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First Indian Ad Featuring Lesbian
Couple Goes Viral
India's first advertisement featuring a lesbian couple has received
more than 3 million views across social media in three weeks.
The ad entitled "The Visit" was created for the "Bold is Beautiful"
campaign by Anouk clothing brand, and promoted by Myntra
Fashion, an online retailer.
The three minute ad depicts the live-in couple nervously
awaiting the arrival of one of the partner's parents.
While a story on Quartz (http://bit.ly/1C9rVhX) samples a
response from lesbians in India questioning the representation
of lesbian relationships in the media, the ad has been met with an
overall positive response spurring the tag #AnoukBoldIsBeautiful.
Michael Sam Leaves CFL Camp
for Personal Reasons
(AP) Michael Sam has left the Montreal Alouettes training camp
for personal reasons. The CFL team said the rookie defensive end has
been given special permission to return home to Texas.
"With all due respect for Michael Sam, the nature of this decision
will remain confidential," said a team statement. "The Montreal
Alouettes fully respect Michael Sam's decision and rally around him
to offer him all time and support needed. The team has left the door
open and Michael is welcome to come back whenever he feels ready."
Sam's departure comes three weeks after he became the first
openly gay player to sign in the CFL. Montreal plays its first preseason
game Saturday night in Quebec City. He is part of a small group
of professional athletes who have chosen to go public about their
sexual orientation. Retired NBA player Jason Collins came out in
April 2013, while Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star Robbie Rogers is the
lone player to do so in Major League Soccer.
Bisexual Former Liberal Democrat
Minister Knighted by Queen
Simon Hughes, Liberal Democratic politician and former
Minister of State for Justice and Civil Liberties, was knighted during
a ceremony in honor of the Queen's Birthday, Pink News reports
Prior to losing his seat last month to the Labor party's Neil Coyle,
Hughes was the UK's most senior politician to come out as bisexual.
Despite having a mixed record on equality issues, Hughes did
ultimately vote in favor of same sex marriage, and has recently been
spearheading Liberal Democratic efforts to clear the records of men
convicted of historic gay offenses.
ACLU Files Trans Discrimination
Lawsuit in VA
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of
Virginia filed a lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board
for passing a measure prohibiting transgender students from using
restrooms consistent with their gender identities, Metro Weekly
The incident began when Gloucester high school student Gavin
Grimm and Grimm's mother notified school officials of Grimm's
male gender identity. Initially Grimm was allowed to use private
staff facilities, until he requested use of public school facilities as
not to isolate himself from fellow classmates. Grimm was then
allowed to use the boys' restroom facilities, a matter which went
without incident for two months until conservative activists began
protesting to the school board.
The motion restricting restroom access to transgender students
passed 6-1. The ACLU argues that the motion violates Title IX, a
portion of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 that prohibits
any form of discrimination on the basis of gender.
Sir Simon Hughes.
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