The Morning Pride: October 17, 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.

– The New York Times highlights military servicemembers who have come out online since the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. For many, coming out has been a non-issue, but as out soldiers discussed at this weekend’s OutServe conference, there are still many issues of inequality to address, and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network is already planning a lawsuit to rectify them.

– Members of the LGBT community continue to energize the 99 Percent Movement.

– A North Carolina lesbian couple was arrested after refusing to leave the Buncombe County Register of Deeds office when they were denied a marriage license.


– Illinois Sen. Kyle McCarter (R) is proposing new legislation that would allow Catholic Charities to maintain state contracts for adoption and foster care services while still discriminating against same-sex couples.

– Students and activists will rally at Union High School in New Jersey tomorrow evening to protest teacher Viki Knox, who wrote on Facebook that homosexuality is a “perverted spirit,” a “sin” that “breeds like cancer.”

– Will Anderson Cooper ask the Republican presidential candidates about issues of bullying at this week’s debate?

– The town of Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania has established nondiscrimination protections for the LGBT community, continuing a successful campaign to create such protections at the local level across Pennsylvania.

– The Log Cabin Republicans have shut down their Dallas chapter after racist remarks made by the chapter’s president.


– The New Civil Rights Movement blog is calling for Princeton University to be held accountable for employing Robert George, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage.

– A Florida city commission race is facing some gaybaiting.

– Here are 50 black gay men and 50 black lesbians you should know.

– One of the proponents of Prop 8 thinks Dustin Lance Black’s play, “8,” is not a fair portrayal of the trial, but he doesn’t seem to have even seen it.

– Indonesia’s transgender couples face dire circumstances.

– Repudiated ex-gay researcher Paul Cameron will soon be peddling his harmful myths about homosexuality in Moldova.

Star Trek and Heroes star Zachary Quinto subtly came out as gay in a New York Magazine interview, then clarified on his blog that he was motivated to do so by his experience in the play “Angels in America” and the death of Jamey Rodemeyer. Quinto also recently recorded an “It Gets Better” video.

– The Food Network’s Guy Fieri is weirded out by gay people.

– On this weekend’s Saturday Night Live Republican debate, Rick Santorum was stuck in a gay bar.

– Watch Lady Gaga perform for President Clinton.

– Watch a trailer for an upcoming documentary about a same-sex family trying to educate about “gay family values”: