The Morning Pride: August 25, 2011

Welcome to The Morning Pride, ThinkProgress LGBT’s 8:45 AM round-up of the latest in LGBT policy, politics, and some culture too! Here’s what we’re reading this morning, but let us know what you’re checking out too. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

– The California Republican Party has relented and invited Fred Karger to speak at its convention next month.

– A new study shows that being out in the workplace actually improves the productivity of the people who work around the openly LGBT person. Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will likely be a very good thing for unit cohesion.

– The Williams Institute has completed its assessment of same-sex couples in the 2010 Census — there are currently 901,997 same-sex couples living in the U.S.


– Despite national attention to bullying issues over the past year, LGBT students won’t necessarily be safer as they go back to school.

– The Florida teacher who described same-sex marriage as a “cesspool” that made him “almost throw up” is returning to the classroom.

– According to the Christian Broadcasting Network, Glee is “promoting” homosexuality to teenagers.

– Brandon McInerney could get charged with manslaughter for shooting classmate Lawrence King in the back of the head because he was gay, but only if the jury completely dismisses the murder charges.

– Bishop Eddie Long’s accusers have risked losing their settlements to tell the story of how he sexually abused them.


– The beating death of a teenager in Michele Bachmann’s hometown of Waterloo, Iowa will not be charged as a hate crime, despite the anti-gay taunts that initiated the brawl.

– A new study shows eight ways online dating and hook-up sites for men seeking other men could reduce the transmission of HIV and STIs.

– An MIT student named Samuel Brinton is making sure people know about his traumatic experiences with ex-gay therapy as a teenager.

– An openly gay Mormon has been appointed to lead an LDS congregation in San Francisco.

– According to Focus on the Family, “many pastors and other Prop. 8 supporters found themselves targeted by radical homosexuals during the campaign and afterward.”