The Morning Pride: August 12, 2013

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.

– The father of Coy Mathis, the transgender kid who won full inclusivity in her school, has decided to launch a ballot campaign to pass marriage equality in Colorado.

– A priest in Rhode Island has told a gay couple that they will no longer be allowed to receive communion.

– Fox News explains legislation to make schools more inclusive of transgender students by referring to hate groups.

– Are evangelical Christians becoming more ambivalent about LGBT issues?

– NBC has reassured its gay employees that they will be safe traveling to Russia for next year’s Winter Olympics.

– The University of North Carolina Board of Governors voted to ban any form of gender-neutral housing on campus.

– A new study suggests that for children who had a parent come out as gay at some point after they were born, most of the challenges they experienced related to outside stigma.


– Is Republican strategist Tim Mooney launching marriage equality campaigns just to drain money from the LGBT movement?

– In the UK, one in eight gay people and 75 percent of trans people have been the target of a hate crime.

– Despite all the attention on Russia, there are many countries with anti-gay laws that are even worse than its new “propaganda law.” BuzzFeed lists 76 countries where being gay is illegal.

– The American Kennel Club is similarly expressing concern that the 2016 World Dog Show will be in Russia.

– A new study suggests that hate crimes have increased in Russia since its anti-gay laws passed.

– “Ex-gay” gospel singer Donnie McClurkin will no longer be performing at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, based on a mutual decision that he could become “a distraction from the goals of the program.”