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Marriage Equality Round-Up - April 2nd
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: When the BBC World Service wanted me to explain that trans and intersex people existed in the ancient world, I thought: 'Well, duh'. full story

PEOPLE: The former Stanford basketball player and current University of San Francisco head coach came out at an Anti-Defamation League event in San Francisco. full story

POP CULTURE: After 27 seasons, Waylon Smithers finally comes out of the closet on Sunday's episode of the The Simpsons. As it turns out, there's a great inside story too. full story

Waylon Smithers

RELIGION: Conservative bishops and clergy within the US Episcopal Church have called on their delegates to next week's Anglican meeting in Zambia to refrain from voting on "doctrine or polity". full story

AUSTRALIA: Irish Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (Glen) head Tiernan Brady drinks his latte and has left for Australia to help activists there in the run-up to its referendum on same-sex marriage. full story

AUSTRALIA: Activists calling for marriage equality will hold a rally on Saturday, April 9, which will culminate with a march to the Prime Minister's electorate office in Edgecliff. full story

AUSTRALIA: Civil partnership ceremonies have been restored in Queensland but only one couple has registered so far. full story

CANADA: Fondation Emergence has announced the theme and visuals for the 2016 campaign against homophobia and transphobia, which highlights the realities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors. full story


COSTA RICA: Human Rights Watch's LGBT Advocacy Director Boris Dittrich visited Costa Rica in March to assess the situation on the fight for marriage equality. full story

UK, SCOTLAND: Scottish Labour Party leader Kezia Dugdale has come out with little fuss. full story

USA: More than one-third of Americans say they personally know or work with someone who is transgender, according to a new survey commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. full story

USA: Both Hillary Clinton and Bernard Sanders are conducting outreach to the transgender community. full story

USA: The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) announced yesterday that founder Michael Silverman plans to step down as executive editor of the transgender organization. full story


USA, KENTUCKY: Kentucky lawmakers gave their final blessing Friday to legislation creating one marriage license form for gay and straight couples in an effort to defuse the state's controversy over gay marriage. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Television and radio personality Montel Williams is speaking out against so-called religious freedom bills that critics say would allow discrimination against the LGBT community full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Democrats filed a motion to reconsider the anti LGBTIQA bill passed by the GOP, which is essentially a procedural delaying tactic meant to buy time in order to build pressure for a veto. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: State Senator Andy Gipson (R) says that the horrific anti-LGBT HB 1523 is actually an anti-discrimination bill despite all evidence to the contrary. full story

Mississippi Senator Andy Gipson (R)

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The venture capital arm of Google's parent corporation won't invest in North Carolina startup businesses with a law in place halting local governments from approving anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Responding late Thursday to questions whether Senate leader Phil Berger has an appetite for changes, Berger spokeswoman Shelly Carver said no because "an overwhelming majority of North Carolinians we've heard from support" the law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser has banned city employees from official travel to North Carolina, joining a growing list of governors and mayors who've forbidden trips to the state. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The Obama administration is considering whether North Carolina's new law on gay and transgender rights makes the state ineligible for billions of dollars in federal aid for schools, highways and housing, officials said Friday. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: Officials in Lexington, Virginia have announced that they can find no evidence that graffiti spray-painted on a building at Washington and Lee University targeting a gay student "was intended to convey anti-gay sentiments." full story


USA, WISCONSIN: A Catholic university professor has been suspended - after he publicly attacked a graduate teaching assistant who warned a student to stop making homophobic comments. full story 
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