Welcome to The Morning Pride, ThinkProgress LGBT’s 8:45 AM round-up of the latest in LGBT policy, politics, and some culture too! Here’s what we’re reading this morning, but let us know what you’re checking out too.
- Responding to equality groups’ pressure yesterday that Secretary Gates should certify repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell before he retires this month, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the Obama administration is not concerned about certification being delayed by the arrival of a new defense secretary.
- CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 is airing a three-part series called, “The Sissy Boy Experiment” about a young boy named Kirk who was the subject of gender-norming ex-gay therapy and eventually committed suicide. The blog Box Turtle Bulletin has a companion piece, including conversations with Kirk’s family and background about his doctor, George Rekers, whose “rentboy” scandal last year revealed the hypocrisy of his dangerous therapies.
- Have you heard of Fred Karger yet? He’s the first openly gay presidential candidate ever, and he’s running on the Republican ticket. He’s also the first 2012 candidate to have been invited for an interview with David Frost on Al Jazeera. Watch it at Towleroad.
- A gay police officer who wanted to march in the West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade in uniform was told he couldn’t because it would bring “discredit” to his department.
- Actress Natalie Portman has joined the Freedom To Marry campaign, supporting full marriage equality in New York.
- Musical activist Sean Chapin has a new video satirizing the Don’t Say Gay bill that recently passed the Tennessee Senate. Enjoy: