Michael Sam, who made history as the first openly gay player in the NFL, was released by the Dallas Cowboys.
The team made the announcement on Oct. 21.
The nation's largest LGBT civil rights group over the weekend endorsed efforts to promote the use of a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection and called on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug.
Some doctors have been reluctant to prescribe the drug, Truvada, on the premise that it might encourage high-risk, unprotected sexual behavior. However, its preventive use has been endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and many HIV/AIDS advocacy groups.
If you thought last winter was a horror show, with cold blasts from the polar vortex and a lack of California rain, here's some good news: No sequel is expected this year, federal forecasters say.
Mike Halpert of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that the upcoming winter looks pretty average in general. He doesn't expect a lot of extreme conditions like last year's cold outbreaks when Arctic air dipped south with the polar vortex.
An unusual lawsuit prompted by an insemination gone wrong has set off an extraordinary discussion touching on sensitive issues of race, motherhood, sexuality and justice, though the debate begins with one basic premise: You should get what you pay for.
Jennifer Cramblett and her wife, Amanda Zinkon, wanted a white baby. They went to the Midwest Sperm Bank near Chicago and chose blond, blue-eyed donor No. 380, who looked like he could have been related to Zinkon. When Cramblett was five months pregnant, they found out that she her donor was No. 330, a black man.
Wyoming stood poised today (Oct. 21) to become the latest state to allow gay marriage, bringing the national wave of expanded rights for same-sex couples to a state where the 1998 beating death of Matthew Shepard still influences national perceptions.
The state was scheduled to file a legal notice saying it won't defend a Wyoming law that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said this week that a murder investigation focused on a U.S. Marine should have no bearing on the two countries' relations, while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington seeks no "special privilege" for the suspect but only protection of his rights.
Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, one of thousands of American and Philippine military personnel who took part in joint exercises earlier this month, is suspected in the killing of Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipino. Philippine police and witnesses said the two met at a disco bar in the city of Olongapo on Oct. 11, then went to a motel room where Laude's body was later found in the bathroom. She had apparently been drowned in the toilet, according to police Chief Inspector Gil Domingo.
A federal judge on Oct. 17 issued a ruling striking down Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage, which paves the way for same-sex couples to get married in the western state.
U.S. District Judge John Sedwick issued the ruling, ordering Arizona to "permanently cease" its ban on gay marriage. He did not issue a stay.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who is running for re-election on Nov. 4 and is courting the Christian right vote, says she wants the state Supreme Court to decide whether a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage is legal.
Bondi filed a request with the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami, asking the court to immediately send two consolidated cases to the Florida Supreme Court.
President Barack Obama, for the first time, has said in an interview that he believes the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states.
Previously the president has said that each state should decide the issue individually.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker is calling on the federal government to institute a commercial travel ban for West African countries affected by Ebola, despite insistence from public health experts that such a move would prove counterproductive. The call for a ban, however, is popular among uninformed voters.
Wisconsin Republicans have frequently stood in opposition to the medical community on health issues with political implicatiions. The Wisconsin GOP, for instance, enacted a law forcing pregnant women to undergo invasive ultrasounds through vaginal probes when seeking abortion services. The procedures are unnecessary, invasive and disturbing to women, according to the medical communitt. They win anti-choice votes at the expense of women's well-being, critics charge.
A New York court will decide this fall whether to apply “legal personhood” to an animal in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit filed on behalf of Tommy the Chimp.
A Southern California school district has settled a government claim that it discriminated against a transgender student who said she was forbidden to wear makeup, was harassed by other children and was encouraged to change schools.
The Downey Unified School District agreed to give the teenager access to the same facilities and activities as other female students, including athletic tryouts and district-sponsored overnight events, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.