The Morning Pride: May 5, 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.

– Someone at the Pentagon decided there was only one talking point about why transgender people cannot serve in the military, and it’s not a good one.

– Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) supports marriage equality, but will still defend the state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying.

Mary Yu is now the first LGBT person/woman of Asian and Latina descent on the Washington state Supreme Court.


– Newsweek profiles John Paulk and the ex-ex-gay (ex-gay survivor) community.

– The Washington high school principal who was fired from Eastside Catholic School last December for marrying his partner has taken on a new job as associate principal for Mercer Island School District. His suit against the Seattle Archdiocese is ongoing.

– A new study from the UK found that 80 percent of gay teens have been bullied for their sexual orientation.

– Richard Branson has announced that he and Virgin will boycott all Dorchester Hotels because they are owned by the Sultan of Brunei, which has instituted anti-gay Sharia Law.

– The Notre Dame Athletics Department says, “You Can Play”: