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.
- GLAAD is calling upon CNN to fire Roland Martin for his homophobic tweets during last night’s Superbowl.
- Family and friends in Cashmere, Washington mourn for the loss of 14-year-old Rafael Morelos, who was at least the fourth bullied gay youth to commit suicide in 2012.
- The parents of Asher Brown, who committed suicide in 2010, continue to be harassed and intimidated for the way they’ve advocated against bullying since his death.
- Several more mayors have joined the Freedom to Marry campaign, including those of Olympia, WA, Santa Fe, NM, Lexington, KY, East Cleveland, OH, Yonkers, NY, Lakewood, OH, Easthampton, MA, and South Orange, NJ.
- The Washington Family Institute has been spreading the claim that gay parents molest their children and recruit them into the homosexual lifestyle.
- A transgender inmate in Virginia is begging for the sexual reassignment surgery she needs.
- North Carolina anti-gay pastor Patrick Wooden thinks that lesbian blogger Pam Spaulding needs to “meet her man” that will “rock her world.”
- An estimated 16 million women in China are married to gay men.
- Rob Smith looks at the experience of being both black and gay in a white gay world.
- Employees at Living Social say, “It Gets Better.”
- Miley Cyrus explains her support for marriage equality, including the equals sign tattoo she recently got on her finger:
When I shared a picture of my tattoo on my Twitter page and said, “All LOVE is equal,” a lot of people mocked me—they said, “What happened to you? You used to be a Christian girl!” And I said, “Well, if you were a true Christian, you would have your facts straight. Christianity is about love.” The debate resulted in a lot of threats and hate mail to people who agreed and disagreed with me. At one point I had to say, “Dude, everyone lay off.” Can’t people have friendly debates about sensitive topics without it turning into unnecessary threats?