With a significant majority vote at its General Assembly today, the Presbyterian Church (USA) made marriage equality available to loving, committed couples of the same-sex by changing the language in the church's Book of Order from "a man and a woman" to "two persons."
When Alessandra Bernaroli, a transgender woman in Italy, officially changed her name and gender on her identity card, the Bologna court forced a divorce with her wife, also named Alessandra. Their appeal for the divorce got turned down, but Italy's high court has now overturned the initial ruling.
Changing one's name can be one of the most meaningful steps for a trans or gender nonconforming person in expressing and validating who they are. Religious congregations and individuals from around the country have recognized this and have developed naming ceremonies to honor what can be such an important milestone.
After Minority Leader Pelosi, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, a host of other elected officials, and a cadre of LGBT organizational leaders called out his planned appearance at the National Organization For Marriage's anti-gay "March For Marriage," San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone issued a lengthy response in which he purports to "explain" why we are all mistaken about NOM, its allies, and their intentions.
Last week at South Korea's 15th annual Queer Cultural Festival, the United States, French, and German embassies took part for the first time to show their support for the human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, both in their respective countries and in Korea as well.