The Morning Pride: August 8, 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 Labor Department is preparing to inform employers that married same-sex couples are now eligible for family and medical leave under federal law.

– LGBT homelessness is not just a problem for young people; 29 percent of San Francisco’s homeless population identifies as LGBT.

– Collegedale has become the first city in Tennessee to offer benefits to the same-sex spouses of its government employees.

– Watch as a Tennessee same-sex couple is rejected from receiving a marriage license.

– Are Houston police targeted gay men for arrests in the same way Baton Rouge police did?

– Fox News’ Erick Erickson does not understand transgender identities — nor his own transphobia.

– Here are 20 of the most shocking anti-gay news stories from Russia… so far.

– Rob Snyder, outgoing president of the Young Democrats of America, has come out as gay, describing his difficult journey having grown up in a conservative Christian family in rural West Virginia.


– A new petition is calling on the Miss Universe organization to move its 2013 pageant out of Russia because of the country’s anti-gay laws.