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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.
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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

Marriage Equality Round-Up – September 26th

Saturday, September 26th, 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: Matt Baume tackles the controversy over the forthcoming Stonewall film. full story

POP CULTURE: How To Get Away with Murder is returning to TV, this time with a bisexual twist. full story

POP CULTURE: A judge approved Jenner’s request to formally change her name and gender Sept. 25, marking another milestone in the Olympic gold medalist’s public transition. full story

RUSSIA: Apple is to be sued in Russia for ‘gay propaganda’ over including the same-sex couple emoji in their most recent update. full story

TUNISIA: A court in Sousse, Tunisia on Tuesday (22 September) sentenced a student to a year in jail for gay sex. full story

USA: Dot429 lists 10 universities that allow students to choose their preferred gender pronouns. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: A kindergartner is not being welcomed back to a San Diego school because she has two moms. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Davis has made the announcement that she is leaving behind the Democrats, in favor of becoming a Republican. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Kentucky county clerk Casey Davis is jealous of all the attention being heaped on Kim Davis (no relation, allegedly), but so far he hasn’t gotten the chance to turn any gay couples away. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: ‘She’s so gross,’ Margaret Cho says of Davis. full story

Margaret Cho

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: The US state of South Dakota on Friday agreed to pay US$242,000 to attorneys who challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriages last year full story

Attorney Josh Newville

USA, TEXAS: Tarrant County Clerk Mary Louise Garcia on Friday, Sept. 25, released a statement saying that her office will accept common-law marriage affidavits from same-sex couples seeking to file such affidavits dated prior to the June 26, 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming marriage equality. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: Planned Parenthood and gay marriage are the top topics at the “Values Voters Summit”. full story

USA: Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council introduced Kim Davis at the Values Voter Summit this evening, where the Kentucky county clerk received the Cost of Discipleship Award for prohibiting her office from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples in repeated violation of court orders. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – September 25th

Friday, September 25th, 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: Thailand’s motion picture association has selected a gay-themed, coming-of-age drama, “How to Win at Checkers (Every Time),” as an entry for the foreign-language category at the Academy Awards. full story

POP CULTURE: Chicago mom Julie Sondgerath is expected Thursday to deliver more than 40,000 signatures to General Mills calling for Greg Louganis to be put on the cover of Wheaties. full story

POP CULTURE: A new series of expertly-made GIFs show the gay and lesbian relationships Disney didn’t include in its films. full story

Disney gifs

POP CULTURE: The world premiere of MotherStruck! – a play written and performed by Staceyann Chin – was canceled just two days before it was to start performances. full story

POP CULTURE: The long-running game franchise Assassin’s Creed will introduce a trans character as part of its next release, designers have announced. full story

ARGENTINA: Argentina ended its ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood on Tuesday. full story

AUSTRALIA: Liberal MP Peter Abetz has claimed that same-sex marriage should remain banned, citing his country’s actions against indigenous Australians. full story


Liberal MP Peter Abetz

AUSTRALIA: Australian students Will Richards, 18, and Daniel Butson, 16, recently drove more than 430 miles and spent $1,500 to build a giant, rainbow flag out of 1,000 potatoes to take a stand against the Australian government’s decision to put off a vote on marriage equality until after the next federal election in 2016. full story

Potato Flag

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

CAMBODIA: Cambodia supports its LGBTI citizens and gay marriage, a government spokesperson has said. full story

GERMANY: Germany’s Federal Assembly has voted for a proposed law granting same-sex couples full marriage equality. full story

RUSSIA: President Putin called Elton John for real this time and promised to meet with him to discuss LGBT rights. full story

TAIWAN: Taiwanese presidential candidate James Soong Chu-yu has said if he had an LGBTI child he would treat them with ’empathy, tolerance and respect.’ full story

UK: David Cameron ignored advice from his own mother regarding marriage equality – risking his position as party leader in the process – it has been claimed. full story

USA: The Pentagon’s ban on transgender people serving openly in the military will be coming to an end in May 2016. full story

USA: Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote at the Human Rights Campaign dinner. full story

USA: The National Review has no idea why anti-gay adoption discrimination is a big deal. full story

USA: Rep. Louie Gohmert continued his obsession with the topic of gays in the military, comparing Eric Fanning, President Obama’s openly gay nominee for Secretary of the Army, to Afghan pedophiles. full story

USA: President Obama has appointed openly lesbian Lanae Erickson Hatalski to the White House Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: The founder of New York’s Gay City News has launched a newspaper that will serve Los Angeles’ LGBT community. full story


USA, KENTUCKY: The Kentucky clerk and her lawyers told the Associated Press they’re not quitting their effort to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Rowan County after again asking a judge to postpone his mandate that she license all couples, and again losing. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: See the Davis interview on Fox News. ” target=”_blank”>full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A 40-page court document filed Thursday suggests Davis blames Steve Beshear for all her issues with the law. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Dallas Black of Morehead, Kentucky is one of Kim Davis’s “gay friends”, said that although he and Davis spoke when the controversy first started, he doesn’t recognize her anymore. full story

Dallas Black

USA, NEW YORK: Harlem Hate Pastor James David Manning interrupted a candlelight vigil by Harlem Against Violence, Homophobia, And Transphobia outside Manning’s ATLAH World Missionary Church on Tuesday with a meltdown so spiteful it’s comedic. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Lance Sanderson, a gay senior at Christian Brothers High School, an all-male Catholic school in Memphis, Tennessee, has been told by his school that he can’t bring a male date to the school’s homecoming dance “for logistical reasons”, and he has launched an online petition to persuade the school to allow it. full story

Lance Sanderson

USA, TENNESSEE: A pastor in Tennessee is guarding an anti-gay outside his church with a shotgun after it was targeted by vandals. full story


USA, TEXAS: A group supporting the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance debuted its first television ad today, featuring prominent Houston pastors and their wives who support HERO. full story

USA, TEXAS: Rafael Cruz believes that his son, Texas senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz, is on a divinely inspired mission to overturn the city of Houston’s nondiscrimination ordinance. full story

USA, TEXAS: A gay couple trying to file an affidavit of common-law marriage with Tarrant County say they were stopped by a clerk at the Arlington Sub-Courthouse, who refused to accept the filing. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: One day after promoting the idea of a “tolerant and inclusive” society, Pope Francis I hinted at the Catholic Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage, saying “the very basis of marriage” is being called into question. full story

Pope Francis

VATICAN: Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, has said the Church will hold a Synod on the family in Rome after Pope Francis asked his priests last year to consult their flocks on sexuality and family life, but that teachings on homosexuality will likely remain unchanged. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – September 24th

Thursday, September 24th, 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: The bisexual visibility campaign #StillBisexual is celebrating Bisexual Visibility week with a daily video series documenting bisexual peoples’ stories and dealing with the frustration of people categorizing their sexuality based on who they’re dating, or in a relationship with at the moment full story


POP CULTURE: Arianna Grande says homophobes are “Dumb as Fuck”. full story

POP CULTURE: Rémy Huberdeau’s new documentary, Transgender Parents, shares multiple stories of real-life trans parents in Canada, revealing their cultural diversity and socio-economic challenges with a nuance that has yet to enter the mainstream cultural conversation about transgender people who are parents. full story


AUSTRALIA: WA Labor MP Lisa Baker has made a passionate plea for the Turnbull Government to move decisively to implement same-sex marriage, saying a plebiscite could prove damagingly divisive. full story

USA: The Western Australian parliament has called on the Australian government to abandon plans for a plebiscite on marriage equality. The state’s Liberal premier, Colin Barnett, warned that putting the issue to a public vote would be divisive and destructive. full story

BRAZIL/PERU: In another example of Christian discord over gay inclusion, Presbyterian churches in Brazil and Peru have ended their partnerships with the Presbyterian Church (USA) after the U.S. denomination changed its constitution in March to allow clergy to celebrate same-sex marriages. full story

GREECE: A Greek minister has resigned less than a day after he was appointed, over a string of homophobic and anti-Semitic tweets. full story

INDIA: A court has provided protection for a man tricked into visiting the country by his parents. full story

IRELAND: A Presbyterian Minister in Ireland who initially welcomed the result of the referendum on same-sex marriage, has backed down and said marriage is between one man and one woman. full story

UK: A ‘tweet-powered’ sculpture has been unveiled to protest the restrictions on gay and bisexual men giving blood. full story

USA: Netflix is among the list of American companies that are adding gender reassignment surgery to their list of staff benefits. full story

USA: Pope Francis is encouraging U.S. bishops to continue to defend religious liberty in America in a message that will be welcomed by conservatives fighting for conscience exemptions on gay marriage and the Obama administration’s health care mandate. full story

USA: Pope Francis’ motorcade passed the Human Rights Campaign building in Northwest D.C. on Wednesday as the pontiff made his way to the nearby Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. full story

USA: The White House ceremony welcoming Pope Francis today went smoothly — and the presence of LGBT guests proved to be no problem, contrary to the dire predictions of conservative politicians and commentators. full story

USA: Gay men in their 20s are far more likely to consider their sexual orientation to be a core part of their identity than gay men in their 40s, according to a study released by Logo TV. full story

USA, FLORIDA: A lesbian couple from San Francisco are taking legal action against a Miami strip club that refused them entry during happy hour while they were holidaying in Florida. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A federal judge has denied the latest request from Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis her request to keep the injunction against her limited only to the couples who sued her and not other seeking marriage licenses in her Kentucky office. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Davis appeared on Fox, where she evaded Megyn Kelly’s direct questions on whether non-Christians should get the same religious accommodations she is demanding. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Thousands of men around the world are making out with each other to show the Kentucky clerk how wrong she is. full story


USA, KENTUCKY: Anti-gay Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis is the subject and inspiration for a new lesbian erotic novel. full story

Davis Lesbian Erotic Novel

USA, MARYLAND: Sandy Brown, who is transgender, spent 66 days in administrative segregation (solitary confinement), during which time she was repeatedly harassed by the staff at the Patuxent Institution, a mental health assessment correctional facility in Jessup, Maryland. full story

USA, MINNESOTA: A transgender waitress in Minneapolis shared her experience of being asked about her gender by a young customer. full story

Trans Waitress Liv Hnilicka

USA, OREGON: The Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling that a Portland bar owner must pay about $400,000 in damages to patrons he told to stay away. full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: New policies which went into effect this week in Pennsylvania may afford greater respect to transgender inmates, who will no longer be sent into solitary confinement based solely upon gender identity full story

USA, UTAH: The virulently anti-LGBT World Congress of Families is gearing up for its 2015 convention in Salt Lake City next month and Governor Gary Herbert is welcoming the Southern Poverty Law Center designated hate group to his state with open arms. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – September 23rd

Wednesday, September 23rd, 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!

OPINION: Bisexuality Visibility Week is a time for us to realize that people still have plenty of misconceptions about bisexuals. full story

ARGENTINA: A province in Argentina has set a 1% hiring quota for transgender workers to local government employment. full story

AUSTRALIA: The New Zealand Herald reported 812 overseas same-sex couples had married in the country since marriage equality was legislated in August 2013. full story

IRELAND: The legislation giving effect to the marriage equality referendum has been introduced in the Dáil to a round of applause. full story

IRELAND: Ireland’s first same-sex weddings could take place by November, after legislation was introduced to the Irish Parliament today. full story

POLAND: In a new PSA from Poland tackling anti-gay hate speech, a teenage woman is shown morphing into Adolf Hitler as she spews homophobic slurs. full story

UK, CHANNEL ISLANDS: By a vote of 37-4, the legislature of the Channel Island of Jersey today voted to approve same-sex marriage. full story

USA: Hillary Clinton will address the Human Rights Campaign next month, getting the chance to pitch herself to 800 activists in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights community. full story

USA: Ultra-conservative Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia has once again poured scorn on his fellow justices, for ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. full story

USA, FLORIDA: Trans women mistreated by the TSA live tweets the whole thing. full story

USA, FLORIDA: Human Rights Campaign wants the Transportation Security Administration to conduct a full investigation into the case of Shadi Petosky, a trans woman who says she was mistreated by TSA agents at Orlando International Airport on Monday afternoon. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: full story

USA, KENTUCKY: What hurts Kim Davis the most. full story

Davis meme

USA, NEBRASKA: The group that governs Nebraska high school sports is drafting a policy on allowing transgender athletes to compete full story

b>USA, WYOMING: The University of Wyoming is housing an archive dedicated to the history of the Rocky Mountains’ lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. full story