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.
– Fred Phelps, founder of the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church, has died.
– Georgia state Sen. Josh McKoon (R) tried to bring back a discriminatory “religious liberty” amendment on Thursday, but withdrew it due to “overwhelming” opposition.
– Chelsea Manning has officially filed a petition to legally change her name.
– The New York Times takes an in-depth look at bisexuality and the research exploring the diversity within it.
– Thanks to an investigation of discrimination in Washington, O’Reilly Automotive Inc. will now extend same-sex health benefits to all employees living in states that recognize marriage equality.
– Media Matters talked to 15 different experts that all helped debunk the harmful myth that bathroom equality for transgender people will be exploited sexual predators.
– Hannibal-LaGrange University, a Baptist school in Missouri, refused to readmit a student after he came out as gay.
– Rafael Cruz, father to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), believes sexual orientation is a “choice” and defends ex-gay therapy. Gay rights, he believes, are a Communist plot that will lead to child abuse.
– The Australian Capital Territory has approved a new law allowing people to change the gender marking on their birth certificates, including to “X” instead of “male” or “female.”