Russian FM: No proof for reports on persecution of gay men

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow is concerned about human rights violations but has no reason to believe reports about the persecution of gay men in Chechnya. The Novaya Gazeta newspaper earlier this month reported that police in the predominantly Muslim republic rounded up more than 100 men suspected of homosexuality and that at least three of them were killed.

Transgender plaintiffs drop request for appeals court review

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Transgender residents of North Carolina have withdrawn their request for an appeals court to review their ongoing legal battle against the state. The appeal had challenged the requirement that transgender people use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in many public buildings. The motion filed Thursday notes that the provision was taken off the books under a compromise deal last month.

Hillary Clinton: Progress in LGBT rights may not be secure

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hillary Clinton told an audience of LGBT advocates Thursday night that the progress they've achieved in recent years may not be secure under the Donald Trump administration, and urged them to keep fighting. "I know that the election hit a lot of us hard," Clinton said of her bitter loss to Trump in November.

Group complains judge who called rapist 'good man' is biased

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah judge who called a convicted rapist a "good man" during sentencing showed bias for the defendant because he was a former Mormon bishop, according to an official complaint filed Thursday by a gay rights group. Mark Lawrence of Restore our Humanity said the group sent the complaint to the state Judicial Conduct Commission, which can recommend the Utah Supreme Court reprimand or remove Judge Thomas Low.

Iowa administrator testifies fired coaches often gay

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A former University of Iowa athletic administrator said Wednesday that during her tenure she became concerned after noticing that female coaches who were fired were often gay and had become more open about their sexuality. Jane Meyer testified about Iowa coaches as her case continued in Des Moines, where jurors are considering her claim that she suffered workplace discrimination as a gay woman in a relationship with a Hawkeye coach.

Transgender woman sues Idaho over birth certificate policy

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A transgender woman is suing Idaho in federal court for refusing to change the gender listed on her birth certificate. Most states allow people to change their birth certificate to reflect their gender identity rather than the gender they were assigned at birth. Only Idaho, Kansas, Ohio and Tennessee have policies or laws prohibiting such changes. In the lawsuit, the 28-year-old identified only with the initials F.V.

Alabama Supreme Court upholds Chief Roy Moore's suspension

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore lost his effort to regain his job on Wednesday as the Alabama Supreme Court upheld his suspension for urging defiance of federal rulings allowing gays and lesbians to marry. The fiery jurist lashed out at Wednesday's decision, saying he considers his lengthy suspension to be both illegal and a "clear disregard of the will of the people who elected me chief justice.

The Latest: Alabama justice mulling run for higher office

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Latest on suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore says he will announce next week if he will run for higher office. Moore also lashed out at the Alabama Supreme Court, which upheld his suspension for the rest of his term for violating judicial ethics by urging state judges to defy the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage.

Texas governor gives first clear support for 'bathroom bill'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for the first time Tuesday endorsed a "bathroom bill" and breathed new life into North Carolina-style efforts that businesses and LGBT rights groups hoped had stalled with time running out to sign into law. Abbott's sudden public support following months of silence is significant.

NCAA events awarded to North Carolina from 2019-22

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A list of the NCAA events awarded Tuesday to North Carolina from 2019-22 after the state rolled back a law limiting protections for LGBT people: 2018-19 SEASON Division III men's and women's soccer championships, Greensboro (Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2018) Division I women's soccer College Cup, Cary (Nov. 30-Dec.

NCAA returns events to NC after state rolls back LGBT law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The NCAA has awarded coveted men's basketball tournament games and other events to North Carolina, effectively ending a boycott that helped force the state to repeal parts of a law that limited protections for LGBT people. The governing body announced decisions Tuesday for events through 2022, two weeks after the NCAA said it had "reluctantly" agreed to consider North Carolina again for hosting duties.

CPJ: investigate threats to paper over Chechen gay torture

MOSCOW (AP) -- An international journalists' rights organization is calling on Russian authorities to investigate threats made against a newspaper that reported gays were being tortured and killed in Chechnya. The report this month in the respected Novaya Gazeta drew a range of official denials and rebukes. Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov on Sunday said international attention to the story constituted a "massive information attack ... to blacken our society, lifestyle, traditions and customs.

The Latest: Letter asks big city mayors to end travel bans

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on friction over North Carolina legislation that critics say allows discrimination against LGBT residents (all times local): 4 p.m. The mayors of some of North Carolina's biggest cities are asking their colleagues across the country to end travel boycotts over a law critics say continues discrimination against LGBT people.

Ex-official's trial to focus on bias claims against Iowa AD

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The former associate athletic director at the University of Iowa will square off against the school in a trial Monday that centers on her claim that she suffered discrimination as a gay female who fought bias in college sports. The trial in a lawsuit brought by Jane Meyer is expected to litigate whether Athletic Director Gary Barta's personnel decisions were necessary judgment calls or tainted by discrimination.

Justice Department drops North Carolina LGBT rights lawsuit

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Trump administration dropped a lawsuit Friday accusing North Carolina of discriminating against LGBT residents in response to the state's decision to undo its "bathroom bill." The Justice Department's withdrawal represents the first significant movement in a tangle of legal action over the state's nondiscrimination laws since a deal last month to get rid of House Bill 2.