E. Winter Tashlin

What You Need To Know This Week (4/28 - 5/4)

Filed By E. Winter Tashlin | May 04, 2013 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: gay marriage, Jason Collins, LGBT news, Philadelphia LGBT rights, Rhode Island, same-sex adoption, transgender youth

Here's a list of stories from around the web this past week that you won't want to have missed:

  • NBA center Jason Collins made history by being the first male major league sports player to come out and be widely known as gay while still playing.
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  • The governor of Rhode Island signed marriage equality into law, making the state the 10th in the USA to legalize marriage for same-sex couples.
  • Vermont has joined the growing ranks of states that require insurance companies to cover trans* related healthcare.
  • Delaware took another step on the road towards marriage equality, but the final outcome remains uncertain (h/t The Advocate)
  • Iowa Supreme Court ruled that children of gay couples can have both parents' names on their birth certificate, bring Iowa into line with all other states with legal marriage recognition.
  • Retired NFL star LeRoy Butler was disinvited from a church he'd be scheduled to speak at after refusing to publicly retract a tweet congratulating Jason Collins' coming out.
  • President Obama has asserted his belief that gay couples should be included in the immigration bill.
  • Although he still doesn't support allowing their parents to marry, Paul Ryan now supports allowing children to be adopted by gay people.
  • In a dramatic statement for LGBT equality city of Philadelphia has passed a sweeping set of measures to improve the lives of LGBT. Seriously, too many awesome things to list here.
  • The Maine chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, along with an impressive list of other organizations, are making their support for trans* youth, and one young trans* girl in particular, unequivocally clear.
  • The 'Shower of Stoles' exhibit, which has most recently come to Austin MN, is a powerful statement about rejection and faith.

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