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Earthquakes, arguments and gay economics

Your Daily Package of newsy and naughty bits from around the world

US Supreme Court case to hear same-sex marriage arguments Tuesday

The US Supreme Court will begin to hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage Tuesday, April 28. The court will decide whether states must recognize same-sex marriage, and, if not, if states must recognize same-sex marriages from other states. Most court-watchers think team gay will win, but read a good description of the odds at the Daily Beast.

Nepal LGBT centre badly damaged in earthquake

The catastrophic earthquake that killed thousands in Nepal this weekend also put dangerous cracks in Kathmandu’s LGBT centre. Workers at the Blue Diamond Society, which serves LGBT people and works with HIV patients, say the building could collapse at any time. Gay Star News also reports that Israel is airlifting a large group of LGBT parents out of Nepal, where they were accessing commercial surrogacy that is illegal in Israel.

Do black gay men have an advantage on the job market?

A study by Princeton sociologist David Pedulla suggests that potential employers might offer black men higher salaries if they are gay, because stereotypes of gay men as effeminate counteract stereotypes of black men as violent or criminal. At the Guardian, however, Zach Stafford writes that the effect is unlikely to help black gay men in real life. 

Indian senate calls for trans equal rights

The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament, has passed a private member’s bill calling for equal rights for trans people. The bill is not legally binding, but calls on the government to pass more protections for trans people, who are often marginalized and discriminated against.

Read more at the Times of India.

Bruce Jenner comes out as trans

Former Olympic athlete and reality TV star Bruce Jenner came out as trans in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer April 24. “For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman,” Jenner said.

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