The Morning Pride: October 12, 2011

Welcome to The Morning Pride, ThinkProgress LGBT’s 8:45 AM round-up of the latest in LGBT policy, politics, and some culture too! Here’s what we’re reading this morning, but let us know what you’re checking out too. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

– Pioneering gay activist and founder of the Mattachine Society of Washington Frank Kameny passed away last evening. Read remembrances from the Washington Blade, Metro Weekly, the Dallas Voice, Good As You, Box Turtle Bulletin, Towleroad, Queerty, Unicorn Booty, and various LGBT organizations, then make sure you read through the Kameny Papers, archives of his work and correspondence.

– The Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of two Louisiana dads petitioning to both be on their son’s birth certificate.

– A judge has ruled that Lt. Dan Choi cannot argue that he’s being “vindictively prosecuted” for protesting Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell because the claim was not brought before the trial began.


– The Southern Poverty Law Center and Truth Wins Out have launched a new campaign to raise awareness about the harms of conversion (ex-gay) therapy.

– The California Group Love Honor Cherish will pursue a referendum to overturn Proposition 8, even though Equality California decided against doing so.

– Advocates in Massachusetts are still calling for a transgender equality bill.

– A coalition of Michigan groups have launched a new campaign called “Don’t Change Yourself, Change The Law” that mocks gay stereotypes and raises awareness about employment discrimination against LGBT people.

– Minnesota Family Council has dismissed a group of Republicans opposing the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage as “social liberals.”


– Hundreds of gay and lesbian Wheaton College alumni, students, staff, and supporters kicked off Homecoming Weekend with a discussion about being gay and Christian.

– The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has “10 Races to Watch” for 2011.

– Scott Rose asks, “How many have to die before NOM is stopped?”

Two thousand military chaplains say they won’t perform same-sex marriages, but only conservative news outlets are reporting it because the chaplains were never going to have to perform them anyway.

– Anna Grodzka has become the first openly transgender member of the Polish parliament.

– VIDEO: Heterosexual Guys Who Like Glee (perhaps NSFW, but has a surprisingly touching ending).

– VIDEO: The Whirlpool Corporation says, “It Gets Better”: