The Morning Pride: July 22, 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.

– A number of House lawmakers spoke out for an amendment to an education bill that would defend LGBT students from bullying, but Republicans voted it down.

– New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (D) has called on President Obama to adopt a “place of celebration” standard, recognizing a same-sex couple’s marriage in any state so long it was legal where the license was obtained, and has promised to only invest pension funds in companies that don’t discriminate against such couples.

– The city of Rochester, New York is having a showdown between city and county officials about whether to fly the Pride flag.

– A measure introduced in Richmond, Virginia would recognize the same-sex marriages of city employees.

– A gay rights group and conservative church in Ocean Grove, New Jersey reconciled this weekend to raise money to repair the town’s boardwalk.


– The school board that oversees Lockport Township High School outside Chicago finally approved a gay-straight alliance after stonewalling for two years, but not before several members said some backwards things about the group.

– The murder of a trans woman in Philadelphia has led to more poor reporting from a TV news affiliate, including misgendering the victim, emphasizing her past as a “male prostitute,” unnecessarily displaying her mugshot and discussing her old arrest record, and refusing to interview anyone from the trans community who knew her.

– Russia has arrested foreign tourists for the first time under its new ban on “gay propaganda,” three Dutch individuals accused of helping gay activists protest Russia’s position on human rights.

– Codebreaker Alan Turing might finally be pardoned for having been convicted of gross indecency — nearly 60 years after his death.

– Meet transgender Navy SEAL veteran Kristin Beck, who promises to be a “warrior” for civil rights.

3 Doors Down headlined the Boy Scouts National Jamboree after several other artists backed out in protest of its anti-gay policies, despite the band’s own seedy reputation.