Gays and lesbians

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 made a surprise performance at an iconic gay bar after releasing a song supporting the LGBTQ community. Swift celebrated Pride Month by appearing at the Stonewall Inn on Friday, June 14, 2019. She released her new tune Thursday called “You Need to Calm Down,” where she calls out those who attack the LGBTQ community.(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
June 15, 2019 - 12:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift made a surprise performance at an iconic gay bar a day after releasing a song supporting the LGBTQ community. Swift celebrated Pride Month by appearing at New York City's Stonewall Inn on Friday night. She released her new tune Thursday called "You Need to Calm Down,"...
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Taylor Swift performs at Wango Tango on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
June 14, 2019 - 3:03 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift's latest song has a new target: homophobes. Coinciding with the announcement of her seventh album, "Lover," the pop star on Thursday released a new tune called "You Need to Calm Down," where she addresses her own haters but also calls out those who attack the LGBTQ...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2016, file photo, novelist Nicholas Sparks attends a special screening of "The Choice" in Los Angeles. Sparks chastised a former headmaster at the private Christian school in North Carolina he runs for promoting a pro-gay “agenda,” according to emails pertaining to an ongoing lawsuit. Sparks denies he discriminates. The emails were published Thursday, June 13, 2019, by the Daily Beast and are available through the federal court’s online record system. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
June 13, 2019 - 7:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Emails filed in an ongoing lawsuit show novelist Nicholas Sparks chastised a former headmaster at the private Christian school in North Carolina he runs for promoting a pro-gay "agenda." Sparks denies he discriminates. The emails, published Thursday by the Daily Beast and filed as...
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This photo provided by Hasbro Studios LLC/Discovery Family shows a scene from the Discovery Family Channel cartoon series “ My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" coinciding with Pride Month. “My Little Pony” has introduced a same-sex couple on the show for the first time. Writer-producer Michael Vogel told People on Thursday, June 13, 2019 that the timing of the episode, “The Last Crusade,” is a happy coincidence. The episode introduces a lesbian couple, Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty. They care for Scootaloo. (Hasbro Studios LLC/Discovery Family via AP)
June 13, 2019 - 5:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Coinciding with Pride Month, the Discovery Family cartoon series "My Little Pony" has introduced a same-sex couple on the show for the first time. Writer-producer Michael Vogel told People on Thursday the timing of the episode, "The Last Crusade," is a happy coincidence. The episode...
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In this May 13, 2019 photo, transgender Caua Fraga, 23, shows the tattoo on his chest that reads in Portuguese "Resistance", before a training session with the Bigtboys transgender men's football team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For the two dozen Bigtboys players, the training pitch is also one of the few places where they feel at ease and can talk about their experiences, good and bad, without fear. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
June 12, 2019 - 10:56 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — On a late May afternoon, the Bigtboys soccer team played its first match, a friendly game on a flood-lit neighborhood pitch bordered by chain-link fencing. With only four months of weekly training in the bag, the Bigtboys lost 9-1 to the more established Alligaytors. But just...
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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, right, runs the Capital City Pride Fest Fun Run 5K with his wife Amy, left, Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
June 12, 2019 - 6:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto (BET'-oh) O'Rourke has unveiled a plan to protect LGBTQ rights on the day he's leading a Pride Run jog through a New York park. The former Texas congressman promises to use executive orders to overturn the Trump administration's transgender...
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Activists celebrate outside the High Court in Gaborone, Botswana, Tuesday June 11, 2019. Botswana became the latest country to decriminalize gay sex when the High Court rejected as unconstitutional sections of the penal code that punish same-sex relations with up to seven years in prison. (AP Photo)
June 11, 2019 - 1:42 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Botswana became the latest country to decriminalize gay sex on Tuesday, a landmark case for Africa, as the High Court rejected laws punishing it with up to seven years in prison. Jubilant activists in the packed courtroom cheered the unanimous decision in the southern African...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2019, file photo, musician Elton John and his husband producer David Furnish, left, arrive for the UK Film Premiere of Rocketman at the Odeon Luxe in London. The Pacific nation of Samoa has banned the Elton John biopic “Rocketman” because of its depictions of homosexuality. Most Samoans identify as Christian, and the society is generally considered conservative and traditional. Sodomy is also considered a crime punishable by up to seven years in prison, even if both parties consent. The movie examines John's sexuality and relationship with then-manager John Reid.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
June 11, 2019 - 2:48 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Pacific nation of Samoa has banned the Elton John biopic "Rocketman" because of its depictions of homosexuality. About 97% of people in Samoa identify as Christian, and the society is generally considered conservative and traditional. Under Samoa's 2013 Crimes Act...
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Pope Francis is silhouetted as he spreads incense on the altar during a Pentecost Mass in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 9, 2019. The Pentecost Mass is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
June 10, 2019 - 9:15 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican issued an official document Monday rejecting the idea that people can choose or change their genders and insisting on the sexual "complementarity" of men and women to make babies. The document, published during LGBT Pride Month, was immediately denounced by LGBT...
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FILE - In this July 11, 2016, file photo, a makeshift memorial continues to grow outside the Pulse nightclub, the day before the one month anniversary of a mass shooting, in Orlando, Fla. Survivors and victims’ relatives are marking the second anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting with a remembrance ceremony, a run, art exhibits and litigation. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
June 10, 2019 - 5:35 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Only days before the third anniversary of the worst attack on gay people in the U.S., members of central Florida's congressional delegation said Monday they were introducing legislation that would designate as a national memorial the gay nightclub where 49 people were massacred...
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