The Morning Pride: February 27, 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.

– Phoenix, Arizona, the sixth most populous city in the U.S., approved broad LGBT nondiscrimination protections last night at a contentious City Council meeting.

– Iowa Republicans are once again attempting to allow a referendum on same-sex marriage, despite the fact Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal will block such an effort as he has in years past.

– Minnesota’s marriage equality legislation will be introduced on Thursday.


– Another prominent Republican in Minnesota, former State Auditor Pat Anderson, has endorsed marriage equality.

– A Connecticut school, under pressure from the ACLU, will allow a student to wear a T-shirt with an anti-gay message.

– A Philadelphia drag queen has been univited from reading to kids, even though she has performed for kids before.

– The mayor of Paris, France charged anti-gay activists $132,000 for the park damage from their march, but individuals are now paying him between 10 cents and $1.30 at a time, and the cost of the postage for receipts will exceed the amount collected.

– A transgender woman (hijira) is running for office in Pakistan for the first time.

– A New Zealand parliamentary committee has given first approval to a same-sex marriage bill.

– Jacob Rudolph, the New Jersey high school student who powerfully came out to his classmates last month, is petitioning Gov. Chris Christie (R) to support a bill that would ban ex-gay therapy for young people.