The Morning Pride: June 11, 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.

– El Paso teen Brandon Elizares, 16, committed suicide last weekend after being bullied and threatened for being gay.

– Black leaders and LGBT advocates march hand-in-hand.

– A slightly confusing billboard is running in Virginia encouraging mothers to be supportive of their possibly-gay kids.

– Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl had a change of heart and how says he supports marriage equality.

– The University of Nebraska Board of Regents voted Friday 5-3 to extend domestic partner benefits.

Sacramento could soon elect its first openly gay City Council member.

– Richard Noble has completed his 15-month walk across the country advocating for LGBT equality.

– The campaign manager of one of the Colorado Republicans who voted against civil unions outed her gay son in an email to constituents.

– The mayor of Erie, Illinois, whose school district banned family diversity books, has said that same-sex parents are welcome in her community.

Uruguay has recognized the marriage of a same-sex couple from Spain.

– All the clips worth watching (and then some) from last night’s Tony Awards.

– American Apparel has featured its first transgender model in ads for new LGBT Pride t-shirts.

– Country star Carrie Underwood has come out for marriage equality.

– A new petition seeks to honor the legacy of the first (of only two) openly gay Major League Baseball players, Glenn Burke.

– Best Buy employees say, “It Gets Better.”

– Watch a new country version of the “It Gets Better” message: