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Marriage Equality Round-Up - April 21st
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: The Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings in the world, but it turns out the portrait of a Florentine merchant's wife could have been based on Leonardo Da Vinci's apparent boyfriend. full story

PEOPLE: Sharon Osbourne has revealed she's bisexual. The 63-year-old former X Factor judge, who has been married to husband Ozzy for 33 years, think she's "missed out" and is now too old to experiment. full story

PEOPLE: Curt Schilling has been fired by ESPN following a controversy over a transphobic Facebook post Schilling shared about so-called "bathroom bills." full story

AUSTRALIA: An Australian MP's staffer took to social media to compare homosexuality to incest and bestiality, only weeks after his state's Premier told members of the party to stop making embarrassing posts. full story

IRELAND: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service says it will make a decision in June whether to change its lifetime ban on receiving donations from gay and bisexual men. full story

SOUTH KOREA: South Korea has signed off on a U.S. decision to give same-sex couples the same legal protections and benefits as military families under the status of forces agreement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday. full story

UK: Parents are outraged after Brighton and Hove council has urged people to support three and four-year-old children to identify in whatever gender they choose. full story

USA: Today the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute (Victory) released a new research brief titled More Than Represent: LGBT Elected Officials Drive Equality in the States that shows the relationship between the number of openly LGBT public officials a state has and its level of LGBT equality. full story

USA: Leading US truck company JB Hunt Transport Services, which has 16,000 drivers woeking across the US, had advised its investors not to vote for the company to introduce specific LGBT discrimination protections. full story

USA: Jeremy Belanger, a straight ally and comedian, has come up with an ingenious and practical solution for the "bathroom" laws springing up around the country. As Belanger notes, "There's a group of people that have actually committed sex crimes in public restrooms: Republican politicians." full story

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USA, ALABAMA: An Alabama House committee has approved a bill that would replace state-signed marriage licenses with contracts in a bid to free probate judges from signing licenses for gay couples. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: An anti-LGBT group protesting a gender-neutral bathroom were confronted by angry students on Tuesday in Los Angeles. full story

USA, FLORIDA: The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau in Broward County is reaffirming its commitment to the human rights of gay couples, gay families and transgender residents and travelers following recent laws that discriminate against the LGBTQ community in some U.S. states. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by County Clerk Kim Davis against the state of Kentucky for forcing her to issue marriage licenses with her name on them. Davis made the news when she refused to issue licenses to same-sex couples despite the Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality last summer. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: In an interview with Jackson, Mississippi's WAPT, Governor Phil Bryant made fun of the artists and musicians boycotting the state over the anti-LGBT "religious freedom" bill, calling the boycotts attention-getting stunts for washed-up celebrities. full story

USA, MISSOURI: Executives from Time Warner Cable, T-Mobile US, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Etsy, Zynga, and others have signed onto an open letter now including over 60 major CEOs and business leaders urging Missouri lawmakers to stop the discriminatory Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 39 from moving forward. SJR 39 would lead to a ballot measure that proposes to allow individuals, organizations, and businesses to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people. full story

USA, MISSOURI: In the face of international furor over North Carolina's hate law, the Missouri House Emerging Issues Committee yesterday delayed a vote on SJR39, the anti-LGBT "license to discriminate" bill which last month passed in the state Senate after an epic 39-hour filibuster by Democrats. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The North Carolina Democratic Party today launched a website to highlight how Gov. Pat McCrory's job-killing discrimination law, HB2, is hurting North Carolina's economy. The site lists the more than 400 businesses and organizations that oppose HB2 and spotlights the many good-paying jobs put at risk by this bill. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Father John Misty, singer and songwriter, told Rolling Stone the North Carolina law is "obviously bullshit," and will donate the proceeds from his concert there to an LGBT youth center. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The three main anti-LGBT hate groups that conspired to push through North Carolina's hate law are demanding that state legislators sign a pledge vowing to oppose the repeal of any portion of the law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: A coalition of religious groups that pressed the General Assembly to pass House Bill 2 last month quickly scrapped a plan Wednesday to have state lawmakers sign a pledge to support it. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: In a statement announcing a formal policy position against House Bill 2 and calling for repeal, the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce says an unnamed tech company cancelled over the law an expansion that would have brought up to 1,000 jobs to the region. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Today the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute (Victory) released a new research brief titled More Than Represent: LGBT Elected Officials Drive Equality in the States that shows the relationship between the number of openly LGBT public officials a state has and its level of LGBT equality. There is clear evidence that openly LGBT people form relationships with their colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, and change minds about LGBT equality - and votes. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The real-life impact of North Carolina's anti-transgender legislation has reared its ugly head with statistics showing an increase in number of calls received at a suicide hotline for transgender people. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: GLSEN's anti-bullying Day Of Silence was on Friday and Winston-Salem's Fox affiliate reports on high school students that walked out in protest full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: State Senate leader Phil Berger said Wednesday he doesn't see the need to repeal or revise a law that limits protections for the LGBTIQA community. full story

USA, WASHINGTON: As part of efforts to make Seattle a safe city for the LGBTIQA community Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle Police Dept. have created a "Safe Places" program, where anybody enduring harassment, intimidation or physical assault can seek refuge while police are summoned. full story 
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Published on:  April 21, 2016


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