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– WATCH: Shocking police brutality took place at the gay and lesbian Mardis Gras celebration in Sydney, Australia. (Warning: this video features graphic violence.)
– The West Virginia Senate may soon consider a bill that creates nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation.
– Some good news in Tennessee: Chris Anderson became the first openly gay candidate to be elected to the Chattanooga City Council.
– The Mennonite pastor who helped an ex-gay mother kidnap her daughter away to Central America to avoid sharing custody with her former partner has been sentenced to 27 months in prison.
– A Texas high school pulled a lesbian couple’s photo from the yearbook for being “too intimate,” even though the Valentine’s Day page featured plenty of straight couples also being “intimate.”
– A first-of-its-kind survey finds that mental health providers are less comfortable serving bisexual and transgender clients.
– Award-winning artist Chris Sprouse has abandoned the new Superman series to avoid working with homophobic writer Orson Scott Card.
– The “You Can Play” campaign is officially a year old and has already featured many professional hockey, soccer, and lacrosse players speaking out against homophobia in sports.
– Meanwhile, the NCAA has released an extensive guide to help administrators, coaches, and students create an LGBT-inclusive environment in college athletics.