E. Winter Tashlin

What You Need To Know for 3/13/13

Filed By E. Winter Tashlin | March 13, 2013 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Bill O'Reilly, Colorado civil unions, LGBT Honduras, Lynn Osterman, Queen of England, sodomy law, trans* discrimination, trans* youth

Here's what you need to know for March 13th, 2013

  • There's been much chortling within the LGBT and progressive media over news that the Vatican recently purchased a housing block where many of the church hierarchy live, that just happens to also house the largest gay spa in Europe.

  • An openly gay challenger has won an election for mayor of Wiesbaden Germany, defeating an anti-equality incumbent.

  • The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has struct down Virginia's sodomy law, which the state had been using to prosecute teens for having forms of sex other than vaginal intercourse, which was covered under the state law that set the age of consent at age fifteen.

  • Colorado's legislature has passed a civil union law that the governor is expected to sign.

  • The New Yorker has an interesting overview of video blogging by trans* youth.

  • In Minnesota, a bill to legalize same-sex marriage has passed out of committee in both houses and now moves to the floor.

  • A bill that would have provided legal protections against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity died before coming to a vote in Utah.

  • Bill O'Reilly continues to defend his bizarre campaign of harassment against the openly gay speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives.

  • The LGBT media was aflame several days ago with news that the Queen of England would be making an LGBT supportive public statement. I didn't buy it, and thus didn't report it, and it looks like I was right not to.

  • In Columbus Ohio's first legal case centered on trans* discrimination, a judge fined the Capital Club for " unlawful employment practices."

  • There have been a lot of changes for the LGBT population in Honduras in the years since 2009's coup d'├ętat made it possible for the community to become more open and publicly active.

  • Finally, have a look at this speech by former Minnesota state representative Lynn Osterman warning today's representatives to vote for in favor of marriage equality, or live with the same regrets she has:

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