The Morning Pride: September 30, 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.

– New guidance directs Medicaid to afford equal access of benefits to married same-sex couples.

– Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner.

– Ted Olson and David Boies are ready to keep fighting for marriage equality in the courts, this time in Virginia.

– An Illinois judge ruled Friday that a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage can proceed; meanwhile, the legislative strategy remains in limbo.

– A same-sex divorce case may challenge Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage.

– Ohio state Rep. Nickie Antonio (D) is introducing the state’s first hate crimes bill.

– The University of Texas at San Antonio has denied offering in-state tuition to the same-sex spouse of an active military servicemember.

– A Vermont state-sponsored charity program is supporting anti-LGBT groups like the American Family Association and Focus on the Family.

– The Log Cabin Republicans are discouraging Virginia voters from supporting Ken Cuccinelli (R) for governor.

– A New Jersey newspaper misgendered a transgender murder victim.

– A Chicago-area Caribou Coffee erased a local high school’s gay-straight alliance’s window display because the company wants to remain neutral on LGBT issues.

– According to the Media Research Center, same-sex marriage proposals like Cam and Mitchell’s on Modern Family are “not a realistic portrayal of reality.”

– Hollywood is a fairly inclusive place, but a new study finds that LGBT actors may still face barriers.

– Belgrade once again banned a pride parade citing violent threats from extremists, but hundreds from the LGBT community responded with a march Friday night that some have compared to the U.S.’s Stonewall Riots.

– The Vatican has used threats to shut down a photo exhibit that featured same-sex couples kissing in various churches.

– The nation of Colombia has issued its first same-sex marriage licenses.

– According to Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, homosexuality is one of the world’s top three most deadly national disasters.

– Why drag queens are better role models than Disney princesses.