The Morning Pride: March 2, 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.

– Saturday night, watch a live reading of Dustin Lance Black’s play, “8,” based on the Proposition 8 trial, starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Martin Sheen, Christine Lahti, Jamie Lee Curtis, Matthew Morrison, Matt Bomer, Kevin Bacon, Jane Lynch, John C. Reilly, Campbell Brown, Chris Colfer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, George Takei, and more! It will be livestreamed at 10:45 PM EST / 7:45 PM PST.

– In Maryland, marriage advocates are optimistic about beating a referendum, the wedding industry is optimistic about increased business, and transgender activists and allies are optimistic about a proposed gender identity non-discrimination bill.

– A North Carolina panel has completed the official explanation of Amendment One, but neither side of the fight are particularly pleased with the result.

– The Illinois House Criminal Law Committee has advanced a bill that would add gender identity to the hate crimes law’s protected classes.

– Despite an effort by Republican lawmakers in Indiana, the specialty license plates supporting LGBT youth are here to stay.

– The University of Nebraska’s proposal to offer domestic partner insurance coverage is stymied by many questions from the Board of Regents.

– The Episcopal Bishop of Alaska has endorsed the Anchorage Equal Rights Initiative.

WikiQueer has officially launched, seeking to be a hub for detailed information and history about the LGBT community.

– New York City has opened a full-service LGBT senior center.

– An Oxford graduate has returned his degree in protest of the university hosting a conference for a religious group that opposes LGBT rights promotes harmful ex-gay therapy.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe concluded his birthday celebrations by warning young people to shun Western values like homosexuality and greed.

– The University of the Philippines has elected the nation’s first transgender head of student government.

– Ebony Magazine highlights African-American transgender trailblazers.

– One mother explains what she learned from her transgender nanny:

Y’s transition changed me too. Watching Y’s struggle with weekly hormone therapy, decide when to come out to his family, friends, and employers, and select the appropriate public restroom, transformed my beliefs on gender identity. Even though I always supported the notion that people could be born into the wrong gender, I now view gender as more fluid — if there is a spectrum for sexuality, maybe there is also one with gender. I started making sure that I approach gender more sensitively with my own girls, allowing them to tell me who they are.