The Morning Pride: January 30, 2014

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 Department of Agriculture has implemented gender identity nondiscrimination protections for all its programs.

– The Ninth Circuit has denied an en banc hearing for the losing case challenging California’s law banning ex-gay therapy for minors.

– The end of the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay scouts has been relatively uneventful.

– A Utah lawmaker wants to give taxpayers the option to donate their income tax refund to a “marriage defense fund” that would pay for the legal fees to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

– State Rep. Joseph Yost (R) has become the first Republican state lawmaker in Virginia to endorse marriage equality.

– The health insurance plans that several North Carolina same-sex couples were told would be canceled have been reinstated.


– Washington, Indiana is the latest municipality to oppose HJR 3, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

– Sarpy County, Nebraska has extended health insurance benefits to the same-sex spouses of county employees.

– GLAAD has published a resource guide for journalists covering the Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

– Gay men in Kyrgyzstan are reporting extreme abuse by police, including at least one instance of “hammer rape.”

– Uganda President Yoweri Museveni is being advised by “scientists” that homosexuality starts “as a result of adventurism.”


Meet 92-year-old Robina Asti, a veteran who is being denied Social Security benefits because the agency believes she had not yet transitioned when she married her late partner, even though all of her legal documents beg to differ: