E. Winter Tashlin

What You Need To Know This Week (4/21 - 4/27)

Filed By E. Winter Tashlin | April 27, 2013 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: ENDA, France gay marriage, Montana, Rhode Island gay marriage, What You Need To Know

You may have noticed that there wasn't a What You Need To Know segment this past Wednesday or Friday. After much debate and discussion, the editorial team has decided to discontinue the thrice-weekly news roundup in favor of a weekly news roundup on Saturdays.

There are a myriad of sources these days for LGBT news, including other blogs, newspapers, social media, and sites like Reddit. We will no longer run the WYNTK three times a week in order to focus on the commentary, analysis, and personal perspectives that people come to Bilerico for in the first place.

That said, there is quite a lot of news to sort through every week, so on each Saturday we'll have a list of some of the stories from around the web that we might not have covered, but that you won't want to have missed. So with that, here's what you need to know this week:

  • San Francisco's Pride Celebration Committee rushed to distance themselves from early reports that Bradley Manning would be a grand marshal for the city's Pride celebration.

  • Amidst angry and sometimes violent protests, France passed marriage equality and same sex adoption.

  • Montana repealed their illegal ban on homosexual sex.

  • Nike signed their first out athlete

  • An inclusive ENDA has been introduced in the US legislature, but some activists are concerned that sweeping religious exemptions may effectively nullify many of its benefits.

  • Rhode Island took the necessary steps to ensure that marriage equality will be legalized there as well.

  • In Washington Stage, Republican lawmakers are trying to advance a bill designed to enable businesses to discriminate against LGBT people on the grounds of religious or philosophical beliefs.

  • The ACLU intervened in the cases of a young trans* man whose high school principal removed his name from the candidates for prom king, re-listed him with his birth name as a prom queen candidate, and then threatened to bar his date from attending.

  • Feel free to use the comments section to list more stories from this week in LGBT news that you think people should know about.

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