The Morning Pride: December 7, 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 as well. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

– The New York Times and Washington Post cover reactions to Sec. Hillary Clinton’s remarks on LGBT rights yesterday. Some activists are skeptical, and apparently leaders of some African and Arab nations walked out immediately at the end of the speech.

– Radical anti-gay groups like the Liberty Counsel and Family Research Council are unsurprisingly upset that the Obama administration is “using essentially blackmail and the purse strings” to promote “the radical ideology of the sexual revolution.”

– The Department of Education has released a thorough analysis of bullying laws and policies throughout the 50 states.

– One of the religious leaders pushing for North Carolina’s marriage inequality amendment once described homosexuality as “something radically wrong with the human heart.”

– The National Organization for Marriage once again pushes ex-gay therapy.

– Meanwhile, ex-gay leaders face conflict over their messaging.

– New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says more work needs to be done to support LGBT issues, but she is optimistic New York will soon pass GENDA, the state’s proposed non-discrimination bill for people who are transgender.

Springfield, Oregon has added sexual orientation to its list of protected classes.

Macy’s is taking fire from religious right hate groups for firing an employee who attempted to discriminate against a transgender woman’s use of the store’s changing rooms.

– The mother of Jonah Mowry, the 8th grader whose bullying video went viral this week, says she is grateful for the support he has gotten but is disappointed in people who think his video is fake.

Nigerian LGBT activists rallied in New York City against a proposed law that would punish people for same-sex marriage.

– Belgium has sworn in its new gay prime minister, Elio Di Rupo.

– LGBT rights groups in Hungary are protesting a “Family Defense” bill that only recognizes opposite-sex couples.

– A new “rainbow coalition” is supporting marriage equality in Scotland.

Dustin Lance Back explains on Fresh Air how he developed the script for J. Edgar.

– WATCH: Rosie O’Donnell talks about her engagement and Comedian Patton Oswalt and Keith Olberman talk about the Republican presidential candidates’ homophobia: