The Morning Pride: August 3, 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.

– GLAAD has released its fifth annual Network Responsibility Index that measures how LGBT-inclusive television programming has been over the best year. ABC Family joined MTV in achieving an “Excellent” rating, but for the fourth year in a row, A&E and TBS received “Failing” grades. Teen Nick’s Degrassi continues to be the only show with a regular or recurring transgender character.

– Rep. Allen West’s (R-FL) wife joined him in condemning Wilton Manors for uninviting him, suggesting he has gay friends and family members, so his history of anti-gay rhetoric should be ignored.

– Anti-gay group Wisconsin Family Action and Americans for Prosperity have been accused of misleading Wisconsin voters by sending out recall election absentee ballot applications with the incorrect deadline printed on them.

– A new video from the NOH8 Campaign features Sara Bareilles, David Hasselhoff, Larry King, Bret Lockett, Mya, Tommy Joe Ratliff, and Verne Troyer urging President Obama to speak out for marriage equality.

– The next Australian census will count married same-sex couples. Though same-sex marriage is not legal in Australia, thousands of couples have gotten married overseas. A new poll this week shows that 68 percent of Australians support marriage equality.

– Peter LaBarbera of the hate-group American For Truth About Homosexuality has acknowledged that his organization is no longer tax-exempt because he failed to provide tax returns for three consecutive years.