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Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 13th

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

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

GENERAL: According to Glamour survey, 63% of women surveyed said that they would not be willing to date a guy who had a known history of hooking up with another dude. full story

INTERNET: The “Faggot Watch” group on Reddit that we reported on yesterday has been taken over by the LGBTIQ community: ‘The users that were posting the offensive comments were banned,’ a spokesperson for Reddit told GSN, ‘including the old moderator.’ full story

PEOPLE: Chaz Bono will have a guest role on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” according to People Magazine. full story

PEOPLE: A Valentine’s Day clip from Matt Baume: “How’d you meet the people you love? I asked my followers how they met their partners, and they sent me some really sweet stories. I’ve gathered some of my favorites and I’m so excited to share them with you.” full story

POP CULTURE: Sometimes products are gendered for no apparent reason at all. PinkNews looks at a selection of the most absurd. full story

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POP CULTURE: SiriusXM is shutting down SiriusXM OutQ, its LGBT channel, after 12 years on the air. full story

RELIGION: The head of the Russian Orthodox Church and Pope Francis held the first meeting between the heads of their churches in over 1000 years, in Cuba. Naturally the first thing they did was issue a joint written denouncement of gay marriage. full story

AUSTRALIA: A Catholic member of Australia’s Parliament won`t be giving the keynote address to Catholic social workers as scheduled because of her public support of same-sex marriage. full story

BULGARIA: Yordanka Fandakova, the first female mayor of the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, will officiate the wedding of a different-sex couple as part of a campaign against marriage rights for same-sex couples. full story

CANADA: Trans judge Kael McKenzie was appointed in mid-December, but took his seat in the Manitoba court on Friday, and becomes the country’s first openly transgender judge. full story

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FRANCE: A gay imam from Algeria is working with Le Refuge, a local LGBTIQ association, to counsel and protect young gay Muslims who make their way to the ancient French port city of Marseille. full story

LATVIA: Latvian LGBT rights group Mozaika has protested the move of the municipal public transport company’s to offer free bus rides in the capital city of Riga to only heterosexual couples who kiss in front of the bus driver on February 14, Valentine’s Day. full story

RUSSIA: To combat the ‘gay propaganda’ law, a Tumblr user has come up with a genius way of fighting back – Pride Propaganda turns Soviet-era propaganda into promotion of equal rights for LGBTI people, and the results are incredible. full story

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SAUDI ARABIA: Popular Saudi Arabian YouTubers posted a shockingly homophobic video to YouTube – which was removed for hate speech. full story

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UK: A judge has quashed an order that banned a ‘monk’ from delivering leaflets comparing gay people to paedophiles. full story

UK, ISLE OF MAN: A politician on the Isle of Man has apologised – after it emerged a speech he gave opposing same-sex marriage was copied from at least two sources. full story

USA: On Friday, Ellen DeGeneres tried to thank President Barack Obama for work towards LGBTQ rights and protections, and he made sure to thank her in return. full story

USA: Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Friday reiterated his support for a federal bill which would allow opponents of marriage equality to continue to discriminate against same sex couples. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: A colorful new Castro mural features two men, one of whom is a Castro resident who planned the mural with the artist, and the other is his unsuspecting partner, who’ll be brought there Sunday for the proposal. full story

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USA, GEORGIA: The Georgia Department of Corrections has reached a settlement with a transgender woman who claims that prison officials denied her medical care. full story

USA, INDIANA: A Democratic Indiana lawmaker and LGBT ally got shut down by the Republican majority when she tried to make a point on civil rights on the House floor Thursday. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A bill that would create two marriage license forms, one designed for gay couples and another for straight couples cleared a Senate committee with bipartisan support. full story

USA, NEW YORK: A New York pastor has revealed he will barricade himself inside his Church – which is set to be auctioned off to settle debts. full story

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USA, PUERTO RICO: Associate Justice Maite Oronoz Rodríguez, a lesbian judge, has been nominated to become the next Chief Justice of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: NOM just launched a new television commercial in South Carolina taking on Donald Trump for “abandoning the fight for marriage”. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Two anti-LGBT measures, an anti-same sex marriage resolution and anti-LGBTIQ counseling bill, advanced in the state on Wednesday. full story

USA, TEXAS: More than 500 businesses and pro-business groups — including dozens from the Fortune 500 — have now joined Texas Competes, a coalition whose mission is to make the economic case for fair treatment of LGBT people. full story

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USA, VIRGINIA: The state Senate on Friday narrowly approved a bill that would allow officials to refuse to officiate same-sex marriages because of their religious beliefs. Senate Bill 41 passed by a 20-19 vote margin. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 12th

Friday, February 12th, 2016

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

GENERAL: In a year when alternative sexualities are getting more attention than ever from the big awards ceremonies – both The Danish Girl and Carol are up for several awards – and as TV shows such as Ru Paul’s Drag Race and How To Get Away With Murder are very much a part of the popular consciousness, how is that bisexuality is getting unanimously ignored by cinema? full story

GENERAL: Unlike gay men who earn on average 11 percent less than their straight counterparts, lesbians earn an average of 9 percent more than straight women. full story

INTERNET: A Reddit user has launched a ‘Faggot Watch’ forum that appears to be principally used to target and attack gay teens. full story

PEOPLE: A new photo exhibition, Twilight People, challenges the notion that trans and gender-variant identities are inherently at odds with faith. full story

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PEOPLE: Dan Savage on the Log Cabin Republicans: “Every four years gay Republicans slime out from under their rocks to remind us that the Democratic candidate wasn’t always perfect on LGBT issues. They then implicitly (and sometimes explicitly) pivot to this nonsensical argument: Since your guy/gal wasn’t always perfect on LGBT issues, the LGBT community should vote for the Republican who was terrible on LGBT issues then, is terrible on LGBT issues now, and who has pledged, if elected, to remain terrible on LGBT issues forever.” full story

PEOPLE: University of Minnesota offensive lineman Tim McAvoy: “I have one regret from my time at Minnesota: I wish I came out sooner.” full story

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POP CULTURE: There are already plans for a Deadpool sequel, and star Ryan Reynolds wants his character to have a boyfriend in the next installment. full story

POP CULTURE: Transgender YouTuber Gigi Gorgeous has landed a documentary about her life, Variety reports. full story

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POP CULTURE: A young Canadian couple started a business to help LGBT people not feel so left out by the greeting card industry. full story

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POP CULTURE: Honey Maid is celebrating another kind of love this Valentine’s Day. The kind of love that comes when you accept a family member or even yourself. full story

POP CULTURE: A trans singer is poised to win The Voice UK after wowing the show’s judges. full story

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AUSTRALIA: A rally at Cotton Tree on Sunday will target the reluctance of the Federal Government to put the issue of marriage equality to the vote on the floor of the Parliament. full story

AUSTRALIA: Andrew Broad, a federal MP for The Nationals – a party that represents rural voters, has likened gay marriage to ‘rams in a paddock.’ full story

AUSTRALIA: Australia’s leader of the opposition Bill Shorten has confirmed he will attend his country’s largest Pride event this year – along with his three kids. full story

BERMUDA: The Bermuda Government is planning legislation to allow civil unions between same-sex couples. full story

INDONESIA: The Indonesian Government has urged social media operators Facebook and WhatsApp to remove gay-themed emojis. full story

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INDONESIA: The current “LGBT panic” in Indonesia is getting even more ridiculous. Yesterday, famous TV cleric Abdullah Gymnastiar (aka AA Gym), essentially called upon his 1.69 million Twitter followers to protest coffee giant Starbucks after he found out that the company supports marriage equality. full story

ITALY: Giovanni De Paoli, a local Italian politician has reportedly said he would throw his son into a furnace and burn him alive if he was gay. full story

ITALY: Former Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said on Thursday he hoped that Catholic and secular groupings within the Italian parliament could find some middle ground as debate on a controversial bill on civil unions reaches its final stage in the Senate. full story

ITALY: Premier Matteo Renzi said Friday that it was not up to the Italian Church to decide whether a parliamentary vote on a bill regulating civil unions, including same-sex ones, should be a secret ballot. full story

USA: Ahead of primary contests in diverse states of Nevada and South Carolina, the presidential campaign of Bernard Sanders has launched a new gay-inclusive video highlighting the differences of Americans under the theme of being able to win “together.” full story

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USA: “It’s become abundantly clear that we were wrong to remove the Outstanding Blog category, and we apologize.” GLAAD says. full story

USA: High school teacher Brian Cody Bray was fired after a video of him having sex with another man had been posted on the school’s website on his faculty page. full story

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USA: Ted Cruz told an auditorium of conservative and evangelical voters that Marco Rubio and Donald Trump have adopted the position of President Barack Obama on gay marriage. full story

USA: Ted Cruz is continuing to pull Donald Trump to the right on same-sex marriage, as Trump has now reiterated his opposition to it. full story

USA: Ted Cruz has removed a campaign ad after it was revealed one of the actors had previously been a lesbian porn star. full story

USA, GEORGIA: House lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill explicitly stating that religious officials can refuse to perform same sex marriages, their first significant action on a variety of proposals creating legal exemptions for same-sex marriage opponents. full story

USA, INDIANA: Indiana Governor Mike Pence said on Thursday that while he believes no one should be fired “for who they are or who they love”, he will defend so-called “religious freedom” because he believes it’s in keeping with the state’s constitution. full story

USA, MARYLAND: FreeState Legal and Equality Maryland announced on Wednesday that the Maryland Insurance Administration has issued bulletins prohibiting individual, small-group, and student health insurance plans sold in Maryland from excluding coverage for health care for the purpose of gender transition. full story

USA, NEW YORK: Transgender Community Leader, NYC SGL/LGBTQ Coalition Member, and Founder and Director of Everything Transgender in New York City, Jennifer Louise Lopez, was attacked on the MTA uptown D-Train around 10PM on Saturday, January 30th, and a rally is planned in protest today at 5:30 PM. full story

USA, NEW YORK: The Catholic Church is staying out of the fight to ban conversion therapy in the state. full story

USA: A Virginia House of Delegates committee on Thursday approved a “religious freedom” bill that critics contend would allow individuals, businesses and organizations to discriminate against LGBTIQ people. full story

USA, WASHINGTON: Washington’s state Senate has killed a transphobic bill — but only by a hair. Legislators voted 25-24 to defeat SB 6443. full story

USA, WEST VIRGINIA: After hours of fiery and literally fist-shaking testimony in the name of White Jesus, West Virginia’s House of Delegates has voted 72-26 to pass a bill legalizing discrimination against LGBT citizens on the basis “sincerely held religious belief.” full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 11th

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

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

PEOPLE: Covering the NH Primary results for MSNBC, Rachel Maddow shared some surprisingly personal thoughts about her feelings as a gay person during Bill Clinton‘s presidency, saying that Clinton, who gave us DOMA and DADT, didn’t really do enough to support gay rights in the face of pretty vocal opposition from Republicans at the time full story

PEOPLE: Ugandan rapper Bobi Wine, real name Robert Kyagulanyi, says he has evolved his views on LGBTIQ people. full story

POP CULTURE: The Advocate takes a look back on the last 25 years of revolutionary trans love on screen. full story

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AUSTRALIA: Both lesbian mothers will be recognised on their child’s birth certificate — not just the woman who gives birth — under changes approved by South Australia’s Parliament’s Lower House. full story

EGYPT: An appeals court in Cairo has declared that a 2014 television broadcast of the arrest of 26 men at a gay bath house was in the public interest. full story

ITALY: A conference of Senate whips on Wednesday postponed voting on the government’s hotly contested civil unions bill to next Tuesday. full story

KENYA: A man has been arrested in Kenya for sexting a male radio journalist. full story

MALAWI A court in Malawi has ordered the police to resume arresting gay people in the southeast African country. full story

PORTUGAL: Portugal’s parliament has just overturned the presidential veto on a bill to legalise same-sex adoption there. full story

UK: A gay asylum seeker is forced to share a room with a former member of the Taliban – who was taught that homosexuals must be killed. full story

UK: A transgender lesbian couple have won £5,000 in damages – after a letter published by their local council subjected them to a ‘witch hunt’. full story

USA: Father J. Kevin Maney, John Kasich’s spiritual advisor, is an outspoken critic of the LGBTQ community who complained on his blog about the “militant homosexualists” who are trying to quiet anybody who believes homosexuality is a sin. are trying to stifle dissent and silence those who believe homosexuality is a sin. full story

USA: Rich Beeson, deputy campaign manager for presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, was one of more than 300 establishment Republicans to sign a controversial friend of the court brief last year asking the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage. full story

USA, GEORGIA: A powerful Georgia Senate committee is set to consider a bill on February 10th to allow religious adoption agencies, schools, government workers and others to refuse services to same-sex couples without being penalized. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: State lawmakers want to create two marriage license forms, one designed for gay couples and another for straight couples, in a move critics say harkens back to the “separate but equal” days of the civil rights movement. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: The Michigan House is expected to remove an unconstitutional provision banning sodomy from an animal cruelty bill before it becomes law, the executive director of the LGBT group Equality Michigan said Tuesday afternoon. full story

USA, NEW YORK: Harlem hate Pastor James David Manning has unleashed an N-word-filled rant against Bill De Blasio and Andrew Cuomo (plus pretty much all white people), whom Manning claims are secretly conspiring to illegally take his church at public auction later this month. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Lawmakers in Charlotte, the biggest city in North Carolina, have set the date of 22 February for a public hearing and vote on whether to extend non-discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. full story

USA, TEXAS: A group of anti-LGBT pastors is again threatening to try to overturn Dallas’ LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance, but one city council member says the so-called Christians have no prayer of succeeding. full story

USA, TEXAS: Anti-gay Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton could still face sanctions for his opinion encouraging county clerks and judges in the state to defy the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality last June.full story

USA, VIRGINIA: Members of a Virginia House of Delegates committee on Feb. 9, 2016, tabled two bills that critics contend would have allowed discrimination against LGBT Virginians. full story

USA, WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia’s Gilmer County Clerk Jean Butcher [inset above] says she agrees with her deputy clerk, whom a lesbian couple claims railed at them about God and called them an “abomination” when they applied for a marriage license. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 10th

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

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

INTERNET: Twitter has created a new ‘safety’ board of organisations intended to tackle the problem of hate speech on the platform. full story

PEOPLE: Shewired has a list of 10 historical bisexual women artists you should know. full story

POP CULTURE: A new children’s brand at Target will dismantle the pink versus blue aisle divides seen in most department stores. full story

POP CULTURE: “Archie Comics” casually mentioned Jughead is asexual in its newest comic “Jughead #4”, out this Wednesday. full story

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SCIENCE: A new study has found that encouraging the belief that some people are ‘born gay’ may not be the most effective way to address and reduce homophobia. full story

AUSTRALIA: The social media giant Facebook said the amount of Australians coming out has “risen significantly”. full story

INDIA: Bangalore in India will play host to an LGBT Executive Forum on 18 February. The aim of the event, which has been organized by tech giant IBM, is to explore issues around LGBTI diversity and inclusion in the workplace and wider society. full story

INDONESIA: Indonesia’s state-sanctioned Islamic authority is recommending Muslims who join LGBTIQ-related activities be prosecuted. full story

MALAWI: A gay man was reportedly beaten and nearly killed by a gang in Malawi. full story

UKRAINE: The European Parliament has issued a dire warning about the rising levels of homophobia in Crimea. full story

UK: An ad promoting ‘non-stop’ gay hook-ups has been pulled from bus stops in Cardiff, after residents branded it ‘disgusting’. full story

USA: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton thinks Florida lawmakers should approve the Florida Competitive Workforce Act, which would prohibit discrimination against LGBTIQ people in the workplace. full story

USA: Activists are demanding that California’s Biola University and Oklahoma Baptist University withdraw waivers the schools requested to ignore Title IX protections against sex-based discrimination. full story

USA: While it gets better for most LGBTI youth, discrimination, harassment and assault remain a problem for about a third and can lead to lasting mental health problems such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. full story

USA, ALABAMA: One year ago today, Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a U.S. district judge in Mobile declared Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Austin Lacey, an eighth-grade student at Ethan Chase Middle School in Menifee, California, found himself in hot water for dressing like a Frozen princess for the school’s “Disney Day.” School officials deemed it “inappropriate” and confiscated the costume. full story

USA, FLORIDA: Conservatives raised concerns that a bill to ban LGBTIQ discrimination in the workplace would allow ‘anatomical males’ to use bathrooms for women. full story

USA, FLORIDA: An LGBT-inclusive Human Rights Ordinance is still alive in Jacksonville, despite a motion to withdraw. full story

USA, GEORGIA: Lawmakers said they did not want to include sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, disability or veteran status in their anti-discrimination bill. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A federal judge today ruled moot the ACLU’s lawsuit against Kim Davis, declaring that same-sex marriage licenses she refused to sign are valid under Kentucky law. full story

USA, NEW YORK: The LGBT youth organization has raised $200,000 for purchase of ATLAH Church, run by the infamous “semen latte” pastor. full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: A Philadelphia-based lawyer is suing international law firm Blank Rome, alleging that he was fired because its chairman didn’t approve of his LGBT advocacy work. full story

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: Last night the South Dakota House of Representatives voted on yet another extreme measure attacking LGBT South Dakotans. By a vote of 46 to 10, the chamber passed HB 1107 – legislation that would explicitly authorize recipients of taxpayer funds or other state recognition to discriminate against same-sex couples, transgender people, and single mothers. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: While the Franklin County School Board may revise its policy on school clubs, the top administrator says it wouldn’t retroactively affect the GSA. full story

USA, TEXAS A group of right-wing Dallas pastors is taking the same approach as with the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, raising the specter of restroom predators. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: Michelle Chapman and her transgender son Xander are at the Virginia General Assembly ready to speak out against a proposed bill that would make it illegal for transgender students and adults to use the restroom aligned with their gender identity in public buildings, including schools. full story

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 8th

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

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

GENERAL: Bisexual invisibility and biphobia are the LGBT community’s dirty little secrets. full story

GENERAL: A comprehensive, 10-year study of Fortune 500 companies has conclude that greater gender diversity at boardroom level makes for a far more inclusive workplace for LGBT people. full story

PEOPLE: Meet Henry Tadebois, a 24-year-old trans guy from Melbourne, Australia. He might have one of the coolest, and very educational, coming out videos ever. full story

POP CULTURE: MTV’s documentary series True Life will look at the life of a gay teen struggling with his church’s rejection of his sexuality. full story

AUSTRALIA: A gay couple has proved same-sex marriage is possible in Australia – as long as it is by using a legal loophole. full story

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GEORGIA: In a first for the Caucasus, a Georgian man has filed a lawsuit for the legalization of same-sex marriages in Georgia, a conservative, predominantly Orthodox Christian country. full story

UK: The Deputy Chair of the UK Independence Party says a candidate who advocates ‘gay cure’ therapy could be removed after outcry from supporters. full story

UK: Lib Dem leader Tim Farron is submitting a bill to end the ban on men who have sex with men donating blood. full story

UK: A petition has been set up to protest “insidious political correctness” in UKIP – after PinkNews raised the selection of a candidate who advocates ‘gay cure’ therapy. full story

UZBEKISTAN: The President of Uzbekistan has claimed that homosexuality is “vulgar” and gay people are mentally ill. full story

USA: A gay diner owner in New Hampshire challenged Marco Rubio on Monday over his opposition to same-sex marriage. full story

USA: US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said she will put the Equality Act ‘on the top of my priority list as president.’ full story

USA: After the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, groups dedicated to achieving marriage equality have been closing up shop. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: The Pacific Justice Institute is threatening to sue the city of San Francisco if officials don’t remove an outdoor urinal near the area known as the “Gay Beach” in San Francisco’s Dolores Park. full story

USA, FLORIDA: The Florida Competitive Workforce Act, which would prohibit discrimination against LGBTs in the workplace, is postponed to the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee’s Feb. 9 meeting after initially failing on a tie vote. full story

USA, FLORIDA: Bucking tradition, Sunshine State Rep. Holly Raschein and other members of her party have come out in favor of protecting LGBT people from discrimination. full story

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USA, INDIANA: The Indiana Senate has passed hate-crimes legislation – Senate Bill 220, which would require harsher punishments for those who commit crimes rooted in prejudice, will be debated in the state’s House of Representatives this week. full story

USA, MARYLAND: Matt, a junior at Old Mill High School, is a transgender student fighting for the school system to recognize his preferred, not legal, name. full story

USA, NEVADA: Bradley Roberts was harassed and barred from using the men’s bathroom at work unless he provided ‘proof’ that he’d had gender-affirming surgery, his lawsuit claims. full story

USA, OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma state Rep. Sally Kern pulled her bill from consideration that would have prevented school personnel from referring suicidal LGBT students to counseling without first contacting their parents. The effect of the legislation could have been outing students to their parents, possibly triggering a suicide. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: The formation of a gay-straight alliance at a high school in rural Tennessee has sparked backlash from the community, and its continued existence will be the subject of debate at a school board meeting tonight. full story

USA, TEXAS: A Texas judge who made a splash with claims he is “refusing” to perform same-sex weddings hasn’t actually had a single request from a gay couple. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 8th

Monday, February 8th, 2016

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

PEOPLE: Transgender fitness model Ben Melzer is about to grace the cover of Gemany’s edition of Men’s Health, becoming the first trans person to ever cover a men’s fitness magazine in Europe. full story

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PEOPLE: BBC radio DJ Adele Roberts has said she thinks people find it hard to be themselves on the radio. full story

POP CULTURE: Athletes in tight pants, Lady Gaga and Beyonce won’t be the only reasons to watch Super Bowl 50. A record six LGBTQ-inclusive commercials will vie for your attention, even though there is not yet a single openly gay player in the NFL. full story

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KUWAIT: The oil rich emirate of Kuwait is adopting a more tolerant approach towards same-sex attracted students in the country’s education system, with the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Bader Al-Essa telling the Al-Rai news agency that no students have been dismissed over their sexual orientation during his time in the job. full story

UK: A trans woman has quietly become the first to be appointed as a leading judge in the High Court. full story

UK: A protest is set to take place in London tomorrow, after allegations that a trans woman was sent to a men’s prison facility, and refused her HRT drugs. full story

UK: Richard Hendron, openly gay UKIP Greater London Assembly candidate for South West London, has resigned after being pitted by his own party against a radically homophobic politician. full story

UK: Will Young has claimed that Education Secretary Nicky Morgan “doesn’t give a s**t” about gay students being bullied. full story

USA: Donald Trump had a hard time explaining Sunday contradictory statements he made last week on gay rights — promising on one day to consider appointing justices to the U.S. Supreme Court day who would overturn marriage equality, pledging on another to move gay rights forward under his administration — but seemed more inclined toward the former. full story

USA: Anti-gay viewers have accused the NFL of trying to force the ‘gay agenda’ on the audience. full story

USA, FLORIDA: The Palm Bay City Council has rejected a human rights ordinance to protect gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people from discrimination. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: The senate approved a bill that would make anal and oral sex felonies punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment. full story

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: The audience audibly gasped at what one South Dakota state senator said on Saturday in support of a bathroom bill targeting transgender people in the state. “This is definitely a good bill. What’s this about?” he asked rhetorically. “This is about protecting our children. I’m sorry if you’re so twisted you don’t know who you are.” full story

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 7th

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

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

PEOPLE: Hollywood stuntman and stunt coordinator Shawn Balentine has come out publicly as a gay man in a deeply personal Facebook post. full story

INDIA: An Indian filmmaker has locked horns with the country’s tax office over a film about gay people. full story

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UK: UKIP has selected a proponent of gay ‘cure’ therapies as a candidate for the London Assembly. full story

USA: Supporters of Hillary Clinton on Saturday pounced on a newly unearthed resolution signed by Bernard Sanders in 1982 affirming marriage is between “husband and wife,” asserting the document undercuts the notion he’s been a longtime supporter of same-sex marriage. full story

USA: Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails got her into trouble last year with same-sex parents, and the campaign is showing its support now by sharing a letter from an anxious gay father who is “scared of what a Republican president will mean for my family.” full story

USA: At the GOP debate, on same-sex marriage, Marco Rubio was emphatic about his opposition, but also left room to “respect” those who may have a differing views in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court decision extending marriage rights for gay couples across the country. full story

USA, ARIZONA: A trans man has been shot and killed by police in Arizona only weeks after announcing he was transitioning, and then the media misgendered him. full story

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USA, IDAHO: When the U.S. Supreme Court last summer gave same-sex couples the right to marry, Republican Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho said Congress should move quickly to protect the religious liberty of citizens who believe in traditional marriage. full story

USA, NEW YORK: New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people’s sexual orientation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: One Washington County commissioner is speaking out against the anti marriage equality resolution, and asking for it to be removed. full story

USA,TEXAS: A change in Texas prison system policy means transgender inmates who hadn’t started hormone therapy before incarceration can do so behind bars. full story

USA, TEXAS: Dallas Democrats are demanding the resignation of a Dallas County justice of the peace who says he won’t perform same-sex marriages despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling allowing gay couples to wed. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 6th

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

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

GENERAL: Here’s a guide to words well-known throughout the transgender community and yet misunderstood, misused, or unknown in the world outside the T. full story

PEOPLE: Chelsea Manning has released her own podcast from prison – in which she opens up about her life, from being the victim of homophobic bullying to her transition.
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AUSTRALIA: A senior policeman in Coolangatta, Australia has had to write a junior officer a written apology after making a ‘gay’ notation next to the latter’s name on a workplace roster left on his desk in open view of anyone entering his office. full story

GREENLAND: Following unanimous approval in both the Greenlandic and Danish Parliaments, the same-sex marriage and adoption bill was given the ceremonial Royal Assent on Wednesday, and will take effect April 1st. full story

KUWAIT: The family of a US soldier have claimed that she and her girlfriend were jailed for 25 years on “false” charges because of their sexuality. full story

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MEXICO: A decision by the Mexican Supreme Court could pave the way to marriage equality in all 32 of its states according to the Yucatan Times. full story

MOROCCO: Two men accused of being involved in a secret gay relationship have been sentenced to 18 months in prison in Morocco. full story

ROMANIA: In November 2015, the so-called Coalition for Family started a nationwide campaign to ban same-sex marriage in the Constitution, by narrowly defining marriage as the union between a man and a woman. full story

RUSSIA: Prosecutors have begun considering whether media coverage of the unexpected friendship between a male tiger and goat at a safari park in the country’s far east counts as gay propaganda. full story

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USA: Four men talked with Buzzfeed about their experience being gay and serving. full story

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USA: Hillary Clinton took a swipe at rival Bernie Sanders during the recent Democratic debate – after he claimed she “insulted” all gay people. full story

USA, FLORIDA: A Sarasota, Fla., suburb is waiting for its school board to meet and vote on potentially expanding a new transgender-inclusive bathroom policy, following a packed hearing on the issue. full story

USA, GEORGIA: The “Pastor Protection Act,” the first of several proposed religious exemptions for opponents of the marriages to gain any traction this year, won approval Thursday in a House Judiciary subcommittee and was sent on for a full committee vote. full story

USA, INDIANA: House Minority Leader Scott Pelath is vowing the gay rights debate isn’t over during the legislative session, even though an anti-discrimination bill was abandoned this week in the Republican-dominated Senate. full story

USA, NEBRASKA: A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction striking down Nebraska’s now-negated ban on gay marriage and civil unions. full story

USA, NEW YORK: Ali Forney Center has already raised $186,073 towards buying antigay ‘Harlem hate church’, which will be sold in a foreclosure auction Feb. 24th. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Meet Joe Parrish, he’s like any other 24-year-old political science graduate at the start of his career – and he’s asexual. full story

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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina legislators and a magistrate who won’t issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples are asking a federal court to let them defend a religious exemption law challenged as discriminatory. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Former Tennessee state Sen. David Fowler, now head of his state’s Family Action Council, has filed a lawsuit against a second county clerk which intends to nullify the Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling. full story

USA, TEXAS: A judge in the US state of Texas is being urged to step down after revealing that he would not perform a same-sex marriage. full story

USA, UTAH: A group of LGBT-affirming mothers in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are alarmed because they say youth suicides in the church are up since leaders condemned LDS gay couples in November full story

USA, WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia bill would give Christians a “get out of jail free” card. A sweeping religious freedom bill promoted by Republicans in West Virginia would allow people of faith to illegally discriminate against others, as well as break any other law that violates their sincerely held religious beliefs. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 5th

Friday, February 5th, 2016

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

PEOPLE: Steve Pauwels – a pastor in Londonderry, New Hampshire – is not very happy about the inclusion of gay and transgender characters in superhero comic books. full story

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INTERNATIONAL: The UN Postal Administration has released six new postage stamps promoting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. full story

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CHINA: study commissioned by independent statutory body Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), and conducted by the Gender Research Centre of the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, found out that 55.7% of telephone survey respondents support anti-discrimination legislation on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity (SOGI) and intersex status – almost a twofold increase from the findings in a 2005 government survey, where 28.7% supported such a measure. full story

COLOMBIA: Colombia is on the brink of joining Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay as South American countries that allow same-sex couples to legally marry as its Constitutional Court is set to decide the issue as soon as next Thursday. full story

INDIA: Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the country’s most senior Catholic priest, has called for gay sex to be made legal. full story

ISRAEL: A group of Jewish so-called gay ‘conversion’ therapists have set up shop in Israel – after coming under fire in the US. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Police in Northern Ireland are on the hunt for whoever is responsible for the incendiary leaflets that have been distributed throughout Derry which claim that homosexuals have the “longest child abuse record in history” and that Adolf Hitler used his “homosexual formation” the SS to “commit almost the whole Holocaust.” full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Trans people living in Scotland still face long delays and discrimination on the NHS, politicians have heard. full story

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USA: The National LGBTQ Task Force has launched a groundbreaking income tax preparation guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people. The new taxpayer resource is intended to guide LGBTQ people with questions they might want to ask when sitting in front of their tax preparer or program. full story

USA: Hillary Clinton on her litmus tests: “We have to preserve marriage equality. We have to go further to end discrimination against the LGBT community. We’ve got to make sure to preserve Roe v. Wade; not let it be nibbled away, or repealed. We’ve got work to do,” she added. full story

USA: In an interview with NBC’s New England Cable News, yesterday Donald Trump vaguely promised “forward motion” on LGBT issues should he be elected. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: A gay professor claims he was fired for sexual harassment due to a “misunderstanding” that stemmed from telling a student he would “ride them hard.” full story

USA, FLORIDA: After more than an hour of debate and public testimony, the Florida House Judiciary committee voted to advance the so-called “Pastor Protection Act,” which purports to protect clergy from having to perform same-sex weddings. full story

USA, FLORIDA: Feb. 4 marks the first of three “committee of the whole” meetings, where the Jacksonville City Council will discuss a proposed LGBT-inclusive Human Rights Ordinance. full story

USA, INDIANA: Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg told reporters that LGBT civil rights is high on his agenda and blamed Pence, whose actions last year surrounding an anti-gay “religious freedom” law brought the state national attention, boycotts, and economic disadvantage. full story

USA, MAINE: Governor Paul LePage is blocking rules to protect transgender students. full story

USA, TEXAS: An elected judge in the US state of Texas is refusing to grant same-sex marriages, claiming he spoke with God and set everything straight. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: A Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee on Thursday approved a bill that would require people to use restrooms in schools and public buildings that correspond to their “biological gender.” The subcommittee on Thursday also approved state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County)’s House Bill 385, which would ban municipalities from enacting measures against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. full story

USA, WASHINGTON: Washington state Republican Graham Hunt, a ‘war hero’ lawmaker who tried to ban trans people from going to the bathroom, has resigned – after it emerged he isn’t who he claimed to be. full story

USA, WASHINGTON: A surreal anti-trans bill has progressed in Washington state – which could enforce ‘genital-checking’ for public bathrooms. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 3rd

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

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

GENERAL: A new video presented by BBC Raw sheds light on what it’s like to be asexual. full story

PEOPLE: Jussie Smollett: “I am a gay man with an extremely open heart. God, I’ve never had to talk about this, so I’m trying to find the words. If I had to label myself, I would label myself as a gay man.” full story

PEOPLE: Theodore Shoebat’s latest video features the unhinged antigay activist declaring that Jesus Christ would personally kill gay people with his bare hands, so gentle and merciful in his grace. “Jesus Christ took up a whip and beat people up in his Father’s temple. Now imagine if sodomites were in his Father’s temple. Jesus would have killed them all. He wouldn’t just have hit them; Jesus got violent!” full story

POP CULTURE: Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy has said he plans to diversify his team of directors by the end of this year. full story

POP CULTURE: fter outraging some conservatives last November by featuring a boy in one of their adverts for Barbie (‘Moschino Barbie is so fierce!’), toy makers Mattel may face further backlash with the news that they’ve created a brand new Barbie version lesbian US soccer star Abby Wambach. full story

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USA: Play School, Australia’s favourite television show for pre-school children, is searching for two gay dads to feature in an episode aimed at educating youngsters on diversity within the family. full story

RELIGION: Take a look at the actual facts that should have homophobes who pick and choose what to preach quaking in their boots. full story

ANGOLA: The Angola United Methodist Church condemns marriage between people of the same sex, said Methodist Church bishop, Gaspar João Domingos, who mentioned doctrinal principles. full story

AUSTRALIA: The Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014 was re-introduced in the senate Thursday (4 February), after a British gay man who died on his honeymoon in South Australia was listed as ‘never married’ on his death certificate. full story

INDIA: Just as we were getting ready to dress up with dramatic colourful saris on the Delhi gay scene and show off our bhangra and dandiya dance moves we learnt from our Bollywood dance class, we discovered that being gay in India has become illegal, again. full story

ITALY: A civil union law wouldn’t go unnoticed among gay travelers, said LoAnn Halden, a spokeswoman for the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, an umbrella organization of gay-friendly tourist companies. full story

RUSSIA: Russia’s most vitriolic and homophobic lawmakers has offered gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev a one-way ticket out of the country. full story

UK: Pro-LGBT lobbyists within the Church of England have called for ‘affirmation’ services for people who have changed gender. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: An appeal by the bakers at the centre of the “gay cake” discrimination battle has been adjourned for three months. The adjournment follows a last minute intervention by Northern Ireland’s top legal advisor, Attorney General John Larkin QC, to investigate concerns the country’s equality laws conflict with human rights legislation. full story

USA: Marriage Equality USA on Feb. 3 announced that it would close down later this year. full story

USA: When asked about what she’s looking for in a potential Supreme Court justice, Hillary Clinton took a stand for LGBT rights. full story

USA: A proposed rule would require military health care provider TriCare to cover hormone therapy and counseling for transgender spouses and other dependents of uniformed military personnel. full story

USA: Franklin Graham appeared on CNN today where he declared that the US government has only been secular for “the last few years.” He then called for a national referendum on same-sex marriage. full story

USA: Anti-LGBTIQ former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is ending his presidential bid, and is expected to make the announcement on Wednesday evening, and has endorsed Marco Rubio. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in partnership with the Equality Federation, today released its second annual national report assessing the status of state legislation affecting LGBT equality across America, including in California. full story

USA, INDIANA: Gov. Mike Pence isn’t saying whether he would have signed the state Senate’s failed proposal for extending anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. full story

USA, MONTANA: Denise Juneau, the first Native American woman to win a statewide elective office, has become the first openly gay candidate in Montana. full story

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USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: Today, South Dakota lawmakers moved forward with two more pieces of discriminatory legislation targeting LGBT South Dakotans – HB 1112 and HB 1107. Both passed through the House State Affairs committee today by a vote of 10 to 3. HB 1112 could ban transgender students from participating in athletic activities consistent with their gender identity and HB 1107 seeks to explicitly authorize taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBT South Dakotans and single mothers. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: The Washington County Commission will consider an anti same sex marriage resolution again on 2/22. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Nashville’s Metro Council is now on record requesting the city’s delegation in the Tennessee legislature to oppose state bills that are anti-gay marriage. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: The D.C. City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to give final approval of a bill that requires continuing education programs for licensed healthcare professionals that include LGBT-related “cultural competency” training. full story