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– In his exit interview, Rep. Barney Frank (D) encouraged LGBT legislators to come out if they’re ready “because your ability to live as an integrated human person is more important than anything.”
– Many small towns in Kentucky are campaigning locally for nondiscrimination protections.
– After a complicated 10-month process, the Helena, Montana City Commission has unanimously approved first passage of an ordinance adding sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination protections in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
– Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit traveled to India for several weeks to care for newborn twins born to a surrogate mother hired by a gay palace employee until he and his husband could obtain a travel visa.
– JET Magazine, a prominent African-American magazine, has highlighted its first gay wedding, though it did feature a lesbian wedding last year.
– The UK’s Scout Association already welcomes gay scouts and may soon allow an atheist-friendly adaptation of its Scout Promise “To do my duty to God and to the Queen.”