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Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 6th

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

INTERNATIONAL: LGBT Catholics from over 31 countries have launched a global network – the Rainbow Catholic Network – as the Pope speaks out against against same-sex marriage. full story

POP CULTURE: US Champion silver medalist Adam Rippon came out in a recent interview with Skating magazine. full story

POP CULTURE: Two gay dads do competing Darth Vader impressions in a cute new ad from Campbell Soup. full story

AUSTRALIA: The state Labor government of Victoria has announced plans to go ahead and recognize same-sex marriages performed overseas while LGBTI Australians continue to wait for the Australian Government to move on the reform. full story

HONDURAS: More than 300 people from across the Western Hemisphere gathered in the Honduran capital from Oct. 2-3 for a conference designed to bolster further LGBT political engagement in the region. full story

INDIA: A trans man who has lived in the US since the age of three but was trapped by his parents in Indian will finally be allowed to return home. full story


ITALY: The Voic of America looks at the current situation with Italy’s proposed civil unions bill. full story

KYRGYZSTAN: Kyrgyzstan is on the verge of passing a law that would be the first of its kind — a “propaganda” law that would result in people being thrown in jail for expressing the most basic sentiments about their own identities. full story

MALTA: Malta has shot up to a historic first place in the International Lesbian-Gay Association’s ‘Rainbow Europe’ league for LGBTIQ rights. full story

TUNISIA: Tunisia has been urged to free a 22-year-old man who was jailed for having gay sex. full story

UK: Campaigners are calling for a gender-neutral legal third gender, and will give evidence to Parliament. full story

UK: A UK Court has rejected a man’s legal challenge to current pension laws that “discriminate” against married same-sex couples. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Police are investigating after a trans woman’s home was bombed in Northern Ireland. full story

USA: The United Church of Christ is scheduled to sign an agreement with the Boy Scouts of America to affirm the right of UCC congregations to charter Boy Scout troops that are in line with its religious principle of inclusion without discrimination. full story

USA: The Atlantic chronicles the downfall of the ex-gay movement. full story

USA: Speaking at the HRC National Dinner over the weekend, Joe Biden took a not-so subtle swing at the Republican field of candidates, saying that homophobes still exist, and most of them are running for President. full story

USA: A Southern Baptist theologian sharply criticizes ‘reparative therapy’, but claims the only way to change the “sin” of same-sex attraction is to turn to your nearest BIble. full story

USA: Salon points out that Bernie Sanders took a while to support marriage equality, too. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: A gay man is upset he was turned away on a Disneyland ‘Gay Day’ for wearing short shorts – despite women getting through in similar outfits. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: Administrative Law Judge William J. Borah ruled that Hobby Lobby violated the Illinois Human Rights Act when it refused to let long-time employee Meggan Sommerville use the women’s room after she transitioned. full story

USA, INDIANA: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has reportedly had meetings about a proposed LGBT rights bill similar to the so-called “Utah compromise” – in other words, there would be protections in housing and employment but none in public accommodations. full story

USA, KANSAS: Two same-sex couples are asking a federal court to order Kansas to change their children’s birth certificates to include the children’s adopted parents, not only their biological parents. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A conference hosted by the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will focus on what it calls the “present crisis” of gay and transgender issues. full story

USA, MARYLAND: A Maryland law that allows transgender and intersex people to change the gender on their birth certificates took effect on Oct. 1, 2015. full story

USA, MISSOURI: Hundreds of students were ready when Westboro rolled into Kansas City to protest a transgender homecoming queen, and sent them packing within minutes. full story


USA, NEW JERSEY: A New Jersey Assembly candidate who dropped out of the race after a book of rants he wrote about gays, breast-feeding moms and others surfaced has also resigned from his council seat. full story

USA, NEVADA: Three conservative state lawmakers are criticizing a new anti-bullying law that broadly protects transgender students. full story

VATICAN: David Berger, an openly gay academic who formerly worked for the Vatican, said the number of gay men working in the Catholic Church was well above average – even more so in the papal state. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 5th

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

POP CULTURE: Rapper 50 Cent has blamed the ratings drop on TV show ‘Empire’ on too much “gay stuff”. full story

INDONESIA: Two women suspected of being lesbians, 18 and 19 years old, will be sent for ‘rehabilitation’ after Sharia police officers found them guilty of being too ‘intimate’ together. full story

IRAQ/SYRIA: Islamic State (ISIS) militants executed four more gay men in Iraq over the weekend. full story


NORWAY: 59-year-old Stein Erik Hagen, Norway’s second richest billionaire, has come out as bisexual. full story


USA: Hillary Clinton’s speech on Saturday was a welcomed laundry list of promises to LGBT voters who she’s wooing for her presidential campaign, but it might also have reassured them about any lingering doubt that she’s truly their ally. full story

USA: Yayo Grassi, the Pope’s gay former pupil who brought his partner to meet the pontiff in Washington D.C., is speaking out more about his experience, saying the religious leader treated him like an old friend. full story

USA: Ellen Page gave another heartfelt speech at a Human Rights Campaign national dinner, where she accepted the Vanguard Award for being an “inspiration to millions”. full story

USA: The Southern Poverty Law Center lists the Liberty Counsel as an anti-gay hate group for spreading false information. full story

USA: The Associated Press today published a story which rips the Liberty Counsel’s “imaginary” Peruvian soccer stadium story and points out that the SPLC has very good reasons for categorizing them as a hate group. full story

USA: Vice President Joe Biden praised the LGBT community and declared his support for trans people serving openly in the U.S. military. full story

USA, ALABAMA: The unique needs of transgender students were the focus of a recent conference at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Following the Kim Davis debacle, Whitley County Clerk Kay Schwartz has announced that she will only issue marriage licenses to heterosexual couples. full story

Kay Schwartz

VATICAN: The pro-LGBT group Faithful America has posted a petition to Pope Francis which calls for firing Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano for his role in embarrassing the Vatican in the Kim Davis debacle. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 4th

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

INTERNATIONAL: Freedom To Marry may have already held its “going out of business” party, but founder Evan Wolfson has been invited by the US State Department to campaign for marriage equality in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. full story

HONDURAS: U.S. Ambassador to Honduras James Nealon on Friday said anti-LGBT violence and discrimination are indicative of the “very serious challenges” the country continues to face. full story

USA: Vice President Joseph Biden, who delivered the keynote address at the HRC dinner, touted the significance of the court ruling on marriage, but also turned toward other issues relevant to the LGBT community. full story

Joe Biden HRC

USA: Hillary Clinton spoke to the Human Rights Campaign in D.C. yesterday and took shots at both Ben Carson and Ted Cruz for their gay marriage “ridiculousness.” full story

USA: Hillary Clinton played a bartender named Val on SNL, serving and comforting a distraught, pretend Hillary Clinton sitting at the bar. Along the way, the candidate did a killer Donald Trump impression and laughed at her own delayed support for gay marriage and opposition to Keystone XL pipeline. full story

Hillary and Hillary

USA: Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said the U.S. still has a long way to go in the fight for LGBT rights. full story

Tim Cook

USA: A Bernie Sanders spokesperson told the Washington Blade late Saturday the candidate never received an invite to speak at the 19th annual dinner or any other earlier dinner hosted by the organization. full story

USA, ALABAMA: Some judges in the southern American state of Alabama are reportedly using a long-forgotten amendment written in 1961 to prevent mixed-race marriages to get out of the marriage business altogether rather than risk issuing even one wedding license to gays or lesbians. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Singer Miley Cyrus mocked Davis in a musical homage on SNL. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Davis’s attorneys are claiming Vatican officials solicited the meeting. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: On Tuesday the county commissioners of Blount County, Tennessee will vote on a resolution which asks God to “pass us by” during “His Coming Wrath” when he punishes the rest of America over gay marriage. full story

VATICAN: The Synod of Bishops on the Family will convene Sunday at the Vatican, with bishops from around the world meeting to discuss a variety of issues related to the family, including divorce, remarriage, and birth control as well as LGBT issues. full story

VATICAN: The Pope opened a divisive meeting of the world’s bishops on family issues by forcefully asserting that marriage is between a man and woman. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 3rd

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

POP CULTURE: Chris Steed, a favourite on Channel 4’s Gogglebox (UK), has gotten engaged… but not to his co-star Stephen. full story


AUSTRALIA: Queensland’s Liberal-National Opposition is likely to vote against the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s plans to reinstate civil unions and state-sanctioned ceremonies. full story

GERMANY: Starting Nov. 1, Germany will become the world’s first country allowing parents to not choose a gender on their newborns’ birth certificates full story

INDONESIA: Two young women in Banda Aceh have been arrested for allegedly being a lesbian couple after the two were seen sitting and hugging in a public space. full story

IRAN: Eight transgender women are part of Iran’s women’s football squad, according to reports. full story

POLAND: President Andrzej Duda vetoed the Gender Accordance Act, which would have eased the lives of transgender people across Poland. full story

UK: A straight couple claim they are being ‘discriminated’ against because they cannot obtain a civil partnership in the UK. full story


UK, ISLE OF MAN: The chief minister of the Isle of Man has announced a public consultation on same-sex marriage, which will begin later this month. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Mat Staver, Davis’s lawyer and chairman of certified anti-LGBT hate group Liberty Counsel, issued a statement pushing back on the Vatican’s attempt to downplay the significance of Davis’s papal audience. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: One Vatican official said there was “a sense of regret” that the pope had ever seen Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who went to jail in September for refusing to honor a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and issue same-sex marriage licenses. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: According to a report published today by the New York Times, Vatican observers expect US Papal Nuncio Carlo Vigano to be removed at the “first respectable opportunity” for his “grave misstep” in secretly orchestrating the Pope’s meeting with Kim Davis. full story


USA, KENTUCKY: Kim Davis’s attorney, Mat Staver, now claims they never said that the Pope had supported her. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Joe.My.God points out that the magazine Inside The Vatican, which first reported in the Davis meeting with the Pope, is registered in – wait for it – New Hope, Kentucky. full story

USA, NEW JERSEY: Jersey City is expanding the health care it offers city workers to include coverage for transgender medical care and related procedures, including gender reassignment surgery, reports. full story

USA, NEW YORK: The New York City Council voted this week to make the Stonewall Inn a historic landmark. This finalizes the vote the Landmarks Preservation Commission took in June. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: In addition to meeting with Davis and others, Pope Francis also met privately with a gay couple, a meeting he arranged himself with a longtime friend. full story


USA, WASHINGTON DC: The Washington Post interviewed Yayo Grassi, Pope Francis’s gay friend. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has announced that it will tomorrow honor Apple CEO Tim Cook at its annual National Dinner in Washington, DC. full story

VATICAN: The Vatican has fired Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, a mid-level official in the Vatican’s doctrine office who came out as gay. full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 2nd

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

POP CULTURE: PBS’ “First Person” talks about bisexual erasure. full story

SCIENCE: Men are less likely to be bisexual than women and men are five times more likely to be gay than bisexual, research has revealed. full story

SCIENCE: People in managerial roles are far more likely to identify as gay, new data reveals. full story

INTERNATIONAL: GLAAD, the US organization for LGBTI representation in media, is going global, investing $1 million of its funding into international expansion. full story

DENMARK: Axel and Eigil Axgil became the first couple to legally register their relationship in 1989, when Denmark allowed same-sex couples to do so. full story


SPAIN: Made by Spain’s State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals, a new video shows a gay couple asking people on the street to translate a homophobic letter from a hostel owner. full story

UK: Two Church of England clergymen are running to sit on the Church’s main governing body – after they both separately defied rules by marrying their same-sex partners. full story

UK gay clergy

USA: U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality plaintiff Jim Obergefell headed to Capitol Hill to lead dozens of advocates in a day of lobbying for the Equality Act on behalf of the Human Rights Campaign. full story

USA: Bernie Sanders tweeted about transgender housing issues: “In many states, it is legal to deny someone housing for being transgender. That is wrong and must end.” full story

USA: Last night CNN host Don Lemon asked Donald Trump point-blank if he is a homophobe. Trump, in standard fashion, dodged the question, saying “I’m a very nice person” before launching into litany of all the people who love him full story

USA, KANSAS: Governor Sam Brownback is predicting that Obergefell v. Hodges, the case behind the Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling on same-sex marriage, will go the way of Roe v. Wade, and a decades-long culture war will ensue. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: This morning the Vatican formally distanced Pope Francis from Kim Davis in a statement which declares that his meeting with her “should not be considered a form of support.” full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Davis’s meeting with the Pope was apparently arranged by a conservative Vatican official. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The Sixth Circuit Court today agreed to a Liberty Counsel request to consolidate all their various appeals on behalf of Kim Davis. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A new Funny or Die video depicts the non-Catholic Davis beating out people who help the poor, visit prisoners, or devote their lives to the Catholic Church for the privilege of a clandestine meeting with, as the parody version of Davis calls him, this “guy in a funny hat.” full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Talk show host Conan O’Brien has torn into the Pope’s controversial secret meeting with Kim Davis. full story

USA, OHIO: University of Akron President Scott L. Scarborough apologized Wednesday for anti-gay comments he made as a student government president in 1985. full story

USA,TENNESSEE: Tennessee high school senior Lance Sanderson was berated on line by a Lakeland Commissioner named Clark Plunk for going public about not being allowed bring a boy to Christian Brothers High School’s homecoming dance. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 1st

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

POP CULTURE: Ellen Page sat down with Stephen Colbert last night to talk about her new film Freeheld, religious liberty, and LGBT rights. full story

POP CULTURE: Radio host Joe Votruba mcame out to a conservative audience on the air of New Jersey 101.5, the largest FM talk radio station in America. full story

Joe Votruba

POP CULTURE: Olympic diver Tom Daley has announced his engagement to his boyfriend Dustin Lance Black. full story

POP CULTURE: Raven-Symoné, talking to Rick Santorum on the view, got him to admit that same-sex couples can provide a “very positive and nurturing environment” for children. full story

POP CULKTURE: Logo announced the premiere of Beautiful As I Want To Be, a digital-exclusive video series spotlighting transgender youth full story

AUSTRALIA: A Sunshine Coast LGBTI advocate has accused two local LNP MPs of lying to him over their positions on civil unions which are looking to be restored in Queensland by the Palaszczuk Labor government. full story

BERMUDA: Authorities in Bermuda have banned a D.C. man from traveling to the island because of a speech in which he criticized homosexuality and marriage between interracial couples. full story

IRELAND: Ireland has passed another legislative hurdle in the journey to same-sex weddings, after its marriage bill was waved through committee stage.
full story

ISRAEL: The Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Shlomo Amar, has said he believes homosexuality will “disappear” because Jerusalem is “disgusted” by it. full story

PERU: After the Liberty Counsel was busted in that whopping lie about 100,000 Peruvians gathering in a soccer stadium to pray for Kim Davis, they tried to pin the ridiculous story on their (now probably former) pal, Peruvian congressman Julio Rosas, whom they claim told them about the event and gave them the photo. Slight problem: Rosas is flatly denying that the event took place. full story

RUSSIA: The lawmaker who called on Russia to pass a law that banned ‘gay propaganda’ is now taking on the rest of the world – Vitaly Milonov has said he is establishing an international organization in order to ‘save the international community from gays’. full story

Vitaly Milonov

THAILAND: A new bra ad explores gender fluidity. full story

UK: The Office of National Statistics (ONS) have revealed their findings today (1 October), saying only 1.1% of British people identified as gay and 0.5% said they were bisexual. full story

USA: Hillary Clinton fumed when the State Department replaced ‘mother and father’ with the gender-neutral ‘parent one and two’ on passport applications without her knowledge, an email released on Wednesday (30 September) reveals. full story

USA: A pro-transgender campaign launched today is the fruit of a seed planted by the Obama administration, when it invited LGBT technology experts and activists to the White House last month to help work on some of the major issues facing the country, including employment, criminal justice, and citizenship. The volunteer-led group Wednesday announced the hashtag #transneeds — an effort to get input from the widely diverse transgender population on how the federal government and society as a whole could better protect and serve trans people. full story

USA: Two years after the antigay movement Exodus International closed its doors, its former president Alan Chambers is finally speaking out about his time leading the world’s largest “ex-gay” group. full story

USA: The U.S. Supreme Court is unlikely to deliver major LGBT rulings in its upcoming term. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: The lesbian parents of a 5-year-old girl were recently notified that their daughter would no longer be able to attend the school, where she’d also gone to preschool and summer camp. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Governor Steve Beshear urged a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought against him by Rowan County clerk Kim Davis because her legal arguments “demonstrate the absurdity” of her position. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Zack Ford recaps what we know about Kim Davis’s meeting with the pope. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: LGBT Catholic group New Ways Ministry Executive Director Francis DeBernardo released a statement saying that the meeting between Davis and the pontiff “raises a red flag about where he stands on LGBT issues.” full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The man whose lawsuit sparked the legal recognition of same-sex marriage in the U.S. wrote an open letter Wednesday condemning Kim Davis. full story

USA, NEVADA: Last week, the school board in Elko County, Nevada unanimously denied a request to allow Michelle Gonzalez’ trans son to use the boys’ restroom. full story

USA, OREGON: The owners of the Oregon bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple are now refusing to pay damages – despite raising $500,000 online. full story

USA, TEXAS: Lambda Legal client Deborah Leliaert today confirmed that she has been able to enroll her wife, Paula Woolworth, in the spousal health insurance plan administered by the Employee Retirement System of Texas (ERS) for state employees. full story

USA, TEXAS: Nearly half of Texans support gay marriage — up from 29 percent in 2009 — according to a Texas Lyceum poll released Wednesday. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: What it’s like to be a trans man on Capitol Hill. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – September 30th

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

INTERNATIONAL: Fourteen global companies have come together to create a business-led coalition to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusion around the world – Open For Business. full story

INTERNATIONAL: United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has insisted the UN is still committed to equality despite stripping LGBT rights out of its global goals. full story

INTERNATIONAL: Twelve UN agencies have issued an unprecedented joint call for countries to end violence and discrimination against LGBTI people. full story

POP CULTURE: Matt Baume explains the dangerous double standard behind Matt Damon’s comments on gay actors in Hollywood. full story

POP CULTURE: Katy Perry looked horrified as she was passionately kissed and fondled on stage by a female fan. full story

TECH: Microsoft is making changes to Windows 10’s family settings – after PinkNews reported it could ‘out’ children to their parents. full story

CANADA: A parent of a trans kid blamed a sex shop that a sold chest binder to their teen for ‘making’ him trans. full story

CHINA: A marriage proposal on the Beijing underground has been the talk of Chinese social media – because it took place between two men. full story

China proposal

FRANCE: Sabrina Hout, the deputy Mayor in the southern French city of Marseille, has been sentenced to a five-month suspended prison sentence for refusing to marry a same-sex couple supposedly on the basis of her “religious convictions.” full story

HONDURAS: Hundreds of LGBT rights advocates from across Latin America and the Caribbean are expected to gather in Honduras this week for a conference designed to spur further participation in the political processes of their respective countries. full story

ITALY: Pope Francis raised eyebrows in Italy on Tuesday by slapping down the left-leaning mayor of Rome, who supports marriage equality, as someone who “pretends to be Catholic”. full story

JAMAICA: As British Prime Minister David Cameron visits Jamaica, he has been urged to speak out against a surge in homophobic violence and the nation’s colonial-era anti-gay laws. full story

PERU: After spending Monday defending the photo of what they said was a massive Kim Davis rally in Peru, Liberty Counsel has admitted that the rally was not for Davis. full story

USA: Hillary Clinton has appointed a staffer to serve as her LGBT liasion for her Presidential bid. full story

USA: A liberal watchdog group is accusing Carly Fiorina of falsely asserting that she never called the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage the “law of the land.” full story

USA: A new survey of nearly 800 companies has revealed that some major tech companies are offering transgender people free gender-reassignment surgery and a benefit. Around 415 out of these 780 companies are among those who are being praised for this benefit. full story

USA: Ben Carson says the Roman Empire fell because of gay marriage. full story

USA, ALASKA: Anchorage, Alaska has passed an historic ordinance (it’s the first of its kind in the state) by a vote of 9-2, protecting its citizens on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity full story

USA, ALASKA: Bethel city employees could soon be protected from sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination under changes to the city’s municipal code. full story

USA. ARIZONA: The state will pay $200,000 to lawyers who won gay marriage case. full story

USA, INDIANA: GOP Indiana House Majority Leader Jud McMillin abruptly resigned yesterday after a sex video was sent from his phone to unknown persons. McMillin, one of his state’s most ardent opponents of same-sex marriage, claims that his phone was “stolen in Canada.” full story

USA, NEBRASKA: The attorney general’s office is objecting to a new effort by a civil liberties group to have both same-sex spouses listed as parents on their children’s birth certificates. full story

USA, NEW YORK: The St. Patrick’s Day committee has agreed to allow an Irish LGBT group to march in New York City’s 2016 parade while carrying a banner after a vote to grant Lavender and Green Alliance, an LGBT Irish group from Queens, NY, a permit. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Anti-gay legislators in the North Carolina General Assembly are seeking to eradicate local ordinances throughout the state that provide non-discrimination protections to LGBT people. full story

USA, TEXAS: Since 2012, more than three-quarters of school districts in the state have taken steps to protect students against harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: The unofficial website Inside The Vatican says Pope Francis secretly met with Kim Davis and her husband Joe Davis at the Vatican Embassy in Washington DC last Thursday. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: The Vatican is refusing to confirm or deny that Pope Francis met privately with Kim Davis. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – September 29th

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

GENERAL: Fashion makes a huge difference in the lives of trans teens, they reveal in an insightful clip in which several teens are interviewed about their transitions and what they choose to wear. full story


GENERAL: GLAAD has released a new video on LGBT bullying and this year’s Spirit Day pledge. full story

INTERNATIONAL: The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission on Sept. 28, 2015, will formally announce it will change its name to OutRight Action International. full story


POP CULTURE: Matt Damon has a message for closeted actors — stay put if you want the career you’ve always dreamed of. full story

POP CULTURE: Matt Damon then appeared on Ellen to clarify his remarks. full story

POP CULTURE: The Great British Bake Off’s Tamal Ray, the collective crush of half the British public, has revealed he is gay and looking for a boyfriend.
full story

BRAZIL: A special committee called by Brazilian Chamber of Deputies President Eduardo Cunha has approved a statute that defines a family as a being headed by a man and a woman. The statute is seen as the first move in an attempt to roll back same-sex marriage rights. full story

IRELAND: Gay Irish vlogger Riyadh K has posted a new YouTube video in which he calls his childhood bully to “find out why he did what he did.” full story

KENYA: A new report by Human Rights Watch and a local rights watchdog says mobs in Kenya’s coastal region have repeatedly attacked people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, although the police have not arrested anyone for carrying out or inciting the attacks. full story

LITHUANIA: Music producer Ten Walls has issued another apology, after he compared gay people to pedophiles. full story

PERU: Mat Staver, chairman of the Liberty Counsel, says that 100,000 people had attended a prayer rally to support Davis in Peru. The photo is from a 2014 rally that had nothing to do with Davis. full story

Peru Rally

PERU: After furiously going after the integrity of Think Progress journalist Zack Ford, calling him an “atheist homosexual activist”, Matt Barber at BarbWire was finally forced to apologize and retract its story about the rally after Ford located the source of the 2014 photo on Facebook. full story

RUSSIA: Russia shuts down LGBTI youth group, then that same LGBTI youth group returns with more members than ever. full story

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia is protesting references to homosexuality in the UN’s Global Goals. full story

TUNISIA: Tunisian Justice Minister Mohamed Salah Ben Aissa has backed the repeal of the country’s anti-sodomy law. full story

UK: The nominations for the Independent’s 2015 Rainbow List have opened – and for the first time, it will also honor intersex individuals. full story

ZIMBABWE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe spoke out against gays and LGBT rights at the UN: “We equally reject attempts to prescribe “new rights” that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions, and beliefs. We are not gays” full story

USA: Following the introduction of comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination legislation in Congress, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said she “would expect” the upcoming 2016 Democratic Party platform to include support for the Equality Act. full story

USA: Hillary Clinton appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday and explained how she changed her position on same-sex marriage. full story

just unknowingly catered its first same-sex ceremony. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Arizona Senator John McCain, a Republican, said over the weekend that he agrees with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis. full story

USA: A new video mocks Davis with Gilbert and Sullivan. And it’s fricking AMAZING. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Lance Sanderson, the gay high school student from Christian Brothers High School in Memphis Tennessee, has been suspended for a week because he had attempted to bring a male date to his school’s homecoming. full story

Lance Sanderson

USA, TENNESSEE: Vanessa Gilliam says she was humiliated when she was allegedly excluded from using the women’s restroom, even though she identifies as a female, and is now suing the company. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – September 28th

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

GENERAL: A gay dad invited Pope Francis to dinner: Meet us before you judge us. full story

POP CULTURE: The producers of hit cartoon family comedy The Simpsons have announced that long suffering Mr Burns assistant Mr Smithers will finally come out as gay in Season 27 of The Simpsons. full story

Mr. Smithers

POP CULTURE: Azealia Banks has said the LGBTI community ‘are like the gay white KKK.’ full story

POP CULTURE: Stonewall raked in a measly $112,414, as Indiewire reported. The disastrous performance of the film by disaster-movie maven Roland Emrerich made it easily the lowest earning of any new release by several thousand dollars, according to the website. full story

AUSTRALIA: An anti-marriage equality booklet published by the Catholic church could cause “immeasurable harm” and should be investigated by Tasmania’s anti-discrimination commissioner, a marriage equality advocate says. full story

CANADA, ONTARIO: A public rail network in Toronto has removed all adverts for cruising website Squirt from their trains. full story

RUSSIA: President Vladimir Putin has condemned US state anti-gay laws while saying Russia ensures equal rights LGBTI people. full story

USA: Hillary Clinton: “On same-sex marriage, like a lot of people, including our president, I did evolve. And I was not raised to even imagine this. And I’m thrilled now that it is the law of the land. And I have a lot of good friends who are now able to be married because of the changes we’ve made legally and constitutionally.” full story

USA: President Barack Obama on Sunday mocked the GOP for being behind the times, chiding the party and its presidential candidates for continuing to hold out against marriage equality, even though a majority of the country now supports it. full story

USA: Pope Francis speaks out against same sex marriage, but warns Bishops not to focus on it. full story

USA: The number of Americans who report knowing or working with someone who is transgender has doubled in the past seven years – rising from 8% in 2008 to 16% today. full story

USA: The Texas-based Liberty Institute says they have seen a 400 percent increase in calls requesting legal help since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Pope Francis appeared to weigh in on the side of anti-gay-marriage clerk Kim Davis, saying government workers have a “human right” to refuse to carry out a duty if they have a “conscientious objection.” full story

USA: Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter said he didn’t get the chance to make good on his promise to personally ask Pope Francis to “end judgment” of LGBT people iduring the pope’s visit to his city. But he told reporters he was sure the pope heard his speech Saturday at Independence Hall, where the mayor raised the issue shortly before the pontiff spoke. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – September 27th

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

POP CULTURE: Canadians can now download a new LGBT-themed mobile game from Atari as part of a limited-time test launch. full story

Atari Pride Game

POP CULTURE: The first openly gay NFL player, Michael Sam, has admitted his career might have gone better if he had stayed in the closet. full story

USA, POP CULTURE: Stephen Colbert has ripped into a Republican lawmaker who claimed you can now marry a lawnmower, because same-sex marriage is legal. full story

POP CULTURE: Bill Maher ended Friday night’s episode of Real Time with a New Rules segment that slammed Republican role models gone wrong. full story

POP CULTURE: Coronation newbie Faye Brooks has discussed her upcoming same-sex storyline. full story

Faye Brooks

POP CULTURE: Rebecca Root says she wants to be the first transgender Dr. Who. full story

Rebecca Root

JAMAICA: This Sunday, a coalition called Jamaica CAUSE (“Churches Action Uniting Society for Emancipation”) will host an anti-same-sex-marriage rally in Kingston. full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has released an issue brief to help employees and employers build more inclusive workplace environments for bisexual people. full story

USA, KENTYCKY: Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Friday once again defended Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis. full story

USA, NEW YORK: An openly gay man and supporter of same-sex marriage delivered the first Bible reading at Pope Francis’ New York City mass on Friday in a surprise move for the Catholic Church. full story

Mo Rocca