in January, is a significant one for Mormons, who...
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Tens of thousands say 'Not him' to leading Brazil candidate

SAO PAULO (AP) — Tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets Saturday in protest against the presidential front-runner, a far-right congressman whose campaign has exposed and deepened divisions in Latin America's largest country. The protests came the same day that Jair Bolsonaro was...
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Zoo Says Gay Penguin Couple Wanting A Baby Kidnapped A Penguin Chick

Things got wild at a Denmark zoo when staff say a gay penguin couple kidnapped another penguin chick. Zookeepers say the couple wanted a child, and they may have thought the chick’s mom and dad were neglecting it, when they each walked away for their baths.
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House race will mean state's first black or gay congressman

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — The Republican and Democrat in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District race understand they have the chance to make history but are approaching their roles as trailblazers a little differently. Democrat Chris Pappas is embracing the fact he could become the state's first...
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