Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 31st

Written by scott on March 31st, 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!

OPINION: On International Transgender Day of Visibility, this southern trans man removes his armor and reveals his anguish over the ongoing attack on his people. full story

OPINION: Being gay I’ve always struggled with heteronormative ideals and am continuously looking at ways of challenging the ‘blue for boys, pink for girls’ way of thinking. full story

PEOPLE: Michael Sam shared his thoughts on coming out publicly, racism in the gay community and homophobia in the black community. full story

PEOPLE: Bi erasure isn’t just something in the media: YouTuber Connor Manning revealed that his own therapist tried to convince him he really wasn’t bisexual. full story

PEOPLE: Geordie Shore babe Marnie Simpson has claimed she is bisexual – admitting she kisses just as many girls as she does boys. full story

POP CULTURE: Trans model TJ Jans is set to take to the catwalk tonight at Western Canada Fashion Week. full story

TJ Jans

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Labor party leader has said that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is a “traitor to the cause” if he will not allow a debate on same-sex marriage. full story

AUSTRALIA: The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has issued a statement in support of marriage equality after flagging concerns that a disproportionate number of Australia and New Zealand’s LGBTI community face heightened risk of mental health issues and psychological distress. full story

CHINA: China’s first gay-themed commercial film will soon have a cinema release after bypassing the country’s strict censorship laws. full story


COLOMBIA: A campaign to have same-sex couples’ adoption rights put to a popular vote in Colombia has managed to gather more than the 1.8 million signatures needed to move forward with a referendum on the issue. full story

SAUDI ARABIA: A newspaper in Saudi Arabia has reported that prosecutors in the country are pushing to enforce the death penalty for homosexuality – because social media is turning people gay. full story

UK: Did Oxford City Council just – accidentally – introduce draconian new laws that allow public officials to fine gay men on suspicion of cruising in a public convenience? full story

UK: A study undertaken in February has found that 60% of transgender people have experienced discrimination at work. full story

UK: National Union of Students LGBT+ Officer Robbie Young responds to criticism of an NUS motion that called for LGBT societies to abolish gay men’s reps, and blamed “cis gay men” for “misogyny, transphobia, racism and biphobia”. full story

UK: A trans woman will take on the role of Channel 4’s continuity announcer today – to mark the International Transgender Day of Visibility. full story


USA: The U.S. Justice Department has announced that correctional facilities must consider an inmate’s gender identity before placing them in custody. full story

USA: I am a 30-year-old female-to-male transgender Iraqi, born and raised in Baghdad. In 2013, I arrived in the United States as a refugee from Lebanon, where I was waiting on UNHCR’s decision for my resettlement case. full story

USA: A transgender activist from Malaysia is among the 14 women who the State Department honored in D.C. on Tuesday. full story

USA, ARKANSAS: Arkansas’ attorney general is appealing a judge’s ruling that a city ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity doesn’t conflict with a state law aimed at blocking local protections for gays and lesbians. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: A barber in Southern California has been slapped with a discrimination suit – after refusing to cut the hair of a transgender person. full story

USA, KANSAS: Avery Jackson, an eight-year-old transgender child, wants to help a LGBT nonprofit do something bold: purchase a house across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka. full story

Avery Jackson

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The state Senate approved late Wednesday “religious freedom” legislation that enablee anti-LGBT discrimination in the state, leaving a signature by Gov. Phil Bryant the last remaining hurdle before the legislation becomes law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The city of Boston has joined the likes of San Francisco and New York City in stopping its workers from travelling to the state of North Carolina. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: On Wednesday, CNBC host Simon Hobbs went after North Carolina Lt. Governor Dan Forest over the Tar Heel state’s newly signed anti-LGBT bill, HB 2. full story


USA, NORTH CAROLINA: McCrory is offering to “work on solutions that will make this bill better in the future.” But no word on what they are. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has joined other government officials in banning anything but most publicly funded travel to North Carolina because of the state’s law halting anti-discrimination rules. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Clamor continues to rise for North Carolina to repeal its newly enacted anti-LGBT law, but whether the federal government will seek to assert its authority to challenge the measure remains to be seen. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Mayor Rahm Emanuel is issuing an executive order banning official city travel to North Carolina. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The Portland City Council has voted unanimously to pass a resolution preventing city employees from travel to North Carolina. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: A+E Networks and 21st Century Fox may refrain from filming future projects in North Carolina if the state does not repeal a controversial law that bars local LGBT anti-discrimination ordinances. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: In response to near-universal criticism of North Carolina’s hate bill from the media, from big business, and from major political figures nationwide, the state’s Republican Senatorial Committee has launched a “Stand With McCrory” website so that haters can send messages of support to the governor. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday vetoed a religious freedom bill that critics said would have allowed anti-LGBT discrimination. full story

USA, WISCONSIN: Lawmakers in Janesville, the hometown of House Speaker Paul Ryan, have approved a nondiscrimination ordinance that includes gender identity. full story


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