The Morning Pride: March 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.

– The White House continues to stay mum about an executive order that would require federal contractors to protect against LGBT discrimination.

– Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) is leading all the potential Republican candidates in her Senate race.

– The DC Trans Coalition argues the Metropolitan Police Department is not honoring its commitment to reduce anti-transgender violence in the city, and may be lying about it too.

– Equality Matters takes an in-depth look at the National Organization for Marriage’s failed “Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance.”

– The Family Research Council continues to eagerly defend ex-gay ministries, claiming they aren’t anti-gay.

St. Louis Park will join three other Minnesota cities in opposing the state’s anti-equality amendment.

– Over 75,000 petitioners have called upon Union-Scioto School District in Chillicothe, Ohio to pass an anti-bullying policy that protects gays students like the 15-year-old whose assault was recently captured on video.

– Lady Gaga, flanked by the likes of Oprah Winfrey and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, launched her “Born This Way” Foundation yesterday to fight bullying.

George Clooney sat down with The Advocate to discuss his support of marriage equality and how he will never deny rumors that he is gay because he just doesn’t care.

– A Washington couple who’ve been married nearly 70 years express their support for marriage equality for their two gay grandsons: