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BREAKING! Lambda Legal slams Indiana governor for signing anti-gay bill into law

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Despite widespread opposition from business and civil-rights groups, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday signed SB 101, the deeply flawed bill designed to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to discriminate against anyone in Indiana on religious grounds.
It should be noted that Governor Pence, a right-wing Republican who fought nail and teeth against marriage equality, signed SB 101 into law at a private ceremony out of the public eye.

Despite widespread opposition from business and civil-rights groups, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday signed SB 101, the deeply flawed bill designed to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to discriminate against anyone in Indiana on religious grounds.

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Featured Gay Wedding Vendor: David Gordon Photography, New York, New York

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding. Don’t settle for boring straight wedding photography. (pun intended I’ve been shooting events for over twenty years, but like most other photographers no doubt, same sex weddings have always been […]
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Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 26th

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy! Australia: A much anticipated debate on gay marriage in Australia’s […]
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BREAKING! Did Australia’s Senate debate gay marriage?

CANBERRA, Australia — A much anticipated debate on gay marriage in Australia’s Senate was postponed indefinitely on Thursday, March 26.
The private bill proposed by Senator David Leyonhjelm of the minority Liberal Democrat Party was put off because the majority Liberal Party refused to allow a conscience vote. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who leads the Liberals, has stubbornly refused to allow a conscience vote and ignored the polls that show overwhelming support for marriage equality.
The Labor Party, also in the minority in the Senate, is largely in favor of marriage equality.

What happened in Australia’s Senate on Thursday?

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BREAKING! California AG seeks to ax “kill the gays” initiative

LOS ANGELES, California — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris moved today to prevent the “Sodomite Suppression Act” from becoming a California initiative in November 2016.
Harris, as the state’s top legal voice, does not have the authority to terminate the “kill the gays” initiative proposed by elusive Orange County lawyer Matt McLaughlin. Only a court can do that. So on Wednesday, Harris filed an action for declaratory relief seeking judicial authorization to not issue a title and summary for the so-called Sodomite Suppression Act.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris moved today to prevent the “Sodomite Suppression Act” from becoming a California initiative in November 2016.

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Disciples of Christ threatens to cancel Indiana convention due to religious freedom bill

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has sent a letter to Gov. Mike Pence threatening to cancel its 2017 convention in Indianapolis if he signs controversial legislation that could allow business owners to refuse services to same-sex couples.
“Our perspective is that hate and bigotry wrapped in religious freedom is still hate and bigotry,” Todd Adams, the associate general minister and vice president of the Indianapolis-based denomination, told The Indianapolis Star.

“Our perspective is that hate and bigotry wrapped in religious freedom is still hate and bigotry.”

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HBO cancels “Looking” after two seasons

HBO confirmed on Wednesday that it has canceled the gay dramedy, “Looking,” after its sophomore season.
“Looking” was critically acclaimed for providing a fairly realistic view of gay life in San Francisco, but viewership remained low. Some viewers complained that the characters took too long to develop, while some were self-absorbed or boring. But loyal fans praised the show for tackling relevant issues, such as HIV-negative and HIV-positive dating, the PrEP prevention pill, and transgender issues.

HBO will wrap up “Looking” with a movie, but no word on when that will air.

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“LGBT Suicide Risk and Prevention” is focus of California conference

SAN FRANCISCO, California — The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host the second annual Research to Practice Conference this weekend.
This year’s conference will focus on “LGBT Suicide Risk and Prevention.” The day-long conference, to be held Saturday, March 28 at San Francisco State University, will bring leading researchers from around the country together to share their findings.

“We are excited to be bringing some of the leading minds in LGBT mental health research together for one conversation about how to prevent suicide for this vulnerable population.”

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THEATER REVIEW: “Kin” at the ion

So if humans are social beings hardwired to be together, why is connection often so difficult and getting along such a hassle?
Playwright Bathsheba Doran illustrates the problems without elucidating an answer in the curiously structured “Kin,” getting a fine production through April 4 at ion theatre.

“Kin” plays through April 4 at ion theatre’s BLKBOX @ 6th & Penn, 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest in San Diego, California.

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Sweden adds gender-neutral pronoun to dictionary

The official dictionary of the Swedish language will introduce a gender-neutral pronoun in April, editors at the Swedish Academy have announced.
“Hen” will be added to “han” (he) and “hon” (she) as one of 13,000 new words in the latest edition of the Swedish Academy’s SAOL.
The pronoun is used to refer to a person without revealing their gender – either because it is unknown, because the person is transgender, or the speaker or writer deems the gender to be superfluous information.

Pronoun “hen” can be used without revealing gender – either because it is unknown, because the person is transgender, or the information is superfluous.

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Alabama bills impede adoption of children needing loving homes

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — HRC Alabama criticizes the introduction of two bills, SB 261 and HB 296, which empower adoption agencies to discriminate against eligible parents and guardians — legislation which, if passed, will deny countless children from accessing loving, caring homes.

SB 261 and HB 296 once again hurt Alabama’s national reputation.

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Transgender activist Blake Brockington, 18, mourned

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Friends and community members are mourning the passing of a local transgender youth activist, Blake Brockington, who died as the result of suicide on Monday night.
Brockington, 18, was a 2014 graduate of East Mecklenburg High School where, last year, he was nominated and later crowned homecoming king as an openly transgender student after winning a fundraising competition and drawing in $2,335.55 for a charity chosen by the school. Brockington’s homecoming win is believed to be the first for an openly transgender student in Charlotte.

Blake Brockington, 18, was a 2014 graduate of East Mecklenburg High School where, last year, he was nominated and later crowned homecoming king as an openly transgender student.

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