The Morning Pride: August 29, 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.

– For no logical reason, CNN refuses to respect Pvt. Chelsea Manning’s chosen name or pronouns.

– Conservatives have begun collecting signatures to overturn California’s new law ensuring schools are fully inclusive of transgender students.

Procter & Gamble is the latest company to endorse the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

– The ACLU is challenging a Nevada school’s sex education policy that requires teachers to avoid promoting or discussing “homosexual behavior.”


– Over 75 people protested Coca-Cola in Times Square Wednesday with Queer Nation, urging the Olympics sponsor to speak out against Russia’s anti-gay laws. Coca-Cola responded that it is “engaging with the International Olympic Committee on this important matter,” but offered no specifics. Queer Nation was not impressed.

– Olga Melik-Karakozova, a four-time Russian barista champion and Moscow coffee shop owner, discusses what it’s like being openly lesbian in Russia right now.

– Colorado House Speaker Mark Ferrandino (D) has officially adopted his daughter, Lila.

– Simon Thibodeau, women’s tennis coach at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is the latest college coach — one of only a few — to come out as gay.

Meet Bobbie Dittmeir, the openly transgender editor covering Major League Baseball.