The Pride: Today’s LGBT Headlines (May 20th, 2013)
Above: Anti-gay Orthodox Christians challenge police at Georgia’s march against homophobia. (Credit: AFP)
- French President François Hollande has signed marriage equality into law.
- A Texas gay couple has been separated after the sister of the partner with Alzheimer’s claimed guardianship even though they had power of attorney for each other; she then evicted the healthy partner from his house because they still had three years left on paying their mortgage.
- The 2013 Human Rights Watch “Hall of Shame” includes the anti-LGBT American Center for Law and Justice as several other homophobic groups abroad.
- The coalition that supported marriage equality in Minnesota, Minnesotans United for All Families, will continue its work, protecting supportive lawmakers from conservative election challenges.
- The Missouri Senate advanced an anti-discrimination bill with a 19-11, including nine Republicans, but it died in the House.
- Though Discover cards are often used to support the discriminating Boy Scouts of America, the credit card company says that “discriminatory practices are inconsistent” with its values.
- The New Mexico transgender student who was told he’d have to wear a female robe at his Catholic high school graduation has chosen not to walk.
- A Scottish trans woman was banned from using the ladies’ room at a shopping center in clear violation of the Equality Act 2010, which bars discrimination based on gender reassignment.
- Over 70 percent of Russians oppose any attempts to justify or publicly display same-sex relations.
- A march marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in the nation of Georgia was interrupted by thousands of Orthodox anti-gay activists, injuring 28 people in the process.
- Glee‘s Alex Newell (“Unique”) kicked off the New York AIDS Walk 2013 this weekend with a rousing performance of “I Know Where I’ve Been” from Hairspray.