The Morning Pride: September 19, 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.

– Today is the last day that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will be in effect.

– The UK has committed to allowing same-sex marriage by 2015.

– The Department of Justice is trying to prevent Lt. Dan Choi’s “vindictive prosecution” defense.

– It seems the “Queer Rising 5” marriage equality protestors in New York are also being prosecuted “far beyond the usual measures.”

– Truthout suggests that continued violence against transgender people demonstrates “how hate-crime laws have failed.”

– The North Carolina spiritual community is split over the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

– The Illinois Department of Human Rights has found “substantial evidence” that a bed & breakfast discriminated against a same-sex couple by not allowing them to hold their civil union ceremony there.

New Jersey’s legislature may pursue another bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

– Georgia Equality staffers will bike across the state to raise awareness for LGBT employment protections and other issues.

– Is it scandalous for an elected official in Deseret Hot Springs, CA just to have a profile on a gay dating site?

– A petition is calling for The Master’s School in Connecticut to stop discrimination against gay and lesbian students.

– The Family Research Council seems to think that just because a lesbian (like Sandy Stier, plaintiff in the Prop 8 case) was once married to a man, it “proves” that gays can “change.”

– Due to budget shortfalls, the anti-gay Focus on the Family ministry will be eliminating 49 more jobs.

– Slate Explainer offers insight on when gay kids start “acting gay.”

– The Uganda government’s AIDS Commission has surprisingly appointed a gay rights advocate to its central decision-making committee.

– Police in India raided a gay party, detaining 133 for “indecent behavior.”

– Brad Pitt told Parade magazine about his split from religion and his astonishment that “we’re still fighting for equality in America.”

– A Georgia mayor thinks a local community theatre of the Rocky Horror Show is “too risqué” and “very offensive.” That show never gets old, does it?

– VIDEO: The pro-gay Foo Fighters responded to the Westboro Baptist Church’s protest of their concert by serenading them in hillbilly garb. Watch it below.

– VIDEO: At last night’s Emmy Awards, host Jane Lynch broke the news of “women marrying women” to the Mad Men cast in her opening bit. Watch the full skit: