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Marriage Equality Round-Up - April 18th
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!

PEOPLE: The Advocate takes a look at seventeen antigay leaders who were later exposed as being gay or bi. full story

PEOPLE: YouTube singer Sam Tsui has opened up about his sexuality - as he reveals he's about to get married. full story

Sam Tsui

POP CULTURE: In the game Milo Tosser, it allows you to control three Isis members as they throw a gay man from a rooftop to hit certain targets on the ground. You can hit explosives to get more points. And, also, once the body has fallen to the ground, other extremists gather to stone it to death. full story



POP CULTURE: SNL: From the makers of Angel In Denim: The Kim Davis Story comes God is a Boob Man, in which an antigay small-town baker (Vanessa Bayer) is forced to prove once and for all that the man upstairs is, indeed, a hetero. full story



POP CULTURE: Popular fantasy drama Once Upon a Time has finally introduced fans to the shows first same-sex couple. Ruby from Little Red Riding Hood and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz finally kissed, introducing fans of the show to Once Upon a Time's first LGBT couple - seventeen episodes in. full story

INTERNATIONAL: The State Department's annual human rights report that it released last week notes anti-LGBT violence, persecution and discrimination persisted in many parts of the world in 2015. full story

AUSTRALIA: Telstra CEO Andy Penn has now told SBS that the company has had a re-think. 'Last week we advised that out of respect for the individual our view had been that we would not add further to the debate on marriage equality ahead of a plebiscite or parliamentary debate. It is clear that rather than Telstra stepping back we should in fact step forward and support our view for marriage equality and so that is what we will do. full story

AUSTRALIA: An Australian trans woman says that she was raped thousands of times while being held in a male prison. full story

IRELAND: Ireland is set to review its lifetime ban on gay men donating blood. full story

MALTA: A new video asks what's it's like to be LGBTI in one of the smallest nations in the world. full story

UK: The Minister for Women and Equalities is still "working through" a report calling for an urgent shake-up of gender recognition laws, over three months after it came out. full story

VATICAN: In last week's letter covering marriage and the family, Pope Francis' Amoris Laetitia ("The Joy of Love") apparently sides with The College of Pediatricians' recent claim that "conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse." full story

USA: Mike Lee, who rode the Tea Party wave to victory in 2010, is the right wing's idea of a Constitutional scholar to replace Scalia. Lee believes in the idea of nullification, which allows states to opt out of federal laws that they don't like, like marriage equality. full story

USA: John Kasich continues to seek a middle ground on LGBT rights compared other Republican presidential candidates, although he thinks LGBT people who face discrimination should "just for a second get over it." full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Over the nearly 10-minute interview, NBC host Chuck Todd hammered at Governor McCrory's widely-debunked talking points. full story



USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Duran Duran performed in Charlotte last night - behind the pop superstars was a rainbow colored US flag. Singer Simon Le Bon spoke to the crowd, explaining why they kept the gig. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Hollywood actor George Clooney on Sunday panned a North Carolina law that targets the LGBTIQA community. full story

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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The Washington Post has evaluated North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's statements in the video accompanying last week's executive order and given him "Three Pinocchios." full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Brynn Tannehill lists ten things we have learned in the fight in North Carolina. full story 
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Published on:  April 18, 2016


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