Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 29th

Written by scott on April 29th, 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: Ending our culture’s obsession with what’s “male” and what’s “female” will be our salvation, writes Riki Wilchins. full story

PEOPLE: Whenever I’m told that I seem too gay to be a bisexual man I always respond the same way: “Name me five male bisexual celebrities.” full story

POP CULTURE: Seth Meyers last night took a deep dive into the world of anti-trans “bathroom bill” legislation, calling out extremist right-wing hucksters like FOX News, their “doctor” Keith Ablow, Ainsley Earhardt and others for pushing dangerous myths. full story

COLOMBIA: Colombia’s highest court on April 28, 2016, formally legalized same-sex marriage in the South American country. full story

EUROPE: The Eurovision Song Contest has warned fans not to wave their rainbow flags in a “political” manner. full story

JAPAN: To mark the beginning of Tokyo Rainbow Week, Freedom to Marry’s Evan Wolfson recorded a message about marriage equality for the LGBTIQA community. full story

JORDAN: A Lebanese rock band was told they could never perform in Jordan again because the lead singer is gay and they believe in religious and sexual freedom. full story

NIGERIA: According to a ‘Wanted Person’ advertorial carried in the Daily Times Newspaper on April 28, a young lady identified as Chinyeaka Immaculata Onwuzurike, was declared wanted because she is bisexual. full story


UK: For the first time ever, the UK has granted a transgender woman from Singapore asylum so that she does not have to go back to her country and do compulsory military service as a man. full story

USA: The NCAA Board of Governors has adopted a new requirement for sites bidding on its events. They must “demonstrate they will provide safe environments free of discrimination. full story

USA: Republicans in the US House of Representatives are conspiring to nullify Barack Obama’s executive order on LGBT rights – via an amendment to a vital armed forces bill. full story

USA: Amid consternation over the newly enacted state laws enabling discrimination against LGBT people, congressional democratic lawmakers have renewed their push for comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination legislation at the federal level. full story

USA: A pastor with ties to Republican Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has claimed that Girl Scouts leaders should be drowned because they’re too pro-gay. He also said: “Yeah, I know homosexuals love each other. And cannibals love their victims. They taste good. And the Nazis loved their children, but that’s not love.” full story

USA: Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, a companion bill to HR 2450, introduced in the House of Representatives by Ted Lieu in 2015. full story

USA: The anti-gay National Organisation for Marriage has declared a funding crisis for the second time in six months – claiming a critical shortfall in cash comes from being “too successful”. full story

USA, ALABAMA: State Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore referred to a transgender activist as a “known transvestite.” “We’re in a serious time in this country,” Moore continued. “We’re at a time when people who just a few years ago would have been described as having a mental disorder … today, that person can violate and has violated a court order and is bringing complaints against the chief justice.” full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Despite overwhelming support from their classmates, a high school in Redding, California, is refusing to allow a lesbian couple to be nominated as prom queens. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: Senators advanced a proposal to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, moments after an initial vote appeared to stall the measure in committee. Sen. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, changed her vote Thursday to move the bill out of the Senate Labor Committee and to a full Senate debate. With Barrow’s switched vote, the committee advanced the measure with a 4-3 vote. full story

USA, MISSOURI: A former student in Missouri State University’s counseling master’s program has filed a federal lawsuit against the school, claiming that he was wrongfully dismissed from the program because of his religious beliefs. The belief that he felt was violated was his unwillingness to counsel same-sex couples. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: FOX News anchor Megyn Kelly might be the first major anchor to really grill North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on the “bathroom” elements of his state’s anti-LGBT HB 2 law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: State Senate Democrats’ proposal to repeal House Bill 2 appears to be dead just a day after it was filed – after leaders referred it to the Ways and Means Committee, which hasn’t held a meeting in years and is widely known as the graveyard of the Senate full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: A billboard opposed to legislation in North Carolina passed recently to limit the rights of LGBT people has obviously touched a nerve with some bigots, who decided to deface it. full story


USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The country’s top LGBT legal organizations urged federal officials on Thursday to make it clear that passing anti-LGBT laws like one in North Carolina will jeopardize their federal education funding. full story

USA, NORTH DAKOTA: A strip club in Williston, North Dakota — in the heart of the shale — announced plans to become an LGBTIQA nightclub. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: A South Carolina bill that targets transgender people appears to be dead for this legislative session. full story

USA, TEXAS: Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has launched a boycott of businesses, like Target, that allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choosing and says he would support legislation to stop it. full story


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