The Morning Pride: December 30, 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.

– Bob Vander Plaats is taking credit for Rick Santorum’s surge in Iowa, but so far that surge has only gotten him to third place in the polls.

– Truth Wins Out is taking out a full page ad in this Sunday’s Chicago Tribune calling on Cardinal Francis George to resign over his comments comparing the gay community to the Ku Klux Klan.

– The top ten lies the black church tells about being gay.

– A select group of same-sex couples in Delaware will be able to obtain their civil unions New Year’s Day.

– LGBT elders continue to face severe challenges finding welcoming housing.

– Barnes & Noble has pulled the offensive “sissy” calendar from its stores, but continues to sell it.

– Marriage equality is coming to Cancun.

– Mara Keisling offers 14 reasons 2011 was a great year for transgender people.

Right Wing Watch and Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters look back at the conservative anti-gay videos of 2011.

– Salon highlights the coming out stories of LGBT youth of color.

– Out Magazine showcases 23 same-sex love stories in a photo slideshow.

– WATCH: Teenagers react to Rick Perry’s “Strong” ad: