Senate Passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act

11.7.2013

By Jesse Steinbach

...and 5 other things you need to know today

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1. The Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 64-32, making this the first time in history that the United States Senate approved legislation that will ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Now we have to wait for the House of Representatives to vote on ENDA. In the meantime, check out The Advocate's breakdown of the Senate's vote and Obama's op-ed.

2. A gay fan-made poster for Thor 2 was accidentally used in a Shanghai movie theater. Instead of shielding his love interest (played by Natalie Portman), the mythological superhero protects his enemy, Loki. Certainly a mix-up, but we're down for a Hemsworth-Hiddleston romance.

3. Fear of imprisonment for homosexuality in African counties is grounds for asylum in the EU. "The ruling follows a request for advice from The Netherlands about three gay refugees seeking asylum from Uganda, Sierra Leone and Senegal," writes The Independent. Nevertheless, the European Court of Justice (EJC) says it's up to sovereign countries to decide if homosexuality in a refugee's country of origin is actually illegal in practice or just in law. If the latter is the case, asylum may not be granted. Read more here.

4. American Horror Story will return for a fourth season. Considering Coven has been been the most watched AHS yet, it's no surprise FX renewed Ryan Murphy's macabre-hit. The best part of the news? Jessica Lange has a role in the new season, but sadly this will be her last. Though no plot has been revealed, Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter that Lange "has always wanted to play a Marlene Dietrich figure and now she gets to."

5. Out pop diva Sia will donate proceeds from her collaboration with Eminem to homeless LGBT youth at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center. Sia (the voice behind hits like "Titanium") received slack for teaming up with the Eminem, who's known for his antigay lyrics. But maybe this move will redeem Slim Shady just a bit? According to SheWired, Sia's donation will help fund programs for a 50-bed shelter, a transitional living program, medical care, meals, clothing, counseling, and more.

6. Watch how kids react to same-sex marriage. Children, ages 5-13, saw two videos of gay marriage proposals and then answered some questions. The reactions will put a smile on your face and give hope to LGBT equality in the coming generation.

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