Man in same-sex child custody case gets 3 years in prison

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A Virginia businessman convicted of international parental kidnapping and conspiracy for his role in a same-sex couple's child custody fight was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison. Philip Zodhiates, Waynesboro, drove Lisa Miller and 7-year-old Isabella Miller-Jenkins from Virginia to the Canadian border in 2009 so they could fly from Toronto to Nicaragua. He also helped with their living arrangements in the Central American nation, according to Assistant U.S.

Charlotte schools switch book for elementary students

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- School officials in Charlotte have dropped plans to have some elementary school students read a book about a boy who likes to dress like a girl. Former state lawmaker Charles Jeter, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' government liaison, sent a message to Republican lawmakers in Raleigh telling them the district would drop plans to have students read "Jacob's New Dress.

German Cabinet OKs plan to annul homosexuality convictions

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill that would annul the convictions of thousands of gay men under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was applied zealously in post-World War II West Germany. The decision also clears the way for compensation for those still alive who were convicted under the so-called Paragraph 175 outlawing sexual relations between men.

'Beauty and the Beast' to be shown in Malaysia without cuts

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday its movie "Beauty and the Beast" will open in Malaysia on March 30 without the cutting of a gay scene as had been ordered by film censors. The re-telling of the animated classic was originally scheduled to start showing on March 16 but was postponed after Disney refused to edit the film.

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ROMAN POLANSKI CASE LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge in Los Angeles says he will be issuing a ruling that might end the long-running sex abuse case of Roman Polanski. The Oscar winning director is an international fugitive from justice in the United States -- this after fleeing in 1989 before he was sentenced for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Federal surveys trim LGBT questions, alarming advocates

NEW YORK (AP) -- LGBT advocates are questioning the Trump administration's quiet deletion of questions on sexuality from two federal surveys. Combined with the withdrawal of another planned survey evaluating the effectiveness of a homelessness project for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, the moves have alarmed watchdogs who worry they may point to a manipulation of government data collection to serve the ideology of a government they view as hostile to their causes.

Kuwait censors pull Disney's Beauty and the Beast for edits

KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Beauty and the Beast was pulled from cinemas in Kuwait on Monday after censors raised concerns over the content of the new film, which includes what has been called the first "gay moment" for a Disney character. The film, which has grossed more than $180 million overseas, had been showing in the predominantly Muslim country of Kuwait since Thursday.

Katy Perry says she 'prayed the gay away' as a youth

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Katy Perry says she "prayed the gay away" during her "unconscious adolescence." The 32-year-old singer opened up about her sexuality and praised the gay community while receiving an award from the Human Rights Campaign on Saturday in Los Angeles. Perry was born into a fundamentalist Christian family, but says she was curious about sexuality and knew it wasn't a black-and-white issue.

YouTube reverses some restrictions on gay-themed content

NEW YORK (AP) -- The YouTube video shows two women, dressed in suits and ties. They smile; they sniffle back tears; they gaze into each other's eyes. They are reading their wedding vows to one another. The four-minute video titled "Her Vows" contains no nudity, violence or swearing. There's no revealing clothing. No one is engaging in activities that have a "high risk of injury or death.

LGBT community worries about hate crime prosecutions

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) -- In the waning days of President Barack Obama's administration, supporters of LGBT rights hailed the first federal hate crime conviction for the killing of a transgender woman in Mississippi. With President Donald Trump now in office, they worry about the future of such prosecutions. Trump's new attorney general, Jeff Sessions, opposed the 2009 hate crime law when he was a U.S.

State politics in Carolinas clash with NCAA Tournament

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Times have changed in the Carolinas. Everyone knew this day was coming, but now it's a reality. The NCAA Tournament, a spring fixture in basketball-crazed North Carolina, is tipping off in South Carolina on Friday. Because of state-level politics, the NCAA no longer considers North Carolina a suitable host, while a political move has put South Carolina back in the governing body's good graces.

After 2 years, Florida court defines sexual intercourse

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- It took two years and three dictionaries, but the Florida Supreme Court finally determined Thursday that "sexual intercourse" isn't just between a man and a woman. The question arose during a case in which a man was charged with a third-degree felony for failing to reveal to his male partner that he was HIV-positive.

Jussie Smollett of 'Empire' gets political in new video

NEW YORK (AP) -- While TV star Jussie Smollett was in the recording studio working on his own music apart from "Empire," set for release later this year, he couldn't help but write a song about what's going in the world, from injustice to President Donald Trump. That's when he penned "F.U.W.," short for "(expletive) up world," around President's Day and immediately directed a music video to bring his words to life.

Library named for Charleston church shooting victim targeted

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Police in South Carolina are looking for whoever is responsible for racist and anti-gay graffiti at three buildings, including a library named for one of the victims of the 2015 Charleston church shootings. Area news outlets report that workers found the graffiti when they arrived Monday morning.

AP PHOTOS: San Francisco's decades long history of protest

For generations, San Francisco has been the heart of the American protest movement. In the 1960s, it was demonstrations against the Vietnam War. Later came repeated pushes for gay rights and other liberal causes. More recently, activists have targeted gentrification fueled by tech workers who've been flooding into the picturesque neighborhoods, driving up rents and evictions and making it the priciest city in the country.

St. Patrick's parade organizers will allow gay vets to march

BOSTON (AP) -- Organizers of the city's St. Patrick's Day parade reversed course on Friday and said they would allow a group of gay veterans to march in this year's parade. The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council announced on the parade's Twitter account that it had signed an "acceptance letter" that would clear the way for OutVets to participate.