The Morning Pride: February 1, 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.

– A number of sources report that a presidential executive order has been green lighted to expand nondiscrimination policies for federal contracts, but the White House is mum.

– The National Organization for Marriage has lost another appeal in its case against Maine’s finance disclosure laws, despite committing large sums of money to continue fighting marriage equality there.

– Yesterday’s testimony over same-sex marriage in Maryland lasted well over four hours. Find audio of some of the testimony here, here, here, here, and here, as well as a debunk of the Family Research Council’s Peter Sprigg here.

– Transgender individuals continue to face an increased risk of mistreatment in crackdowns of the 99 Percent Movement’s occupations.

– The Seattle Post-Intelligencer offers a timeline of gay rights in Washington.

– If you are LGBT and someone who has experienced being diagnosed with cancer, please consider taking this survey.

– Read excerpts from a bullied gay teen’s suicide note. He wrote, in part: “My pain is not caused because I am gay. My pain was caused because of how I was treated because I am gay.”

– Openly gay Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger is planning to sue the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for discriminating against him for his sexual orientation.

– is running petitions opposing Tennessee’s “license to bully” bill and calling on Tennessee Rep. Richard Floyd (R) to resign for advocating violence against transgender people.

Scotland’s four opposition parties have all pledged to support marriage equality.

Suze Orman advises same-sex couples to take the proper steps to protect their financial security, regardless of whether their state recognizes their marriage.

– Krystal Summers describes the experience of growing up transgender: