The Morning Pride: October 20, 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 2nd Annual Spirit Day. Schools, celebrities, corporations, and others from around the country are wearing purple today to celebrate LGBT youth and stand up to bullying.

– The New Jersey teacher who lambasted the gay community on her Facebook wall is mum, but her husband is upset that people are “vilifying” and “persecuting” her for her beliefs.

– The ACLU is advancing its suit against the Defense Department for only offering half the normal separation pay for servicemembers who were discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

– This week, Metro Weekly celebrates the life of Frank Kameny through his national legacy, his local legacy, his support for senior services, and a remembrance from editor Randy Shulman.

– New York City has arranged a contract with Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) to open the nation’s first-ever full-time center for LGBT older adults.

– Clark County, Nevada, which includes Las Vegas, has approved benefits for employees’ same-sex domestic partners.

– Michigan State Rep. Tom McMillin (R) has introduced legislation to ban and roll back any municipal non-discrimination provisions that protect people based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

– School board members in Bangor, Pennsylvania are trying to require students get permission slips to participate in a new Gay Straight Alliance, which could essentially require them to come out to their parents to join.

– The San Diego Gay and Lesbian News has a special feature on the threat to LGBT people posed by the Christian Dominionism movement, which it compares to an “American Taliban.”

– At least 34 same-sex couples in the Netherlands say they have been bullied out of their neighborhood because of their sexual orientation.

Bill Maher talks to the Advocate about bullying.

– The Human Rights Campaign has kicked off its American for Marriage Equality campaign with a video from Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, NJ: