The Morning Pride: January 31, 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.

– Tragic news this week of another gay teen suicide: 15-year-old Jadin Bell of Oregon was taken off life support after hanging himself in an elementary school playground last week.

– Three Chicago individuals have been charged with a hate crime for violently attacking a group that included two gay men, who they taunted.

– Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is unsure if he likes the Defense of Marriage Act, but only because he believes it infringes on states’ rights.

– The National Center for Transgender Equality outlines 13 goals for improving the lives of trans people in 2013.

– The Utah Pride Center is stepping up and filing amicus briefs in the two Supreme Court marriage equality cases.

– A 17-year-old Coloradan has begun an effort to overturn the state’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.


– Tony Perkins now believes that the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is directly responsible for an increase in suicides in the military.

– Cameroon’s President Paul Biya said Wednesday that people in his country are “evolving” on the subject of gay people and that there may be movement away from criminalizing them.

– Former San Francisco 49ers player Kwame Harris was recently outed for allegedly assaulting his ex-boyfriend last August, and it’s okay, you can call him gay.