The Morning Pride: April 17, 2013

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.

It has been over a year since the Obama administration first rejected an executive order that would have required employment nondiscrimination protections for federal contractors.

– A California Assembly committee has advanced a bill that will make it easier for transgender people to access identity documents that properly reflect their name and gender.

– A new poll finds that 65 percent of Kenuckians oppose same-sex marriage.

– In an obvious display of pinkwashing, Fox Nation and the Daily Caller are suddenly concerned about the rights of same-sex couples as a means to oppose gun safety regulations.

– Psychiatrist Jack Drescher outlines why New Jersey’s proposed ban on ex-gay therapy for minors is so important.

– The ex-gay network NARTH is perturbed that the American Psychological Association will entertain a workshop on supporting clients who enjoy kinky sex but won’t allow workshops promoting ex-gay therapy.

– Students at a Catholic school in Columbus, Ohio are rallying behind a teacher who was fired for being gay after she listed her same-sex partner in her mother’s obituary.

– Read the viral open letter from a gay man challenging the leader of France’s anti-marriage equality movement, Frigide Barjot, on her promises of violent retaliation when the same-sex marriage bill passes.

– French Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois has seemingly also endorsed the idea that same-sex marriage is “the way a violent society develops.”

– The front-runner in Paraguay’s presidential election, Horacio Cartes, has compared gay people to “monkeys” and marriage equality to “the end of the world.”

– Read how one father defended his son’s interest in a princess movie (via Reddit):