Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 13th

Written by scott on April 14th, 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!

COMMENTARY: Even folks who normally express support for LGBTQ rights are buying into specious arguments conservatives are pushing – because they don’t know the truth. full story

POP CULTURE: Without causing a fuss, a nice new ad for Google Calendar features a gay guy breaking up, getting over it, and then meeting someone new. full story


AUSTRALIA: First, Telstra winded back its support for same sex-marriage after pressure from the Catholic Church; one of its biggest clients. Then, a Telstra customer service representative identified homosexuality as an “ideology” and not a sexuality during online correspondence with a customer. full story


AUSTRALIA: Australia’s largest telco, Telstra, says it has abandoned its public campaign for marriage equality to allow clear air during the proposed plebiscite – not because of pressure from the Catholic church. full story

EUROPE: Hundreds of thousands of young Europeans have taken part in a EU-wide poll – and it’s found a lot more are open to gay sex than you might have expected. full story

USA: Faced with a lawsuit seeking a change in policy, the Social Security Administration has lifted the penalty on same-sex couples who received overpayment of benefits after the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act. full story

USA: Legislation has been proposed in states across the country to protect those who — due to religious beliefs — decline to employ or serve certain people. Critics say the laws are aimed at the LGBT community and are discriminatory. Recent laws denounced as discriminatory in North Carolina and Mississippi have prompted a growing backlash from opponents. Here’s a look at legislation around the country. full story

USA: Some of the most famous players currently playing in the NFL are gay, according to former player and LGBTQ rights advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo. full story

USA: The White House declined to rule out federal funds being cut off in states with anti-LGBT laws. full story

USA: The Liberty Counsel group has helped author anti LGBTIQA measures in at least 20 states, “protecting” religion over sexual orientation, CBS reports. full story

USA, ALABAMA: Private adoption agencies in Alabama could turn away gay couples on religious grounds under a bill passed by a House Committee Wednesday. full story

USA, FLORIDA: It was another packed house at the April 12 Brevard School Board meeting, where supporters wearing red filled the room, pushing the Board to adopt district-wide LGBT protections. full story

USA, GEORGIA: Gov. Nathan Deal said the uproar in North Carolina and Mississippi over new laws that critics say curb gay rights should give supporters of the “religious liberty” measure in Georgia second thoughts, and warned that he’s willing to pull out the veto pen again next year if similar legislation lands on his desk. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: Governor John Bel Edwards’s executive order includes a religious exemption, however, and applies to state contractors but not other private employers. full story

USA, MASSACHUSETTS: The Senate in the US state of Massachusetts is set to debate a bill which would increase protections for trans people. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Sharon Stone has ditched plans to make a movie in Mississippi over the state’s newly passed anti-LGBT law. full story

USA, MISSOURI: A bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people in Missouri has stalled in committee full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Ringo Starr won’t play in North Carolina – the former member of The Beatles followed Bruce Springsteen’s lead in canceling a concert in the state because of the anti-LGBTI law HB2. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: I will be donating all of the profits from the show to Equality North Carolina’s efforts to repeal HB2 and I am proud of my manager and agent for joining me in this effort by donating their commissions from the show to this vital effort. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: TurnOUT! North Carolina announced a series of town hall meetings across the Tar Heel State, focused on engaging and mobilizing pro-equality North Carolinians against House Bill 2 (H.B. 2) in the upcoming legislative session. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Protesters increased the level of noise surrounding the state’s new LGBT law Wednesday evening by setting off dozens of air horns at the governor’s mansion. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: In response to a controversial new state law aimed at gay and transgender people, a group of firms designated as “Certified B” ethical corporations say they are canceling an annual CEO retreat, a street fair, and related meetings. full story


Mad Mike & Friends DJ Service, New York City – Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Entertainer

Written by scott on April 13th, 2016

Mad Mike & Friends DJ Service

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:

Welcome to Mad Mike & Friends DJ Service. We’re proud of our ability to create a musical atmosphere that’s perfect for your vision of your wedding day. We’ve been doing gay weddings for years – we’ll do ‘Your Wedding, Your Way’!

Mad Mike & Friends DJ Service knows how to throw a party – we’ve been dong it for more than thirty years. We will respect your musical tastes, honoring your Must Play and Do Not Play lists, while we keep you and your wedding guests entertained with music that works for your wedding day and reception.

We even include a full lightshow, continuous music during the event, and we never take breaks.

You may have heard our DJs on WPDH, WRRV & ESPN Radio – we’ve even appeared at every major night spot in the Hudson Valley – including Mahoney’s Irish Pub in Poughkeepsie.

Let the DJ’s at Mad Mike and Friends DJ Service give you the wedding day your family and friends will talk about for years – contact us now for a free consultation!

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 13th

Written by scott on April 13th, 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!

CORPORATIONS: Chariot for Women, a new ride sharing app for women only, launches in the Boston area on April 19, and welcomes trans women. full story

HISTORY: A history student in Brisbane has uncovered a 1932 newspaper article about same-sex couples getting married, and the reporter’s outrage is almost indistinguishable from the moral panic of today. full story


POP CULTURE: Adam Lambert has claimed that music industry execs are still ‘scared’ of letting gay artists express themselves through music. full story

AUSTRALIA: In February, the Australian anti-marriage equality group Marriage Alliance released an advertisement depicting a young woman in an office with a rainbow noose around her neck. The Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) ruled on Monday that the group’s advertisement breached standards set in place. full story

AUSTRALIA: AUSTRALIAN telephone company Telstra has come under fire after it bowed to pressure from the Catholic Church over its public support of same-sex marriage. full story

CANADA: An openly gay and atheist Malaysian student has been granted refugee status in Canada after he was outed nationally by his own country’s media and disowned by his family. full story

CHINA: A judge ruled against a gay couple in China’s first same-sex marriage case that attracted several hundred supporters to the courthouse Wednesday in a landmark moment for the country’s emerging LGBT rights movement. full story

FRANCE: Air France is facing a rebellion from gay air stewards – who are refusing to fly on a new route to Iran. full story

LEBANON: Armed religious vigilantes are rounding up LGBTIQAs at checkpoints around Lebanon and passing them over to the police where they are beaten and humiliated. full story

MALAYSIA: Malaysia’s religious police, also known as the Federal Territories Islamic Department (JAWI), shut down a charity gala dinner organised and attended by transgender women in Kuala Lumpur on 3 April. full story

UK: The release of the results of British Muslim opinion survey caused shock. They revealed, among other things, that more than half the sample of British Muslims surveyed thought homosexuality should be made illegal. full story


USA: Conservatives have long squawked that the studies showing positive outcomes for the children of same-sex couples are lacking methodologically, instead offering their own flawed studies to claim negative consequences. A new study, however, uses their preferred methods — minus the flaws — and proves what the medical community has already long known: same-sex couples make great parents. full story

USA: Around half of all heterosexual men and women potentially carry so-called homosexuality genes that are passed on from one generation to the next. This has helped homosexuality to be present among humans throughout history and in all cultures, even though homosexual men normally do not have many descendants who can directly inherit their genes. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: In an interview yesterday with the “John and Ken Show,” a Southern California talk radio program, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, downplayed his opposition to marriage equality, saying that “of course” there should be no nationwide definition of marriage. full story

USA, COLORADO: Colorado is not joining at least six states that ban or limit psychotherapy which seeks to change the sexual orientation of minors. The Republican majority on a state Senate panel voted against a bill Monday to limit so-called gay conversion therapy. The bill would have banned its use on people under 18. full story

USA, INDIANA: The Indiana Republican Party is faced with the decision whether to change its official platform on same-sex marriage, amid divisive stances from members within. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: Louisiana’s version of the Mississippi’s religious law is up for debate Tuesday morning. House Bill 597, also known as the Pastor Protection Act, is a bill that would allow for pastors to refuse to marry same sex couples. full story

USA MISSISSIPPI,: Billy Ray Cyrus, country singer and father of out entertainer Miley, posted a message on his Facebook page in response to Mississippi’s antigay “religious freedom” bill. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: John Grisham and 95 Mississippi authors wrote an eloquent letter released Monday that Mississippi “has nourished intolerance and degradation and brutality, which has looked at difference as a threat.” full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: American Idol winner Trent Harmon: “I think that you should treat all people equally and respectfully, and that’s what I do, and that’s what I’m going to continue to do no matter what law is passed.” full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The high consumption of gay pornography by residents of Mississippi on adult e-tail Web site is in stark contrast with the state’s recently signed anti-gay measures. Mississippi ranks #6 in the United States for gay pornography viewed on full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The founders of the Mississippi Picnic in Central Park and the New York-Mississippi Society, are officially canceling this year’s picnic in its 37th year. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI/NORTH CAROLINA: On Tuesday, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the city council drafted a letter encouraging businesses in these Southern states to relocate to Salt Lake City. The mayor also issued a memorandum forbidding city-funded or sponsored travel to Mississippi and North Carolina. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI/NORTH CAROLINA: Miami Beach may be adding itself to the growing list of states, municipalities that have banned travel to North Carolina and Mississippi in response to new state laws directed at the lesbian, gay and transgender community. full story

USA, MISSOURI: Businesses from around Missouri announced the formation a coalition Tuesday designed to stop a “religious freedom” amendment to the state’s constitution currently making its way through the Missouri Legislature. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Deutsche Bank is freezing plans to create 250 new jobs at its Cary, North Carolina, location after the state passed a controversial law targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Entertainer Jimmy Buffett says he’s not canceling two North Carolina concerts even though he thinks the state enacted a “stupid law” limiting protections for lesbians, gays and transgender people. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: In response to HB2, North Carolina’s new law limiting anti-discrimination protections, the global community of nearly 1,700 Certified B Corporations announced Tuesday it will relocate a cluster of October events out of North Carolina. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina’s governor is standing firm on state’s anti-LGBT law – but as more and more businesses pull out of the state, it’s everyday North Carolinians who are suffering. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Two rainbow flags which had stood in front of a North Carolina church have been burned. full story


USA, NORTH CAROLINA: A group of North Carolina craft breweries is teaming up to make a special beer that will be sold to raise money to fight the state’s new House Bill 2 law. The News and Observer reports more than 30 breweries are taking part. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory did some damage control today, announcing that he has signed an executive order protecting LGBT state employees from discrimination. Today’s action does NOT, however, reinstate local LGBT protections nor does it override the so-called “bathroom bill” portion of HB 2. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Cyndi Lauper won’t boycott the state over its anti-LGBTIQA law. ‘I think that people would need us there. Wherever there’s a shut out, wherever people don’t accept other people, the other people need you.’ full story” target=”_blank”>full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Charlotte pastor and congressional candidate Mark Harris and the Benham brothers, ardent Ted Cruz supporters, were one of the driving forces behind the passage of the anti LGBTIQA law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Raleigh is banding with other cities across North Carolina to create an ad welcoming everyone to the state, after feeling the pinch from reactions to the new law. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: A Tennessee bill that would allow mental health therapists to turn away patients based on the counselors’ religious beliefs and personal principles passed Monday and is on its way to the governor. full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 12th

Written by scott on April 12th, 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: Cartoon series The Powerpuff Girls has featured a plot in which a transgender horse is convinced to transition to a unicorn – but becomes a monster instead. full story


POP CULTURE: Though he’s been featured as a supportive player in the recently rebooted Archie flagship comic title, Kevin will once again take center stage starring in his own comic book — this time as a special digital series, Life With Kevin, debuting in June. full story

kevin keller

UK: A UK charity that claims to help people manage “same-sex attraction” by abstaining from sex has insisted that it is not supporting “gay cure” therapy.
full story

USA: Hillary Clinton’s newest campaign ad could be considered a counter-attack on the recent anti-LGBT legislation passed in North Carolina and Mississippi. full story


USA: John Kasich called for a little “more respect” and “more tolerance” rather than more legislation when asked a question during a campaign event Monday about protecting gay and transgender Americans. full story

USA, MISSOURI: Dave Simpson with Monsanto said the Missouri-based agrochemical company opposes a ballot measure that would protect businesses that discriminate, calling it ‘bad for business’. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association (MHRA) announced the launch of a new campaign, ‘Everyone’s Welcome Here’, for the end of April. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The Mississippi Economic and Tourism Recovery Act will be introduced Tuesday in an effort to repeal the state’s new anti LGBTIQA law. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: After Portland Mayor Charlie Hales announced he refuses to travel to Mississippi next month to commission the USS Portland over the state’s anti-gay laws, the Navy has announced the commissioning will take place in Portland. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: On many Sundays, conservative Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant can be found in the sanctuary at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, almost always in his trademark suit and boots, often among those helping pass the offering plates. In the same sanctuary — sometimes just a few wooden pews away — are Jan Smith and Donna Phillips, a same-sex couple who are also active in the suburban Jackson church and have a 9-year-old daughter named Hannah. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI/NORTH CAROLINA: A Cincinnati City Council committee paved the way for the city to ban travel to two states that passed laws seen as allowing discrimination. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Effective 12:30 a.m. on Monday, April 11, the adult film site began refusing service to anyone with a North Carolina IP address. Now, instead of porn, North Carolinians seeking to get their rocks off at XHampster are confronted with a link to a petition demanding the repeal of the state’s controversial anti-LGBTQ HB2 law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Supporters and opponents of House Bill 2 are expected to congregate Monday near North Carolina’s Capitol. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: On Friday, the head of Los Angeles Metro announced that his employees are banned from attending the American Public Transportation Association’s May convention in Charlotte. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Transgender North Carolinians are responding to the anti-LGBT law passed by state legislators in May, saying it villainizes them and addresses a “problem” that doesn’t exist. full story


USA, NORTH CAROLINA: In response to North Carolina passing of HB2, Planting Peace has constructed a message to North Carolina legislators and the anti-LGBT movement. full story


USA, NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina Rep. Bill Richardson was one of the 11 Democrats to vote for his state’s anti-LGBT hate law. In an op-ed published today, Richardson says he is “haunted” by his vote and will now work for the law’s repeal. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA/TENNESSEE: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released a new video highlighting health care professionals who are speaking out against dangerous legislation targeting transgender students – including bills currently pending in Tennessee and South Carolina. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: One of the Tennessee Republicans behind proposed legislation mandating which restrooms trans students can use has been effectively separated from women by the state House speaker. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: ome of the biggest stars in the country music industry are uniting with pediatricians and child welfare advocates, civil rights organizations, the business community and supporters of equality to oppose legislation in Tennessee attacking transgender students in public schools and universities. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Tennessee Attorney General Herbery Slattery III, a Republican, offered in an opinion Monday his views the measure could cost the state funding under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Nashville’s Mayor Megan Barry has released an official statement decrying Tennessee’s recently passed anti-transgender bills; she explains that these laws could potentially cause her city to lose millions in revenue. full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 11th

Written by scott on April 11th, 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!

COMMENTARY: Evangelical Christians must be held accountable as accomplices in the suicides of those who are the targets of these abusive actions. full story

CHINA: A Chinese arbitration panel held a hearing Monday in what is believed to be the country’s first transgender employment discrimination case, according to the lawyer in the case. full story

JAMAICA: The number of people in Jamaica who “hate or reject” homosexual relationships has risen over 20% since 2011, a new survey has revealed. full story

MOROCCO: More than 70,000 have signed a petition in support of two Moroccan men arrested under the country’s anti-gay law after being brutally attacked in their own home. full story

NIGERIA: The Nigerian Government is to investigate claims that Switzerland’s Ambassador to the country is living with his husband. full story

NORWAY: The Church of Norway is expected to approve a motion that would allow same-sex couples to marry in the country’s churches. full story

UK: A lesbian has said she was kicked out of a McDonald’s for using the women’s toilets, after being mistaken for a man. full story


UK: A poll has found that half of Muslims in Britain want gay sex to be made illegal. full story

USA: Activist and author John Corvino debunked the “bathroom predator” myth on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. full story

USA: Tony Perkins took to Fox News yesterday to once again lie about the anti-LGBT hate laws in Mississippi and North Carolina, which he claims actually prevent discrimination against Christians, who are now free to refuse to refuse LGBT customers without penalties. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is canceling a performance this week in Mississippi, citing the state’s new law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The NBA just gave an ultimatum to North Carolina to drop its anti-LGBT law, or lose out on hosting the 2017 All Star Game. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The university announced it will abide by the state’s anti-LGBT law, requiring trans students to use bathrooms that don’t match their gender identity. But how will that policy be enforced? full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Gov. Peter Shumlin has a message for the mammoth online banking company PayPal: Come to Vermont. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Nashville’s first female mayor is speaking out against pending legislation that would require transgender students statewide to use the bathroom and locker room that does not match their gender identity. full story


DJ Keelez, Los Angeles – Featured Lesbian Wedding Entertainer

Written by scott on April 10th, 2016

DJ KeelezPeriodically 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:

DJ Keelez offers superior and affordable DJ/MC entertainment in the Greater Los Angeles area. With years of experience and high quality equipment, I am ready to make your wedding or civil ceremony a night you and your guests will never forget!
I discovered a love of music at an early age. Soon after that discovery, my love of music developed into an obsession of all things musical – that’s when I decided to learn how to DJ.

Since then I have been perfecting my skills and mastering the art of making people dance. I bring a “night club” style to your wedding reception which means that I mix new & classic hits together seamlessly; keeping the party going strong!

You’ll hear every genre represented, from some oldies to brand-new radio hits and all of your favorites in-between! I pride myself in being able to perfectly “read the dance floor” and play just the right song at just the right time.

I always give you a fair price that is within your budget, and will be there for you during the planning process to help you create the perfect agenda so there are no unexpected surprises. In addition, I will gracefully coordinate all of the evening’s events, making sure they run smoothly, so you and your guests can have a great time!

I am also an active member in the LGBT community, performing at night clubs, pride events and festivals all over California as well as multiple private events, weddings and civil ceremonies.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to working with you!

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 10th

Written by scott on April 10th, 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: La’Porsha Renae, this year’s (and the final, ever) American Idol runner-up, doesn’t agree with the LGBT ‘lifestyle’, she told reporters in a press interview on Friday following the series finale. full story

COLOMBIA: Two days ago the Colombian Constitutional Court ruled 6-3 to legalize same-sex marriage and while some formalities remain ahead before weddings can commence, Levis yesterday extended their congratulations with a cheeky hanky code image. full story

Levis Colombia

TUNISIA: Eight men who were arrested and charged with offences relating to gay sex have been released. full story

USA: In this video on Collin Factor’s YouTube channel, Factor and his friend Marvin discuss stereotypes of Asian men in the gay community, like ‘having a small penis’ and ‘being feminine’. full story

USA: Republican Presidential hopeful John Kasich has said he would not have signed a transgender “bathroom bill” into law. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: A preliminary injunction hearing has been set for June 21 in the case of Rose Trevis v. Hawleywood’s Barbershop and Shaving Parlor, in which the plaintiff, a transgender man, alleges the self-described “old school barbershop” in Long Beach, Calif. discriminated against him on the basis of what the shop’s operators perceived as his gender. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The co-host of ABC’s popular Good Morning America, and a Mississippi native, is opposed to the tate’s new law permitting discrimination against LGBTI residents based on religious convictions. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Since North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill that regulates with who uses what bathrooms, LGBT activists are calling his office to check where they should go when they have to relieve themselves. full story


USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The North Carolina NAACP will hold a massive sit-in at the state legislature if HB2, the anti-LGBT bill, is not repealed by April 21, though the legislature is not officially supposed to reconvene until four days later on April 25. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The city of Charlotte has warned North Carolina that it is already losing out on business due to the state’s newly passed anti-LGBT law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Amid continued outcry over the state’s recently enacted anti-LGBT law, Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality North Carolina, on Saturday announced he has been temporarily appointed for a seat on the state legislature. full story


USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Actor and comedian Joel McHale ripped North Carolina legislators last night at his show in Durham, NC, announcing that “every single dime I make tonight” would go to the LGBTQ Center as a show of protest against the anti-LGBT law passed there earlier this month. full story

Joel McHale

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The passing of North Carolina‘s House Bill 2 is a nightmarish horror show, true — but the story of Lennie and Pearl is a gentle reminder that love is real and occasionally even prevails. The couple — who have been together for over 49 years and just celebrated their first wedding anniversary– just so happen to hail from North Carolina, too. full story

Lennie and Pearl is a gentle reminder that love is real and occasionally even prevails.


Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 9th

Written by scott on April 9th, 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!

COMMENTARY: Poor bisexuals. Extradited from the gay community and shunned by the straights. Constantly labelled ‘greedy’ or even ‘fake’. Bisexuals are often invisible. full story

POP CULTURE: Siobhan Atwell, a new transgender model, is hitting the catwalks and is set to be a huge star. full story

Siobhan Atwell

POP CULTURE: The company behind role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons spoken out to defend diversity – after video game developers were flooded with abuse. full story

AUSTRALIA: Scores of marriage equality supporters have marched on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Sydney office in a bid to get the coalition to scrap its plan for a national vote on the controversial issue. full story

USA: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Friday that if elected president, he would overturn laws in Mississippi and North Carolina that discriminate against the LGBTIQA community. full story

USA: 39% in the US now support laws that would ban transgender women from using female toilets. full story

USA: Ten mayors have come together to form a coaliton united in protest against states that are passing anti-LGBT laws – Seattle; New York City; Philadelphia; Portland, Ore.; Oakland, Calif.; Honolulu Sante Fe, N.M.; Washington, D.C., and Tampa, Fla.. full story


