The Morning Pride: March 27, 2012

Welcome to The Morning Pride, ThinkProgress LGBT’s daily round-up of the latest in LGBT policy, politics, and some culture too! Here’s what we’re reading this morning, but please let us know what stories you’re following as well. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

– The First Circuit is set to hear the appeal in two cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act on April 4 — Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Massachusetts v. United States, both of which won on different grounds at the district court level.

– A woman has been charged in the recent shooting of a DC gay man, one of several recent acts of anti-LGBT violence in the city.

– A Bank of America official has come out strongly against North Carolina’s Amendment One, saying it “has the potential to have a disastrous effect on our ability to attract talent and keep talent in the state of North Carolina.” The vote is in 43 days.

– The Denver Post offers a run-down of all the individuals who will play a role in whether Colorado advances civil unions this year.

– A Minnesota wedding photographer changed the name of his studio to “StudioSame: Capturing Love and Family—For Everyone” in protest of the state’s proposed marriage inequality amendment.

– New York City is re-evaluating its policy of requiring evidence of sex reassignment surgery when offering new birth certificates to transgender citizens.

– After nearly 500,000 signed the petition to lower the rating on the new documentary Bully, the Weinstein Company has decided to release the film “unrated.” AMC Theaters has pledged to distribute the film to make sure communities can see it.

– A Kentucky t-shirt company has refused to produce merchandise for the Lexington Pride Festival “due to being a Christian organization.”

– Philadelphia is about to open Morris Home, an addiction treatment facility specifically designed to be inclusive of transgender people.

– The Turkish army does not allow gay men, but they have to prove that they’re gay.

– Italy has granted the equivalent of a green card to a Uraguayan man who had married his same-sex Italian partner in Spain.

– Watch Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s full remarks to the LGBT blogger conference Friday night.

– At the GLAAD Media Awards, ABC News Anchor Josh Elliot shared a moving speech about how he was impacted by his father’s coming out: