The Morning Pride: March 24, 2014

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.

– Speaking at a Human Rights Campaign dinner in Los Angeles, Vice President Joe Biden called for LGBT nondiscrimination protections, calling it “close to barbaric” that firing people for their identities was still legal, but refusing to comment on a White House executive order that could extend those protections to the employees of federal contractors.

– Labor Secretary Tom Perez says the department is still “reviewing” nondiscrimination protections almost two years after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled in favor of a trans employee.

– Maryland Del. Kathy Afzali (R) believes the proposed transgender nondiscrimination bill will “normalize abnormal behavior.”


– The North Carolina student bullied for his My Little Pony backpack who was then banned from wearing said backpack is heading back to school — with his backpack in tow.

– Oklahoma state Rep. Sally Kern (R) believes that people who disagree with her comparison between homosexuality and terrorism are “stoning and desecrating the God that I love.”

– A trans women in Arkansas claimed that she was fired from her job at McDonald’s for using the same restroom she’d been using for three months, but she was rehired the same day.

– Israel’s Knesset has approved LGBT nondiscrimination protections for its schools in what is the first law in Israel to protect people based on their gender identity.

– Gibraltar is expected to approve same-sex civil partnerships by the end of the year.

– Michigan LGBT journalist Todd Heywood shares the personal significance of Friday’s marriage equality ruling.