The Morning Pride: May 13, 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.

– The New York Times makes a bold call for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

– Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) has become the first member of Congress to obtain a congressional ID card for his same-sex spouse.

– New York continues to allow discrimination against transgender people, and a new study suggests it could be costing the state millions of dollars.


– The California Assembly passed two pro-trans bills last week, one that will allow trans people to participate equality in school activities (like athletics) and one that will make it easier for them to obtain amended birth certificates.

– Watch five memorable moments from last week’s Minnesota House marriage equality vote, plus one opponent whose heart breaks because same-sex couples will be allowed to marry. House Speaker Paul Thissen (D) described the Republican support for the bill “hugely significant.”

– POLL: 70 percent of young adults favor marriage equality.

– POLL: A strong majority of Americans support openly gay athletes, Boy Scouts, and Boy Scout leaders.

– The Kingsport Times-News, a Tennessee newspaper, is quite adamant about declaring homosexuality a disorder.

– A new study suggests that people who remain closeted may work harder to compensate for their self-isolation, but may often become less nice individuals as a result.

– The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer won’t say if he’s ever experienced a same-sex attraction.

– The Restored Hope Network, an extreme ex-gay group that splintered off from Exodus International, is supported by numerous leaders from the Dominionist wing of Christianity.

– Listen to the story of Allen Rosenthal, a survivor of NARTH’s ex-gay therapy.

– A Hong Kong Court has ruled that a trans woman can marry her boyfriend.

– Spencer and Elliot Perry, the twin sons of Proposition 8 plaintiffs Sandra Stier and Kristin Perry, offer a special Mother’s Day message about their moms.

– When did you decide to be straight?