I appologize for the day's delay in getting you the weekly WYNTK. I was on a backwoods spiritual retreat all week and spent today catching up on the news I missed while I was unplugged!
Here's what you (and I) need to know from the past week:
- A coroner's inquest harshly criticized the media's brutal treatment of trans* teacher Lucy Meadows, who took her own life a few months ago.
- After extensive protests and debate, France saw its first same-sex marriage this week.
- Puerto Rico's governor signed a landmark LGBT anti-discrimination bill. Although it's not as comprehensive as activists had hoped, it still represents a major step for the American territory.
- For the 14th time, Exxon Mobil shareholders voted not to enact non-discrimination and domestic partnership policies for their LGBT employees.
- The Maine Supreme Court rejected NOM's hail-Mary appeal to the state requirement that they disclose their donor list, clearing the way for a state investigation.
- Nigeria has enacted a harsh new anti-gay law that bans not only same-sex marriage, but also criminalizes public displays of same-sex affection.
- Cody Tubman became the first trans* prom queen in the history of Middleborough High School in Middleborough Massachusetts.
- As a wave of anti-gay hate crimes continues to sweep the city, the Cardinal of New York is calling for Catholic dioceses to focus on anti-equality messages in their sermons.
- Homophobic and transphobic parents in Thailand are forcing their teen children into Buddhist monasticism as a way to deal with their sexuality and/or gender identity.
- Lacking the needed votes to pass, a same-sex marriage bill in the Illinois House of Representatives has been put on hold until the fall by its sponsor.