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LGBTI news wrap for the weekend of December 12/13, 2015.
By
Drew Sheldrick

14 Dec 2015 - 10:39 AM  UPDATED 14 Dec 2015 - 10:53 AM

Victoria has implemented a new initiative recognising overseas same-sex marriages as civil partnerships under state law. Australian marriage equality advocates welcomed the news, but said they will continue to push for national laws recognising overseas same-sex marriages.

Caitlyn Jenner is in strife for comments she made about transgender people and authenticity in TIME Magazine. Jenner was being interviewed as part of TIME's 'Person of the Year' profiles and said it's much easier for trans women or trans men who "authentically kind of looks and plays the role". She went on to say she wanted to "dress well" and "look good" to try to project a good image for the trans community. Many were not impressed.

The Church of England has banned a clergyman from taking services after he married his same-sex partner. The Telegraph reports that Jeremy Davies, who served as Canon Precentor at Salisbury Cathedral for more than two decades, had his application to officiate rejected by the Diocese of Winchester after he married his long-term partner Simon McEnery last year, despite the Church of England’s opposition to same-sex marriage.

Gay American actor Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) has voiced a new video for the United Nation's LGBTI campaign, Free & Equal. The video looks at the larger cost of anti-LGBT discrimination.

LGBT activist George Zander has died after he was attacked in what's been alleged as a "hate crime" in California. The 71-year-old was a manager at Equality California and was a prominent figure in the Palm Springs LGBT community. He and his husband were attacked leaving a nightclub on November 1.

Mashable has a great look at the history of transgender representation on television to coincide with the release of the second season of Amazon Studios' Transparent.

Greece's Parliament will later this month decide whether to allow same-sex couples the right to civil unions. Greece passed civil union laws in 2008, but banned gay couples from accessing them. Greek legislators will debate a draft law on December 22 which would allow same-sex couples to access the scheme for the first time.