The Morning Pride: March 31, 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.

– Same-sex couples began marrying this weekend in England and Wales: check out pictures and video.

– President Obama did not discuss LGBT issues with Pope Francis.

– The Department of Justice has launched a new initiative to educate local police departments about how best to serve transgender people.

– A new Human Rights Campaign poll finds that the American public actually more highly favors gay and lesbian people than it does evangelical Christians.

– One of Newsweek’s new owners seems to believe in ex-gay therapy.

– Missouri state Rep. Mike Colona (D) has introduced a constitutional amendment to undo the state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying.

– A Catholic high school in Charlotte, North Carolina is facing controversy for inviting Sister Jane Dominic Laurel to speak, who proceeded to claim that homosexuality can be caused by absent fathers, masturbation, and porn.

– A Taiwanese court has ruled against a same-sex couple seeking recognition of their marriage.

– Italian Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco believes that teaching kids not to bully people for being gay will “corrupt” them.

– Kyrgyzstan is considering legislation that would make it illegal to promote any “positive attitude to unconventional sexual orientation.”

– Seven of the dozen Nigerian men who were arrested for being gay have been released on bail.

– Radical Orthodox Christians in the nation of Georgia are warning that they will respond to any recognition of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) with violent retaliation.

LOGO and GLAAD have responded to the use of transphobic slurs on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

– Elton John and David Furnish have announced that they will marry now that it’s legal in Britain.

– Cameron Diaz has come out more about her sexuality, announcing that she believes “all women have been sexually attracted to another woman at some point.”

– Here’s a preview of #TransMilitary, an upcoming documentary series about transgender military service: