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Marriage Equality Watch: April 19th

Tuesday, April 19th, 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!

NATURE: An intersex kitten is getting a lot of attention – after being born with a mix of male and female characteristics. full story

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PEOPLE: Award winning actress Viola Davis has promised to fight for LGBT families everywhere, as she expressed her outrage at the lack of LGBT rights across the world. full story

PEOPLE: La’Porsha Renae has apologized for comments she made earlier this month at a press conference, during which she said, “I am one of the people who don’t really agree with that lifestyle” when asked to discuss the new anti-gay legislation in Mississippi, her home state. full story

POP CULTURE: The all-girl superhero group The Powerpuff Girls are using their powers to educate kids on transgender issues. In the new episode “Horn, Sweet Horn,” the girls meet a pony named Donny who wants nothing more than to be a unicorn. full story

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PEOPLE: Marnie Simpson, the Geordie Shore star once engaged to Ricky Rayment, has come out as bisexual ahead of unveiling her new clothing range with Forever Modo on Tuesday. full story

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POP CULTURE: After 12 issues, Midnighter, the first comic with a gay lead. is coming to an end. full story

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FRANCE: Air France has begun serving a new route to Iran – despite protests from gay air stewards. full story

KUWAIT: 41 allegedly ‘gay men and trans women’ have been arrested for prostituting themselves in a massage parlor in Kuwait. full story

UGANDA: Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament has said the Anti-Homosexuality law could return at any time. full story

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UGANDA: Uganda’s former national football manager Chris Mubiru was cleared of sodomy charges. full story

UK: A review has found that government-appointed prison chaplains have routinely distributed homophobic literature to prisoners. full story

USA: Sen. Ted Cruz today invoked the protections included in the Constitution when a gay man asked the Republican presidential candidate about his work protecting the rights of gay voters. full story

USA: With no public notice, a gay man last December agreed to settle a potentially groundbreaking gay rights lawsuit he filed in 2012 accusing the Library of Congress of violating the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 by firing him because of his sexual orientation and gender. full story

USA: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest lashed out Monday over the delay on confirmation an openly gay nominee poised to become the next Army secretary, saying the senator responsible for the hold “relishes the opportunity to be before the camera.” full story

USA: Donald Trump’s legal team has reportedly threatened to sue a gender-fluid artist for painting a nude portrait of the Republican candidate. full story

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USA, COLORADO: A pre-school that refused to allow a four-year-old student to opt out of education on gay relationships and gender issues has told Gay Star News that it stands by its anti-bias curriculum. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: As wedding season gets underway, more than 9,200 same-sex marriage licenses have been issued in Cook County since February 2014, including civil unions converted into marriages, and the county is expecting to hit the 10,000 mark this summer. full story

USA, MARYLAND: The Montgomery County Council will introduce legislation condemning discrimination against LGBTQ individuals on Tuesday. The Council hopes to influence County Executive Ike Leggett to suspend all official travel to states where discriminatory laws exist. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: After apologizing for supporting North Carolina’s anti-LGBT bill, Billy Richardson hopes to strike it down. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Boston has cancelled their NC tour dates: “It is with deep regret, that I must announce the cancellation of our upcoming shows on May 4, 5 & 6 in Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh in order to raise awareness, and protest in the strongest terms, the recent passage of HB2, the so called “North Carolina bathroom law.” full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Duke University leaders condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the North Carolina law which requires people to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender they were born with, and called for its repeal, adding to the heated national debate over gay and transgender rights. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Pearl Jam: “It is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina on April 20th.” full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Raleigh’s tourism agency says losses have reached $3 million because of cancellations prompted by the protests of North Carolina’s law on LGBT rights.
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USA, TENNESSEE: The House sponsor of a controversial bill that would require students in public school grades K-12 and higher education institutions to use the restroom that corresponds with their sex at birth is delaying action on the bill until next year. full story

USA, TEXAS: A Whole Foods in Austin is being sued by a pastor who claims he ordered a cake from them with the personalized message “Love Wins,” but instead recieved a cake with the phrase followed by a gay slur. full story

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USA, TEXAS: Chris Sevier has filed a lawsuit against the Harris County district clerk, Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton for denying him the right to marry his Mac. He is trying to prove that, essentially, marriage between a same-sex couple can be equated to marriage between a man and a machine. full story

USA, WASHINGTON: Washington state’s Family Policy Institute went to the University of Washington to grill students about their support for transgender rights. Watch as their spokesman demands to know why these trans-friendly students won’t recognize his right to identify as a Chinese woman, a 7 year-old boy, or a 6’5″ man. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 18th

Monday, April 18th, 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: The Advocate takes a look at seventeen antigay leaders who were later exposed as being gay or bi. full story

PEOPLE: YouTube singer Sam Tsui has opened up about his sexuality – as he reveals he’s about to get married. full story

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POP CULTURE: In the game Milo Tosser, it allows you to control three Isis members as they throw a gay man from a rooftop to hit certain targets on the ground. You can hit explosives to get more points. And, also, once the body has fallen to the ground, other extremists gather to stone it to death. full story

POP CULTURE: SNL: From the makers of Angel In Denim: The Kim Davis Story comes God is a Boob Man, in which an antigay small-town baker (Vanessa Bayer) is forced to prove once and for all that the man upstairs is, indeed, a hetero. full story

POP CULTURE: Popular fantasy drama Once Upon a Time has finally introduced fans to the shows first same-sex couple. Ruby from Little Red Riding Hood and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz finally kissed, introducing fans of the show to Once Upon a Time’s first LGBT couple – seventeen episodes in. full story

INTERNATIONAL: The State Department’s annual human rights report that it released last week notes anti-LGBT violence, persecution and discrimination persisted in many parts of the world in 2015. full story

AUSTRALIA: Telstra CEO Andy Penn has now told SBS that the company has had a re-think. ‘Last week we advised that out of respect for the individual our view had been that we would not add further to the debate on marriage equality ahead of a plebiscite or parliamentary debate. It is clear that rather than Telstra stepping back we should in fact step forward and support our view for marriage equality and so that is what we will do. full story

AUSTRALIA: An Australian trans woman says that she was raped thousands of times while being held in a male prison. full story

IRELAND: Ireland is set to review its lifetime ban on gay men donating blood. full story

MALTA: A new video asks what’s it’s like to be LGBTI in one of the smallest nations in the world. full story

UK: The Minister for Women and Equalities is still “working through” a report calling for an urgent shake-up of gender recognition laws, over three months after it came out. full story

VATICAN: In last week’s letter covering marriage and the family, Pope Francis‘ Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) apparently sides with The College of Pediatricians’ recent claim that “conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.” full story

USA: Mike Lee, who rode the Tea Party wave to victory in 2010, is the right wing’s idea of a Constitutional scholar to replace Scalia. Lee believes in the idea of nullification, which allows states to opt out of federal laws that they don’t like, like marriage equality. full story

USA: John Kasich continues to seek a middle ground on LGBT rights compared other Republican presidential candidates, although he thinks LGBT people who face discrimination should “just for a second get over it.” full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Over the nearly 10-minute interview, NBC host Chuck Todd hammered at Governor McCrory’s widely-debunked talking points. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Duran Duran performed in Charlotte last night – behind the pop superstars was a rainbow colored US flag. Singer Simon Le Bon spoke to the crowd, explaining why they kept the gig. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Hollywood actor George Clooney on Sunday panned a North Carolina law that targets the LGBTIQA community. full story

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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The Washington Post has evaluated North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s statements in the video accompanying last week’s executive order and given him “Three Pinocchios.” full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Brynn Tannehill lists ten things we have learned in the fight in North Carolina. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 17th

Sunday, April 17th, 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: You have to choose. It’s just a phase. Once you’re in a committed relationship, you’re no longer bisexual. You’re just confused. I came out as bisexual when I was 15, and although my family and friends understood, others told me what we all hear. full story

NATURE: Two male lions have been caught on film in an amazing display of mating by a photographer. full story

AUSTRALIA: Australia’s first ever exclusively LGBT fertility center has opened, offering donor insemination, IVF, donor egg and sperm programs, egg and sperm freezing, and surrogacy services. full story

USA: Transgender advocates are growing impatient with the ongoing review of the U.S. military’s ban on openly trans service, which continues to lag at the Pentagon. full story

USA, GEORGIA: Amid widely publicized complaints about ill-treatment of transgender inmates in Georgia prisons, federal officials have begun an investigation into the treatment of LGBTUQA inmates generally in the state’s prisons. full story

USA, KANSAS: Protesters lined up Friday in front of the Statehouse in Topeka to pressure Kansas legislators not to pass a law similar to those recently passed in Mississippi and North Carolina. full story

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USA, MISSISSIPPI/NORTH CAROLINA: Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has signed an executive order banning non-essential, city-funded travel to North Carolina and Mississippi because of discriminatorylaws passed there. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina state Representative Billy Richardson wrote an op-ed calling for the repeal of the state’s new law, HB2. ‘Since our hasty vote on HB2, I have been haunted by the fact that in one rushed action, I undermined a lifetime of fighting against those who would demonize a group of citizens to gain political advantage and to advance an unjust agenda.’ full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Stephen Curry, the NBA’s current reigning MVP (most valuable player), has spoken out against North Carolina’s anti-LGBT HB2. full story

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 13th

Thursday, April 14th, 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: Even folks who normally express support for LGBTQ rights are buying into specious arguments conservatives are pushing – because they don’t know the truth. full story

POP CULTURE: Without causing a fuss, a nice new ad for Google Calendar features a gay guy breaking up, getting over it, and then meeting someone new. full story

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AUSTRALIA: First, Telstra winded back its support for same sex-marriage after pressure from the Catholic Church; one of its biggest clients. Then, a Telstra customer service representative identified homosexuality as an “ideology” and not a sexuality during online correspondence with a customer. full story

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AUSTRALIA: Australia’s largest telco, Telstra, says it has abandoned its public campaign for marriage equality to allow clear air during the proposed plebiscite – not because of pressure from the Catholic church. full story

EUROPE: Hundreds of thousands of young Europeans have taken part in a EU-wide poll – and it’s found a lot more are open to gay sex than you might have expected. full story

USA: Faced with a lawsuit seeking a change in policy, the Social Security Administration has lifted the penalty on same-sex couples who received overpayment of benefits after the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act. full story

USA: Legislation has been proposed in states across the country to protect those who — due to religious beliefs — decline to employ or serve certain people. Critics say the laws are aimed at the LGBT community and are discriminatory. Recent laws denounced as discriminatory in North Carolina and Mississippi have prompted a growing backlash from opponents. Here’s a look at legislation around the country. full story

USA: Some of the most famous players currently playing in the NFL are gay, according to former player and LGBTQ rights advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo. full story

USA: The White House declined to rule out federal funds being cut off in states with anti-LGBT laws. full story

USA: The Liberty Counsel group has helped author anti LGBTIQA measures in at least 20 states, “protecting” religion over sexual orientation, CBS reports. full story

USA, ALABAMA: Private adoption agencies in Alabama could turn away gay couples on religious grounds under a bill passed by a House Committee Wednesday. full story

USA, FLORIDA: It was another packed house at the April 12 Brevard School Board meeting, where supporters wearing red filled the room, pushing the Board to adopt district-wide LGBT protections. full story

USA, GEORGIA: Gov. Nathan Deal said the uproar in North Carolina and Mississippi over new laws that critics say curb gay rights should give supporters of the “religious liberty” measure in Georgia second thoughts, and warned that he’s willing to pull out the veto pen again next year if similar legislation lands on his desk. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: Governor John Bel Edwards’s executive order includes a religious exemption, however, and applies to state contractors but not other private employers. full story

USA, MASSACHUSETTS: The Senate in the US state of Massachusetts is set to debate a bill which would increase protections for trans people. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Sharon Stone has ditched plans to make a movie in Mississippi over the state’s newly passed anti-LGBT law. full story

USA, MISSOURI: A bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people in Missouri has stalled in committee full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Ringo Starr won’t play in North Carolina – the former member of The Beatles followed Bruce Springsteen’s lead in canceling a concert in the state because of the anti-LGBTI law HB2. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: I will be donating all of the profits from the show to Equality North Carolina’s efforts to repeal HB2 and I am proud of my manager and agent for joining me in this effort by donating their commissions from the show to this vital effort. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: TurnOUT! North Carolina announced a series of town hall meetings across the Tar Heel State, focused on engaging and mobilizing pro-equality North Carolinians against House Bill 2 (H.B. 2) in the upcoming legislative session. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Protesters increased the level of noise surrounding the state’s new LGBT law Wednesday evening by setting off dozens of air horns at the governor’s mansion. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: In response to a controversial new state law aimed at gay and transgender people, a group of firms designated as “Certified B” ethical corporations say they are canceling an annual CEO retreat, a street fair, and related meetings. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 13th

Wednesday, April 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!

CORPORATIONS: Chariot for Women, a new ride sharing app for women only, launches in the Boston area on April 19, and welcomes trans women. full story

HISTORY: A history student in Brisbane has uncovered a 1932 newspaper article about same-sex couples getting married, and the reporter’s outrage is almost indistinguishable from the moral panic of today. full story

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POP CULTURE: Adam Lambert has claimed that music industry execs are still ‘scared’ of letting gay artists express themselves through music. full story

AUSTRALIA: In February, the Australian anti-marriage equality group Marriage Alliance released an advertisement depicting a young woman in an office with a rainbow noose around her neck. The Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) ruled on Monday that the group’s advertisement breached standards set in place. full story

AUSTRALIA: AUSTRALIAN telephone company Telstra has come under fire after it bowed to pressure from the Catholic Church over its public support of same-sex marriage. full story

CANADA: An openly gay and atheist Malaysian student has been granted refugee status in Canada after he was outed nationally by his own country’s media and disowned by his family. full story

CHINA: A judge ruled against a gay couple in China’s first same-sex marriage case that attracted several hundred supporters to the courthouse Wednesday in a landmark moment for the country’s emerging LGBT rights movement. full story

FRANCE: Air France is facing a rebellion from gay air stewards – who are refusing to fly on a new route to Iran. full story

LEBANON: Armed religious vigilantes are rounding up LGBTIQAs at checkpoints around Lebanon and passing them over to the police where they are beaten and humiliated. full story

MALAYSIA: Malaysia’s religious police, also known as the Federal Territories Islamic Department (JAWI), shut down a charity gala dinner organised and attended by transgender women in Kuala Lumpur on 3 April. full story

UK: The release of the results of British Muslim opinion survey caused shock. They revealed, among other things, that more than half the sample of British Muslims surveyed thought homosexuality should be made illegal. full story

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USA: Conservatives have long squawked that the studies showing positive outcomes for the children of same-sex couples are lacking methodologically, instead offering their own flawed studies to claim negative consequences. A new study, however, uses their preferred methods — minus the flaws — and proves what the medical community has already long known: same-sex couples make great parents. full story

USA: Around half of all heterosexual men and women potentially carry so-called homosexuality genes that are passed on from one generation to the next. This has helped homosexuality to be present among humans throughout history and in all cultures, even though homosexual men normally do not have many descendants who can directly inherit their genes. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: In an interview yesterday with the “John and Ken Show,” a Southern California talk radio program, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, downplayed his opposition to marriage equality, saying that “of course” there should be no nationwide definition of marriage. full story

USA, COLORADO: Colorado is not joining at least six states that ban or limit psychotherapy which seeks to change the sexual orientation of minors. The Republican majority on a state Senate panel voted against a bill Monday to limit so-called gay conversion therapy. The bill would have banned its use on people under 18. full story

USA, INDIANA: The Indiana Republican Party is faced with the decision whether to change its official platform on same-sex marriage, amid divisive stances from members within. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: Louisiana’s version of the Mississippi’s religious law is up for debate Tuesday morning. House Bill 597, also known as the Pastor Protection Act, is a bill that would allow for pastors to refuse to marry same sex couples. full story

USA MISSISSIPPI,: Billy Ray Cyrus, country singer and father of out entertainer Miley, posted a message on his Facebook page in response to Mississippi’s antigay “religious freedom” bill. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: John Grisham and 95 Mississippi authors wrote an eloquent letter released Monday that Mississippi “has nourished intolerance and degradation and brutality, which has looked at difference as a threat.” full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: American Idol winner Trent Harmon: “I think that you should treat all people equally and respectfully, and that’s what I do, and that’s what I’m going to continue to do no matter what law is passed.” full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The high consumption of gay pornography by residents of Mississippi on adult e-tail Web site GameLink.com is in stark contrast with the state’s recently signed anti-gay measures. Mississippi ranks #6 in the United States for gay pornography viewed on GameLink.com. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The founders of the Mississippi Picnic in Central Park and the New York-Mississippi Society, are officially canceling this year’s picnic in its 37th year. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI/NORTH CAROLINA: On Tuesday, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the city council drafted a letter encouraging businesses in these Southern states to relocate to Salt Lake City. The mayor also issued a memorandum forbidding city-funded or sponsored travel to Mississippi and North Carolina. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI/NORTH CAROLINA: Miami Beach may be adding itself to the growing list of states, municipalities that have banned travel to North Carolina and Mississippi in response to new state laws directed at the lesbian, gay and transgender community. full story

USA, MISSOURI: Businesses from around Missouri announced the formation a coalition Tuesday designed to stop a “religious freedom” amendment to the state’s constitution currently making its way through the Missouri Legislature. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Deutsche Bank is freezing plans to create 250 new jobs at its Cary, North Carolina, location after the state passed a controversial law targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Entertainer Jimmy Buffett says he’s not canceling two North Carolina concerts even though he thinks the state enacted a “stupid law” limiting protections for lesbians, gays and transgender people. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: In response to HB2, North Carolina’s new law limiting anti-discrimination protections, the global community of nearly 1,700 Certified B Corporations announced Tuesday it will relocate a cluster of October events out of North Carolina. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina’s governor is standing firm on state’s anti-LGBT law – but as more and more businesses pull out of the state, it’s everyday North Carolinians who are suffering. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Two rainbow flags which had stood in front of a North Carolina church have been burned. full story

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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: A group of North Carolina craft breweries is teaming up to make a special beer that will be sold to raise money to fight the state’s new House Bill 2 law. The News and Observer reports more than 30 breweries are taking part. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory did some damage control today, announcing that he has signed an executive order protecting LGBT state employees from discrimination. Today’s action does NOT, however, reinstate local LGBT protections nor does it override the so-called “bathroom bill” portion of HB 2. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Cyndi Lauper won’t boycott the state over its anti-LGBTIQA law. ‘I think that people would need us there. Wherever there’s a shut out, wherever people don’t accept other people, the other people need you.’ full story” target=”_blank”>full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Charlotte pastor and congressional candidate Mark Harris and the Benham brothers, ardent Ted Cruz supporters, were one of the driving forces behind the passage of the anti LGBTIQA law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Raleigh is banding with other cities across North Carolina to create an ad welcoming everyone to the state, after feeling the pinch from reactions to the new law. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: A Tennessee bill that would allow mental health therapists to turn away patients based on the counselors’ religious beliefs and personal principles passed Monday and is on its way to the governor. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 12th

Tuesday, April 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!

POP CULTURE: Cartoon series The Powerpuff Girls has featured a plot in which a transgender horse is convinced to transition to a unicorn – but becomes a monster instead. full story

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POP CULTURE: Though he’s been featured as a supportive player in the recently rebooted Archie flagship comic title, Kevin will once again take center stage starring in his own comic book — this time as a special digital series, Life With Kevin, debuting in June. full story

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UK: A UK charity that claims to help people manage “same-sex attraction” by abstaining from sex has insisted that it is not supporting “gay cure” therapy.
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USA: Hillary Clinton’s newest campaign ad could be considered a counter-attack on the recent anti-LGBT legislation passed in North Carolina and Mississippi. full story

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USA: John Kasich called for a little “more respect” and “more tolerance” rather than more legislation when asked a question during a campaign event Monday about protecting gay and transgender Americans. full story

USA, MISSOURI: Dave Simpson with Monsanto said the Missouri-based agrochemical company opposes a ballot measure that would protect businesses that discriminate, calling it ‘bad for business’. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association (MHRA) announced the launch of a new campaign, ‘Everyone’s Welcome Here’, for the end of April. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The Mississippi Economic and Tourism Recovery Act will be introduced Tuesday in an effort to repeal the state’s new anti LGBTIQA law. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: After Portland Mayor Charlie Hales announced he refuses to travel to Mississippi next month to commission the USS Portland over the state’s anti-gay laws, the Navy has announced the commissioning will take place in Portland. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: On many Sundays, conservative Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant can be found in the sanctuary at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, almost always in his trademark suit and boots, often among those helping pass the offering plates. In the same sanctuary — sometimes just a few wooden pews away — are Jan Smith and Donna Phillips, a same-sex couple who are also active in the suburban Jackson church and have a 9-year-old daughter named Hannah. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI/NORTH CAROLINA: A Cincinnati City Council committee paved the way for the city to ban travel to two states that passed laws seen as allowing discrimination. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Effective 12:30 a.m. on Monday, April 11, the adult film site XHampster.com began refusing service to anyone with a North Carolina IP address. Now, instead of porn, North Carolinians seeking to get their rocks off at XHampster are confronted with a link to a petition demanding the repeal of the state’s controversial anti-LGBTQ HB2 law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Supporters and opponents of House Bill 2 are expected to congregate Monday near North Carolina’s Capitol. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: On Friday, the head of Los Angeles Metro announced that his employees are banned from attending the American Public Transportation Association’s May convention in Charlotte. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Transgender North Carolinians are responding to the anti-LGBT law passed by state legislators in May, saying it villainizes them and addresses a “problem” that doesn’t exist. full story

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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: In response to North Carolina passing of HB2, Planting Peace has constructed a message to North Carolina legislators and the anti-LGBT movement. full story

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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina Rep. Bill Richardson was one of the 11 Democrats to vote for his state’s anti-LGBT hate law. In an op-ed published today, Richardson says he is “haunted” by his vote and will now work for the law’s repeal. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA/TENNESSEE: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released a new video highlighting health care professionals who are speaking out against dangerous legislation targeting transgender students – including bills currently pending in Tennessee and South Carolina. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: One of the Tennessee Republicans behind proposed legislation mandating which restrooms trans students can use has been effectively separated from women by the state House speaker. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: ome of the biggest stars in the country music industry are uniting with pediatricians and child welfare advocates, civil rights organizations, the business community and supporters of equality to oppose legislation in Tennessee attacking transgender students in public schools and universities. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Tennessee Attorney General Herbery Slattery III, a Republican, offered in an opinion Monday his views the measure could cost the state funding under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Nashville’s Mayor Megan Barry has released an official statement decrying Tennessee’s recently passed anti-transgender bills; she explains that these laws could potentially cause her city to lose millions in revenue. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 11th

Monday, April 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!

COMMENTARY: Evangelical Christians must be held accountable as accomplices in the suicides of those who are the targets of these abusive actions. full story

CHINA: A Chinese arbitration panel held a hearing Monday in what is believed to be the country’s first transgender employment discrimination case, according to the lawyer in the case. full story

JAMAICA: The number of people in Jamaica who “hate or reject” homosexual relationships has risen over 20% since 2011, a new survey has revealed. full story

MOROCCO: More than 70,000 have signed a petition in support of two Moroccan men arrested under the country’s anti-gay law after being brutally attacked in their own home. full story

NIGERIA: The Nigerian Government is to investigate claims that Switzerland’s Ambassador to the country is living with his husband. full story

NORWAY: The Church of Norway is expected to approve a motion that would allow same-sex couples to marry in the country’s churches. full story

UK: A lesbian has said she was kicked out of a McDonald’s for using the women’s toilets, after being mistaken for a man. full story

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UK: A poll has found that half of Muslims in Britain want gay sex to be made illegal. full story

USA: Activist and author John Corvino debunked the “bathroom predator” myth on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. full story

USA: Tony Perkins took to Fox News yesterday to once again lie about the anti-LGBT hate laws in Mississippi and North Carolina, which he claims actually prevent discrimination against Christians, who are now free to refuse to refuse LGBT customers without penalties. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is canceling a performance this week in Mississippi, citing the state’s new law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The NBA just gave an ultimatum to North Carolina to drop its anti-LGBT law, or lose out on hosting the 2017 All Star Game. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The university announced it will abide by the state’s anti-LGBT law, requiring trans students to use bathrooms that don’t match their gender identity. But how will that policy be enforced? full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Gov. Peter Shumlin has a message for the mammoth online banking company PayPal: Come to Vermont. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Nashville’s first female mayor is speaking out against pending legislation that would require transgender students statewide to use the bathroom and locker room that does not match their gender identity. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 10th

Sunday, April 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!

POP CULTURE: La’Porsha Renae, this year’s (and the final, ever) American Idol runner-up, doesn’t agree with the LGBT ‘lifestyle’, she told reporters in a press interview on Friday following the series finale. full story

COLOMBIA: Two days ago the Colombian Constitutional Court ruled 6-3 to legalize same-sex marriage and while some formalities remain ahead before weddings can commence, Levis yesterday extended their congratulations with a cheeky hanky code image. full story

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TUNISIA: Eight men who were arrested and charged with offences relating to gay sex have been released. full story

USA: In this video on Collin Factor’s YouTube channel, Factor and his friend Marvin discuss stereotypes of Asian men in the gay community, like ‘having a small penis’ and ‘being feminine’. full story

USA: Republican Presidential hopeful John Kasich has said he would not have signed a transgender “bathroom bill” into law. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: A preliminary injunction hearing has been set for June 21 in the case of Rose Trevis v. Hawleywood’s Barbershop and Shaving Parlor, in which the plaintiff, a transgender man, alleges the self-described “old school barbershop” in Long Beach, Calif. discriminated against him on the basis of what the shop’s operators perceived as his gender. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The co-host of ABC’s popular Good Morning America, and a Mississippi native, is opposed to the tate’s new law permitting discrimination against LGBTI residents based on religious convictions. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Since North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill that regulates with who uses what bathrooms, LGBT activists are calling his office to check where they should go when they have to relieve themselves. full story

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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The North Carolina NAACP will hold a massive sit-in at the state legislature if HB2, the anti-LGBT bill, is not repealed by April 21, though the legislature is not officially supposed to reconvene until four days later on April 25. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The city of Charlotte has warned North Carolina that it is already losing out on business due to the state’s newly passed anti-LGBT law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Amid continued outcry over the state’s recently enacted anti-LGBT law, Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality North Carolina, on Saturday announced he has been temporarily appointed for a seat on the state legislature. full story

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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Actor and comedian Joel McHale ripped North Carolina legislators last night at his show in Durham, NC, announcing that “every single dime I make tonight” would go to the LGBTQ Center as a show of protest against the anti-LGBT law passed there earlier this month. full story

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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The passing of North Carolina‘s House Bill 2 is a nightmarish horror show, true — but the story of Lennie and Pearl is a gentle reminder that love is real and occasionally even prevails. The couple — who have been together for over 49 years and just celebrated their first wedding anniversary– just so happen to hail from North Carolina, too. full story

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 9th

Saturday, April 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!

COMMENTARY: Poor bisexuals. Extradited from the gay community and shunned by the straights. Constantly labelled ‘greedy’ or even ‘fake’. Bisexuals are often invisible. full story

POP CULTURE: Siobhan Atwell, a new transgender model, is hitting the catwalks and is set to be a huge star. full story

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POP CULTURE: The company behind role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons spoken out to defend diversity – after video game developers were flooded with abuse. full story

AUSTRALIA: Scores of marriage equality supporters have marched on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Sydney office in a bid to get the coalition to scrap its plan for a national vote on the controversial issue. full story

USA: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Friday that if elected president, he would overturn laws in Mississippi and North Carolina that discriminate against the LGBTIQA community. full story

USA: 39% in the US now support laws that would ban transgender women from using female toilets. full story

USA: Ten mayors have come together to form a coaliton united in protest against states that are passing anti-LGBT laws – Seattle; New York City; Philadelphia; Portland, Ore.; Oakland, Calif.; Honolulu Sante Fe, N.M.; Washington, D.C., and Tampa, Fla.. full story

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USA, DELAWARE: In the wake of legislation aimed at discriminating against LGBT Americans in several states, in particular transgender citizens, Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware recorded a message of support. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: A woman says she was illegally fired at Saginaw Valley State University after telling her bosses that she was making a transition to female from male. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: A Mississippi hospitality group with 1400 hotels, restaurants, and shops among its members has a plan to mitigate damage to the state’s reputation, offering “Everyone’s Welcome Here” stickers to members. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: A new online campaign is targeting North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) for mockery concerning his state’s new anti-trans legislation. #PeeingForPat, as it’s being called, encourages participants to contact the governor to “confirm your adherence to or disregard of” HB2, which bans trans residents from using public restrooms according to their gender identity, and also rolled back anti-discrimination statutes instituted in Charlotte. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The songwriter and performer known for his 1984 hit “Born in the USA” has announced he’ll cancel an upcoming concert in North Carolina over the state’s newly enacted anti-LGBTIQA law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Rocker and E Street Band guitarist Steve van Zandt spoke out backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night, expanding on why Bruce Springsteen decided to cancel his show in Greensboro, North Carolina. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The Family Equality Council said it could not ensure the safety of the transgender attendees and the children planning to join the weekend-long retreat in Hendersonville. full story

USA, PUERTO RICO: A new judge assigned to Puerto Rico same-sex marriage case has struck down the US territory’s gay marriage ban. full story

USA, WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia University has launched a housing program for students to room together on campus regardless of sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 8th

Friday, April 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!

COMMENTARY: The passage of HB 2 in North Carolina, essentially enshrining biological sex as an admission requirement to state restrooms, was awful in many, many ways. full story

HISTORY: Some of the earliest periodicals and newsletters, which shaped the perceptions of relevant issues for the LGBTQ community while providing news and information on meetings, demonstrations, events, entertainment and even LGBTQ-friendly businesses — have been digitized, preserved and made available in The Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, the largest digital archive on LGBTQ history and culture. full story

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POP CULTURE: The Daily Show devoted its entire show to transgender rights, issues, and panic, covering the “bathroom bill” legislation going down around the country, interviewing trans rights advocates, and the discrimination and profiling that transgender people face on a daily basis. full story

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BARBADOS: Anti-LGBT activists have begun descending on Barbados for a regional gathering hosted by the World Congress of Families (WCF). full story

CANADA: Hype aside, Trudeau still has a lot to prove when it comes to LGBT issues. Although the legal and political situation in Canada for LGBT people is well advanced — most queer Americans would likely be envious — significant gaps for basic rights remain, especially for trans Canadians. full story

COLOMBIA: Colombia’s constitutional court just ruled 6-3 in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples in the South American country. full story

FRANCE: The nomination of Laurent Stefanini, President Francois Hollande’s head of protocol, to the job at the UN’s Paris-based educational, cultural and scientific body ends a year of diplomatic wrangling. full story

FRANCE: An employment tribunal in France has ruled that it’s acceptable to call a male hairdresser a “dirty faggot” – because lots of them are gay. full story

GERMANY: A German politician has claimed including LGBTI issues in state-wide education would create an educational system like in East Germany. full story

IRAQ/SYRIA: A new ISIS propaganda video has delivered a clear, chilling, terrifying warning to what happens to gay people in countries under their control. full story

UGANDA: United States lawyer Nate Freeman is in Uganda to continue the work that was started on that ride. The obstacles for social change in the LGBT community in Africa are great, but Freeman has encountered a number of organizations fostering change on a grass-roots level. full story

VATICAN: Pope Francis put his shoulder to the doors of the Catholic Church and shoved them open a little wider Friday, calling for the church to be more tolerant in practice, while not changing any official doctrines. full story

USA: The State Department has asked a federal court to dismiss an intersex person’s lawsuit over the denial of a passport because they do not identity as male or female. full story

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USA: Kim Davis fan and former Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has warned the Republicans not to let up opposition to same-sex marriage. full story

USA: A new study shows that having direct conversations with LGBT people and their allies helps voters be less prejudiced against the LGBT community. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Ending weeks of silence, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on Thursday joined a newly formed Mayors Against Discrimination coalition that is barring official travel to states with anti-bias laws such as those enacted in North Carolina and Mississippi. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The number of US states to which San Francisco will pay for travel shrank again today, after Mayor Ed Lee banned all city-funded travel to the state of Mississippi after their governor OKed a law allowing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is banning state-funded travel to yet another state that has passed legislation he’s criticized as discriminatory. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is cancelling his trip to Mississippi because of the state’s new anti-gay law. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: 8 companies have signed onto a letter created by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) calling on Mississippi lawmakers to repeal the state’s new anti-LGBTIQA law – GE, Dow Chemical, PepsiCo, Hewlett Packard, Hyatt, Choice Hotels, Levi Strauss, and Whole Foods. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Ana Kasparian, a host on the popular online news show The Young Turks, eviscerated Mississippi bigots who recently passed the discriminatory anti-LGBT law, HB 1523. full story

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USA, MISSISSIPPI: The decision by Mississippi’s governor to sign a law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to gay and transgender people may have headed off gathering opposition in the state’s business community, but it could launch the state into litigation. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Concurrent with their examination of North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law, at least three federal agencies are conducting a review of the recently enacted “religious freedom” law in Mississippi seen to enable sweeping anti-LGBT discrimination full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Lesbian news anchor Robin Roberts is the face of Mississippi’s official state tourism publication this year, joining Gov. Phil Bryant, who recently signed an anti-LGBT bill into law, in encouraging tourists to visit the Magnolia State. full story

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USA: West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio has placed a travel ban on city-funded trips to Mississippi. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI/NORTH CAROLINA: Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has banned city officials from taking “non-essential publicly-funded” trips to North Carolina and Mississippi in protest of the states’ recent laws that condone discrimination against the LGBTIQA community. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: A 7-year-old boy is taking a strong stand against North Carolina’s lawmakers in support of his best friend who is transgender. full story

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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: “I think the NBA should move the All-Star game from there next year. As a black person I’m against any form of discrimination, against whites, Hispanics, gays, lesbians, however you want to phrase it.” –Charles Barkley full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Gay Star Business contacted the biggest corporations with their headquarters located in North Carolina to ask them how they felt about the new anti LGBTIQA law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The ‘city of Charlotte’ plans to move to a new state after North Carolina passed anti-LGBT legislation… sort of. full story

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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The University of North Carolina is set to comply with a recently enacted law enabling anti-LGBT discrimination in the state, according a memo made public on Thursday. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The campaigns of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed the law, and challenger Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, who has refused to defend it in court, have been citing the conflict over the law as they seek donations. full story

USA, PUERTO RICO: A federal appeals court on Thursday stated unambiguously that Puerto Rico’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages is unconstitutional, throwing a federal judge off a case after the judge had ruled in March that the ban was still in effect. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: Gov. Nikki Haley said Thursday that a proposed law to limit the bathrooms that transgender people can use is not needed. full story