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.
– The National Organization for Marriage has claimed victory in NY-09 with the election of Bob Turner (R), tweeting, “Memo to NY Senate Republicans who voted for gay marriage: You’re NEXT!” It was election that wasn’t about marriage, but marriage was made to be an issue.
– The White House has condemned North Carolina’s proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, but the big question is whether President Obama will mention it when he speaks there today.
– A new poll shows Americans are still split on whether to ban same-sex marriage.
– The 19-year-old woman who viciously beat a transgender woman in a McDonald’s outside Baltimore has been sentenced to five years in prison.
– The DC man thought to be transgender who was found dead Monday morning has been identified.
– Reminder: the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell does not make it safe for transgender servicemembers to come out!
– The Department of Justice reports that LGBT student bullying is on the rise.
– The Center for American Progress points out that students of color are more likely to attend schools that do not have Gay-Straight Alliances and can face more severe consequences from bullying.
– The Los Angeles Unified School District is considering adding new curriculum that is inclusive of gays and lesbians in an effort to decrease bullying.
– A murder in California serves as a reminder that 70 percent of LGBT homicide victims are people of color.
– A new public comment period has begun for whether Virginia should allow same-sex couples to adopt and be foster parents.
– An Illinois transgender woman has won her employment discrimination lawsuit to the tune of $104,711.
– Out lesbian LaWana Mayfield has won her primary, which will likely lead her to become the first LGBT person to serve on the city council of Charlotte, North Carolina.
– Responding to claims its laws violate the human rights of transgender people, The Netherlands is looking to establish new policy for how trans people can legally change their gender.
– Clint Eastwood does not support the banning of same-sex marriage.
– The Courage Campaign wants to know what historians will write about California’s equality movement: