The Morning Pride: August 14, 2012

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– Freedom to Marry has donated $3 million to the ballot fights in Maine, Minnesota, and Washington, but continues to disassociate from the campaign in Maryland.

– Both Indianapolis, Indiana and El Paso County, Texas have approved domestic partner benefits.

– The lesbian Super PAC LPAC has launched a fundraising challenge to support Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in her Senate run.


Police in Zimbabwe raided the headquarters of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), arresting 44 gay rights activists. According to the activists, some of the police were visibly drunk, and according to the police, no one was arrested.

Trans man Luke Anderson won the UK’s Big Brother 2012 competition.

– Did a Chick-fil-A franchise in Arkansas prevent Adam Lambert from winning American Idol?

In a recent interview, Dolly Parton discussed her gay fans, including those who made the documentary Hollywood to Dollywood:

PARTON: The movie is a documentary about these twin boys. They’re gay and their parents kind of turned them out and they did come to Dollywood. I did meet them and I allowed them to use some of my songs. They’re sweet, sweet, precious boys and the fact that I was an inspiration and someone they kind of leaned on. You never know how God works to help people. We’re all God’s children no matter what. So, there was a lot of love and understanding and I think they felt that. Being a freak, I know what it’s like not being accepted. Not that they were freaks but I was. I just know, through the years, I’ve had people tell me I should do this or I shouldn’t do that. I have a lot of gay fans because they know that I just accept people as they are. That’s not my place to judge. I ain’t God and I ain’t runnin’ for office. But I was proud to be part of that. It makes you feel good.