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Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 18th

Tuesday, August 18th, 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: The newest advertisement from H&M-owned & Other Stories proves trans people are beautiful, too. full story

& Other Stories trans ad

AUSTRALIA: Just two Australian government frontbenchers dared to show their face as a same-sex marriage bill was introduced today. full story

AUSTRALIA: John Challis, 87 and his partner Arthur Cheeseman, 83 – who live in Sydney, Australia – have been in a relationship for nearly fifty years but now say they want the right to marry before either of them passes away. full story

Elderly Gay Couple

AUSTRALIA: The TV show Q&A hosted an hour-long debate on marriage equality full story

AUSTRALIA: Late last week, a group of 30 Indigenous Australians, backed by evangelical Christian groups, presented an “Uluru bark petition” opposing marriage equality to the federal government via Senator Eric Abetz. full story

Aboriginal petition

AUSTRALIA/UNITED KINGDOM: A recent study focusing on the ‘life satisfaction’ of sexual minorities discovered that bisexual people have a lower life satisfaction than most. full story

CAYMAN ISLANDS: The Cayman Islands has passed a motion reaffirming its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage following a European Court verdict which could lead to gay civil unions across the British Caribbean full story

ISRAEL: An Israeli MP has refused to apologise – after referring to a Pride event as an “abomination parade”. full story

JAPAN: Last week, HRC staff met with Hideyuki Nishimura, a Japanese LGBT advocate from the organization Equal Marriage Alliance (EMA) Japan. full story

UNITED KINGDOM: A boy who was raped at a youth training centre was later given electric shock treatment in an effort to “cure” his homosexuality. full story

USA: The White House has been urged by a new petition to launch a formal investigation into the shockingly high number of trans people murdered every year. full story

USA, FLORIDA: Attorneys on behalf of the Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics filed a motion for clarification Aug. 13, essentially asking whether the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same sex marriage applies to vital statistics records and whether the existing gender-specific language somehow exempts the state from birth certificates. full story

USA, FLORIDA: The commissioners of Florida’s Osceola County, population 275,000. have unanimously approved an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance with exemptions for religious belief. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A federal judge on Monday gave a Kentucky county clerk room to continue denying marriage licenses to gays and lesbians while she takes her religious objections case to a higher court. full story

USA, TEXAS: Houston, the last major US city to pass LGBT protections, is now likely to be the site of the most expensive battle in history over a local nondiscrimination ordinance. full story

USA, TEXAS: Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton have settled their federal lawsuit against Hood County Clerk Katie Lang for what they’ve spent in attorneys’ fees. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 17th

Monday, August 17th, 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: The first trailer for the BBC’s first transgender-focussed sitcom, Boy Meets Girl, has been released. full story

AUSTRALIA: Hundreds gathered on Bondi Beach on Sunday to show their support for marriage equality while the federal government debates taking the reform to a public vote. full story

Bondi Beach

USA: 69% of people are now in support of same-sex marriage – which appears to be so high that any mooted plebiscite would be effectively redundant. Just 25 percent of Australians now oppose same-sex marriage. full story

AUSTRALIA: On Thursday morning 106 clergy presented a letter of support for marriage equality after a prayer breakfast at Parliament House. full story

AUSTRALIA: Malcolm Turnbull and Christopher Pyne have rallied behind backbencher Warren Entsch as he introduced to parliament a cross-party bill to allow same-sex marriage. full story

AUSTRALIA: An opera singer was branded a “faggot” for wearing a rainbow tie to sing the Australian national anthem. full story

Kanen Breen

ITALY: Sir Elton John has spoken out against the mayor of Venice – after he banned ‘gay’ children’s books from primary schools. full story

UNITED KINGDOM: Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has urged Britain to take a leading role in Europe to help tackle prejudice and discrimination. full story

UNITED KINGDOM: A new video features London women talking about anti-bisexual hate. full story

USA: Donald Trump says employers shouldn’t be able to say ‘You’re fired!’ just because a worker is gay, but it’s unclear if he’s done much homework on the subject. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Focus on the Family is planning an anti-gay rally Saturday at the state Capitol to support renegade clerk Kim Davis. full story

USA, PUERTO RICO: Over 60 couples from around the region gathered in Puerto Rico’s capital Sunday to exchange vows at a same-sex marriage ceremony while a crowd of supporters snapped photos and cheered. full story

USA, PUERTO RICO: The ceremony was criticized by the Roman Catholic bishop of Arecibo. Monsignor Daniel Fernandez Torres says same-sex marriages are “contrary to natural law.” full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: While most Christian churches across the United States are strongly opposed to homosexuality and same-sex marriage, the First Baptist Church of Greenville in South Carolina has taken a totally different route: It has decided to allow not just gay unions, but also the ordination of gay and transgender ministers. full story

USA, TEXAS: An anti-gay Catholic group held a roadside rally against marriage equality. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 16th

Sunday, August 16th, 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: Aydian Dowling, the trans bodybuilder and model who earlier this year rocketed to the top of the leaderboard for Men’s Health‘s “Ultimate Guy Search,” is now a top 5 cover finalist for the magazine’s November issue. full story


POP CULTURE: Fashion maestros Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who once called in vitro fertilization babies “chemical offspring” from a “rented uterus,” have both finally apologized for their anti-gay adoption and IVF statements they gave earlier this year. full story

POP CULTURE: Rugby star Keegan Hirst has made history as the first Rugby League player to come out as gay. full story

Keegan Hirst

POP CULTURE: Baseball player David Denson has come out as gay – becoming the first out active player in the sport. full story

AUSTRALIA: Attorney General George Brandis wants the marriage equality debate to be resolved as soon as possible through a simple plebiscite question requiring people to give a “yes” or “no” answer. full story

AUSTRALIA: Opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten attended the Melbourne marriage equality rally and did not mince his words – accusing the PM of “betraying the trust of Australians” and telling him to “get a life”. full story

AUSTRALIA: Tony Abbott won’t say whether he supports a plebiscite or a referendum on same-sex marriage but he believes a national vote should be kept separate from next year’s federal election. full story

SWITZERLAND: In a three-page letter sent to 800 of his colleagues, including priests and employees, on Wednesday night, Bishop Huonder apologized “to everyone who felt injured by my speech, in particular those of homosexual persuasion”, in which he saud that Catholic Doctrine supported the execution of gays. full story

UKRAINE: A group of masked men Saturday tossed several smoke bombs into a meeting hall in Odessa, Ukraine, where LGBT activists were about to hold a forum on the state of the movement. full story

UNITED KINGDOM: Among the population as a whole, 72% of adults say they are 0 on the Kinsey scale (exclusively heterosexual) – with just 23% differing. However, among 18-24 year olds, only 46% call themselves exclusively straight. full story

UK Poll

USA, FLORIDA: After losing its yearslong defense of Florida’s same-sex marriage ban, the state is arguing it shouldn’t have to pay the full cost of its crusade. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin said Friday that elected officials have freedom of religion protections even when doing their jobs and that Gov. Steve Beshear should issue an executive order “to clarify that” and relieve county clerks of the responsibility of issuing marriage licenses. full story

USA: Six same sex couples participated in a “mass wedding” in Akron, sending the collective message that loves wins. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 15th

Saturday, August 15th, 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: Liberal news outlet Huffington Post has defended its Arabic edition – claiming that openly homophobic columns “represent” people’s views. full story

POP CULTURE: Michael Sam, the first out gay player to be drafted into the NFL, announced Friday he is leaving football. full story

POP CULTURE: What would you do if you saw a pregnant woman harassed for giving her baby to a same-sex couple? ABC’s What Would You Do? set up an elaborate scenario to find out. full story

POP CULTURE: Matt Baume looks at the history of LGBT characters in sitcoms. full story

POP CULTURE: Zeroing in on the perceived whitewashing and ciswashing of the historic gay rights event, a new parody trailer of “Stpnewall” pulls no punches and aims to group the film with director Roland Emmerich’s other “cinematic disasters” such as Independence Day and 2012. full story

POP CULTURE: Passport looks at the “gay” language, Polari. full story

AUSTRALIA: Thousands are rallying in Melbourne’s CBD in support of marriage equality, following the Coalition Government’s decision not to allow a free vote on the issue in Parliament. full story

CHINA: Gays and lesbians often choose to enter into “cooperative marriages” rather than coming out to parents. full story

IRAQ/SYRIA: A number of children helped pelt two men with stones, as the terrorist group known as Islamic State executed them for homosexuality. full story

USA: The woman who sent the breakthrough tweet to Target about their gender specific restraints has endured a string of hateful messages from conservative customers. full story

USA, ARKANSAS: The plaintiffs in a federal challenge to Arkansas’ ban on gay marriage are asking a judge to lift a stay on the court’s 2014 ruling striking down the ban. full story

USA, COLORADO: Taiwanese animators have taken on the Colorado baker case, with hilarious results. full story

Taiwanese animation colorado baker

USA, HAWAII: A father of two has filed a lawsuit claiming East Hawaii public schools have failed to protect his kids from bullying because of their dad’s sexual orientation. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The Lexington Herald Leader has published a blistering editorial which attacks the finances and motives of the Liberty Counsel in their defense of renegade county clerk Kim Davis. full story

USA, MARYLAND: Attorney General Brian Frosh today issued a opinion which declares that just like for straight couples, adultery constitutes legal grounds for divorce for same-sex couples. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Lesbian candidate attacked by vicious anti-gay robocall. full story

USA, NEW YORK: Calvin Klein’s recent ad campaign featuring a same-sex couple has been put up at one of New York’s busiest intersections. full story

Calvin Klein Ad

USA, TENNESSEE: Tennessee‘s Union University has renounced its membership in the 100+ member Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) because the organization hasn’t expelled two Christian colleges, both of which announced that they’ll accept married same-sex couples as members. full story

USA, TEXAS: AG Ken Paxton has until Aug. 24 to issue new guidelines for issuing birth and death certificates to same-sex couples, or he may face contempt charges again. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 14th

Friday, August 14th, 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: BuzzFeed has taken to the street (or, rather, what appears to be the BuzzFeed office) to poll a cross-section of folks on their opinions of the “Stonewall”trailer. full story

POP CULTURE: Sir Patrick Stewart couldn’t be more thrilled to live in a world that’s becoming a little more equal. full story

POP CULTURE: Madonna has declared that she will no longer tour in Russia due its anti-gay laws. full story

TECH: The tech world has just helped the world be a little safer for the LGBT community, with the launch of Queer Review in late July. full story

IRAQ/SYRIA: The United Nations Security Council will hold its first ever meeting on gay rights to discuss the terrorist group Islamic State’s persecution of sexual minorities. full story

SOUTH AFRICA: Soweto Pride creates a space for black lesbian women to celebrate their sexuality. full story

UK, ENGLAND: A preacher from the Church of England has been forced to choose between getting married and staying with ministry. full story

USA: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has strongly suggested that as president he would ‘deliver’ on a law that protects opponents of marriage equality. full story

USA, ALASKA: Anchorage Assembly member Bill Evans has introduced a local ordinance to expand protections under they city’s equal rights laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity, with broad exceptions. full story

USA, COLORADO: A suburban Denver baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple cannot cite his religious beliefs in refusing them service because it would lead to discrimination, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. full story

USA, FLORIDA: Three lesbian couples are fighting to have both parents’ names put on their children’s birth certificates. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: County clerk Kim Davis has turned away a same-sex couple for a marriage licence, despite being told specifically by a federal judge that she could not refuse to marry couples. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: An attorney for Kim Davis is asking for a stay of the order to issue licenses to same sex couples, saying it’s the same as ordering a nurse who has religious objections to perform an abortion or telling someone opposed to war to fire on an enemy soldier. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Lawyers for the plaintiffs may as a judge to hold Kim Davis in contempt for refusing to follow the judge’s order. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: has the video. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A Kentucky school district denies intentionally leaving a gay basketball player’s picture w out of a school yearbook. full story

Dalton Maldonado

USA, MICHIGAN: The Detroit federal judge who overturned Michigan’s gay marriage ban will officiate the marriage ceremony of April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse later this month. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: At a meeting scheduled before the latest murder of a transgender woman, Detroit police pledged their commitment to the safety of LGBT people, and activists said #TransLivesMatter. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: Over 400 Catholics met in Detroit this week to attend a conference billed as “Welcoming Our Brothers and Sisters with Same-Sex-Attraction,” which turned into a diatribe against the LGBT community. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, a Republican, has come out in support of a state law banning adoption by gay and lesbian couples. full story

USA, NEW JERSEY: Gov. Chris Christie laughed over vetoing a transgender birth certificate bill. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: New laws to protect victims of domestic violence are under fire in the state, as they don’t protect unmarried same-sex couples. full story

USA, TEXAS: A vote to include protections for Keller ISD students and employees based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression has been postponed for further consideration full story

USA, TEXAS: Anti gay groups held a meeting called “The Texas Response”, planning their next steps after the US Supreme Court legalized marriage equality nationwide. full story

The Texas Response

USA, WASHINGTON: Gender Odyssey, an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender-nonconforming (GNC) people, will be held in Seattle, WA Aug. 19 – 23 full story

VATICAN: Half a million Catholics have signed a petition asking Pope Francis to call same-sex marriage “unnatural.” full story

VIETNAM: US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has performed a ceremonial same-sex wedding in Vietnam – for a gay Ambassador. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 12th

Wednesday, August 12th, 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: A new children’s book is being produced, which explores issues faced by transgender people, and friendships. full story


AUSTRALIA: Australian Marriage Equality is now preparing to campaign around the possibility of a public vote after the Coalition voted down a conscience vote in a six-hour party room meeting last night. full story

AUSTRALIA: The Liberal Party’s first openly gay federal parliamentarian has vowed to cross the floor in support of same-sex marriage if a bill comes to the Senate for a vote. full story

AUSTRALIA: An Australian MP has delivered a defiant speech in favour of same-sex marriage, after the governing coalition moved to block same-sex marriage.
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AUSTRALIA: Prime Minister Tony Abbott today threatened to fire party leaders who “break ranks” and vote for same-sex marriage. full story

AUSTRALIA: An Australian federal Senator, Eric Abetz, has cited unmarried gay fashion moguls Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana—who had a romantic relationship as well as a business one—as examples of his belief that not all gay men want to marry. full story

ITALY: Facebook has banned several supporters of out singer Mika’s campaign against homophobia. full story

MEXICO: Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that banning same-sex couples from adopting children violates the nation’s constitution, with only one justice dissenting from the majority opinion. full story

SWITZERLAND: A Swiss Catholic Bishop was charged with “inciting people to crimes,” after he delivered a hate filled sermon of Leviticus at a German debate on marriage and family on July 31. full story

USA: the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed state bans on gay nuptials in its jurisdiction are unconstitutional, striking down bans in South Dakota, Arkansas and Nebraska. full story

USA, ALABAMA: U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala, said he disagreed with the June decision that legalized gay marriage, disputing that the 14th amendment allows for such unions. full story

USA, FLORIDA: Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, filed a “Pastor Protection Act” modeled after the Texas law. full story

USA, GEORGIA: The Catholic school in Macon, Georgia which fired its gay band director for announcing his plan to marry has settled his sexual orientation discrimination suit for an undisclosed amount. full story

USA, GUAM: Lawmakers passed a bill to create equality in civil marriage and the Guam Employment Nondiscrimination Act of 2015. full story

USA, NEW JERSEY: In March 2015 the Supreme Court smacked down the Liberty Counsel’s appeal of New Jersey’s “ex-gay” torture ban. Today they are trying again, this time with a different client and different angle. full story

USA, PUERTO RICO: The governor of Puerto Rico on Aug. 10, 2015, issued two executive orders that ban anti-transgender discrimination in the island’s emergency rooms and allows trans people to change the gender on their driver’s license. full story

USA, TEXAS: Businesses are snapping up signs with an LGBT-friendly slogan, made available by a local gay group. full story

GLBT Chamber

USA, TEXAS: The Keller Independent School District school board will vote Thursday on whether to amend the district’s nondiscrimination policy to protect students and employees from bullying, discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: Photographer iO Tillett Wright plans to use photos of 10,000 people to tell a national LGBT story. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 11th

Tuesday, August 11th, 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: “Stonewall” writer Jon Robin Baitz tries to calm down angry LGBT folks who haven’t yet seen the film. full story

POP CULTURE: Former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Denise van Outen has spoken out in favour of same-sex dance couples on the show. full story

ARGENTINA: Argentina has gained a reputation as a Mecca for gay tourism in Latin America. full story

AUSTRALIA: Thousands of flowers have been placed in front of Parliament House from Australians who want to thank Tony Abbott for standing by traditional marriage. But the prime minister was unable to personally accept their thanks. full story

AUSTRALIA: Marriage equality advocates have welcomed a new poll by an anti marriage equality group showing almost 60% of Australians believe marriage equality is a medium to high priority. full story

AUSTRALIA: Prime Minister Tony Abbott called a special joint Liberal-National parties meeting on Tuesday afternoon so government MPs could discuss whether they should have a free vote on the reform. full story

AUSTRALIA: after a five hour-long meeting, two-thirds of the coalition party room voted against a free vote on same-sex marriage. full story

FRANCE: How the win for marriage equality halted the momentum behind the LGBTQ rights movement. full story

INDIA: Sridhar Rangayan’s documentary ‘Breaking Free’ is an eye-opener about violations faced by the Indian LGBT community. full story

Sridhar Rangayan

ISRAEL: A lawmaker has proposed the “Shira Banki bills” (named for a 16 year old girl who died after being stabbed at Jerusalem pride) that include establishing civil unions, requiring education for equality and tolerance, prohibiting conversion therapy – to convince gay people to be or act straight – regulating surrogacy and supervising hate criminals after they’re released from prison. full story

ITALY: When a poster for out singer Mika’s concert was defaced with the word “faggot”, the singer took the opportunity to make a stand.
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Mika poster vandalized

PORTUGAL: A gay couple holding hands in Lisbon got a much different public reaction than one in Jerusalem and one in Kiev. full story

UK, SCOTLAND: A gay couple have had the first same-sex wedding blessed at a Dundee cathedral. full story

USA: According to New Ways Ministries, more than 50 LGBT people have reported losing their jobs at Catholic institutions since 2010. full story

USA: Target announced Friday it will begin to do away with gender-based labeling in several of its departments – including toys, bedding, and entertainment. full story

USA: The agency is investigating Brett Jones’s allegations of antigay harassment by colleagues in Afghanistan. full story

USA, KANSAS: A federal judge has voided the Kansas ban on same-sex marriages as unconstitutional in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the issue. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: The state was given an extension Monday to file its response to a nearly $2 million legal tab filed by lawyers for the Hazel Park lesbian couple whose lawsuit helped legalize same-sex marriage across the country. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: Detroit’s Roman Catholic archbishop, Allen Vigneron, has backed away from a statement he made two years ago that Catholics who support marriage equality should refrain from receiving communion. full story

USA, NEW JERSEY: Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a transgender birth certificate bill. full story

USA, OHIO: State judges who perform civil marriages may not refuse to conduct a ceremony for a gay couple, nor may they refuse to do all marriages based on personal beliefs opposing gay marriage, the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board for Professional Conduct said. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: A judge ruled that Attorney General Alan Wilson must pay over $135,000 in legal fees related to the state’s defense of its ban on gay marriage. full story

USA, TEXAS: Timber Creek High School’s denial of 16-year-old Casey Akers’ “promposal” — a tradition for straight students — prompted her to lobby the Keller Independent School District to enact LGBT protections. full story

USA, TEXAS: To avoid facing a contempt of court hearing and possible jail time for ignoring a court ruling that declared the Texas marriage amendment unconstitutional, Attorney General Ken Paxton will issue new guidelines to state employees. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: The D.C. Court of Appeals on Aug. 6 issued a ruling establishing that the city’s Bias-Related Crime Act of 1990 applies to any criminal act, including hate-related threats, even though the statute doesn’t explicitly mention threats in its definition of a hate crime. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 10th

Monday, August 10th, 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: Lady Gaga will be bisexual in the upcoming season of American Horror Story full story

POP CULTURE: Internet news outlet Huffington Post has branched out into Arabic – and the new offshoot has come under fire for its surprisingly anti-gay stance. full story

AUSTRALIA: Canberra Airport has switched on a rainbow lights display at its newest terminal for equal marriage.
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Canberra Airport

AUSTRALIA: TV network Foxtel is facing a backlash from some subscribers after it decided to screen advertisements opposing same-sex marriage. full story

AUSTRALIA: The band The Veronicas have written an open letter to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott – calling for him to allow same-sex marriage to finally pass. full story

The Veronicas

BRAZIL/PERU: The Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil (IPIB) and the Evangelical Presbyterian and Reformed Church of Peru voted last month to sever their affiliation with PCUSA — a report that was confirmed by officials of the dwindling American denomination. full story

ISRAEL: Days after an antigay extremist stabbed six people at Jerusalem Pride, including a teenager who later died of her injuries (an attack praised by some via anonymous posters), Israeli news service YNet sent out two brave men to test how homophobic the city really is. Turns out it’s very anti-gay. full story

Jerusalem gays holding hands

UK: Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham has called for a review of the ban on sexually active gay and bisexual men donating blood.
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USA: The gay rights movement has all the markings of a pivotal point for the Presbyterian Church, prompting celebrations in some congregations and vows for departure in others. full story

USA: Psychologists who work with transgender or gender nonconforming people should seek to provide acceptance, support and understanding without making assumptions about their clients’ gender identities or gender expressions, according to practice guidelines adopted during the American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Shiloh Quine has become one of the first prison inmates to granted a gender reassignment operation – that will be paid for by the state. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: A Presbyterian church in South Carolina says it is dropping its nearly 50-year association with the Boy Scouts after the organization agreed to allow gay leaders. full story

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: Language banning gay marriage could linger in South Dakota law because conservative lawmakers have no interest in removing it. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 9th, 2015

Sunday, August 9th, 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!

