The Morning Pride: July 2, 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.

– Fred Karger’s presidential campaign is now officially over.

– Massachuesetts’ transgender nondiscrimination protections and New York’s anti-bullying law are officially in effect.

– There’s now a petition defending the same-sex family in Roanoke, VA that was kicked out of an athletic club because they’re not a “family.”

Dr. Richard Isay, a psychiatrist who historically lobbied for LGBT equality, passed away this weekend.

– A majority of people in Scotland support marriage equality, but belief that LGBT people still face prejudice in society.

Ireland’s deputy prime minister has come out in support of marriage equality, making him the highest-ranking official in the country to do so.

Singer-songwriter Cidny Bullens (formerly Cindy) has come out as transgender.

– Conservatives in Brazil are trying to lift the ban on harmful ex-gay therapy, but gay activists are objecting through direct action.

– Facebook has introduced same-sex marriage icons.