The Morning Pride: April 24, 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.

– In case you missed it, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled yesterday that transgender employees are protected from discrimination under federal law.

– President Obama will speak in North Carolina today, but won’t mention Amendment One, the contentious discriminatory measure that residents will vote on in two weeks’ time.

Winston-Salem is considering taking a position against Amendment One, but a Republican activist convinced Durham County not to.

– The National Organization for Marriage is trying to convince the public it’s not race-baiting by releasing a video following its controversial strategies exactly.

– The White House is going to honor activist Cleve Jones as a Champion of Change.

– Dayton, OH may create a domestic partnership registry.

– Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) is recommitting the state to fighting bullying in its schools after the recent suicide of a gay student.

– The United Methodist Church will reconsider its discrimination against gays and lesbians and its national conference today.

LGBT college athletes are having more positive experiences, but the environment is still not ideal.

– The first man arrested under St. Petersburg, Russia’s “gay propaganda” ban has been released and cleared of charges.

– Sweden has denied asylum to a Russian trans woman trying to escape violence and abuse.

– A Nova Scotian trans man has filed a human rights complaint after being asked to pay for his hysterectomy after the fact.

– Comedian Sarah Silverman wants marriage equality and an apology from those who have stood opposed to it.

– A group of intolerant conservative Christians protesting Phoenix Pride were interrupted by a flash mob this weekend: