The Morning Pride: May 23, 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.

– Yesterday was Harvey Milk Day, honoring the slain civil rights hero. San Diego revealed the first-ever Harvey Milk street sign and San Francisco urged the Secretary of the Navy to christen a ship the U.S.S. Harvey Milk.

– Members of Pastor Worley’s church in North Carolina defended his concentration camp plan for “lesbians and queers.”

– After months of uncertainty, a Vermont same-sex binational couple has been spared deportation.

– California’s legislature is advancing a bill that would help those discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell clear their records and have their benefits reinstated.

Orange County, Florida has created a domestic partner registry, making it the tenth Florida municipality to create a registry in just the past eight months.

NPR examines the “complex relationship” between “blacks, gays, and the church,” but of course, some people are members of all three groups.

– A group of Mormons is preparing to defend marriage equality in Washington.

– Johnson & Johnson has launched an anti-bullying program to support PFLAG.

– The University of Pennsylvania will now cover the tax offset for same-sex domestic partners of employees.

Fox News’ Keith Ablow continues to promote junk science, including ex-gay therapy.

– A British ex-gay therapist who was suspended for dispensing the harmful treatment had her appeal rejected by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

– Check out photos from a clandestine gay rights rally in Iran.

NCTE’s Mara Keisling talks about the current state of transgender equality.

Gay X-Man Northstar proposed and married his boyfriend.

– Check out Maine’s new marriage equality ad: