The Morning Pride: July 17, 2013


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– Another gay teen, 17-year-old Carlos Vigil of New Mexico, has taken his own life after enduring relentless homophobic bullying.

– The ACLU has filed an amended suit in Montana hoping to secure benefits for same-sex couples despite the state’s ban on marriage equality.

– The primary opponent of marriage equality in Illinois, the Illinois Family Institute, reminds of its blatant endorsement of ex-gay therapy: “homosexuality is a behavior that can be changed.”

– The Atlanta, Georgia City Council unanimously added “gender identity” to the city’s nondiscrimination policy.

– The Washington state community college system will invite LGBT students to identity themselves when they register, making it the first community or technical college to do that.

– Openly lesbian Del. Heather Mizeur (D) has formally announced she is running for governor of Maryland in 2014.

– The LA Times profiles the rampant biphobia that exists even in the gay community.

– Once the Queen grants her royal assent, marriage equality will be law in the UK, with same-sex marriages expected to begin next summer.

– Cameroon’s prominent LGBT and AIDS activist Eric Ohena Lembembe was found tortured to death in his home. The State Department has condemned the death, urging the Cameroonian government to investigate and prosecute those responsible for his murder.

– A Yemeni man was shot dead by two Al-Qaeda militants because they believed him to be gay.

– Air New Zealand wants to host the country’s first same-sex wedding on a flight.