The Morning Pride: October 9, 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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– Freedom to Marry is tracking all the litigation challenging state bans on same-sex marriage.

– Add to it this third suit — the second in federal court — challenging Pennsylvania’s ban.

– California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will allow transgender people to obtain birth certificates that reflect the name and gender by which they identify.

– Washington state has admonished a judge who was willing to perform opposite-sex marriages but not same-sex marriages.

– A new lawsuit accuses Home Depot of selectively firing gay employees.

– The Supreme Court has let stand a ruling against former University of Toledo diversity officer Crystal Dixon, who lost her job after writing an anti-gay op-ed in the local newspaper.

– The University of Northern Iowa has nominated its first transgender homecoming queen candidate.

– Waukegan High School in Illinois elected a homecoming king and queen who are both gay — and good friends.

– San Antonio’s anti-LGBT councilwoman, Elisa Chan, has resigned from the City Council to run for state office.

Mark Regnerus is promoting that new anti-gay study in Canada, the one by a National Organization for Marriage board member that doesn’t actually look at children of married same-sex couples.

– The Washington Times’ Robert Knight is needlessly attacking the family of transgender tween Tammy Lobel, accusing her parents of child abuse for allowing her to use hormone blockers and going so far as to suggest that the mothers need to be charged with endangerment so as to “rescue the boy.”

– Russia is going to monitor “all communications” during the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

– A same-sex family from the U.S. was denied a family ticket to a museum in Tuscany, Italy, and their protest has gone viral in the country.