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– Carl Siciliano, executive director of the Ali Forney Center, New York City’s homeless shelter for LGBT youth, published an open letter in this weekend’s New York Times calling on Pope Francis to end the Catholic Church’s rejection of homosexuality.
– The Department of Justice has clarified guidance regarding how sexual orientation and gender identity are protected under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), ensuring that anyone seeking support can find it without discrimination.
– The Harvey Milk stamp will debut at the White House.
– Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is urging the Fourth Circuit to rule against Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage.
– Though not all Illinois counties are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples until June, state agencies will recognize all valid licenses in the meantime.
– Some Mississippi businesses are posting “We don’t discriminate” stickers in response to the new “religious liberty” bill.
– Paula Sophia, a transgender veteran, is running for a seat the Oklahoma State House.
– The AIDS Outreach Center in Fort Worth, Texas has cut financial assistance for hundreds of its patients.
– In a protest against the Church of Norway’s refusal to perform marriages for same-sex couples, mayors across the country are opening their city halls to allow priests to perform the ceremonies there.
– An Ethiopian Orthodox Church group is promoting the myth that “Children are being raped by gay people.”
– The winner of the Masters, golfer Bubba Watson, believes that homosexuality is a sin.
– Nintendo’s new Tomodachi Life does not allow for same-sex relationships.
– Watch Orange is the New Black‘s Laverne Cox accept an award from GLAAD: