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- The shutdown of the federal government has some direct impacts on the LGBT community, including services related to HIV/AIDS and of course the incomes of LGBT federal employees.
- According to a new study, providing health benefits that include transition-related care for transgender employees adds little, if any, costs to employers.
- A new poll finds that 51 percent of New Mexicans support marriage equality, while only 42 percent oppose it.
- The Pennsylvania county that issued 174 marriage licenses to same-sex couples has appealed a ruling barring it from issuing any more.
- The Kentucky Attorney General’s office doesn’t believe a same-sex couple challenging the state’s marriage ban even has legal standing to bring the suit.
- A Mississippi town has been sued in federal court by the Southern Poverty Law Center for refusing to allow a gay bar to obtain a local business license.
- The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins has once again compared gay people to drug addicts, encouraging listeners of his radio show to pray for “those who are bound up in these lifestyles.”
- NASCAR has fined driver Nelson Piquet, Jr. $10,000 for posting an anti-gay slur on Instagram.
- Actress Michelle Rodriguez has opened up about being bisexual, but still would prefer not to discuss her sex life.