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Marriage Equality Round-Up - April 5th
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: I approached my first gender neutral bathroom in a bar in Dalston Junction, north-east London with a mixture of excitement and disbelief. full story

PEOPLE: At a recent match between Real Madrid and Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo, a Portuguese soccer superstar was repeatedly called 'maricon' - a homophobic slur meaning 'faggot' - from sections of the Barcelona crowd. full story

POP CULTURE: Honey Maid, a Mondel\0x0113z International brand with a legacy of celebrating the diverse fabric of the American family, is embarking on the third year of its "This Is Wholesome" campaign, today sharing stories of families who have been brought closer together through one thing: acceptance. full story

POP CULTURE: As expected, Smithers came out on The Simpsons last night, by walking into a party planned by Homer Simpson. full story


POP CULTURE: Wheaties maker General Mills has confirmed that 28 years after he won his third and fourth Olympic gold medals at the 1988 Summer Games in North Korea, Olympic swimmer Greg Louganis will begin appearing on boxes of Wheaties in May at least through the summer full story

RELIGION: In May, the global conference at which the United Methodist Church will soon vote whether to change its stance on gay marriage full story

AUSTRALIA: Photographer Frank Farrugia is enlisting the couples he has photographed to share their story on why it's time for marriage equality in Australia. full story

CANADA: A transgender man who was physically assaulted and humiliated by a bouncer at a nightclub in Ontario is awarded $15,000 in compensation. full story

RUSSIA: Russia has slammed foreign diplomats attending a gay film festival in St Petersburg. full story

UK: MPs have rebuked the Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond over an ongoing ban on the Pride flag being flown from embassies or the Foreign Office. full story

UK: Members of a major teaching union will today debate whether they need special training to deal with "gender identity and trans issues". full story

USA: RNC platform committee members are being lobbied by GOP moderates to write a more inclusive platform position on same-sex marriage, which was denounced in the 2012 platform with a call for a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. full story

USA: As advocates seek to beat back anti-trans measures in state legislatures, the Trans United Fund, a new political action committee has launched seeking to build political power for transgender people. full story

USA: The Department of Housing and Urban Development today released a new policy that would eliminate housing discrimination against people with a criminal history. full story

USA: A new startup is trying to help gay Indians get hitched in the most traditional way: Arranged Marriage. full story

USA, GEORGIA: Atlanta Democratic Mayor Kasim Reed on Monday announced a ban on travel to North Carolina for city employees after a law passed there that excludes LGBT people from anti-discrimination protections and keeps cities from adopting their own anti-discrimination measures. full story

USA, MARYLAND: Maryland's Court of Appeals will hear arguments on April 5 in an appeal that tests whether Maryland law will give full recognition to the families of LGBT people. In the case being argued on Tuesday, Conover v. Conover, lower courts ruled that Michael Conover, who is a transgender man, is not legally a parent of his son. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: This morning, advocates from HRC and ACLU of Mississippi gathered outside the Mississippi State Capitol to highlight the discriminatory effects of H.B.1523, urging House Speaker Philip A. Gunn to shelve the bill before this afternoon's final vote. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Mississippi's proposed religious freedom bill HB 1523, which has been called the 'worst religious freedom bill' in the U.S., will now head to the governor's desk for his signature or veto. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The Governor of Mississippi has been warned against signing a new law to discriminate against LGBT people by business leaders fearing a boycott. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: As the University of North Carolina (UNC) men's basketball team heads to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game tonight, its hard work and success are being overshadowed by the reckless actions of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and state lawmakers. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: On CNN's New Day, Cuomo takes down right-wing activist Peter Sprigg in a discussion of the new North Carolina law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Nearly 270 children's books authors have signed a letter calling for the immediate repeal of the new antigay law full story 
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