The Morning Pride: September 2, 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. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

– CNN set certain qualifications for its upcoming Republican debate that excluded several candidates, but then invited Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani, who aren’t even running.

– Equality Matters has rounded up the National Organization for Marriage’s long month of anti-LGBT misinformation, which ended with a description of homosexuality as an “addictive,” “learned,” behavior.

– Chaz Bono has spoken out about his casting on Dancing With the Stars, describing all the “bitching and moaning” he’s heard as “the most motivating thing” for him to do well on the show.

The Progressive Pulse points out that some of the top Republicans in North Carolina pushing a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage have yet to actually articulate why they think the state needs such a ban.

– A gay man in Salt Lake City was brutally beaten as his attackers yelled anti-gay slurs at him, but he lived to tell the tale.

– Ever wondered what Pride looks like in rural America? The short film “You Are Loved” profiles this year’s Montana Pride and the Montana LGBTQI community.

– A Filipino gay man in San Francisco is the latest to be spared separation from his life partner by deportation thanks to President Obama’s decision not to deport “low priority immigration offenders.”

– PBS’s In The Life tells the story of Kadeem Swenson, who was kicked out of the house in high school for being gay but has now escaped homelessness to become the first in his family to attend college.

– Presbyterians in Mexico are breaking ties with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) because of its growing acceptance of LGBT issues.

– The Thai army will no longer label transgender conscripts as “permanently insane.”

– Ugandan Health Minister Christine Ondoa says that HIV/AIDS can be cured through prayer.

– Houston’s openly lesbian mayor Annise Parker announce on Twitter yesterday she’d be seeking re-election, saying “I love this city more than ever.”

– This week’s editorial cartoon pokes fun at Pat Robertson’s “weird” comments about last week’s earthquake on the east coast, via the Dallas Voice: