The Morning Pride: January 13, 2014


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Hundreds rallied on Friday for marriage equality in Utah.

– CeCe McDonald, the Minnesota transgender woman of color who was incarcerated for 41 months for protecting herself from a transphobic attacker, is set to be released today.

– The Washington Catholic school that fired its vice principal for marrying his same-sex partner is retaining a part-time musical coach who is going to marry hers.

– The Albuquerque Teacher’s Federation has unanimously endorsed marriage equality in New Mexico.

– The Utah Eagle Forum, decrying a proposed anti-discrimination bill, described being transgender as a “personal weakness” and describes homosexuality as a “deviant sexual life style” that is “disturbing and disruptive.”

– Luxembourg is expected to pass marriage equality this summer.

– The Russian Orthodox Church has endorsed the criminalization of homosexuality.

– The Russian Neo-Nazi Maxim Martsinkevich, who has kidnapped and tortured gay people, has possibly emigrated to Cuba.

– Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, the Cameroonian man who was put in jail for telling another man he loved him via text message, has died after seeking treatment for a hernia.

– Here’s a tongue-in-cheek look at what the word “cisgender” (i.e., not transgender) means.

– Evander Holyfield has been evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother house, owing to his anti-gay comments.

– Do gay men make the best bosses?

– Watch 12-year-old Riley Hackford-Peer stand up for marriage equality and his two moms at Utah’s rally on Friday: