The Morning Pride: October 24, 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.

– Though President Obama has previously lauded the work of gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny, the White House has no comment on his passing.

– News flash: Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum still oppose same-sex marriage.

– Nearly half of Hawaii voters support marriage equality.

– The AP reports on efforts to curb anti-gay bullying in schools, affirming schools for allowing students to freely express their identities.

– Groups in Alabama are hoping to pass legislation expanding anti-bullying policies.

– New York Republican Sen. James Alesi explained that his vote against marriage equality in 2009 was a political calculation.

– Tennessee resident Carla Lewis has convinced General Mills to abandon a transphobic ad campaign for Totino’s Pizza.

– Haverford, Pennsylvania is facing a court challenge over the passing of its antidiscrimination ordinance.

– An Australia lesbian couple is proposing an innovative deal: they’ll offer eggs to a heterosexual couple that needs them in exchange for sperm.

– Why the Pride festival matters in Moab, Utah.

– Apparently, the Church of Scientology investigated South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker after they ran an episode suggesting Tom Cruise wouldn’t come out of the closet.

– The Claremont School of Theology has made a short film called Beyond Inclusion: Sexual Diversity and Claremont School of Theology.

– Freedom to Marry’s Executive Director, Evan Wolfson, has married his partner.

– A Pennsylvania man was set ablaze by his “friends” for being gay but lived to tell the tale.

– A Scotland man was beaten, tied to a lamppost, and burned alive for being gay.

The View‘s Elisabeth Hasselbeck apparently fully supports marriage equality.

– WATCH: Baltimore Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo is a Marylander for Marriage Equality and Australian ex-hockey star talks about the challenges of coming out: