The Morning Pride: March 7, 2014


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.

Bi Pride Flag Banner

– Motivated by the fight over the “license to discriminate” bill, Arizona State Sen. Steve Gallardo (D) has come out: “I am gay, I’m a Latino, I’m a state senator and it’s OK.”

– A same-sex couple married in Canada has filed a second suit challenging Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage — this one in federal court.

– Douglas Allen, one of the anti-gay researchers Michigan invited to testify against same-sex marriage and adoption, admitted that people who engage in homosexual acts will face the consequence of eternal damnation: “without repentance, yes.”

– March has been designated Bisexual Health Awareness Month, drawing attention to the unique health disparities experienced by people who identify as bi.

Florida A&M University, the country’s largest historically black college, has adopted LGBT nondiscrimination protections.

– An Austin, Texas dentist has offered what would be a six-figure dental reconstruction for free to the victim of an anti-gay hate crime.

– Transgender inmate Michelle Kosilek, who Massachusetts refuses to provide sex-reassignment surgery despite recommendations from her doctors and now several court orders, has spoken out to a local media outlet for the first time.

– Four men convicted of having gay sex in Nigeria were publicly whipped in an Islamic court.

– Did the U.S. directly fund supporters of Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill?

– The quarterback of Washington’s football team, Kirk Cousins, on a gay teammate in the locker room: “Nobody’s perfect… Hopefully I can love him like Jesus and hopefully show him what it means to follow Jesus.”

– The IRS has produced this video to provide guidance to same-sex couples filing their taxes jointly: