Murder, arson convictions upheld in death of Army veteran

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ABOVE: Garry Joseph Gupton. (Photo from Guilford County jail)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) | A North Carolina court has upheld a man’s first-degree murder and arson convictions in the death of an Army veteran set on fire in a hotel room.

The state Court of Appeals on Oct. 15 rejected arguments by Garry Joseph Gupton, now serving life in prison for Steven White’s 2014 death. Gupton’s lawyer failed to persuade the judges that prosecutors didn’t prove it was arson and that prosecutors failed to show Gupton was sane when the crime occurred.

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Victory Institute to honor former Peru congressman, NC representative at DC conference

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ABOVE: Former Peruvian Congressman Alberto de Belaunde will be honored by the LGBTQ Victory Institute at its annual conference in D.C. next month. (Photo via Facebook)

The LGBTQ Victory Institute on Wednesday announced it will honor former Peruvian Congressman Alberto de Belaunde and North Carolina state Rep. Deb Butler next month in D.C.

De Belaunde and Butler will receive the 2019 Tammy Baldwin Breakthrough Award at the International LGBTQ Leaders Conference on Nov. 15. The Victory Institute in a press release said the two lawmakers received the most votes among the nearly 30,000 that were cast.

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Police investigate after transgender woman’s body found

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) | Police in North Carolina have launched a homicide investigation after the body of a transgender woman was found in the debris of a house fire.

The Charlotte Observer reports Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they’re trying to determine if someone intentionally set the fire.

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Virginia city approves resolution against conversion therapy for minors

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ABOVE: The Richmond City Council on Sept. 9, 2019, unanimously passed a resolution that urges Virginia lawmakers to ban so-called conversion therapy for minors in the state. (Photo by Jim via Flickr)

The Richmond City Council unanimously approved a resolution Sept. 9 that urges Virginia lawmakers to ban so-called conversion therapy to minors.

“A city that values diversity, equity and inclusivity can’t stay silent about a barbaric and abusive practice that targets LGBTQ+ youth,” said Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney on Twitter.

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N. Carolina governor moves to block conversion therapy funds

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ABOVE: N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper addresses lawmakers in July. Photo courtesy Gov. Cooper’s Facebook page.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) | North Carolina’s state health department is barred from allowing public funds to pay for conversion therapy for minors, a controversial practice aimed at changing young LGBTQ people’s sexual orientations, under an order signed Friday by Gov. Roy Cooper.

Advocacy groups praised the Democratic governor’s executive order as a pioneering step to restrict the therapy in the U.S. South.

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Transgender woman arrested in North Carolina after bathroom dispute escalates

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SHELBY, N.C. (AP) | The Denny’s restaurant chain wants its customers to know that they can use the bathroom of their gender identity, nationwide, after a transgender woman was arrested in North Carolina.

News outlets say a man called police when the transgender woman used the same bathroom as his wife at a Denny’s in Shelby, North Carolina.

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North Carolina sued again over transgender rights

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) | North Carolina is being sued again over its treatment of transgender people, as state employees argue that their health plan violated federal law by dropping coverage of medically necessary procedures.

The new lawsuit comes amid unresolved litigation over North Carolina’s so-called bathroom bill and the law that replaced it.

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Catholic school cancels class over protest of lesbian guest

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) | A Catholic school in North Carolina invited a black lesbian alumna to speak at a Black History Month event, but canceled the event and classes due to threats of protest.

The Herald-Sun reports Immaculata Catholic School canceled classes Feb. 8 after officials learned “a number of groups” planned to protest the talk by Durham councilwoman Vernetta Alston. Alston said Feb. 7 that the school’s move sends the message that black voices can be canceled.

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Police: 2 assault transgender woman in N. Carolina bathroom

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) | Police in North Carolina say two women sexually assaulted a transgender woman at a Raleigh bar.

News outlets report 38-year-old Amber Harrell and 31-year-old Jessica Fowler are charged with second-degree kidnapping and sexual battery. Both were released on a $50,000 and a $30,000 bond respectively.

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Judge rules HB2 deal doesn’t impair bathroom access for trans people

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A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit against the compromise over North Carolina’s anti-LGBT House Bill 2 to continue, but found the new law doesn’t inhibit bathroom access to transgender people in the state.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled Sunday night the challenge to House Bill 142 can proceed in so far it pertains Section 3 of the law, which prohibits municipalities from enacting ordinances regulating private employment practices or regulating public accommodations until December 1, 2020.

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Anderson Cooper debunks hurricane conspiracy photo tweeted by Donald Trump Jr.

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Anderson Cooper devoted nearly 10 minutes of his live CNN broadcast on Monday to debunking a hurricane conspiracy photo that was shared by Donald Trump Jr.

“It’s a shame that CNN’s ratings are down 41%. What’s worse is there’s a simple solution that they refuse to accept. Stop Lying to try to make @realDonaldTrump look bad,” Trump Jr. tweeted along with a photo which shows Cooper standing waist-deep in water while filming a report for CNN. A crew member is seen standing above him in much shallower water.

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Man accused of attacking transgender woman in South Carolina

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) | A man is accused of brutally attacking a transgender woman and her sister as the two women left a bar and restaurant district in South Carolina.

The Post and Courier reports 30-year-old Christopher Lamar Price was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree assault and battery. Authorities have classified the attack as bias-motivated. Charleston police say Price used slurs about the woman’s gender identity before punching her early one morning last month.

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