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The Morning Pride: September 1, 2011

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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. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

- Ineke Mushovic of the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) points out how advances in LGBT equality can significantly obscure the severe inequalities that persist.

- Read a first-hand account of yesterday’s court proceedings against Lt. Dan Choi, as well as the official court transcripts, courtesy of Jane Hamsher at FireDogLake.

- Sen. Maria Cantwell (D) supports marriage equality in her home state of Washington.

- The parents of a transgender girl in Seattle are seeking justice for the brutal beating she suffered two weeks ago, which resulted in a serious head injury.

- New Jersey’s new Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights law takes effect today, which requires heightened accountability from schools, including investigation and tracking of bullying and cyberbullying.

- The Cavalier Daily questions whether the University of Virginia is doing enough to support its LGBTQ employees.

- The National Organization for Marriage’s $100K Challenge raised a meager $1,229 and change.

- The Family Research Council and Judicial Watch have filed FOIA requests to see if the Department of Justice was “doing the bidding of campaign donors and homosexual activists” when it stopped defending the Defense of Marriage Act.

- The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer said yesterday that he think there should be fines for anyone who has unprotected gay sex. He seemed unconcerned about unprotected straight sex.

- The Alliance Defense Fund’s Jim Garlow is going to bestow Ruben Diaz with the first annual “Ruben Diaz Courage Award,” for having the courage, apparently, to be the loudest, most uninhibited opponent of marriage equality in the New York Senate.

- A new report shows that five nations still outlaw homosexuality with the punishment of execution: Iran, Mauritania, the Republic of Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. South Sudan and Uganda could soon join that list.

- When Dayton, OH city commissioner Dean Lovelace allowed ownership of his website domain to expire, a gay activist used it to create a new site exposing Lovelace’s anti-gay voting record.

- The Board of Aldermen in Carrboro, NC unanimously approved a resolution condemning the proposed amendment to the North Carolina Constitution banning same-sex marriage.

- The Huffington Post seems unfazed by its portrayal of gay men seeking sugar daddies to help pay for college, but GLAAD says the story is “riddled with stereotypes that the author presents as facts.”

- Eight months after it nearly closed due to financial problems, the Lyon-Martin Health Services clinic in San Francisco is welcome new female and transgender patients today.

- Bishop Eddie Long has released a statement that says nothing of his recent lawsuit with four men he allegedly sexually abused except that he’s going to abide by his commitment to confidentiality and restraint.

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