The Morning Pride: April 15, 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.

– Monday’s New York Times editorial called on President Obama to issue an executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors from discrimination.

– Eight same-sex couples who married in Michigan during a day-long window when it was legal have sued the state to have their marriages recognized while the case proceeds, as couples similarly have done in Utah.

– Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) has approved the language for a proposed constitutional amendment to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.


– Some taxi drivers in Cleveland are refusing to drive cars that advertise for the upcoming Gay Games, largely because of their Muslim faith.

– Pittsburgh City Council members are urging the FDA to lift its ban on men who’ve had sex with men giving blood.

– Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera was arrested at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada for trespassing after advocating against the LGBT community and abortion.

– India’s Supreme Court has ruled that people who identify as transgender or hijira can be legally documented as a “third gender” and protected from discrimination as such.

Malta’s Parliament has approved civil unions and adoption for same-sex couples.

– A “gay guy at a Christian college” shares his experience.

RuPaul’s Drag Race has agreed to no longer using the word “shemale” because it is an anti-trans slur, including cutting the long-standing “You’ve got she-mail!” segment.