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'P-Valley' explores Black strip club culture, gay acceptance

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Katori Hall first pitched the idea to convert her popular play about Black strip club culture into the television series “P-Valley,” the Pulitzer Prize winner was either quickl...

WHO panel: Monkeypox not a global emergency 'at this stage'

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization said the escalating monkeypox outbreak in more than 50 countries should be closely monitored but does not warrant being declared a global health emergency. ...

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...

California eyes banning loitering for prostitution arrests

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday finally sent Gov. Gavin Newsom a hot potato of a bill that would bar police from making arrests on a charge of loitering for prostitution, nine...

As Rwanda hosts Commonwealth summit, bloc's role questioned

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — With fresh coats of paint and streets swept clean, Rwanda's capital is preparing for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit, which will bring leaders of the 54-nation group ...

Taiwan's last legal brothel closes its doors

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's last legal brothel has recently closed its doors due to the impact of the pandemic and changes in the sex worker industry. Tiantianle (天天樂), the country...

Spain takes first step towards battling prostitution

MADRID (AP) — Spain, one of the world's leading markets for prostitution, is hoping to crack down on the practice by targeting people who financially exploit prostitutes, as well as those who buy thei...

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...

'Triangle of Sadness' wins Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Fest

CANNES, France (AP) — Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s class warfare comedy “Triangle of Sadness” won the Palme d’Or at the 75th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, giving Ostlund one of cinema’s most p...

Monkeypox 'not the start of a new pandemic' says German health minister

Health authorities in Germany have given a clearer indication as to the current threat posed by monkeypox and measures to contain the spread of the disease. In a briefing in Bremen, Federal Health Mi...

Long Island police release 911 call in human remains mystery

OAK BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — A woman who disappeared in a beach community on New York's Long Island more than a decade ago, sparking an investigation into a possible serial killer, said “there's somebody af...

For many migrants, the view of Rwanda is often far from rosy

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Britain's recent decision to send some migrants to Rwanda is questioned by several people resettled in this tiny East African country who say it is not a suitable refuge. ...

India: Why are women seeking unsafe abortions?

Chitra (name changed) had to travel more than 40 kilometers (25 miles) from her home to the city of Gurgaon to get an abortion so that her family members would not find out. "The contraceptive f...

Q&A: A quick word with Spirit Awards host Nick Offerman

“Parks and Recreation” alum Nick Offerman is teaming up with his wife Megan Mullally to host the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the cool, laid-back cousin of awards shows. This year...