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Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 23rd

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! HISTORY: We cannot have real proof about the sexuality of a man who died 400 years ago on 23 April. But like the entirety of William Shakespeare’s work, in books and blogs across the globe, it has never stopped anyone from voicing their interpretations. full story PEOPLE: Even though she is on the record liking Ted Cruz more than any other candidate for president, Jenner is speaking out against laws that restrict people like her from using the appropriate restroom. full story AUSTRALIA: A photograph by Chris Cincotta of a gay couple for the Facebook page Humans in Melbourne is going viral ...

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How Trump Could Destroy Obama’s LGBT Progress: WATCH

With tomorrow’s inauguration looming, Matt Baume has enumerated the ways in which the incoming administration could rollback the advances and protections the LGBT community has achieved over the course of two terms under President Obama. Baume’s rundown serves both a primer for activist vigilance going forward as well a look back on how the Obama administration advanced LGBT causes in ways both great and small. While marriage equality garners the most visibility and attention, there are various bureaucratic approaches that served to codify and enact LGBT recognition and privileges equal to those others have enjoyed. These include federal hate crime prosecution, nondiscrimination by federal contractors, and applicability of the Family and Medical Leave. The likely forthcoming repeal of the Affordable Care Act will remove provisions...

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 29th

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 ...

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The Last Marriage Equality Watch – April 30th

“…I may yet live to see gay marriage become a reality in the United States in my lifetime. And wouldn’t that be something.” Those were the words I wrote when we first started Marriage Equality Watch back in January 2008: before Prop 8, before President Obama was elected, before Mark and I were married, when it was still GLBT instead of LGBT… and far before marriage equality became a reality in all 50 states. Now that we have come full circle to the end of this amazing project, I thought it would be appropriate to share that column with you once again: https://purpleunions.com/blog/2016/04/why-the-word-marriage-matters-3.html How far we have come in eight short years! In the end, it wasn&#...

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Why the Word “Marriage” Matters

“…I may yet live to see gay marriage become a reality in the United States in my lifetime. And wouldn’t that be something.” This is the end, the last post on Marriage Equality Watch. For this occasion, we thought we would resurrect a column from the first week of MEW, back in January 2008, before Prop 8, before President Obama was elected, before Mark and I were married, when it was still GLBT instead of LGBT… and far before marriage equality became a reality in all 50 states. How far we have come! In the end, it wasn’t a President or a congress that brought us to the finish line. It was all of us together as a community that fought the hard battles, day in...

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TEXAS: State Issues Amended Death Certificate For Husband Of Gay Man

The Houston Chronicle reports: Facing possible contempt and a court order, Texas officials have now changed the death certificate of a gay man to add his husband as the surviving spouse. The Department of State Health Services "has issued an amendment to the death certificate for James Stone-Hoskins. It now lists John Allen Stone-Hoskins V as his spouse," a department spokeswoman said in an email Thursday night. "The amended death certificate was issued this evening as ordered by the U.S. District Court and requested by John Stone-Hoskins." The department had refused to change it after John Stone-Hoskins, 37, of Conroe tried to get the state to make the amendment following the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 26 that said ...

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 18th

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: It has become common practice for conservatives to defend legislation that enables anti-LGBT discrimination as supporting the cause of “religious liberty.” Considering most religious people actually support protections for LGBT people, this framing is misleading, and as several current state legislative fights demonstrate, unconvincing as well. full story POP CULTURE: Nike has cut ties with Manny Pacquiao in the wake of his controversial comments against marriage rights for same-sex couples. full story POP CULTURE: LGBTI campaigners are now demanding that other brands associated with the boxer also distance themselves from him, namely Foot Locker – who aired ...

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 11th

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: Covering the NH Primary results for MSNBC, Rachel Maddow shared some surprisingly personal thoughts about her feelings as a gay person during Bill Clinton‘s presidency, saying that Clinton, who gave us DOMA and DADT, didn’t really do enough to support gay rights in the face of pretty vocal opposition from Republicans at the time full story PEOPLE: Ugandan rapper Bobi Wine, real name Robert Kyagulanyi, says he has evolved his views on LGBTIQ people. full story POP CULTURE: The Advocate takes a look back on the last 25 years of revolutionary trans love on screen. full story AUSTRALIA: Both lesbian mothers ...

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 28th

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! HISTORY: According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, some of the men interned for their homosexuality in Nazi Germany were immediately sent to prison again after World War II, forced to serve the Nazi sentences. full story POP CULTURE: On Monday, “The Daily Show” aired a hilarious segment about the couple’s “father-son” relationship, playing on the right-wing “slippery slope” argument about same-sex marriage and incest. After visiting the couple and asking Esposito why he’s “banging” his son, correspondent Ronny Chieng determines that they have “some gross human equality fetish.” full story AFRICA: The US’s first ...

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – December 31st

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! INTERNET: Here’s what comes up if you search Google Images for some common LGBT terms… and how Google portrays you. Bisexuals: Nice try, but we’ve rumbled you. You are a flag. You only exist in flag form. full story PEOPLE: The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau — the private, nonprofit marketing organization for the tourism industry — released an emotional video on Monday featuring the surprise wedding of Christian Alarid and Shayne Barnes, an Oahu couple whose family and friends traveled to Honolulu to see the two men tie the knot. full story PEOPLE: Caitlyn Jenner and Eddie Redmayne are to ...

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – December 17th

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: An Australian ad for a Lynx hair product is one of the most-complained about this year. full story POP CULTURE: In 2015, with a landmark Supreme Court same-sex marriage case on the horizon, the number of videos depicting same-sex couples marrying multiplied. By a lot. full story AUSTRALIA: Australian Marriage Equality has released a practical video letting the public know the plan of action to get marriage equality over the line. full story AUSTRALIA: Tasmania state government will introduce legislation next year to expunge historic convictions for gay sex. full story CAMBODIA: Cambodia’s information ministry has told ...

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Poll Suggests HERO Now Triggers Reflexive, Transphobic Panic In Houston Voters

A new poll shows that a plurality of Houston voters would oppose an Equal Rights Ordinance even if it didn’t include transgender protections. According to the poll from News 88.7 and KHOU 11, 49 percent of Houston voters would still oppose HERO if the ordinance didn’t include gender identity — “that is not allow men who identify and dress as a woman to use a women’s restroom.” Only 35 percent said they would support a new HERO on that condition, with 10 percent undecided and 6 percent refusing to answer. Voters rejected HERO 61-39 percent on Nov. 3, after opponents ran a series of false, fear-mongering ads suggesting the ordinance allowed men to enter women’s restrooms and prey on victims. In fact, HERO prohibited discrimination based on 15 characteristics in...

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Holding Hands In Jerusalem

Via Pink News: A social experiment where a gay couple holds hands in public has been recreated in Jerusalem, with shocking results. Similar to videos created in Ukraine and Russia, and shows the men enduring vile abuse. As they walk down the street, dozens of people look, and others make homophobic comments. This video comes just two weeks after six people were stabbed at a Pride parade in the city, which left one 16-year-old dead.The clip auto-plays so you'll have to watch it at the link.

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School Districts Debunk Right-Wing Fearmongering on Transgender Students: VIDEO

The right-wing myth that prohibiting discrimination against transgender students causes confusion and inappropriate behavior has been shattered by evidence from 17 school districts, reports MediaMatters. Although conservative media outlets argue that transgender non-discrimination policies in schools create confusion, violate students' privacy rights and can be exploited by students, MediaMatters research shows that 17 school districts covering 600,000 students have experienced no such problems. For example, Lisa Pinto, spokesperson for Jefferson County Schools in Colorado, said: “Our District seeks to foster an educational environment that is safe and free from all discrimination for all students.  We are very aware of, and participating in, the discussion regarding transgender students using the bathroom of their choice.  Additionally, we are currently updating our annual training materials to discuss this matter.  We will...

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As Election Approaches, San Antonio Mayor Finally Unveils Plan To Implement LGBT Protections

Last week we told you how San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor called the city's LGBT protections — which she voted against as a council member — "a waste of time." We also told you how Taylor, appointed mayor of the nation's seventh-largest city after Julian Castro stepped down to become HUD secretary, issued a so-called apology, only to have it rejected by the Human Rights Campaign.  Now, with election day approaching on May 9, Taylor has unveiled a plan to finally implement the 18-month-old LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance, which she will present to the council on May 13.  OutInSA.com reports:  The two-part proposal seeks to create a Department of Diversity and Inclusion and to appoint a human relations liaison who, according to the mayor...

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Dozens Line Up Outside Supreme Court

Equality Case Files reports that dozens are lined up outside the Supreme Court this morning. The line actually began some time on Friday and it rained on them last night. See the Twitter feed for many more photos.

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RUSSIA: Government Spies On LGBT Groups, Broadcasts Secret Recordings

J. Lester Feder reports at Buzzfeed:Russian officials bugged a private strategy meeting convened by Russian LGBT activists and four major international human rights organizations in October, an intensification of the campaign to clamp down on LGBT rights ahead of the Olympic games in Sochi. This surveillance was revealed on Nov. 12, when a state television channel broadcast audio from the meeting as part of a program presented as an exposé of the “threat to...

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Russia’s Vitaly Milonov: Gay Men Deserve To Be Punched And Kicked

Vitaly Milonov, the author of St. Petersburg's "homosexual propaganda ban," has responded to the attack which cost a gay man his left eye. Via the St. Petersburg Times:Answering Chizhevsky’s accusations, Milonov said LGBT organizations themselves were to blame for the attack and alleged that the incident might have been an act of provocation to compromise anti-LGBT ...

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AL Democrat Implies GOP Congressional Opponent Is Gay Over Facebook

Last week, Alabama State Rep. Daniel Boman (D-Sulligent) used his campaign’s Facebook page to imply that his opponent, Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville), is gay. On October 14, Boman posted: Who would you vote for on Novemeber [sic] 6, 2012 between the following two candidates: 1) A republican who is a homosexual who has a voting record of...

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Missouri pastor’s ‘anti-gay testimony’ is not what it seems (Video)

This recently released video of the Rev. Phil Snyder, pastor at the Brentwood Christian Church, in Springfield, Mo., is, at first, not much different from the recent anti-gay rants of pastors Sean Harris, Charles L. Worley, Curtis Knapp or Dennis Leatherman, who have each called for violence or death to gays.

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Romney: Let states decide on hospital visitation rights for gay couples

It's known that Mitt Romney stands against rights for LGBT people. He signed the National Organization for Marriage pledge to stand against marriage equality, appoint Supreme Court Justices who would also stand against equal rights for gays and lesbians and fight to write discrimination against us into

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British PM Vows Hate Crime Crackdown

"I am passionate about tackling hate crime. And this government is acting. For the first time we have published statistics on hate crime recorded by the police in England and Wales. And we are highlighting the best examples of what works ...

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Bay Buchanan: Mitt Romney Still Opposes All Federal Rights For LGBT Americans

"Governor Romney supports a federal marriage amendment to the Constitution that defines marriage as an institution between a man and a woman. Governor Romney also believes, consistent with the 10th Amendment, that it should be left to states to decide whether to grant same-sex couples certain benefits, such as hospital visitation rights and the ability to adopt children. I ...

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