U.S./World: Quick Hits 03.25.16

Beyond the Carolinas

An appeals court reversed a ruling in North Carolina with regard to a “Choose Life” license plate case, saying that there was no provision for an alternative plate with a message supporting reproductive freedom.
info: acluofnc.org.

Eric Fanning has been confirmed by a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and is now awaiting a final vote by the full Senate. Fanning is the first gay appointee to ascend to the post of Secretary of the Army.
info: militarypartners.org. outserve.org.

The Lambda Literary Awards will present its annual Lammys on June 6 in New York, N.Y. Submissions broke records with 933 entries.
info: lambdaliterary.org.

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Wisconsin Justice Rebecca Bradley offered a “non-apology apology” after it was discovered that she has issued hate-filled attacks toward the LGBT community.
info: house.gov.

A lesbian Texas widow was granted spousal benefits from the Social Security Administration.
info: lambdalegal.org.

The Williams Institute reported that the number of transgender people ages 13 and older in states where bills have been introduced would negatively impact transgender people.
info: williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu.

Gay former Olympic medalist Greg Louganis will be honored by the Point Foundation on April 11 for his achievements and unapologetic support of the LGBT community.
info: pointfoundation.org.

The Global Forum on MSM & HIV has announced that it is engaging in a video testimonial project and is looking for participants. Videos should be from one to two minutes in length and focus on why the contributor thinks it is important that gay, bisexual men and other men who have sex with men do so.
info: msmgf.org.

Sixty companies have launched a business coalition in support of the Equality Act, the Human Rights Campaign announced. Included are Carolina-based Replacements Ltd. and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.
info: hrc.org.

A survey by an LGBT-friendly travel service and a UK magazine found that 61 percent of LGBT individuals would not travel to destinations where being gay is illegal.
info: outofoffice.com.

The American Psychological Association has reported in its “Stress in America: The Impact of Discrimination” that discrimination is linked to increased stress and poorer health.
info: stressinamerica.org.

The National LGBTQ Task Force is describing an anti-marriage equality ruling by a Puerto Rican-based U.S. federal judge as “bizarre and controversial.” The territory did not side with the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling and said that the decision did not apply to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rica.
info: thetaskforce.org.

Dining Out For Life has captured volunteer celebrity spokespersons Ted Allen (“Chopped”), Pam Grier (actress), Mondo Guerra (“Project Runway All-Stars” winner) and Daisy Martinez (chef) for its April 28 event. The annual HIV/AIDS dining fundraiser covers over 60 cities across North America. A video was produced in conjunction with the approaching day and can be seen at bit.ly/1LB8fxB.
info: diningoutforlife.com.

The United Methodist Church’s Boards of Ordained Ministry for two separate conferences have announced that they will no longer consider an individual’s sexual orientation as criteria for evaluation.
info: rum.org.

Floridian Nadine Smith has been named as one of the 2016 National Women’s History Month honorees. Smith is currently serving as Equality Florida’s executive director.
info: nwhp.org. eqfl.org.

A Kickstarter campaign has been launched for the fifth season of “Where the Bears Are” and will run through April 7.
info: kck.st/21i7A5L.

A new smartphone app, be*, has been made available and is an awareness-raising online game which aims to engage its users to respect gender differences.
info: bejcvg.eu.

On Oct. 15, women from all over the planet will converge on Provincetown with a singular intention — to marry at Bride Pride, a group wedding scheduled during Provincetown’s Women’s Week, now in its 32nd year. Organizers hope to capture a Guinness world record.
info: rouxprovidencetown.com.

The Ali Forney Center and the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island have entered into a partnership to develop housing for homeless LGBT youth.
info: aliforneycenter.org.

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan was appointed to the position of Outreach & Recruitment Director for Presidential Personnel and Associate Director for Public Engagement at the White House.
info: whitehouse.gov.

March is Bisexual Awareness Month and the Human Rights Campaign has released a coming out guide for bisexual people.
info: hrc.org.

“I’m From Driftwood” has released a storytelling kit, especially designed for family counselors and therapists to help them with their patients struggling with LGBT-related issues, such as coming out, bullying, transphobia, and more.
info: imgromdriftwood.com.

Moving trends have been tracked and have been released that showcase where LGBT individuals live.
info: consumeraffairs.com.

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Dr. Imani Woody will be honored for her work on behalf of LGBT elders and their housing needs.
info: maryshouse.org. taggmagazine.com.

Tickets are now on sale for “Transvisibility: the T’s Not Silent” celebration on May 18 in Washington, D.C.
info: transequality.org.

The Weitzman Institute, the research arm of Community Health Center, Inc., has launched a national program to improve health outcomes for LGBT patients by increasing the availability of culturally responsible, comprehensive primary care.
info: weitzmaninstitute.org.

The Williams Institute reports that there is growing support for LGBT people and rights in all southern states.
info: williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu.

“Real World: Go Big or Go Home” has a cast member who is an LGBT rights activist. Pansexual Chris was a Mormon-bred boy turned liberal New York City hipster.
info: mtv.com.

Scottish police and the Equality Network have reported that they have begun a program to crack down on LGBT hate crime.
info: equality-network.orglgbthatecrime.org.uk.

There is increased support of same-sex adoptions, a federal report shows.
info: 1.usa.gov/21xSzgx.

InterPride AGM and World Conference being held Oct. 11-16 in Montpellier, France, is offering a scholarship to help defray the cost for those who wish to attend. Additionally, the organization will host its first webinar on April 10, 5 p.m., on human rights and Pride.
info: interpride.org.

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in collaboration with the LGBT Center of Central PA History Project will present a program in April on the state’s pioneering role in LGBT rights.
info: statemuseumpa.org.

March 28-April 1 is National LGBT Health Awareness Week and its theme this year is “OUTvisible: Redefining Stigma in LGBT Healtcare.”
info: healthlgbt.org.

The Trans Day of Visibility is March 31.
info: tdov.org.

Actress Kristin Chenoweth, Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry (Wake Forest University) and Wells Fargo will be honored by PGLAG National at its 8th Annual Straight for Equality Awards Gala on April 4.
info: pflag.org.

Carolinas’ Delighted Tobehere will be on hand for the New York’s Best in Drag on May 9 when she will give up her crown.
info: ascnyc.org.

“Project Runway Junior” competitor Matt Sarafa has become a visible spokesperson against racism, homophobia and more.
info: bit.ly/1Zkt8iT.

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Salt Lake CIty, Utah, Mayor Jackie Biskupski will be honored at the National Center for Lesbian Rights’ Garden Party on April 2 during the Dinah weekend.
info: nclrights.org.

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Posted by Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at specialassignments@goqnotes.com and 704-531-9988, x205.