USA, DELAWARE: In the wake of legislation aimed at discriminating against LGBT Americans in several states, in particular transgender citizens, Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware recorded a message of support. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: A woman says she was illegally fired at Saginaw Valley State University after telling her bosses that she was making a transition to female from male. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: A Mississippi hospitality group with 1400 hotels, restaurants, and shops among its members has a plan to mitigate damage to the state’s reputation, offering “Everyone’s Welcome Here” stickers to members. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: A new online campaign is targeting North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) for mockery concerning his state’s new anti-trans legislation. #PeeingForPat, as it’s being called, encourages participants to contact the governor to “confirm your adherence to or disregard of” HB2, which bans trans residents from using public restrooms according to their gender identity, and also rolled back anti-discrimination statutes instituted in Charlotte. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The songwriter and performer known for his 1984 hit “Born in the USA” has announced he’ll cancel an upcoming concert in North Carolina over the state’s newly enacted anti-LGBTIQA law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Rocker and E Street Band guitarist Steve van Zandt spoke out backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night, expanding on why Bruce Springsteen decided to cancel his show in Greensboro, North Carolina. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The Family Equality Council said it could not ensure the safety of the transgender attendees and the children planning to join the weekend-long retreat in Hendersonville. full story

USA, PUERTO RICO: A new judge assigned to Puerto Rico same-sex marriage case has struck down the US territory’s gay marriage ban. full story

USA, WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia University has launched a housing program for students to room together on campus regardless of sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. full story


Hudson River Photographer, New York City – Featured Lesbian Wedding Vendor

Written by scott on April 8th, 2016

Hudson River Photographer

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:

Hi, I am Diane Stredicke, owner of Hudson River Photographer, and I celebrate the legalization of same sex marriage in New York!

I am thrilled to see the number of gay and lesbian couples marrying in New York City, Westchester and the greater Hudson Valley region. Every time a gay or lesbian couple contacts me, I do a little happy dance. Seriously!

About a third of my clients in the 2013 season are gays and lesbians, and I couldn’t be happier. Next year, I hope it will be closer to half!

What does this mean to you?

I understand the small ways same sex weddings are different from straight weddings. All weddings celebrate love and commitment, but gay and lesbian weddings sometimes take fun and unique paths to saying “I do”.

I work to keep my photography artful and authentic. Most of the day, I am simply photograph what I see: your family, your friends, the candid moments that make up the story of your wedding day. I spend time with you to create natural portraits of the two of you that showcase the fun and unique couple that you are!

Choosing your wedding photographer can be difficult. We are the one vendor that will be with you most of the day. Spend some time looking at the photos on my blog – I post every wedding and show lots of images, so you really get a sense of how we work.

Call me or email me today and I’d be happy to talk with you about what we offer, my photography style and pricing.

I work in the Hudson Valley, New York Metro, Connecticut and the Berkshires in Massachusetts.

My work has been featured on “On A Bicycle Built for Two”, “”, “So You’re EnGayged!” and in the newly published book, “Capturing Love: The Art of Lesbian and Gay Wedding Photography.”

I look forward to learning more about your wedding day!

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 8th

Written by scott on April 8th, 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!

COMMENTARY: The passage of HB 2 in North Carolina, essentially enshrining biological sex as an admission requirement to state restrooms, was awful in many, many ways. full story

HISTORY: Some of the earliest periodicals and newsletters, which shaped the perceptions of relevant issues for the LGBTQ community while providing news and information on meetings, demonstrations, events, entertainment and even LGBTQ-friendly businesses — have been digitized, preserved and made available in The Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, the largest digital archive on LGBTQ history and culture. full story


POP CULTURE: The Daily Show devoted its entire show to transgender rights, issues, and panic, covering the “bathroom bill” legislation going down around the country, interviewing trans rights advocates, and the discrimination and profiling that transgender people face on a daily basis. full story

Trans segment Daily Show

BARBADOS: Anti-LGBT activists have begun descending on Barbados for a regional gathering hosted by the World Congress of Families (WCF). full story

CANADA: Hype aside, Trudeau still has a lot to prove when it comes to LGBT issues. Although the legal and political situation in Canada for LGBT people is well advanced — most queer Americans would likely be envious — significant gaps for basic rights remain, especially for trans Canadians. full story

COLOMBIA: Colombia’s constitutional court just ruled 6-3 in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples in the South American country. full story

FRANCE: The nomination of Laurent Stefanini, President Francois Hollande’s head of protocol, to the job at the UN’s Paris-based educational, cultural and scientific body ends a year of diplomatic wrangling. full story

FRANCE: An employment tribunal in France has ruled that it’s acceptable to call a male hairdresser a “dirty faggot” – because lots of them are gay. full story

GERMANY: A German politician has claimed including LGBTI issues in state-wide education would create an educational system like in East Germany. full story

IRAQ/SYRIA: A new ISIS propaganda video has delivered a clear, chilling, terrifying warning to what happens to gay people in countries under their control. full story

UGANDA: United States lawyer Nate Freeman is in Uganda to continue the work that was started on that ride. The obstacles for social change in the LGBT community in Africa are great, but Freeman has encountered a number of organizations fostering change on a grass-roots level. full story

VATICAN: Pope Francis put his shoulder to the doors of the Catholic Church and shoved them open a little wider Friday, calling for the church to be more tolerant in practice, while not changing any official doctrines. full story

USA: The State Department has asked a federal court to dismiss an intersex person’s lawsuit over the denial of a passport because they do not identity as male or female. full story


USA: Kim Davis fan and former Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has warned the Republicans not to let up opposition to same-sex marriage. full story

USA: A new study shows that having direct conversations with LGBT people and their allies helps voters be less prejudiced against the LGBT community. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Ending weeks of silence, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on Thursday joined a newly formed Mayors Against Discrimination coalition that is barring official travel to states with anti-bias laws such as those enacted in North Carolina and Mississippi. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The number of US states to which San Francisco will pay for travel shrank again today, after Mayor Ed Lee banned all city-funded travel to the state of Mississippi after their governor OKed a law allowing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is banning state-funded travel to yet another state that has passed legislation he’s criticized as discriminatory. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is cancelling his trip to Mississippi because of the state’s new anti-gay law. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: 8 companies have signed onto a letter created by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) calling on Mississippi lawmakers to repeal the state’s new anti-LGBTIQA law – GE, Dow Chemical, PepsiCo, Hewlett Packard, Hyatt, Choice Hotels, Levi Strauss, and Whole Foods. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Ana Kasparian, a host on the popular online news show The Young Turks, eviscerated Mississippi bigots who recently passed the discriminatory anti-LGBT law, HB 1523. full story


USA, MISSISSIPPI: The decision by Mississippi’s governor to sign a law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to gay and transgender people may have headed off gathering opposition in the state’s business community, but it could launch the state into litigation. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Concurrent with their examination of North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law, at least three federal agencies are conducting a review of the recently enacted “religious freedom” law in Mississippi seen to enable sweeping anti-LGBT discrimination full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Lesbian news anchor Robin Roberts is the face of Mississippi’s official state tourism publication this year, joining Gov. Phil Bryant, who recently signed an anti-LGBT bill into law, in encouraging tourists to visit the Magnolia State. full story


USA: West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio has placed a travel ban on city-funded trips to Mississippi. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI/NORTH CAROLINA: Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has banned city officials from taking “non-essential publicly-funded” trips to North Carolina and Mississippi in protest of the states’ recent laws that condone discrimination against the LGBTIQA community. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: A 7-year-old boy is taking a strong stand against North Carolina’s lawmakers in support of his best friend who is transgender. full story


USA, NORTH CAROLINA: “I think the NBA should move the All-Star game from there next year. As a black person I’m against any form of discrimination, against whites, Hispanics, gays, lesbians, however you want to phrase it.” –Charles Barkley full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Gay Star Business contacted the biggest corporations with their headquarters located in North Carolina to ask them how they felt about the new anti LGBTIQA law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The ‘city of Charlotte’ plans to move to a new state after North Carolina passed anti-LGBT legislation… sort of. full story


USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The University of North Carolina is set to comply with a recently enacted law enabling anti-LGBT discrimination in the state, according a memo made public on Thursday. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The campaigns of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed the law, and challenger Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, who has refused to defend it in court, have been citing the conflict over the law as they seek donations. full story

USA, PUERTO RICO: A federal appeals court on Thursday stated unambiguously that Puerto Rico’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages is unconstitutional, throwing a federal judge off a case after the judge had ruled in March that the ban was still in effect. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: Gov. Nikki Haley said Thursday that a proposed law to limit the bathrooms that transgender people can use is not needed. full story