The Morning Pride: December 8, 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.

– Another young person has committed suicide after enduring relentless bullying for his sexual orientation. Jacob Rogers of Cheathan County Central High School in Tennessee had even dropped out of school a few weeks ago because he couldn’t tolerate another day of being called “a faggot,” “a queer,” and “gay.”

– Hearings in the Prop 8 trial resume today, including arguments over whether recordings of the trial should be released and whether Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision should be vacated simply because he is gay.

– According to HRC’s latest Corporate Equality Index, the number of major U.S. companies covering the cost of gender reassignment surgery for transgender employees has more than doubled in the past year.

– The University Daily Kansan looks at the impact and fate of same-sex marriage in the Midwest.

– Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) is a Marylander for Marriage Equality.

– New York turns its attention to gender identity protections.

– Though same-sex adoption is now legal there, Florida voters are still split on the issue.

– Supporters of Minnesota’s proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage offer some candid explanations for their views.

– For a glimpse at how shallow and reductive arguments against marriage equality can be, read this post on the National Organization for Marriage’s Ruth Institute blog.

– A newlywed binational same-sex couple must flee the country lest they be separated by deportation.

– Remember that time Michele Bachmann compared marriage equality to the attacks on Pearl Harbor?

– The story of how New York’s homeless shelter for LGBT youth got a $100,000 gift.

– The ACLU has reached an agreement with the Mississippi school that would not allow a female student to wear a tuxedo in her senior portrait. Now, all students will wear a cap and gown instead.

– What happens when high school students publish their candid views on homosexuality?

– The British government has released a new plan to advance transgender equality.

– Yoav Sivan puts Israel’s pinkwashing in perspective.

Ugandan media reports on the Obama administration’s new push for LGBT human rights.

Kristin Chenoweth reiterates her support for same-sex adoption.

– Gavin Creel has release a powerful new song and video called “NOISE, An Anthem for Equality”: