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.
- Frank Rich takes on the whitewashing of the LGBT movement, explaining how liberals have not always been on the side of equality:
We—and by we, I mean liberal New Yorkers like me, whether straight or gay, and their fellow travelers throughout America—would like to believe that the sole obstacles to gay civil rights have been the usual suspects: hidebound religious leaders both white and black, conservative politicians (mostly Republican), fundamentalist Christian and Muslim zealots, and unreconstructed bigots. What’s been lost in this morality play is the role that many liberal politicians and institutions have also played in slowing and at some junctures halting gay civil rights in recent decades.
- This week, the North Carolina Constitutional Amendments Publication Commission will write the official explanation for Amendment One.
- At the funeral for a lesbian’s mother, a Maryland priest first refused the woman communion for the sin of living with another woman, then left the funeral claiming he was sick after her eulogy.
- Three openly gay candidates are running for seats in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly, which has never had a gay lawmaker before.
- Advocates in Louisiana are petitioning for LGBT-inclusive bullying legislation.
- A Tennessee high school student is facing obstructions to his creating of a gay-straight alliance.
- A Change.org petition with almost 200,000 signatures is calling on Citibank and Barclays, two of the largest banks in the world, to publicly condemn Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” legislation.
- Parks and Recreation‘s Aziz Ansari is hosting a benefit tonight to support anti-bullying efforts in Anoka-Hennepin School District.
- Transgender teens are taking to YouTube to document their transitions and experiences using hormone-blockers.
- Learn the strange history of Poison, the transgender character from Capcom’s Final Fight video games.
- New York City’s Congressional Delegation says, “It Gets Better”: