"The Morning Pride: January 23, 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.
– Another gay teen has committed suicide rather than face the “rock on his chest” of constant torment at school. Gordonsville, Tennessee and the country mourns for Phillip Parker, age 14. Parker is the second gay Tennessee teen to commit suicide this month.
– Rick Santorum’s honorary Floriday chairman, Rev. O’Neal Dozier, believes that gays “make God want to vomit.”
– Santorum was also glitter bombed this weekend.
– What a joke: The National Organization for Marriage applauded Newt Gingrich’s South Carolina win, noting he was a candidate “strongly committed to preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
– The American Family Association claims that Indiana was “bullied” into offering license plates that support LGBT youth groups.
– Why the Employment Non-Discrimination Act cannot wait.
– Marriage equality would boost the economy of Washington state by $88 million, according to a new Williams Institute report.
– A new bill from Virginia state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D) would prevent adoption agencies from receiving state funds if they discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
– A Maryland police official is defending transgender rights, debunking any claims that women or children are endangered by nondiscrimination protections.
– Only 6 percent of college career centers are doing the best they can to support LGBT students.
– An ex-gay conference in the U.K. on Friday sought to minister to “the lepers among us.”
– A new BBC documentary will look at homophobia in soccer.
– Greece has shelved a proposed hate crimes bill.
– International activists are condemning Sweden’s decision to continue requiring sterilization for transgender people who wish to be legally recognized.
– Fifteen-year-old Zac shares a letter of love to his two gay dads.
– Out troops serving in Bagram, Afghanistan say, “It Gets Better”: