The Morning Pride: December 29, 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.

– Metro Weekly, The Washington Blade, BuzzFeed, and Queerty all take a look back at the top LGBT news stories of 2011.

– The National Organization for Marriage is hitting Ron Paul with attack ads and a “Wrong On Marriage” website, but 20 percent of Iowa Republican caucus-goers say social issues aren’t important to them.

– Paul boasted the support of Phillip Kayser, an Iowa pastor who called for the execution of homosexuals, then scrubbed the endorsement from his campaign site.

– A new poll shows that 60 percent of independent voters in California support marriage equality.

– Catholic Church leaders are complaining again that they are the victims when they insist on discriminating against the gay community, but John Aravosis and Hemant Mehta explain why they warrant no sympathy.

– is under fire for allowing the sale of an offensive AIDS-mocking, “I’m not gay, I’m just a sissy” calendar, but the artist behind the calendar continues to defend his work.

Breast implants save the lives of transgender people.

– WATCH: Matt Baume looks back at the year in marriage equality: