The Morning Pride: September 19, 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.

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– Congress will reintroduce a bill to provide employee benefits to same-sex partners through domestic partnerships.

– Where do Illinois state representatives currently stand on the marriage equality bill?

– Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) has once again rejected a proposed ballot initiative to legalize marriage equality.

– The marriage equality group in Minnesota is not done defending the law it successfully advocated for this year.

– The Mormon Church may be using Hawaii as an opportunity to reengage in its fight against marriage equality, though the Church is remaining pretty muted about its level of involvement.

– Hawaii’s First Assembly of God is lying about the impact marriage equality would have, suggesting such a law would “force” churches to perform same-sex marriages.

– Schools in Oshkosh, Wisconsin are developing a new policy for transgender athletes.

– Zambia has postponed a trial against two men charged with same-sex sexual conduct, who face a minimum of 15 years in jail.

– Russia’s most prominent LGBT advocate, Nikolai Alexeyev, has also been advancing some bizarre anti-Semitic ravings.

Teachers are also a victim of Russia’s homophobia.

– Meet Russian lesbian athlete Elvina Yuvakaeva, who says the government recognizes her LGBT group.

– Colorado state-champion high school track coach Micah Porter talks about his journey coming out over the past four years.