The Morning Pride: August 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.

– Last night, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called on the LGBT lawyers at the Lavender Law Conference to “safeguard the rights and freedoms of everyone in this country.”

– The Democratic National Convention is set to have a record number of openly LGBT delegates.

– GLAAD has called out the anti-gay hate groups that have exploited last week’s tragic shooting at the Family Research Council.

In The Life profiles 83-year-old lesbian widow Edie Windsor, who is challenging the Defense of Marriage Act.

– Minnesota State Rep. Kerry Gauthier (D) has dropped his bid for re-election after being discovered having a rest-stop sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy.

– Truth Wins Out’s Wayne Besen has fired back at the anti-gay activists petitioning Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly to stop having him on as a guest, including their whitewashing of a “WackyWayne666” email account.

– Participants in the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program all watched a GLAAD-produced video about how to respect gay fans and teammates.

Australian rugby player David Pocock has come out for marriage equality.

– As Ellen DeGeneres prepares to launch the 10th season of her daytime talk show, The Hollywood Reporter looks back on her rocky but courageous career.

– Emma wants the people of Washington to vote yes on Referendum 74 so that her parents can get married: