Lily Tomlin and Viola Davis Rip North Carolina’s Anti-Trans Laws This Sunday Funday

Feature image via The Advocate

Happy Sunday Funday, weirdos! Let’s talk about some good gay news while the world spins madly on, shall we?

Gay Marriage: Now Officially A Thing In Colombia

It’s finally gay wedding season in Colombia!

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via The Advocate

Yep, Everyone Still Hates Your Anti-LGBT Legislation

+ These 13 celebs blasted North Carolina’s HB 2 at the Tribeca Film Festival.

+ The NCAA will now require the cities or states hoping to host their Final Four have trans-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances in place.

“The higher education community is a diverse mix of people from different racial, ethnic, religious and sexual orientation backgrounds,” said Kirk Schulz, president of Kansas State University and chair of the Board of Governors, in a statement. “So it is important that we assure that community — including our student-athletes and fans — will always enjoy the experience of competing and watching at NCAA championships without concerns of discrimination.”

The board said its decision to enact the anti-discrimination requirement was influenced by anti-LGBT legislation that has recently been passed in states like North Carolina and Mississippi.

+ Shonda Rhimes is done with this bullshit.

+ Bonnaroo is not pleased with Tennessee’s decision to allow licensed counselors and therapists to refuse clients who clash with their “principles.”

This Italian Couple Just Made Gay History

Marilena Grassadonia and her partner just adopted each other’s kids. And they did so because for the first time ever, Rome’s juvenile court said two gay people could do so.

“On a personal level, it’s a huge satisfaction, but I cannot be fully happy when I think that our families depend on individual decisions.”

Small Steps

+ We’ve all waited way too long for the Equality Act. That’s why Democrats are trying to speed the LGBT rights legislation along.

“People who think it is okay to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity — they can vote against the bill and should be held accountable if they do,” Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island told BuzzFeed News in a phone call. “If they don’t think this bill is the right thing, then have the courage to stand up at a hearing and say you think that LGBT people shouldn’t receive full equality.”

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via BuzzFeed

+ Sioux Falls’ Human Relations and Human Resources offices are curently pushing for a series of proposals adding sexual orientation and sexual identity to the list of classes protected in city ordinance, thus protecting LGBT employees at SiouxFalls’ City Hall from discrimination. 

“It’s important for Sioux Falls to get on track with what’s happening in the rest of the civilized country,” said Ashley Joubert-Gaddis of the Center for Equality in Sioux Falls. “It’s telling that our leaders are saying we are more than just straight or LGB. We’re also transgender.”

Someone Please Make Sure They Save These QT Frogs

Like, c’mon.

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via The Guardian


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Carmen

Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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4 Comments

  1. The mountain chicken frog was having an identity crisis well before that damn fungal pandemic swept in. And now, to top it all off, it’s the sole surviving female frog that needs to be relocated into the sole surviving male’s patch of turf … and once relocated, there will be ‘observers’ watching for 6 weeks to make sure she doesn’t leave. 2016 is sure not her year.

  2. Another cool thing going on in my community lately: The college ultimate frisbee national championships will be held in North Carolina this year, and the official governing body of ultimate frisbee, USA Ultimate, has announced its opposition to the bill and will show its support for the LGBT community in a couple ways at the tournament – http://www.usaultimate.org/news/usau-pledges-support-to-lgbt-community-with-help-from-five-discraft/

  3. As a Colombian straddler I had been wating ages for you guys to mention something about marriage equality finally happening here. It has happened! I can legally marry now, and Autostraddle covered that! Yaaay!!! (I just signed in so I could post something about it)

    • Congratulations to you all, I’m really pleased for you!!!
      Your decision in Columbia gives heart to others of us who are still waiting on our governments to grant us equal rights with our fellow citizens.
      The fight doesn’t end.

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