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– The Advocate has a round-up of the small pool of transgender elected officials.
– Marriage equality is among Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s top three priorities.
– The New York Times highlighted Tony Perkins again without appropriately referencing the hate group he leads and their harmful rhetoric.
– The Washington state Senate has selected its second-ever openly gay leader, Sen. Ed Murray (D).
– The young man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of an under-age sexual relationship has recanted his claim.
– Eureka Springs has become the first city in Arkansas to endorse marriage equality by City Council resolution.
– A trans student describes the discrimination he’s experiencing at his Canadian high school.
– British Chancellor George Osborne urged his fellow Tories to support marriage equality lest they lose “swathes of voters” like American Republicans have.
– Nigeria is advancing legislation to heighten punishment for same-sex marriage or cohabitation, as well as for anyone caught “witnessing” or “abetting” such relationships. The country remains unfazed by Western threats to cut aid over its opposition gay rights.
– Dan Savage has launched Straight Up Thanks, a Tumblr to thank straight allies who have been helping to support equality.
– The Campaign for Southern Equality says, “Game On”: