Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 20th

Written by scott on April 20th, 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!

COMMENTARY: Do you know what the difference is between bisexuality and pansexuality? As our community expands and reorganizes, it can be difficult to keep up with new terminology and definitions. full story

PEOPLE: Below, via Whisper, we’ve rounded up 18 coming-out stories from people who identify as bisexual. full story


PEOPLE: ESPN commentator and former MLB player Curt Schilling shared a disgusting, transphobic graphic to Facebook, enhancing it with his own commentary, before deleting it earlier today. full story

POP CULTURE: eople are generally okay with seeing transgender people in ads, but that doesn’t mean they understand who transgender people are. full story

POP CULTURE: YouTuber Joey Salads, known for his viral pranks, has this time taken upon himself to conduct a so-called ‘social experiment’ where he enters a public female bathroom claiming to be transgender. full story


INTERNATIONAL: Research launched today shows the extent of progress being made by countries across the Commonwealth in upholding the rights of LGBT citizens. full story

CANADA: Supportive South Asian mom and dad Vijay and Sushma Agarwal, who helped their son organize his Hindu gay wedding, have launched a local PFLAG chapter, telling Gay Star News they hope they can help their community to be ‘more open’. full story


CYPRUS: Sixteen couples have entered a civil union so far in Cyprus, while a European study shows there is still room for improvement on LGBT issues and social acceptance. full story

MALTA: A staggering 61% of the population are ready and willing to accept gay marriage and give the LGBTIQ community an equal treatment to heterosexual couples, the iSurvey commissioned by The Malta Independent reveals. full story


USA: Transgender university and college students are at a significantly higher risk for suicide attempts when their campus experience includes being denied access to bathrooms and gender-appropriate campus housing, a Georgia State University study finds. full story

USA: Target took a stand yesterday with regard to “bathroom” laws being proposed around the country and the encroaching discrimination on the rights of LGBTIQA people. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The Governor of Mississippi has claimed that without his anti-LGBT law in place, churches would be forced to close. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Belinda Carlisle, singer, Go-Gos founder, and gay rights supporter, has ripped into Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant for signing into law HB 1523, which has been called ‘the worst religious freedom bill to date’ in the U.S. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Stand-up comedian Tracy Morgan has canceled an upcoming Mississippi gig in protest of the state’s new law allowing business and public employees to discriminate against LGBT individuals. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI/NORTH CAROLINA: The UK is now warning people about going to the US over the anti-LGBTI laws in North Carolina and Mississippi. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The Governor called for more dialogue on the issue of transgender people and bathroom use while saying he stands by provisions of a bill regarding access to facilities. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Since, North Carolina is part of the 4th Circuit, the Virginia ruling could have major implications in the battle against HB2 – including the threat of losing millions in federal funding if the law isn’t repealed. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Attorney General Roy Cooper has a growing lead over Gov. Pat McCrory in their race for governor, a new poll shows. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The governor says he will abide by the ruling but is seeking input from lawyers regarding how the state should respond. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Stephen Colbert last night pointed out all the musical acts and companies that have been boycotting North Carolina over its anti-LGBT law – Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, PayPal, even adult site xHamster. full story


USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Neal Gottlieb, a US ice cream company owner and activist, climbed to the top of Mount Mitchell, to fight for LGBTI rights. ‘I proudly placed a rainbow-painted outhouse displaying a trans pride flag at the summit of North Carolina’s tallest mountain this morning in protest of the state’s repressive HB2 legislation.” full story


USA, RHODE ISLAND: Lori Franchina, an ex-firefighter, has been handed a huge payout after suing her former employer for homophobic harassment. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: House Republican leader Gerald McCormick seeks revenge for companies that spoke out against Tennessee’s transgender bathroom bill. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Police investigated after a group of rainbow colored nooses were discovered hanging from a tree on a college campus in Tennessee. full story


USA, UTAH: The Salt Lake City Council has decided to name a street after pioneering gay leader Harvey Milk, the latest display of its position as a blue island in a sea of deep-red, where the prevailing Mormon faith still has a fraught relationship with the LGBT community. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled in favor of a transgender student who sued his Virginia school district over its policy that does not allow him to use the boys restroom or locker room. full story


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