AP Stylebook adds gender-neutral pronoun ‘They’

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The Associated Press has updated its stylebook, a style guide for journalists, to include the gender-neutral pronoun, “They.”

Paula Froke, lead editor for the AP Stylebook, made the announcement at the annual American Copy Editors Society conference on Friday, NBC News reports.

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AP: Anti-LGBT HB2 will cost North Carolina $3.76 billion

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The anti-LGBT law in North Carolina barring transgender people from using certain restrooms consistent with their gender identity will cost the state $3.76 billion as a result of economic boycott over the course of a dozen years, an Associated Press analysis has found.

North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which has been on the books exactly one year as of Thursday, will the cost the state $3.76 billion after Gov. Pat McCrory signed it into law as result of the cancellation of business expansions, performers nixing events and visitors boycotting the state.

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AP poll: Pulse listed fourth top news story of 2016

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NEW YORK (AP) – The turbulent U.S. election, featuring Donald Trump’s unexpected victory over Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, was the overwhelming pick for the top news story of 2016, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

The No. 2 story also was a dramatic upset – Britons’ vote to leave the European Union. Most of the other stories among the Top 10 reflected a year marked by political upheaval, terror attacks and racial divisions.

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Why LGBT issues matter this election year

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This story is part of AP’s “Why It Matters” series, which will examine three dozen issues at stake in the presidential election between now and Election Day. You can find the rest of them here.

NEW YORK (AP) — THE ISSUE: Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, but there are other battlegrounds related to civil rights and nondiscrimination protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. Two polarizing questions: What sort of access should transgender people have to public bathrooms? And are the advances for LGBT rights infringing on the religious freedom of some Americans?

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The Skivvies’ Nick Cearley talks about being on Broadway, Gay Pride Month

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NEW YORK — It seems like every summer there’s a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” but Nick Cearley feels the one he’s starring in nicely compliments gay pride month.

“I think that the relationship between Puck and Oberon has some gay undertones, overtones, whatever you want to call them, so I think it lends itself perfectly,” Cearley said.

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AP Poll: Nuanced Views on Gay rights, Religious Liberty

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans think the government should protect religious liberties over gay rights when the two come into conflict, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds, though fewer think most businesses should be allowed to turn away gay couples because of religious beliefs.

The survey uncovered nuanced views on gay rights as the Supreme Court considers, in a case heard on April 28, whether the Constitution gives same-sex couples the right to marry.

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AP Poll: What Americans think about gay rights and religious liberty

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans support allowing businesses to refuse wedding-related services to same-sex couples on religious grounds, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted earlier this year. But another recent poll suggests Americans’ sympathy for religious objectors may be limited to just that — wedding-related businesses.

The issue has become a topic for heated debate after critics of Indiana’s recently adopted Religious Freedom Restoration Act charged that the law was intended to permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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Most Americans on board with marriage equality… but there’s a catch

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Salt Lake City (AP) – While finding that Americans narrowly favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, a new Associated Press-GfK poll also shows most believe wedding-related businesses should be allowed to deny service to same-sex couples for religious reasons.

Roughly half the country also thinks local officials and judges with religious objections ought to be exempt from any requirement that they issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, according to the poll.

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9 years later, marrage equality lawsuit still pending

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Tulsa, Okla. (AP) – Two same-sex couples who sued for the right to marry in conservative Oklahoma knew it would be a struggle, but they couldn’t have expected that nine years later, they would still be awaiting their day in court.

Their federal lawsuit is the longest-running active lawsuit against the Defense of Marriage Act, according to national gay marriage advocacy group Freedom to Marry.

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Hawaii Senate votes on marriage equality TODAY

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HONOLULU (AP) – The Hawaii Senate is expected to pass a bill legalizing gay marriage on any minute now, the final step for the state Legislature before sending the special session measure to Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

The bill allowing same-sex couples to wed on the islands starting Dec. 2 is expected to pass easily barring any unexpected surprises.

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