The Morning Pride: January 17, 2012

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.

– Family and friends in Granite Bay, California mourn another young gay man, Jeffrey Fehr, who committed suicide after years of bullying and taunting for his sexual orientation.

– Despite her anti-gay past, Bernice King gave a surprisingly LGBT-inclusive speech commemorating her father’s legacy yesterday.

– Rick Santorum’s wife told the mother of a gay son this weekend that Rick “does not hate anyone” and it’s “backyard bullying” the way gay activists have “vilified” him for his views.

– The National Organization for Marriage’s Maggie Gallagher has endorsed Santorum, which is perhaps unsurprising given they both send their kids to the same Opus Dei-affiliated school.

– Minnesota legislators have proposed a bill to repeal the bill that placed a marriage discrimination amendment on November’s ballot.

– New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) won’t make a decision on a proposed marriage equality bill until it’s on his desk.

– Iowa Workers Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey is suing Gov. Terry Branstad (R) for anti-gay workplace discrimination.

– The Chamber of Commerce in Allentown, PA has launched a new LGBT initiative.

MSNBC and CNN continue to welcome hate group leaders like Tony Perkins on their shows without caveat.

– A motley group of anti-gay leaders and black pastors will protest the Southern Poverty Law Center today.

– The American Family Association has been boasting that its boycott of the Home Depot has been successful, but according to the Home Depot Corporate Offices, the company is as pro-LGBT as ever.

– A Saudi Arabian man was arrested merely for trying to date other men through Facebook.

– A new app called “Pee in Peace” helps transgender and gender non-conforming people find gender neutral bathrooms in Ithaca, NY.

– ABC has canceled Work It after only two episodes.

– George Clooney says that Mitt Romney’s opposition to same-sex marriage puts him “on the wrong side of history.”

– Comedian Todd Glass has shared at age 47 that he is gay.

– Watch the second installment of Antony Osso’s short film series The Devotion Project, called “Say Only Yes”: