The Morning Pride: May 17, 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.

– Today is the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia, a call to consciousness worldwide. Prayer vigils and parties will be taking place around the globe.

– Meet nine-year-old Josef Miles, who took it upon himself to counter-protest the Westboro Baptist Church with a sign that said, “God Hates No One.”

– Opponents of marriage equality in Maine have published a “Gay Marriage House Of Horrors,” but it’s unclear what message it’s really trying to convey.


Kansas middle school teacher Jack Conkling wrote on Facebook that same-sex marriage “ranks in God’s eyes the same as murder, lying, stealing, or cheating.”

– The National Organization for Marriage is challenging Florida electioneering law law so it can secretly campaign for candidates.

– A Las Vegas trans student will be allowed to walk with the other men in his class after KLAS-TV reported on the school’s intention to ignore his identity.

– Chrissy Polis is still scarred from the savage anti-trans attack she experienced in a Baltimore McDonald’s last year.

– Jenna Talackova is officially the first-ever transgender candidate to compete at the Miss Universe Canada pageant.

– The Knesset has voted down a bill that would have allowed same-sex and interfaith couples to marry under Israeli law.


– The gay man banned from giving the commencement address at a Catholic school in Michigan will give a separate address at Central Michigan University.

Will Smith supports President Obama’s “brave” support of marriage equality.

– Floyd Mayweather proves that not all boxers oppose the President’s position: