The Morning Pride: December 18, 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.

– Meet 11 of the many people who were fired for being LGBT in 2013.

– A federal judge rejected Pennsylvania’s attempt to have the case challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage dismissed.

– Meanwhile, since marriage equality is now the law in Illinois (though it hasn’t taken effect), the suit challenging that state’s ban has been dismissed.


– The groups hoping to challenge California’s law protecting transgender students with a referendum are already spinning out damage control in case not enough of their signatures are considered valid.

– The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed suit against the Moss Point School District in southern Mississippi on behalf of Destin Holmes, who experienced discrimination based on her gender identity from both students and teachers alike.

– Students, faculty, and staff at Indiana State University have added to the growing opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

– According to the Daily Caller, New Jersey’s law allowing new birth certificates for transgender individuals has something to do with drag queens.

– This year, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation will once again provide a float in the Rose Parade, but this year it will feature a live same-sex wedding.