Photo by zoonabar, creative commons

Photo by zoonabar, creative commons

One European nation takes the lead in Trans* and Intersex rights. And, a district in Tokyo starts registering same sex couples. Here are the stories making headlines around the queer world, as aired on QueerMinded World NewsBrief with Orie Givens and SaRea Surmon on 4/2/2015.

From Pink News

Tokyo’s “Shibuya” District First To Register Same Sex Couples in Japan

In an unprecedented step in Japan, same sex couples can now register their relationship in one area of the country’s capital. But it doesn’t come with many rights. Read more at Pink News

South African Man First to Receive Maternity Leave, Judge Rules

A South African Court ruled that a man who fathered a child via surrogate was entitled to the full legal leave given to mothers for maternity, after the employer denied the employee’s claim. Read more at Pink News

From Gay Star News

Australian Men Convicted in Gay Bashing Murder

Two men were convicted of the vicious murder of a gay man found having sex in Australia last month will be sentenced in April. Read more at Gay Star News 

Malta Legalizes Comprehensive Protections for Trans* & Intersex Citizen

The Maltese government has relaxed restrictions on requirements for gender reassignment surgery, including removing requirement for mental illness diagnosis or sterilization Read more at Gay Star News 

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Photo from Transgriot taken at the first briefing on Trans* Women of Color at the White House.

Photo from Transgriot taken at the first briefing on Trans* Women of Color at the White House.

The Governor of Indiana signed corrections to the RFRA that don’t have everyone pleased. And, how did the White House mark the International Transgender Day of Visibility? Here is a look at the stories making headlines across Queer America this week, as covered in our QueerMinded National NewsBrief with Orie Givens and SaRea Surmon on April 4, 2015.

From Pink News

Indiana Governor Concedes To LGBTQ Pressures, Sort Of

Gov. Pence signed additions to the Indiana RFRA said to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in business and public accommodations. According to a Pink News report the lawmakers reached a compromise that includes languages stating that the law cannot be used to authorize a provider to refuse to offer or provide services, faculties and use of public accommodation or goods.” The Indiana ACLU said that LGBTQ people in Indiana need more protection from discrimination. Read more at Pink News

Kentucky Governor Says Gay Marriage Ban Doesn’t Discriminate Because It Applies to Straight People

Steve Beshear, the Governor of Kentucky compares prohibiting gay marriage to prohibiting interracial marriage, as argued by Virginia in the famous Loving v Virginia case. Read more at Pink News 

From Gay Star News

US Presbyterians Shunned By Church Coalition Over Same-Sex Marriage

One denomination of Christianity is facing backlash from the National Black Church Initiative Coalition over their support of same-sex marriage according to Gay Star News reports. The Coalition, which represents over 34,000 Black churches and 15 denominations, says that the Presbyterian Church is “effectively no longer Christian and has lost Christ’s saving grace.” Read more at Gay Star News

Trans Rights Org Plays Big April Fool’s Joke

In a tongue-in-cheek response to bathroom ban bills sprouting up around the nation, the National Center for Transgender Equality decided it would provide a unique solution in an April Fool’s day press release – fund a laboratory to create transgender people who don’t have to pee. Read more at Gay Star News

From QueerMinded

Trans* Women Of Color Tell White House Their Stories

Over 50 Trans* Women of Color leaders visited Washington DC for an historic White House Summit. The briefing, organized by the LGBTQ Task Force and the White House highlighted personal experiences from a diverse panel of Trans* women. who discussed issues related to hate crimes, intimate partner violence, immigration and more. Read more at Queer Minded 

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