The Morning Pride: January 6, 2012

Welcome to The Morning Pride, ThinkProgress LGBT’s 8:45 AM round-up of the latest in LGBT policy, politics, and some culture too! Here’s what we’re reading this morning, but let us know what you’re checking out as well. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

– It shouldn’t be surprising that Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol won’t outright condemn the anti-gay email blast sent yesterday; he has a long history of condemning homosexuality as a choice and a disease and defending discrimination against the LGBT community.

– The International Business Times thinks that Rick Santorum has won his Google war, but that’s not what we saw when we googled his name, and Dan Savage says the site isn’t going anywhere.

– The ACLU is suing the state of Michigan to overturn the new law preventing public employers from offering same-sex partner benefits.


– The Catholic Church is rewarding Archbishop Timothy Dolan for his crusade against same-sex marriage with a promotion to Cardinal.

– Meanwhile, Minnesota Archbishop John Nienstedt told all his priests and deacons that if they oppose Minnesota’s marriage inequality amendment, they should keep their mouths shut.

– The transgender community in New York City continues to fight for better policies for changing the sex on their birth certificates.

– What’s it like coming out trans in Montana? Roberta Zenker tells her story.

– The National Organization for Marriage continues its effort to link pedophilia to marriage equality.

– Georgia state Rep. Judy Manning (R) is afraid of gays and Muslims.

– Israel is recruiting unofficial gay envoys to boost its image, but is this just another example of the country’s pinkwashing?

– A new survey of British gay men found that half of them “would die a year early” for the perfect body.

– Ramin Setoodeh wants to know why Hollywood hates gay sex. David Mixner points out it’s been six years since Brokeback Mountain.

– Check out, letters from parents, family, and friends to their LGBTQ loved ones.

– This week’s editorial cartoon from the Dallas Voice takes a look at Ron Paul’s newsletters: