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LGBTQ youth of faith retell their stories to inspire others

Sabrina Hodak grew up in a Modern Jewish Orthodox family but only truly embraced Judaism at age 16, around the same time she understood she was bisexual. It was an upsetting and con...

Japan court says ban on same-sex marriage constitutional

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court ruled Monday that the country’s ban on same-sex marriage does not violate the constitution, and rejected demands for compensation by three couples who said th...

Japan: Same-sex marriage ban declared constitutional by Osaka court

A Japanese court declared on Monday that a ban on same-sex marriage does not violate the country's constitution. The Osaka District Court made the declaration as it rejected a case brought by th...

Thai LGBTQ+ allies join first official pride parade

Thousands of members of Thailand's LGBTQ+ community raised rainbow flags in the country's first official pride parade on Sunday evening to celebrate pride month and support gender equality. ...

Thailand: Bangkok sees first LGBTQ Pride march in years

A celebratory march made its way through the Thai capital of Bangkok on Sunday, the first of its kind in almost 16 years. The "Naruemit Pride 2022" event — using the Thai word for &qu...

Black gay priest in NYC challenges Catholicism from within

NEW YORK (AP) — Parishioners worshipping at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Harlem are greeted by a framed portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. -- a Baptist minister named after a rebellious 16t...

Pope urges parents to 'never condemn' their gay children

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged parents on Wednesday not to condemn their children if they are gay, in his latest gesture of outreach to the LGBTQ community which has long been marginalized by ...

Support your children if they are gay, pope tells parents

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that parents of gay children should not condemn them but offer them support. He spoke in unscripted comments at his weekly audience in reference to difficulties that ...

Germany: 125 queer Catholic Church employees demand respect

BERLIN (AP) — More than 120 employees of the Catholic Church in Germany publicly outed themselves as queer on Monday, saying they want to “live openly without fear" in the church and pushing demands f...

Pope moves to reorganize Vatican doctrine office

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis took the first step Monday to reorganize the Vatican’s powerful doctrine office, removing the No. 2 official widely believed responsible for a controversial document barring b...

Vatican official apologizes for taking down LGBTQ resource

ROME (AP) — A Vatican official apologized to a leading Catholic LGBTQ advocacy group for having yanked a reference to it on the Vatican website, drawing immediate praise Monday from the group as an “h...

Chile's congress approves same-sex marriages, adoptions

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Both houses of Chile's congress voted Tuesday to approve a marriage equality bill that also includes authorization for adoptions by same-sex couples. The initi...

Acclaimed Shakespearean actor Antony Sher dies at 72

LONDON (AP) — Antony Sher, one of the most acclaimed Shakespearean actors of his generation, has died aged 72, the Royal Shakespeare Company said Friday. Sher had been diagnosed wit...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Saturday, July 31, the 212th day of 2021. There are 153 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 31...

European court urges Russia to acknowledge same-sex unions

MOSCOW (AP) — A top European human rights court issued a ruling Tuesday urging Russia to recognize same-sex unions, but the Kremlin was quick to respond that same-sex marriage was “not allowed” in Rus...