The Morning Pride: August 21, 2013

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– The White House will host a briefing about how the implementation of Obamacare will impact LGBT people.

– The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has endorsed marriage equality for same-sex couples.

Mark Regnerus thinks all the polling showing a majority of Americans support marriage equality are rigged, but he can’t explain why they’ve changed over time. (He’s one to talk about research methods.)

– San Antonio’s homophobic councilwoman Elisa Chan held a press conference to defend her comments, claiming the 15-minute staff conversation was taken out of context and arguing it was perfectly within her freedom of speech, missing the point.

Pinellas County, Florida, commissioners have approved gender identity nondiscrimination protections by a 6-1 vote.

– Campus Pride has released its Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Universities and Colleges listing, based upon what services, resources, and benefits they provide to students and staff.

– The University of Michigan-Flint campus is the latest school to include gender-neutral bathrooms in all its new construction projects.

– A survey finds that over half of all Taiwanese people support marriage equality.

– Israel will erect a pink-triangle monument memorializing the gay men who were persecuted by the Nazis.

– Sweden’s Olympic Committee has ruled that political protests against Russia’s anti-gay laws will not be tolerated — not even “silent protests” like rainbow-painted fingernails.

– A Change.org petition is calling upon the Metropolitan Opera to dedicate its opening gala next month to LGBT people, noting that the performance includes a work by Tchaikovsky, who was gay, and features Russian artists who were strong supporters of President Vladimir Putin’s last campaign.

– The Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio has cancelled a wedding contest to avoid allowing gay couples to participate.

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