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ASAPScience Investigates the Stinging Possibility of a World Without Bees: VIDEO

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The ASAPScience guys have finally weighed in on the popular topic of bee extinction in their new video and what it means for us and the rest of the world should they go extinct. Scientists have claimed the extinction of bees spells catastrophic consequences; the ASAPScience guys calmly clarify exactly what would and it’s still not pretty. Up to 70 percent of the world’s fruit, vegetables and nuts would vanish, an estimated $200 billion loss in agriculture revenue along with a drastic effect on the food chain.

Watch ASAP Science thoroughly explain bee extinction, along with the potential processes that are leading to their deaths, AFTER THE JUMP

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Ex-BYU Student Says He Was Evicted From Apartment After Landlord Found Out He Was Gay: VIDEO

A former student at Brigham Young University (BYU) has sued Provo apartment complex The Village after claiming he was evicted when his landlord found out he was gay, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

Large-entrance-sign-provo-apartmentsOn January 23rd, Andrew White was served an eviction notice by complex managers, ten days after a disagreement with his three male roommates escalated from gay slurs into physical violence.

A copy of the eviction notice alleges White had violated lease policies, including residential living standards, the "quiet enjoyment of others” and BYU's honor code. Details of the alleged violations were not provided in the notice.

However, in seeking more than $101,000 in damages, White argued he was wrongly evicted and said the apartment manager caused him emotional distress by disclosing information which had in the past "led directly to an assault on him and a loss of living quarters."

White says that when he refused to leave the apartment, the roommates entered his room, dragged him out of bed and began removing his personal belongings. The unnamed roommates are also alleged to have again threatened White with physical violence.

The suit was settled yesterday for an undisclosed sum. As part of the settlement, White said the lawsuit was a tenant dispute and not meant to imply discrimination by apartment management.

Watch a BYU Understanding Same-Gender Attraction "It Gets Better" video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Earlier this month, Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed a bill adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's nondiscrimination laws in housing and employment. 

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Legal Case Against Irish Bakery That Refused to Bake 'Bert and Ernie' Cake Supporting Gay Marriage Begins: VIDEO

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Legal proceedings against a bakery in Northern Ireland for refusing to take an order for a cake with the slogan “support gay marriage” began yesterday, reports RTE.

Based in Newtownabbey, Ashers Baking Company is named after a verse from the Bible which refers to "Bread from Asher.”

Customer and gay rights activist Gareth Lee is supported in his action by the Northern Ireland's Equality Commission (NIEC).

Opening the case against Ashers, Robin Allen QC said the baker’s objections on religious grounds was not lawful and as unjustifiable as a postman declining to post a letter.

Noting the publicity surrounding the case, Allen said that “law must not be determined by those who shout loudest,” adding “this is a case about commerce and discrimination.”

The NIEC alleges that the stance of the company was in breach of legislation. Initially, the commission asked Ashers to acknowledge that it had breached legislation and offer "modest" damages to Lee. However, when the baker refused, the commission proceeded with the legal action.

Arriving at court ahead of the hearing, Ashers owner Daniel McArthur said he was putting his trust in God.

The hearing is expected to conclude today.

Watch a Christian Institute interview with McArthur, AFTER THE JUMP...

Earlier this week, the government in the Republic of Ireland indicated there will be no "right to discriminate" provision in the upcoming referendum on same-sex marriage.

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Victory Fund Appoints First Lesbian And First Black Leader: VIDEO

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LGBT activist group The Victory Fund and Institute (VFI) has appointed Aisha Moodie-Mills as its first out female and first black president and CEO, reports Buzzfeed.

Today, we're thrilled to announce that Aisha Moodie-Mills - an accomplished LGBT leader with a passion for civil rights...

Posted by Victory Fund & Institute on Thursday, 26 March 2015

1383576_10153362891555647_1985904950_nFounded in 1991, VFI is a national organizations dedicated to helping LGBT leaders win office and serve effectively at all levels of government.

Moodie-Mills began her LGBT activism in 2009, advocating for the Washington, D.C. Council to pass marriage equality legislation.

At the Center for American Progress, she began the FIRE initiative to talk about and advocate for issues at the intersection of race, class, and sexuality.

At VFI she will oversee a $4 million annual budget, 18 employees, and a mission to support and train out LGBT people to run for office and staff political jobs.

Moodie-Mills says that her focus will be on grassroots work in places where there are no or very few out LGBT elected officials. Specifically, she points to “the South and the plains states” and other areas lacking out LGBT representatives.

She also hopes to focus on training transgender people to run for office and supporting women candidates, referencing the only out senator: “Tammy Baldwin is our beacon of hope, but there just haven’t been a lot of Tammy Baldwins up and down the ballot.”

Watch a clip of Politini, a talk show hosted by Moodie-Mills and her wife Danielle, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Irish Government Clarifies There Will Be No 'Right to Discriminate' Following Marriage Referendum Vote

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The Irish government has indicated that there will be no religious opt-out clause for businesses that do not want to provide goods and services for same-sex weddings, reports the Independent.

A referendum on same-sex marriage will take place on May 22nd.

Labour leader Joan Burton (right) was responding to a call by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, for a religious “right to discriminate” for business people who had "problems of conscience" about gay marriage.

Although religious ministers will be allowed to refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, Burton was emphatic that this could not be extended to business people who refused to sell goods or services to gay couples.

Earlier this month, a priest in the west of Ireland broke ranks with the Catholic church's anti-gay agenda by announcing that he will vote in favor of same-sex marriage.

In December of last year, the Catholic Church in Ireland released a manifesto explaining exactly why it is opposed to marriage equality.

Watch Burton explain why she supports marriage equality, AFTER THE JUMP...

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WATCH: Deaf Gay Man's Powerful Story of Coming Out to His Family and Overcoming Isolation

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In a powerful coming out story for I'm From Driftwood, Richard Mesich explains the isolation he felt thinking he was the only deaf gay man in the world.

Richard shares what it was like coming out to his mother and how his gay uncles brought him to a gay bar for the first time on his 21st birthday.

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