The Morning Pride: June 22, 2011

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 too.

– Today has to be the day! Governor Cuomo is “cautiously optimistic” that marriage equality will pass a vote in the New York Senate. The National Organization for Marriage is fighting back as fiercely as ever, now with a new poll claiming that a majority of New Yorkers oppose equality — a false claim considering 84 percent of their skewed sample are over the age of 40. But Republican Senators like James Alesi are owning their new equality votes; Alesi told equality supporters yesterday, “I think I have some new friends.” Alesi will cast the first vote for the bill.

– The anticipation of the New York vote is also increasing the pressure on the President to finish “evolving” on marriage equality, especially since he will be speaking at an LGBT fundraiser in New York tomorrow. Anderson Cooper called him out last night for playing politics with the issue. On yesterday’s The View, conversely, Elizabeth Hasselbeck used Obama’s position against marriage to defend David Tyree’s recent rants against marriage equality (calling it “anarchy” and offering to trade his Super Bowl ring to prevent it). GOP presidential contender Jon Huntsman has also said he’d respect marriage equality in New York — essentially taking the same position as Obama.

– Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius confirmed yesterday that federal health surveys will start collecting data about the LGBT community, as had been recommended by a recent Institute of Medicine study.


– According to the numbers released so far from the 2010 census, there could be many more same-sex couples living in the United States than was previously thought. In Alabama, the number was up by 39 percent; in Hawaii it was up by 78 percent.

– Lambda Legal has filed suit against the state of Oregon on behalf of a transgender employee who was denied necessary health insurance coverage.

– A new report from Amnesty International is urging the new government of Turkey to better protect LGBT citizens there.

– The music video for “Make It Stop” by Rise Against explicitly tackles homophobic bullying and includes several It Gets Better videos. Watch it: