The Morning Pride: May 8, 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.

– This week, The New Yorker wishes everybody a Happy Mothers’ — not Mother’s — Day.

– Meet some of the many people who’ve been fired for being LGBT.

Texas’ “Governor for a Day,” state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D), used her symbolic role to deliver an emotional speech in favor of LGBT equality.


– A Florida School Board that was not permitting the formation of a gay-straight alliance changed its mind just one day after the ACLU filed a law suit.

– A real-life “Billy Elliot,” 11-year-old William Smith, went from being bullied for being gay because he took up ballet to winning a place in the award-winning Northern Ballet Academy.

– 19-year-old Analouisa Valencia is the first openly lesbian contestant for Miss South Carolina.

– San Francisco may not name its full airport after Harvey Milk, but may name one of its terminals for the civil rights leader.

– The Chicago City Council is expected to pass a resolution today supporting LGBT professional athletes.

Former college football star Kevin Grayson, who was wide receiver for the University of Richmond from 2008–2011, has come out publicly as gay.

– Charles Barkley says “of course” he’s had gay teammates over the years.

– Rapper Li’l Wayne supports out NBA player Jason Collins: “Be you.”

– Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has filed an amendment to protect bi-national same-sex couples in the immigration reform bill. Watch a compilation of the many families waiting to be saved from deportation because their relationships are not recognized by the federal government: