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 White House has announced an interim liaison for the LGBT community to replace the outgoing liaison, Brian Bond. Raul Alvillar, associate director for public engagement at the Office of the Vice President, will serve temporarily until a new permanent liaison is appointed.
- It seems the FAMiLY LEADER’s Bob Vander Plaats won’t be at the Iowa Straw Poll this weekend, but the group will be out “in full force” nonetheless.
- Starbucks CEO Howard Chultz has canceled a speech at Willow Creek Community Church, a megachurch in Chicago, because of its former ties to Exodus International, an umbrella organization for ex-gay ministries, and other anti-LGBT ministries.
- The San Francisco binational couple facing deportation, Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk, joined David Shuster on last night’s Countdown to discuss their dilemma.
- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York is strongly condemning a new requirement for mandatory sex education in New York City schools, because it “allows the public school system to substitute its beliefs and values for those of the parents.”
- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper refuses to take any questions about the fight for same-sex civil unions.
- Five men in Zimbabwe have been arrested on suspicion of being gay and committing acts of “sexual immorality.”
- Learn more about Rudolf Brazda, who was thought to be the last known survivor of the Nazi’s persecution of homosexuals.