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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NewsWrap for the week ending April 11, 2015

SUMMARY

Early Adopters - Irish lawmakers approve adoptions equality for same-gender couples …

Parental Controlled - major changes in Nicaragua’s “Family Code” taking effect this week ban adoptions by same-gender couples, define civil marriage as exclusively heterosexual, and deny same-gender couples social security protections and other rights …

Suitors' Suit - a lesbian couple in the U.S. territory of Guam sues in federal court for a civil marriage license …

Popular Hate - voters in Springfield, Missouri repeal LGBT anti-bias protections …

Sacred Snub - the Vatican virtually rejects an openly gay diplomat named by France as its ambassador to the Holy See …

In Case You Thought We Liked You - Mormon officials denounce the “counterfeit lifestyle” of lesbians and gay men …

Obamacare Won't Cover It - the Obama administration officially opposes so-called “conversion therapy” for LGBT youth …

Stick to Acupuncture - South Korea’s government hosts “conversion” conferences by anti-LGBT hate groups …

Consider the Source - a Dublin paper company shreds virulently anti-marriage equality leaflets to make confetti for the weddings of gay and lesbian couples …


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Monday, April 13, 2015

Indiana's Pence-mending!

Indiana Governor Mike Pence's signature lets "religious freedom" ring wrong, as discussed by  commentators Joy Reid, Garrett Epps, Beth Fouhy, David Von Drehle, Emma Margolin, and Jonathan Capehart.

And in NewsWrap: Malta raises the bar on gender identity laws, a Tokyo ward becomes Japan's first to recognize queer couples, film censors in India ban the lesbian themed Unfreedom, South Korea excises sexual orientation from sex education, British Bake Off finalist Ruby Tandoh comes out of the oven, and more news reported this week by Matthew McLaughlin and Sarah Sweeney (produced by Steve Pride, written by Greg Gordon).




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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

NewsWrap for the week ending April 4, 2015

 SUMMARY

Surprising Frontrunner - Malta passes what’s been described as “the world’s most progressive” gender identity laws …

Icebreaker - the Tokyo ward of Shibuya becomes the first government entity in Japan to recognize lesbian and gay couples …

Unscreened - India’s censors ban a lesbian-themed film called “Unfreedom” …

Hoosier Hellfire - a firestorm erupts over so-called “religious freedom” bills in several U.S. states after Indiana Governor Mike Pence signs what critics called “a license to discriminate” …

Fix-it Ticket - Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson demands a “fix” before he’ll sign a similar “religious freedom” measure …

Stampede - the same kinds of LGBT-discriminatory “religious freedom” bills die in Georgia, Montana, North Dakota, and Nevada — though the ACLU says they’re on the legislative agendas in at least 10 other states …

Sex Obfuscation - new curriculum guidelines bar South Korean teachers from even acknowledging the existence of LGBT people in sex education classes …

To Do His Duty - a New York Boy Scouts Council defies national BSA policy by hiring an openly gay over-18 scout leader to work at its upcoming summer camp …

Self-Rising Lesbian - British Bake-Off TV star Ruby Tandoh comes out - with a little help from Diana Ross …


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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

NewsWrap for the week ending March 28, 2015

 Undiplomatic Mission Thwarted - The United Nations rebuffs a Russian resolution to deny family benefits to its legally partnered gay and lesbian staff members around the world …

Courtesy of Mr. Fang, the Magistrate - a U.S. judge blocks federal family leave benefits for couples in states without marriage equality …

Forced March to 2016 - eleven Republican Senators — more than half up for reelection next year — support a non-binding resolution in favor of equal Social Security and veterans’ benefits for married same-gender couples, even if they live in states that don’t recognize their marriages …

Do Unto Others - Indiana Governor Mike Pence ignites a firestorm of national protest by signing a so-called “religious freedom” bill that essentially allows anti-LGBT bias in his state …

Lead Foot on the Brake - Australia’s parliament once again delays debate on a marriage equality bill as Liberal Party PM Tony Abbott resolutely refuses to allow his MPs a conscience vote on the issue …

Even Happier Ending - Heather Has Two Mommies who are no longer "living in sin" ….


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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Families Valued & Legislative Mass Hysteria!

Week of March 23, 2015
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You're on the red carpet at the Family Equality Council Los Angeles Awards Dinner with actor and dad Dan Bucatinsky, Houston, Texas Mayor Annise Parker, entertainer and dad Alec Mapa, "GLEEful" actor/singer Alex ("Unique") Newell, and Family Equality Council Executive Director Gabriel Blau (Chrisanne Eastwood reporting).

As crazy phobias proliferate in at least 26 U.S. states, Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart delivers a scathing perspective.

And in NewsWrap: the Presbyterian Church (USA) completes its long march down the aisle, American Reform rabbis elect a lesbian to lead them, Indonesian clerics issue a same-gender sex fatwa, Puerto Rico stops defending its civil marriage ban, Irish students ring their grannies for equality, and more news reported this week by Chrisanne Eastwood and Christopher Gaal (produced by Steve Pride, written by Greg Gordon).

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NewsWrap for the week ending March 21, 2015

SUMMARY

What God Has Joined - The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) becomes the largest Protestant denomination in the country to bless the marriages of same-gender couples …

Reb Lesbian - out Rabbi Denise Eger is picked to lead the world’s largest rabbinical organization, the Reform branch of American Judaism …

Kill Order - top Muslim clerics in Indonesia issue a fatwa calling for the execution of anyone who engages in same-gender sex …

Why Fight It? - the government of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico drops its opposition to marriage equality …

New York Blarney & Boston Jig - one token LGBT group marches in New York City’s contentious St. Patrick’s Day Parade, while organizers invite two LGBT groups to march in Boston’s parade …

GrannyGrams for Equality - Ireland’s #RingYourGranny campaign encourages younger people, who tend to favor it, to urge their elders, who are more likely to oppose it, to vote yes in the upcoming May 22nd Marriage Equality referendum  ….

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lesbian Marrieds in Selma & Mardi Gras Moments!

Week of March 16, 2015
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Hijinks conquer homophobia at Sydney's Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade featuring a cast of thousands … and our friends at JOY94.9, Australia's LGBTIQ community radio station, with partners 2SER and SBS Radio!

Tori Wolfe-Sisson and Shanté Wolfe-Sisson, one of Alabama's first wedded same-gender couples, chat with Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman at the Selma Weekend civil rights commemoration about crossing another historic bridge to equality!

And in NewsWrap: Peru's Roman Catholic Church-coerced Congress kills civil unions, Alberta blesses Gay/Straight Alliances, Swiss lawmakers extend bias ban to include LGBT people, EuroCourt nixes forced trans sterilization, and more news reported this week by Wenzel Jones and Natalie Peoples (produced by Steve Pride, written by Greg Gordon).

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Monday, March 16, 2015

NewsWrap for the week ending March 14, 2015

SUMMARY

Second Strike - A civil unions bill for same-gender couples dies in a Peruvian Congressional committee - again …

Studies in Support - the Canadian province of Alberta makes high school Gay-Straight Alliances on all publicly-funded campuses mandatory …

Good for Goose, Gander Not So Much - the “Utah Compromise” LGBT anti-bias bill enacted this week - with significant religious exemptions - may be good for the Mormon-dominated state, but would probably be considered a setback almost anywhere else …

Add to the Anti-Bias Equation - Swiss lawmakers vote to protect LGBT people from hate and discrimination …

Trans, Not Childless - the European Court of Human Rights rules that sterilization cannot be required of people seeking gender reassignment surgery …

Stop Trans Loss - a new U.S. Army directive makes it much more difficult for a transgender service member to be discharged …

You Mean We Can't Do That? - it took a few months after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed that anti-trans workplace bias is illegal, but upscale retail giant Saks Fifth Avenue finally settles out of court a bias and retribution lawsuit filed by a fired transwoman  ….

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