The Morning Pride: January 7, 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.

– Despite not advancing during the lame duck session, momentum remains strong for marriage equality in Illinois.

– The Colorado legislature could similarly introduce civil unions as early as Wednesday.

– The trial begins this morning for the lawsuit against Scott Lively, whose anti-gay evangelism directly contributed to the advancement of Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill.

– Though the District of Columbia had fewer murders in 2012, the number of anti-LGBT hate crimes increased.

– Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts led a rally Saturday against anti-gay violence.

– Southern Methodist University, which was once listed as one the country’s most homophobic campuses, has now added gender identity and expression to its nondiscrimination policy.


– A gay employee is suing the Air Transport Association of America (Airlines for America) for discrimination, including harassment and a “substantially” lower salary.

– A new study shows Chinese tolerance for same-sex relationships dating back centuries.

– Kenyan Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo is calling for a ban on a novel with gay themes because it will “corrupt” children’s minds.

– Italian Premier Mario Monti believes The Vatican should not influence whether Italy advances marriage equality.

– Steven Soderbergh recently shared that all of the major Hollywood studios passed on his movie Behind the Candelabra because the story of Liberace and his same-sex relationship was “too gay.”