Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 8th

Written by scott on 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

State Sen. David Omdahl

 

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