E. Winter Tashlin

What You Need To Know for 3/20/13

Filed By E. Winter Tashlin | March 20, 2013 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Boy Scouts, Chipotle, Facebook, Finland, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Korea, The Bizarre World Of The Bisexual, trans* surgery requirement, Westboro Baptist Church

I've sifted through the last few days queer/LGBT news so you don't have to. Here's what you need to know for March 20, 2013:

  • A newly rainbow-painted house across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church will be used as an LGBT center.

  • Chipotle has backed out of sponsoring a Boy Scout event after determining that supporting anti-gay organization is in conflict with the company's charitable giving policy.

  • Worn down by their struggles after having to leave their home in the U.S. to stay together due to DOMA, both members of a bi-national gay couple have taken their own lives within a week of one another.

  • Does New Mexico law already allow for same-sex marriage?

  • A proposed bill in Arizona would make it illegal for a person to use a bathroom designated for a sex different than that which appears on their birth certificate.

  • Facebook's sophisticate algorithm may be able to deduce the sexual orientation of people and target gay advertising at them, even if they are still closeted.

  • A bill banning the use of "ex-gay" therapy on minors has cleared a major hurdle in the New Jersey state legislature.

  • Former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton has finally come out in support of marriage equality.

  • In less than 15 hours, a citizens' initiative in support of marriage equality in Finland hit its 50,000 signature goal.

  • Trans* people in South Korea are no longer required to have genital surgery in order to change their legal gender.

  • In inviting and welcoming Robert Mugabe to the Vatican, Pope Francis has made a powerful and dispiriting statement about what kind of leadership we can expect during his tenure.

  • This completely tongue-in-cheek homage to the mental-hygiene films of old lays bare the ridiculousness of many myths around bisexuality, while taking jibes at gay and lesbian stereotyping too:

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