St. Louis board to consider conversion therapy ban

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ST. LOUIS (AP) | Therapists would be barred from trying to change the sexual orientation of LGBTQ minors in St. Louis under legislation that an aldermanic committee has advanced.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the legislation was passed out of the committee Nov. 13 after voices on both sides of the issue made impassioned pleas. The bill now goes to the full Board of Aldermen.

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Jury: St. Louis County police sergeant faced discrimination

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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) | A jury has recommended a St. Louis County police sergeant be awarded nearly $20 million after finding the department discriminated against him because he’s gay.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the jury’s verdict came Oct. 25 in a 2017 lawsuit brought by Sgt. Keith Wildhaber.

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Podcast puts focus on LGBT people of color

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) | Guests on the “Brown ‘n Out” podcast answer two questions:

What does black and brown queer culture in Vermont look like to you?

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Missouri lesbian couple sues after being denied housing

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP)| A married lesbian couple is suing a St. Louis senior living community for discriminating against them by denying them housing.

Mary Walsh and Bev Nance filed a federal lawsuit against Friendship Village Sunset Hills Wednesday. The lawsuit alleges the housing community violated the federal Fair Housing Act and the Missouri Human Rights Act by denying them housing because they are a same-sex couple.

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Former Missouri college wrestler sentenced for HIV exposure

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) – A former suburban St. Louis college wrestler has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for infecting another man with HIV and endangering four other sexual partners.

Michael Johnson, 25, was sentenced Sept. 22 after reaching a plea deal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

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St. Louis group apologizes for Blue Lives Matter flag in Pride parade

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – The leader of a participant in St. Louis’ annual PrideFest parade is apologizing for including a Blue Lives Matter flag on the group’s float.

Chad Carroll, co-creator of The Balloon Brigade, said the group will return two awards it won for its entry in the parade June 25. The Balloon Brigade raises money for an AIDS charity.

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Lawsuit: St. Louis County officer told to tone down gayness

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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP)- A St. Louis County police sergeant alleges in a lawsuit against the department that he was told to “tone down” his gayness if he wanted a promotion.

Sgt. Keith Wildhaber, a 22-year veteran of the department, also alleges he was passed over for promotions and reassigned after he filed a discrimination complaint in April 2016, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

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St.Louis City Hall flying transgender flag for ceremony

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St. Louis (AP) – St. Louis City Hall will become one of the few in the nation to fly the transgender flag during a ceremony next week.

Officials with PROMO and Metro Trans Umbrella Group announced June 17 that the transgender flag will be raised June 20 morning. St. Louis City Hall has been flying the rainbow pride flag for many years.

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St. Louis officials challenge Missouri ban on gay marriage

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis officials have challenged Missouri’s constitutional ban on gay marriage by issuing four same-sex marriage licenses in a City Hall ceremony.

Four gay couples were married June 25 in the office of Mayor Francis Slay in a ceremony presided over by a municipal judge.

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