The Morning Pride: July 18, 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.

– A Texas man who independently filed to challenge the state’s ban on same-sex marriage has withdrawn his suit.

– The Massachusetts legislature has begun consideration of a bill to ban ex-gay therapy for minors.

– Meet the transgender teen who successfully sued to receive health benefits for his transition.

– The Montana Board of Regents voted unanimously to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity throughout the state university system.

– Fox News and CNN were more concerned with the royal baby than the historic advance of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) in the Senate.

– Diane Gramley, head of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Family Association, believes that the election of openly gay lawmakers proves that there’s no discrimination against gay people.

– A French lawmaker is calling on the country to end its lifetime ban on gay men giving blood.

– Why refusing service in the name of religion is never acceptable.

– Openly gay NASCAR driver Stephen Rhodes is contemplating a return to the speedway.

– Opera star Joyce DiDonato dedicated her performance Wednesday night to the memory of bullying victim Carlos Vigil.

– Check out some photos from a camp specifically for gender nonconforming kids to be themselves.