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 as well. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.
– Highlights from this weekend’s Equality North Carolina conference included a fiery speech from North Carolina NAACP Chair Rev. Dr. William Barber and a panel of Democrats from the General Assembly slamming their Republican colleagues for advancing the constitutional amendment banning any recognition of same-sex unions.
– A new poll finds a majority of Minnesotans oppose that state’s proposed marriage inequality amendment.
– Republican Cindy Golding may consider another run for the Iowa state Senate.
– New York state Sen. Ruben Diaz is not pleased that a gay rights organization is renting office space in a building with his namesake.
– Baylor University, which is Baptist-affiliated, is offering a course next semester called “Homosexuality as Gateway Drug,” though it has been renamed “Family Studies.”
– A Wyoming high school football coach has quit after giving students “Hurt Feelings Reports” to fill out, which asked if they were “queer” or have “woman-like hormones,” among other offensive things.
– A participant from the first-ever study to use the term “ex-gay” has spoken out to discredit the study, saying, “We professed that we had been healed—past tense—because it was part of the theology to claim your healing in order to bring it about.”
– This Saturday, American University will host a GLBT Studies Symposium and honor the work of the National Center for Transgender Equality.
– According to a new poll, 95 percent of high school teachers in the UK hear “you’re so gay” or “that’s so gay” in their schools.
– Kyrgyzstan is about to make it easier for transgender people to change their gender marker on official documents without medical intervention.
– Country singer LeAnn Rimes talked to the Seattle Gay News about her support for LGBT equality. Watch her “It Gets Better” video: