The Morning Pride: July 28, 2011

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.

– The Washington Blade sat down with Douglas Wilson, the Defense Department’s first openly gay assistant secretary, about his role in advancing the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

– Rep. Allen West (R-FL) will speak at the Business Assocation of Wilton Manors, FL next month, a city with a prominent LGBT community in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s (D-FL) Congressional district. Some commissioners have said they will not attend the meeting out of protest.

– Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley sent a letter last week to state legislators, urging approval of the Transgender Equal Rights Bill in the Judiciary Committee.

– Jeremy Hooper points out that the National Organization for Marriage is being less subtle with the religious motivations for their opposition to marriage equality.

– North Carolina’s legislature will not be considering constitutional amendments this week, including those proposed to ban same-sex marriage.

– Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, could get its first LGBT city councilmember. The city currently has no ordinances to protect LGBT people.

– Ann Coulter thinks being gay is a choice and that all of society should have Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. How sweet.

– Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, on the other hand, apparently admits that same-sex attraction is not a choice.

Italy rejected a bill yesterday that would have protected LGBT people from discrimination.

– Singer and actress Audra McDonald stopped by The View yesterday to talk about her role supporting marriage equality in New York and singing for a couple’s ceremony on Sunday. Watch it: