The Morning Pride: June 19, 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 New Yorker commemorates a year of marriage equality in New York with a cover illustration of “June Brides” by Gayle Kabaker.

– MetroWeekly takes a comprehensive look at the various lawsuits challenging the Defense of Marriage Act.

– Massachusetts ranks highest for having neighborhoods with same-sex couples.

– Meet the Minnesota Republican CEO, John Taft, who’s working with other corporations against the marriage inequality amendment.

– North Carolina has selected its first-ever trans delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

– The Bethlehem Area School District near Allentown, Pennsylvania has decided to start recognizing the out-of-state same-sex marriages of its staff.

– British elementary schools are being praised for creating gender-neutral environments.

Ugandan police raided a gay rights conference ironically about monitoring human rights violations.

Conan O’Brien has apologized for an anti-trans joke he made, claiming he was unaware “tranny” is offensive and pledging never to use it again.

– As a result of the first-ever Nike LGBT Sports Summit, a new LGBTQ sports coalition will work to create visibility for out athletes and coaches and advocate for inclusive policies in recreational leagues.

– Three Major League Baseball players, Matt Cain (San Francisco Giants), Mat Latos (Cincinati Reds), and Yovania Gallardo (Milwaukee Brewers), and their wives, joined the NOH8 campaign.

– The Portland, Oregon Police Bureau says, “It Gets Better“: