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.
– Today is World AIDS Day, and 2011 marks 30 years since the disease was first discovered.
- Over those three decades, over 30 million have died from the disease.
- Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton will participate in a World AIDS Day Forum today.
- A Zambian AIDS activist says AIDS won’t die as long as homophobia lives.
- Trans people — especially trans people of color — face substantially high rates of infection.
- The CDC is launching a new HIV testing program aimed at black gay and bisexual men.
- Queerty highlights 10 heroes who stood with gay Americans through the height of the AIDS epidemic.
- Take some time today to watch AIDSWatch, an artistic tribute to those who have died of AIDS.
- In The Life has released a special called “30 Years Positive,” which highlights the pandemic’s ongoing impact:
– Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) have introduced a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that is LGBT-inclusive for the first time.
– The Ohio student who assaulted a gay classmate on video has been sentenced to 90 days in juvenile detention.
– News Corp’s gay marriage magazine is unsurprisingly off-putting.
– Did alleged threats from gay activists mobilize an already rabidly anti-gay Oklahoma pastor to run for office?
– A new poll shows Arizonans split on same-sex marriage, with 44 supporting supporting its legalization and 45 percent opposing.
– A Boston Fox News affiliate is trying to destroy a teacher’s career because he has made gay porn in his past.
– Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario, has released an “It Gets Better” video and introduced new anti-bullying legislation.
– A new study shows that the news media can’t necessarily change audience’s minds about same-sex marriage, but it can definitely get them thinking about it.
– Dust off your résumé! The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is looking for a same-sex marriage advisor!
– A father talks about how his son’s coming out was “a liberation for all of us.”
– FBI agents are upset that the new film J. Edgar portrays Hoover as gay.
– Our own Alyssa Rosenberg revisits Ross’s “lesbian panic” on Friends.
– HRC’s latest American for Marriage Equality is actor Josh Charles from The Good Wife.