Cycles of Life: Ashland, Oregon Wedding Officiant

Written by scott on January 27th, 2016

Cycles of Life

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Carl Jung said ceremony and ritual are essential for people to mark the important transitions of life. Ceremony is a noble and life affirming way to mark important rites of passage. Thoughtful ritual gives optimal meaning and guides you on a path to your new status in a life affirming way.

I am Julian Spalding , a Certified Life Cycle Celebrant(c), in Ashland, Oregon. I officiate same sex, transgender and gender non-conforming weddings, as well as funerals, memorials and any other occasion. I will work with you to create a ceremony that reflects your personal beliefs and includes any traditions or customs that are important to you. My ceremonies are inclusive of gender variations, race and affectional orientation.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 27th

Written by scott on January 27th, 2016

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

POP CULTURE: Bindle & Keep, a custom clothier that specializes in dressing people across the gender spectrum, is the subject of “Suited,” a documentary premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. full story

AUSTRALIA: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has defended his predecessor Tony Abbott’s right to speak at an anti-gay event in New York. full story

AUSTRALIA: The prominent conservative senator Eric Abetz says every Coalition MP will be free to decide how to cast their parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage, contradicting the prime minister and, according to the marriage equality lobby, rendering the promised $160m national plebiscite pointless. full story

AUSTRALIA: Australian rugby pro Simon Dunn, the first openly gay man to represent Australia in the sport of bobsledding, took to Instagram on Tuesday (26 January) to speak put against his country’s ban on same-sex marriage. full story

Simon Dunn

CHINA: A court case demanding marriage equality caps a trend of increasing acceptance for homosexuality in China. full story

CHINA: Nearly 92% of Hong Kong youth support LGBTI protections, according to a new study published Tuesday. full story

GERMANY: A branch of Germany’s leading right-wing party is demanding LGBTI people shouldn’t be discriminated against – while implementing discriminating policies themselves. full story

INDIA: MP Shashi Tharoor said today that he will continue to fight bigotry after his bill to decriminalise gay sex failed. full story

ISLE OF MAN: A recent government consultation on British dependency the Isle of Man shows that the majority of respondents are in favor of same-sex marriage – of 176 respondents, 76 were opposed to gay marriage, 90 were in favor and 10 were neutral. full story

ITALY: Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland on Tuesday encouraged Italy to pass a civil unions bill guaranteeing rights for gay couples. full story

MEXICO: Gays and lesbian can now marry in six of the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico with the Mexican Supreme Court ruling unanimously that denying them the right to marry in the state of Jalisco is unconstitutional. full story

SAUDI ARABIA: Two same-sex couples have been arrested in Saudi Arabia for holding a gay marriage ceremony, cross-dressing and possessing alcohol and hashish. The men were arrested in the capitol city of Riyadh by the nation’s religious police, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. full story

SPAIN: Metro Metro will give out 38 free annual passes in an effort ‘to promote the full social integration of women and transgender men.’ full story

USA: A study released Tuesday (26 January) by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law shows that US states that legalized same-sex couples from November 2012 through July 2013 experienced the most dramatic drop in anti-gay attitudes. full story

USA, ARKANSAS: A gay graduate student in Arkansas says he lost his job as a teaching assistant after putting up a poster in his high school mathematics classroom saying “Tolerance = Peace,” below a rainbow-colored peace sign. full story


USA, FLORIDA: The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-3 to move forward the so-called Pastor Protection Act “providing that churches or religious organizations, related organizations, or certain individuals may not be required to solemnize any marriage or provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges for related purposes if such action would violate a sincerely held religious belief,” according to the bill’s text. full story

USA, FLORIDA: The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee today postponed until next week its hearing on SB 120, a comprehensive LGBT anti-discrimination bill. full story

USA, HAWAII: Lawmakers have proposed a law that would protect LGBTI teens from the practice that the World Health Organization calls very dangerous to a person’s mental and physical health. full story

USA, MISSOURI: Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon used his final State of the State address to implore lawmakers to bar discrimination against LGBT people, but leaders in the Republican-dominated Legislature say that’s unlikely to happen before Nixon leaves office. full story

USA, OKLAHOMA: With state lawmakers set to convene Feb. 1 for the 2016 legislative session, at least 26 bills attacking LGBT Oklahomans and their families are already in the docket for consideration – the most of any state in the nation. full story

USA, OREGON: An Oregon judge who has refused to perform gay marriages and has drawn a formal ethics complaint for a raft of other issues should lose his job, a judicial commission leading an investigation into his conduct has found full story

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: The South Dakota House State Affairs Committee yesterday voted in favor of legislation that would prevent transgender students in public schools from using facilities that are consistent with their gender identity. The legislation would also require educational institutions to pay the costs of any resulting legal challenges. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Thanks to a proposed resolution against same-sex marriage on the Washington County agenda that would have no legal impact, commissioners were forced to postpone the meeting for at least 10 days. That’s because an estimated 350 people showed up, with many wearing red in opposition to the anti-gay marriage resolution. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: A federal appeals court on Wednesday will hear the case of a transgender student who is challenging a Virginia school district’s controversial restroom policy. full story

Gavin Grimm

USA, VIRGINIA: Members of a Senate committee on Monday approved two anti-discrimination bills, one of which would ban anti-LGBTIQ discrimination against state employees, and a second that would codify into law Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s 2014 executive order banning discrimination against state employees based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. full story

USA, WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia lawmakers from both sides of the aisle vocalized their support for the state’s LGBT community in video released Monday, a little more than a week after a bill that would allow discrimination on the basis of religious freedom was introduced in the state’s House of Representatives. full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 26th

Written by scott on January 26th, 2016

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

HISTORY: President John F Kennedy had a special room in the White House just for his gay best friend, a book claims. full story

PEOPLE: Britney Spears tweeted her appreciation for GLAAD’S “Accelerating Acceptance” study on Friday but says the fight for LGBT awareness is far from over. full story

PEOPLE: British journalist Rod Liddle has said poppers and lube is ‘God’s way of telling you that…[gay sex] is unnatural and perverse’. full story

PEOPLE: Graham Norton had this great advice for bisexual teen: ‘It is important in life that you strive to be the most authentic version of yourself’ full story

POP CULTURE: Actor Ian McKellen told the Press Association that the diversity issue in Hollywood is a “legitimate complaint” and as a gay man he sympathizes with black actors who feel they aren’t represented. full story

CANADA: New posters have gone up in Toronto District School Board schools, which include 76,000 middle school and high school students. Launched by LGBTQ advocacy group Toronto Pflag, the posters depict a rainbow that spells out the LGBTQ acronym: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Straight, Queer and 2-Spirited. When students use the flash on their camera phones to take a picture of the poster, the words are suddenly accompanied by nouns that illustrate LGBTQ folks are people they know, respect and love: partner, teammate, buddy, friend, ally, supporter, and BFF. full story


GREECE: Greek same-sex couples began entering into civil unions on Monday after the legislation passed in December by the Greek Parliament came into effect. full story

INDIA: Last month, I made a personal journey home for a BBC Radio 4 documentary, to explore how dramatically India’s sexual landscape has changed in recent years. full story

ITALY: The Local went into the streets and spoke to protestors, both those in favor of and those against the civil unions bill, to find out what they think about gay marriage and gay adoption. full story


PORTUGAL: Outgoing President Anibal Cavaco Silva has vetoed a bill recently approved by lawmakers that granted full adoption rights to gay and lesbian couples. full story

SENEGAL: The head of an anti-gay coalition says police have arrested 11 people in Senegal’s capital during a demonstration against the release of 11 people accused of homosexual acts. full story

USA: Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said last week that “it’s time to start impeaching” Supreme Court justices in response to the Obergefell marriage equality ruling, which he called an “illegal decision” that amounted to the court declaring itself to be God. full story

USA: Martin O’Malley renewed his commitment to fight for LGBT rights at the federal level on Monday night, although he omitted any mention of federal non-discrimination legislation known as the Equality Act. full story

USA: The legal battle over same-sex marriage that culminated in the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges was a costly one for American taxpayers – $13.5 million in plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees in 41 cases. full story

USA, FLORIDA: Pine View, a grades 2-12 magnet school in Osprey, Fla., is now the first school in Sarasota County to pass a transgender student inclusive bathroom policy. full story

USA, INDIANA: Indiana may have lost as much as $60 million in hotel profits, tax revenue and other economic benefits when a dozen groups decided against hosting conventions in Indianapolis last year due at least in part to the controversy surrounding the state’s religious objections law. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Kim Davis has said it was a ‘joy’ to be chosen by God to stand against same sex marriage. full story

USA, NEW YORK: A new study of the quality of healthcare provided to transgender patients in the New York City correctional system revealed significant areas for improvement and reported a greater than 50% decrease in patient complaints after the healthcare staff at 12 jail clinics received LGBT training. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: State Rep. Susan Lynn (R) has filed a resolution in the House supporting a lawsuit that would invalidate all state weddings after June. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Despite a few voices of opposition, the Hawkins County Commission approved a resolution Monday asking the Tennessee General Assembly to defy last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Students at a rural Tennessee high school reportedly wore “straight pride” signs last week to protest a newly founded chapter of the Gay Straight Alliance. full story


USA, UTAH: An overwhelming majority of Mormons in Utah support their church’s horrific new policy labeling same-sex couples as “apostates” and barring their children from being baptized. full story


Hillbrook Inn & Spa – Gay Friendly Wedding Venue, Charlestown, West Virginia

Written by scott on January 25th, 2016

Hillbrook Inn & Spa

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Situated on beautifully landscaped grounds, our historic mansion becomes a focal point for your storybook event. Whether an intimate gathering for a few or a lavish occasion for 150 guests in a beautiful pavilion tent, we give attention to every detail to ensure that your event is all you imagined it could be.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 25th

Written by scott on January 25th, 2016

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

PEOPLE: Ricky was cagey about liking guys back in the ’90s; now he’s giving mixed messages about his feelings for women. Seems like being bisexual is now the big taboo, writes Mike Szymanski. full story

PEOPLE: The head of the Catholic Church sat down Friday for approximately 15 minutes with Apple CEO Tim Cook, beginning at 11:30 a.m. local time, reports ABC News. full story

PEOPLE: Disgraced Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who was fired by the BBC last year for punching a producer, said parents who support their transgender children are guilty of ‘poisoning’ their minds. full story

POP CULTURE: Ray Liotta says a bisexual twist for his Shades of Blue character left him doing a double take. full story

Shades of Blue

POP CULTURE: The Edmonton Oilers became the first NHL team to use Pride Tape, a multicolored tape to promote inclusiveness in sports. full story

Edmonton Oilers - Pride Tape

POP CULTURE:A thought-provoking new photography project captures a host of international celebrities posing as same-sex couples and families in a bid to show ‘love is love’. full story


AUSTRIA: First launched by the Austrian interior ministry, a new ‘behavior guide’ includes drawings of a man hitting a woman – covered by a red cross – and an image of gay kissing – approved with a tick. full story


EUROPE: Legal recognition of same-sex partnerships is far from uniform across Europe. full story

Europe Marriage Equality

INDONESIA: Muhammad Nasir, minister of research, technology and higher education, said LGBTI students should be banned from university. full story

Muhammad Nasir

ITALY: Different polls show that support for same-sex civil unions has dropped to 46 percent in January, compared with 67 percent last May. A poll conducted in January by Ipr, an independent polling and marketing firm, also found that only 15 percent of respondents supported stepchild adoption for gay couples. full story

NEW ZEALAND: Despite its reputation of being one of the most LGBTI friendly countries on the planet, New Zealand is still holding out on removing past convictions for sex between men from people’s permanent records. full story

USA: Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will give a speech on the topic of “the importance of family” to the Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-LGBTIQ, pro-Christian, Republican-aligned lobby, which opposes abortion, wants to end gay marriage and is pushing to roll back some feminist advances. full story

USA, COLORADO: As part of a broad reexamination of restrooms on its campuses, Naropa University has created two “all gender” restrooms at its Nalanda campus in Boulder. full story

USA, INDIANA: Fewer than half of convention planners and prospective tourists agree that “Indy Welcomes All” or “Indiana Welcomes All” in the wake of last year’s controversy over the state’s anti-LGBT Religious Freedom Restoration Act. full story


USA, IOWA: A former Iowa women’s field hockey coach has a “reasonable possibility” of proving that gender or anti-gay discrimination played a role in her firing. full story

\USA, MISSOURI: Senate Minority Leader Joe Keaveny, of St. Louis, filed a bill that would ban housing and employment discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. full story

USA, MONTANA: Greg Gianforte, the front-runner in the race for Montana governor, is one of the state’s leading financial backers for anti-gay organizations including Family Research Council, Focus on the Family and Alliance Defending Freedom. full story

Greg Gianforte

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: Discriminatory legislation targeting transgender students is gaining traction in South Dakota. Scheduled for a hearing on Monday in the House State Affairs committee, HB 1008 seeks to prevent transgender students in public schools from using restrooms or locker rooms that are consistent with their gender identity and requires taxpayers to assume the costly financial consequences in resulting legal challenges. full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 24th

Written by scott on January 24th, 2016

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

USA: MTV’s documentary series True Life will look at the lives of two teens with transgender parents. full story

POP CULTURE: or so many people, it was the only book on the shelf that had anything about someone like themselves was “Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out.” It’s the Bible of Bisexuality. full story

Bi Any Other Namw

AUSTRALIA: The Victorian government has vowed to crack down on so-called gay conversion therapists who claim to be able to ‘cure’ homosexuality. full story

CHINA: The Chinese couple suing their local affairs bureau for refusing to issue a marriage licence will present their case on January 28. full story


ITALY: Demonstrators flooded the streets in cities across Italy, urging their government to legally recognize unions for same-sex couples. full story


UK: Maria Miller has criticised the “extraordinary” hostility from women claiming to be “feminists” following her report into the treatment of trans people across the UK. full story

VENEZUELA: Her historic swearing-in makes Tamara Adrián only the second transgender person to be elected national legislator in the Americas. full story

Tamara Adrián

USA, ARIZONA: Democrats in the Arizona Legislature want a law that requires judges to give preferences to married heterosexual couples in adoption stricken from the books. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: If only Southern states had pursued David Fowler’s anti same-sex marriage legal strategy in the 1950s, he says, they could have avoided complying with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling desegregating public schools in Brown v. Board of Education. full story

David Fowle

USA, WASHINGTON DC: Protesters on Friday forced the cancellation of a reception at the National LGBTQ Task Force’s annual conference that was to have featured two advocates from Israel.
full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 23rd

Written by scott on January 23rd, 2016

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

PEOPLE: Italian fashion label Gucci has come under fire for its decision to cast a trans woman in a male runway. full story

USA: Already known as the first transgender contestant in the Ms. Senior California Pageant and a consultant to Jenji Kohan in the development of Laverne Cox’s character on Netflix’s Hit drama series Orange is the New Black, Michaela Mendelsohn is now adding another new groundbreaking title to her resume – she has just been named the first transgender board member of the Trevor Project. full story

HISTORY: Gay & Lesbian History for Kids” by Jerome Pohlen, provides age-appropriate LGBTIQ gistory. full story


POP CULTURE: Candace Cameron Bure wouldn’t mind if her Fuller House came with a married same-sex couple. full story

INTERNATIONAL: The International Olympic Committee will be allowing trans people to compete without being expected to get surgery first, according to a new report. full story

ITALY: A total of 6,000 amendments have been filed to the government’s civil unions bill which goes to the Senate floor on January 28 – the rightwing opposition Northern League (LN) announced yesterday it had filed over 5,000 amendments. Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right opposition Forza Italia (FI) party filed 300 amendments. full story

ITALY: Italy’s battle over legalising same-sex civil unions is about to get heated, with supporters and opponents ready to take to the streets as lawmakers address the deeply divisive issue. full story

FRANCE: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has dropped a controversial pledge to scrap same-sex marriage. full story

MALAWI: The United Nations human rights office on Friday expressed concern over recent developments in Malawi, after the spokesperson of one of the country’s main political parties had repeatedly called for gay and lesbian people to be killed and describing them as ‘worse than dogs.’ full story

ROMANIA: Emboldened by Parliament’s rejection of a civil unions bill last month, anti-LGBT activists in Romania are well on their way to a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. full story

USA: While it would be a milestone for an out man to lead the Army, it wasn’t a big deal during Eric Fanning’s confirmation hearing. full story

USA, MINNESOTA: Gov. Mark Dayton announced Friday he would appoint Court of Appeals Judge Margaret H. Chutich as associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Chutich would be the first openly gay member on the state’s highest court. full story

USA, NEW YORK: New York City Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx) on Jan. 22, 2016, came out as gay on his Twitter page. full story

New York City Councilman James Vacca

PENNSYLVANIA: A former teacher in Pennsylvania has told the astounding story of the events which eventually led to her resignation. full story

USA, TEXAS: A Houston restaurant offered half price to ‘Brown & Gay’ employees on MLK Day, inspiring a flurry of angry calls to local Houston station KHOU. “Brown and Gay employees get 50 percent off their lunch,” explained owner Pink Logan, “What that references is a company one block from here called Brown and Gay Engineering! full story

Brown & Gay


Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 22nd

Written by scott on January 22nd, 2016

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

HISTORY: Author and journalist David Boyle writes for PinkNews about how homosexuality came to be outlawed in the UK. full story

POP CULTURE: Many movies that America loved have a shameful track record of including transphobic storylines and characters. Here are a few of the worst offenders. full story

POP CULTURE: Actor Cody Saintgnue talks about his hopes for the future of Teen Wolf’s first out bi guy in the latest episode of Advocate Spotlight. full story

Cody Saintgnue

INTERNATIONAL: It was announced today at the World Economic Forum in Davos that an additional four companies were joining the Open for Business initiative as supporters: Accenture, Barclays, Microsoft and Tesco. full story

AUSTRALIA: One of Australia’s leading Catholic figures has said he is happy for gay and lesbian teens to take same-sex partners to school dances after a Melbourne Catholic school stopped a female student from taking another girl to her school formal but then relented after 1250 people signed a petition in support of the student. full story

BOTSWANA: Former Botswanan President Festus Mogae has expressed his support for LGBT rights in Africa. – See more at: full story

ITALY: Pope Francis said in a speech for the opening of judicial year of the Vatican’s Roman Rota tribunal that the Catholic Church cannot accept traditional families and other types of unions being given the same status. full story

ITALY: Italy’s gay civil union debate started early Thursday (21 January) with proposals to jail couples who use surrogates abroad. Catholic senators from the ruling Democratic Party tabled an amendment to the draft law with punishments of up to two years imprisonment and fines of up to one million euros. full story

JAMAICA: Three out of four LGBTI Jamaicans want to flee their country to escape persecution, according to a recent study on the developmental cost of homophobia in the Caribbean island. full story

RUSSIA: Russia has banned a festival celebrating gay fish. full story

RUSSIA: A Russian court Monday (18 January) fined an LGBTI activist 100,000 rubles ($1,200; ) for promoting ‘non-traditional sexual relations’ to minors. Sergei Alekseyenko was the former director of Maximum – a now-defunct group providing counseling and legal advice to victims of homophobia in the northwestern city of Murmansk. full story

UK: After three and a half years, a bisexual Jamaican man finally won the right to stay in the UK this week. Orashia Edwards’ struggle to get asylum on the basis of his sexuality demonstrates the problems people attracted to more than one gender face. full story

UK: The British Government has changed its policy meaning if a married couple travels to Australia and one of them dies, their spouse will be recognised on the death certificate. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: A Northern Irish comedian has put down a lack of same-sex marriage there in an amazing way. full story

USA: Right-wing activist Phillip Jauregui of the Judicial Action Group criticized Justice Kennedy’s “horrendous” opinion in Obergefell, said that the justice is “horrible and he’s honestly a judge that ought to be impeached full story

USA: The honeymoon is over, and it’s time for us to think about issues that continue affect the LGBT community aside from marriage equality — and what we can do to help. full story

USA: A new HRC report isn’t recommending that Congress close the loophole that’s allowing for religiously-owned schools to receive Title IX waivers; instead the group is recommending more “transparency” at these at federally-funded institutions. full story

USA: One of the ten US soldiers taken in Itan is gay, and hadn’t come out, so his partner was not notified about his status. But when they were released, the soldier called his partner and asked him to marry him. full story

USA: A new poll shoes that 29% of non-LGBT Americans say they are uncomfortable seeing a same-sex couple holding hands. full story

USA: The American Civil Liberties Union has a hefty 2016 to-do list when it comes to LGBTIQ rights. full story

USA, ARIZONA: A transgender woman in Arizona is to receive $115,000 (€105,500) from her former employers after a judge ruled that they had discriminated against her. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: An anti-gay Christian ministry has erected a billboard at one of the entrances to San Diego’s heavily LGBT Hillcrest neighborhood. full story

San Diego Billboard

USA, INDIANA: Lambda Legal on newly introduced bill: “This bill is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This doesn’t protect LGBT people—it is a road map for discrimination against LGBT people.” full story

USA, IOWA: An investigator with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission says a former Iowa women’s field hockey coach has a “reasonable possibility” of proving that gender or anti-gay discrimination played a role in her firing. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: The Carter County commission voted 20-0 in favor of a resolution defending the state’s alleged right to define marriage as exclusively for heterosexual couples. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Jim Coley, a longtime Republican state representative, was the lone representative to vote for a bill to enable flouting of last year’s decision of the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Hawkins, Unicoi and Washington County Commissioners will vote on anti-marriage equality resolutions on Monday night. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: A day after Tennessee Republican lawmakers shot down a bill that purported to “nullify” the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, former state Sen. David Fowler filed a state lawsuit he believes ultimately can lead to the nation’s highest court’s review of its gay marriage ruling. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: West Virginia State Rep. John O’Neal on Thursday claimed that the state needs a religious freedom law because Christians can lose their businesses over ‘who they love,’ referring to God full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 21st

Written by scott on January 21st, 2016

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

INTERNATIONAL: US Vice President Joe Biden has told business people at the World Economic Forum in Davos to bring do more to combat homophobia and transphobia in countries where LGBTI people face discrimination and persecution. full story

POP CULTURE: Nintendo has confirmed that it is removing a plot line from a new game that allows the player to drug a lesbian woman’s drink with a magic potion. full story

Fire Emblem: Fates

RELIGION: Retired Bishop V. Gene Robinson wrote a report that examines the way that Jewish and Christian traditions have become more inclusive of trans people. full story

RELIGION: In ththe current stand-off between the Anglican Church and the Episcopal Church USA, gay people are serving as poster children — if not scapegoats — for other anxieties. full story

AUSTRALIA: A British gay man who died while he was on honeymoon in Australia will have his same-sex marriage recognised on his death certificate. full story

AUSTRALIA: Australian Marriage Equality says the case of a British man whose marriage was not recognised after his husband died in Adelaide exposes Australia’s dire need for legal reform on same-sex relationships. full story

CANADA: American Jennifer Pritzker, a billionaire philanthropist, has donated $2 million to a university to establish a chair of transgender studies ay the University of Victoria through her Tawani Foundation. full story

 Jennifer Pritzker,

GERMANY: The fight to end a lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood has gotten support from one of Germany’s federal states. full story

GUATEMALA: Sandra Morán, a lesbian woman who is a member of Convergencia, a left-leaning political movement that advocates on behalf of indigenous Guatemalans and other underrepresented groups in the Central American country, was sworn in on Jan. 14. full story

INDIA: India’s first LGBTI taxi service was launched Wednesday in Mumbai. full story

ITALY: Justice Minister Andrea Orlando said Thursday the Italian parliament had to meet Strasbourg’s demand to frame a law on civil unions for same-sex couples. full story

ITALY: Internazionale manager Roberto Mancini has claimed his rival, the manager of Napoli Maurizio Sarri, called him a ‘faggot’ and a poof’ on the pitch last night (19 January). full story


SPAIN: Arcópoli, a Spanish LGBT organisation, has set up a public petition asking the Royal Spanish Academy (publisher of the Spanish dictionary) to change the dictionary definition of ‘bisexual’. The organisation argues that the current definition of bisexual has two incorrect meanings: 1. “hermaphrodite” and 2. “alternating between homosexual and heterosexual”. full story

UK: A BISEXUAL man from Jamaica has finally been granted refugee status after campaigners spent three years fighting for him to stay in Leeds. full story

UK: If you think making civil partnerships equal is a waste of time, you’re forgetting bisexual people like me. full story

USA: Same-sex married couples should have an easier time filing taxes as a result of a Supreme Court decision last June. With gay marriage now recognized across the nation, gay and lesbian couples can file as married, filing jointly on both their state and federal returns. full story

USA: Lambda legal has announced that they are ending litigation against the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) after that department amended policies which will now include LGBT military personnel and their spouses. full story

USA: Hillary Clinton hit back at Bernie Sanders on Tuesday night over claims he and his campaign made that the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Planned Parenthood endorsed her because they are part of the “political establishment.” full story

USA: Senator Bernie Sanders did support civil unions as far back as 15 years ago, but it was for the same reason he opposed the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 1996: his strong belief in state’s rights. He wasn’t advocating for legal marriage for same-sex couples. He actually avoided the subject. full story

USA: Campus Pride and Athlete Ally announced the launch of the Sports Inclusion Project, (, a first-of-its-kind effort that will work toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusion in college athletics and recreational sports on college campuses. full story

USA: Mike Huckabee attacked Ted Cruz on Wednesday alleging that the U.S. Senator from Texas has two different pitches when it comes to gay rights, one for conservative voters and one for pro-gay deep-pocket donors. full story

USA: The year 2016 will be known as the year of the bathroom fights. Misleading and insulting ads targeting the right of trans people to use the public restroom consistent with their gender identity was blamed by many for the defeat of the Houston civil rights law last year. The fight over which bathroom a transgender person can use will continue across the nation. full story

USA, ALABAMA: Eleven counties in Alabama have shut down all their marriage license offices so they can avoid issuing licenses to same-sex couples, reports LGBT advocacy group Campaign for Southern Equality. Officials in four additional counties — Coosa, Chambers, Crenshaw, and Lamar — have refused to tell the group if they are issuing licenses to same-sex couples. full story

USA, FLORIDA: Palm Bay’s City Council is meeting on Feb. 2 to consider an HRO with protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. full story

USA, FLORIDA: One gay Florida man says he was offended when a Volvo dealership gave him a license plate for his new car that reads, “GAYW13.” full story

Gay License Plate

USA, IDAHO: State Senator Grant Burgoyne (D-Boise) has introduced an LGBT nondiscrimination bill similar to one that was killed last year that would “add the words” sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s nondiscrimination laws. full story

USA, IDAHO: This year’s tax conformity bill also deletes a section Idaho added to its tax law in 2014 after same-sex married couples were allowed under federal tax laws to file joint returns; that section required Idaho same-sex couples to essentially recalculate their taxes and file separately for their state returns, because the state at that time didn’t recognize same-sex marriage. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: A federal judge has denied sexual orientation discrimination amounts to gender bias under current law. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: A transgender teen in Ill. was officially allowed to use the girls’ locker room for the first time yesterday full story

USA, INDIANA: National convention planners and some tourists have lingering negative views of Indianapolis that could be tied to last year’s contentious Religious Freedom Restoration Act fight, a recent poll commissioned by the city’s tourism arm found. full story

USA, INDIANA: LGBT rights bills will finally get a hearing in the Indiana Senate on 1/27. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Kim Davis and her lawyers took her fight to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati today, in hopes they could finally convince a judge she was within her rights when she defied another judge’s order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. full story

USA, MINNESOTA: A federal judge in Minnesota has approved the settlement of a transgender employment discrimination lawsuit against Deluxe Financial Services, Inc., one of the nation’s largest check-printing companies. full story

USA, NEW YORK: The executive order signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo effectively barring discriminating against transgender people in New York took effect on Wednesday. full story

USA, NEW YORK: A transgender woman says she was groped by a stranger and called homophobic and transphobic slurs by a group of friends at Dallas BBQ in Times Square, and that management didn’t go far enough to ensure her safety. full story

USA, NORTH DAKOTA: Attorneys for a Fargo hospital say a lawsuit brought by a transgender employee alleging discrimination in the workplace has no merit. full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: Toni Lynch, a school board member in Eastern Pennsylvania, wants to nix an anti-bullying presentation, saying he believes it’s designed to “promote a homosexual agenda.” full story

Toni Lynch

USA, TENNESSEE: A bill seeking to block the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling in Tennessee has been defeated in a House committee. full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 20th

Written by scott on January 20th, 2016

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBTIQ rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

PEOPLE: Caitlyn Jenner has a book deal – Grand Central Publishing announced Tuesday that it plans a spring 2017 publication for a memoir by Jenner, the transgender activist and reality star and former Olympic athlete. full story

POP CULTURE: Gay Star News profiles straight stars who have parented a non-heterosexual, queer or questioning child – stars who now, for the most part, are as out and proud as their amazing kids. full story

AUSTRALIA: A tragic fatal honeymoon accident has exposed Australia’s discriminatory marriage laws in a hurtful and humiliating way for a British man, whose husband died abruptly after falling and cracking his skull. When Marco Bulmer-Rizzi (right) went to obtain a death certificate for his husband David Bulmer-Rizzi (left), he was told that the death certificate had to read “never married” because there was no option for same-sex spouses, according to Buzzfeed News. “It wasn’t one of the drop-down options on the computer.” full story


AUSTRALIA: Premier Jay Weatherill says he will apologise to the family of a British man after authorities refused to recognise his same-sex marriage on his death certificate. full story

EGYPT: An Egyptian journalist who made headlines around the world for all the wrong reasons when she tipped off police to a gay party in Cairo and then filmed the party goers as they were arrested is free again after an appeals court dismissed charges against her. full story

GERMANY: Berlin is set to open its first shelter exclusively housing LGBTI refugees after a reported spike in violence. full story

ISRAEL: National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey on Jan. 19, 2016, announced her organization has reversed its decision to cancel a reception at its annual conference that was to have featured two LGBT rights advocates from Israel. full story

ITALY: The Italian Senate will vote on a bill legalising same-sex civil unions when it convenes on January 28th. full story

UAE: Arrest warrants have been put out for two men in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), for “outrageous” dancing. full story

UK: A senior lawyer has warned that a potential court ruling in favour of opposite-sex civil partnerships could open a legal “can of worms”. full story

UK: A UKIP MEP has urged the party to cut all ties with a group that claims that gay people are “depraved sodomites” and “recruit” children for fresh blood. full story

UK: Brighton College is set to break a 170 year-old tradition by allowing transgender pupils to decide what uniform to wear based on their chosen gender. full story

USA: A new poll has found that the majority of Americans are satisfied with the current acceptance of the gay community. full story


USA: In response to the Human Rights Campaign’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president this morning, the Bernie Sanders campaign ripped the nation’s largest LGBT rights organization for making a decision “that cannot possibly be based on facts and the record.” full story

USA, IOWA: LGBT issues have come up relatively little in the current presidential primary campaigns, but a poll out of Iowa last week says such issues do have an important influence in who likely caucus goers will choose to support. full story

USA: Iowa legislators will investigate a state LGBT youth conference to see if it included “inappropriate” content, even though the conference receives no state funds. full story

Rep. Greg Heartsill

USA, TENNESSEE: State Rep. Mark Pody, R-Lebanon, the lawmaker whose bill would bar Tennessee from following the gay marriage ruling, doesn’t care about the $8.5 billion loss. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: A resolution opposing same sex marriage passed in Dickson county unopposed. full story

USA, TEXAS: One mother was so upset about the repeal of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance that she took out a $200 ad in the city’s daily newspaper to celebrate her son’s decision to come out as gay. full story


USA, VIRGINIA: Advocates on Tuesday held a press conference at the Virginia state Capitol in Richmond to criticize a series of anti-LGBT bills that members of the General Assembly have introduced. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: With bills in the House and Senate, advocates, legislators and survivors gathered at the General Assembly building in Richmond Sunday to decry the practice of ex-gay therapy and approach a long passed-over topic with new hope. full story

USA, WASHINGTON: On December 26, the Washington State Human Rights Commission enacted new rules guaranteeing access to bathrooms and other facilities on the basis of gender identity, and conservative lawmakers are now scrambling to find a legislative solution to undo these protections. full story

VIETNAM: Gay people in Vietnam, particularly the youth, continue to suffer discrimination and stigma, a year after the lifting of the ban on same-sex marriage, according to reports. full story