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.
– NBC News blocked contributor Chelsea Clinton from publishing a marriage equality video in Washington state.
– The head of New York City’s LGBT homeless youth shelter discusses recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
– Unsurprisingly, the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer is thrilled that Uganda outlaws homosexuality and may heighten punishments.
– A Maine judge has ruled that a school was not in the wrong for prohibiting a transgender student from using her preferred restroom.
– New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is openly gay and married to her partner, has a solid lead among Democrats in the mayoral race for next year.
– Gov. Gerry Brown (D) has appointed California’s first openly gay appellate justice.
– POLL: A majority of Michigan residents support marriage equality.
– Conservative lawmakers in Michigan are considering bills that would allow adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples, even acknowledging that such adoptions could be in the children’s best interest.
– The city of Royal Oak, Michigan, is considering nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation.
– The U.S. has granted asylum to LGBT refugees from numerous other countries.
– In Britain, the life expectancy for HIV+ people is nearing the national average — and in some cases, exceeding it, thanks to superior medical monitoring.
– Turkey will start discharging men from the army for engaging in homosexuality, just as they discharge murderers.
– French President François Hollande has taken heat for suggesting mayors could opt out of officiating same-sex marriages. Former first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has joined the bandwagon of those who support “gay marriage and adoption.”
– A Russian court has rejected a complaint that Madonna’s pro-LGBT advocacy would slow the country’s birthrate.
– Manchester United goalie Anders Lindegaard wants a soccer player to come out because “gay people need a hero.”
– Morgan Freeman narrates HRC’s new ad celebrating the progress of LGBT equality: