The Morning Pride: May 14, 2012

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.

– Newsweek is calling President Obama “the first gay president,” and Andrew Sullivan describes Obama’s own experience with coming out.

– Last week, another 17-year-old gay boy, Corey Jay Jonestrader, committed suicide in Rochester, Minnesota after experiencing extensive bullying.

Dozens protested North Carolina’s Amendment One on Friday evening, and Gov. Bev Perdue (D) said that because it passed, “We look like Mississippi.” Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) called Perdue “petty” for the remark.


– New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also condemned Amendment One while giving the commencement address at UNC Chapel Hill.

– The Washington State Labor Council has endorsed marriage equality in regards to two proposed referenda on November’s ballot.

– The Colorado legislature reconvenes today for a special session, but reshuffled committee membership might keep civil unions from advancing.

– Wyoming might consider civil unions next year.

– Indiana Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg would prefer to ban same-sex marriage than support it.

– A Lexington, Kentucky, Catholic school barred a same-sex couple from attending prom.

– A Pennsylvania teen was humiliated after his teacher showed an entire class video of him dancing with his transgender date at the prom.


Gay Republicans are still hoping for Mitt Romney’s support, but GOProud says that Romney’s speech at Liberty University was the equivalent of saying “drop dead.”

Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, spoke at a gay rights march Saturday expressing both her own — and her father’s — support for LGBT equality.

Cyndi Lauper spent Thursday on Capitol Hill advocating for homeless LGBT youth.

– NPR takes a look at how television has brought gay people into our homes.