The Morning Pride: September 13, 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 National Organization for Marriage has given $500,000 to oppose marriage equality in Maine.

– Three people who protested North Carolina’s marriage inequality amendment with a sit-in have been found not guilty of trespassing.

– Philadelphia is mourning the loss of a 27-year-old trans woman who was shot in the head.

– The ex-gay group NARTH has reposted an article comparing homosexuality to rape, calling both “incompatible with an authentic understanding [of] human personhood.”

– A Florida man has been discharged from his Navy ROTC program for doing gay pornography.

– Meet Washington state Sen. Debbie Regala (D), whose vote for marriage equality led to an unprecedented backlash from her fellow Catholic parishioners.

– LGBT organizations have raised more than $75,000 to help young undocumented immigrants pay for work permit applications.

– LGBT activists from Latin American are visiting the U.S. on a State Department-sponsored trip.

– Poland continues to see a significant increase in HIV infections among gay men.

– A top German soccer player has come out as gay anonymously, fearing for his safety if he identifies himself.

– Here are 28 gay-positive NFL players and the commissioner who has their backs.