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Marriage Equality Round-Up - March 23nd
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!

GENERAL: The first video in the empowerment project, "Let's Talk About The T!" with Angelica Ross, founder of TransTech Social Enterprises premiered online Monday. full story

GENERAL: We can't take these attempts to demonize trans lives lightly, say members of GetEqual. full story

POP CULTURE: Complaints have been made to the BBC over a transgender character on EastEnders. full story

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POP CULTURE: Guy Pearce, still adored as sassy Adam in the groundbreaking 1994 comedy The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, will star as legendary activist Cleve Jones in the LGBT rights miniseries that has the potential to be our Roots. full story

ANTARCTICA: Planting Peace, the non-profit LGBT advocacy organization perhaps best known for building the rainbow-colored Equality House directly across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church headquarters in Topeka, KS, declared Antarctica the world's "First LGBT-Friendly Continent" after trekking across the southernmost continent carrying a rainbow flag. full story

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AUSTRALIA: The City of Darwin has joined 37 other Australian local councils in supporting marriage equality. full story

COLOMBIA: Several media outlets have reported that a 20-page Constitutional Court opinion that will bring marriage equality to the country is ready and only awaits a meeting to cast a Court vote. full story

CUBA: Two independent LGBTIQA rights advocates are among the members of Cuban civil society with whom President Obama met on Tuesday in Havana. full story

INDONESIA: Regency - a region in Indonesia's northern province, Aceh - has told local beauty parlors to stop employing LGBT people - specifically openly transgender people. full story

MALAYSIA: A Malaysian trans woman has opened up about risking her safety simply by being herself. full story

UK: The National Union of Students' LGBT Campaign has passed a motion calling for the abolition of representatives for gay men - because they "don't face oppression" in the LGBT community. full story

USA: Big companies are pushing back against proposed federal rules they say would require their medical plans to cover gender transition and other services under the nondiscrimination mandate of President Barack Obama's health care law. full story

USA: A group masquerading as a medical authority wants parents and schools to reject transgender kids. full story

USA: Donald Trump has announced that if he's president ('yuge if), any Supreme Court nominee he presents will be pre-approved by the Heritage Foundation, an antigay, anti-immigrant think tank. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: California-based business Equator Coffees & Teas has been named as the state's Small Business of the Year by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) - the first LGBT owned business to win the honor. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: To help businesses, large and small, legally abide by the rules and regulations in California, Carolyn Weiss launched her own company, Transgender Business Services, in Los Angeles. full story

USA, GEORGIA: Falcons owner Arthur Blank has joined a growing list of business leaders fighting an ti LGBTIQAlegislation as the NFL threatens to block any future Super Bowls in the state. full story

USA, HAWAII: Tireless equality advocate Michael Golojuch Jr. details the Herculean effort to ban so-called ex-gay therapy in a state that many forget is the home of evangelicals and Mormons. full story

USA, KANSAS: Kansas is now on deck to be the first state to pass a sweeping anti-transgender bill that would pay people a $2,500 bounty to hunt for trans people. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a complaint to a prison in Kentucky state which has repeatedly censored materials that are deemed as 'pro-homosexuality' from prisoners' mail. full story

USA, MASSACHUSETTS: The wife of a Massachusetts woman who filed a class action lawsuit accusing Wal-Mart of wrongly denying employee benefits for same-sex spouses has died. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Last Friday, the antigay Benham Brothers joined other antigay activists in North Carolina, calling on Gov. Pat McCrory to schedule a special session of the state legislature to nullify a nondiscrimination ordinance that was recently passed by the Charlotte City Council. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Equality North Carolina have blasted the leaders of the North Carolina legislature for taking the step of calling a costly special session for this Wednesday to undermine Charlotte's recently passed non-discrimination ordinance. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The North Carolina General Assembly is returning for an expected one-day session Wednesday to block implementation of Charlotte's new "bathroom ordinance" before it takes effect April 1. But the final legislation would pre-empt completely what Charlotte added to its non-discrimination ordinance, and prevent local governments from passing similar acts. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Tennessee Freemasons meeting this week in Nashville will vote on whether to lift their ban on gay members. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: A legislative committee voted today to send an anti trans "bathroom bill" bill to a summer study session, killing it for this year. full story 
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Published on:  March 23, 2016


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