INFORMATION: Lewis Hancox, a trans YouTuber and activist recorded this brave video answering the sometimes awkward question: “How do you have sex?” full story

AUSTRALIA: At least four Australian cities are set to come together this weekend to push for marriage equality. full story

AUSTRALIA: Hugo Weaving is one of a number of Australian celebrities and prominent public figures who have lent their faces to front a series of television ads in support of same-sex unions full story

AUSTRALIA: Actor Anthony LaPaglia has some harsh words for Australia about a lack of marriage equality there. full story

IRELAND: A new book will tell inside story of historic ‘Yes Equality’ campaign. full story

SWITZERLAND: A criminal complaint has been filed against a Catholic bishop who said homosexuality should be punished with death. full story

Vitus Huonder

UGANDA: A small but visible group of people have taken to the streets of Uganda to celebrate Pride. full story

UK: Supermarket giant Tesco has apologised to a customer who says he and his boyfriend were called “disgusting” by a staff member for kissing. full story


USA: A gay dad’s open letter to the antigay Christian billboard couple. full story

USA: A federal judge threw out on Friday a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of same-sex couples forced to repay Social Security benefits after the U.S. Supreme Court decision against the Defense of Marriage Act. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Transgender inmates who sought gender reassignment surgery in California prisons won a pair of victories on Friday that down the line could lead to improved conditions across the board for prisoners consistent with their gender identity. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: California officials, who don’t want to pay for Michelle-Lael Norsworthy’s surgery, are now releasing her on parole. full story

USA, TEXAS: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wants a federal judge to cancel a hearing on whether he should be held in contempt of court for resisting the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 8th

Saturday, August 8th, 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: At the tenth anniversary of the show’s cancellation, the creators of the US remake of Queer as Folk have said they were “disturbed” by the hostile reaction they got from people within the LGBT community. full story

Queer as Folk

POP CULTURE: Director Roland Emmerich defended his vision of Stonewall from accusations of “whitewashing.” full story

POP CULTURE: A trailer has been released for the new film About Ray in which Elle Fanning plays a trans teen. full story

Elle Fanning

POP CULTURE: Actor Jeffry Tambor, who plays a transgender woman on “Transparent”, talks about when he met Caitlyn Jenner. full story

Jeffrey Tambor

POP CULTURE: Michael Sam made history last night as the first openly gay professional football player to take the field in a regular season game. full story

Michael Sam

SCIENCE: The new publication Transgender Health will look at medical issues, treatment and more. full story

AUSTRALIA: Supporters of marriage equality, including politicians and local personalities, will stage a marriage equality rally Saturday in Hobart. full story

AUSTRALIA: Two TV networks decline to air an anti-marriage equality ad. full story

anti gay ad

AUSTRALIA: A lawmaker in Australia’s governing coalition will put a bill permitting same-sex marriage before the country’s parliament Tuesday full story

NEPAL: Nepal has joined the few countries which allow third gender passports, as it issues its first one. full story

SPAIN: A trans man has been allowed to become a godfather to his nephew, despite previously being banned by the Catholic church. full story

UK: A gay couple criticised the Essex County Council after they were issued forms which only referred to a ‘bride’ and ‘groom’. full story

gay Essex couple

USA, ENGLAND/WALES: What is the trans ‘spousal veto’ and why does it matter? full story

USA: At the Fox News debate, Rand Paul spoke out in favor of allowing Christians to discriminate against gays. full story

USA: And Mike Huckabee called allowing open transgender service in the military a “social experiment”. full story

USA: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker this week said that he ‘wouldn’t change’ the military’s ban on transgender service. full story

USA: Megachurch leader and author T.D. Jakes says that gays should attend congregations that affirm their lifestyle and supported legal rights for the LGBT community. full story

USA, ARKANSAS: An opponent of Arkansas’ religious objections law said Friday he’s looking at proposing changing it to include protections for gays and lesbians, as well as making clear religious leaders aren’t required to perform same-sex weddings. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Gov. Jerry Brown will decide whether Michelle-Lael Norsworthy should be released 30 years after she fatally shot 26-year-old Franklin Gordon Liefer Jr. full story

USA, TEXAS: Attorney General Ken Paxton says a federal judge should not hold him in contempt over the state initially refusing, but ultimately agreeing, to reflect the marriage of a gay couple on a death certificate. full story

USA, TEXAS: Police have become involved after threats were made when a mother poster a video of her son being thrown out of a pool for kissing his boyfriend. full story

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