The Morning Pride — September 13, 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.

– Given the Tea Party Debate audience last night cheered letting an uninsured man die, how would they have reacted if LGBT rights had come up?

– Speaker Boehner (R-OH) refused yesterday to let the oral arguments in the Golinski case against the Defense of Marriage Act be recorded.

– Washington, DC police are seeking assistance in identifying a transgender individual found dead early Monday morning. The death is the latest in a wave of attacks against transgender people, but police are not sure they are related.

– Many of Michele Bachmann’s campaign staff have anti-gay, anti-science fundamentalist Christian positions.

– What the path to Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) might look like.

– The Houston Press visited the Love Won Out ex-gay convention and has a report from both inside and outside the event.


– Hundreds attended last night’s “Duke and Durham: Love=Love Candlelight Vigil” protesting the North Carolina House of Representatives’ decision to advance a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

– Several recent attacks against Utah’s LGBT community have many reevaluating the state’s hate crimes law.

Meet Richard Carlbom, who will lead the Minnesotans United for All Families coalition against a referendum to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota’s constitution.

– NOM also highlighted a column by the American Foreign Policy Council’s Robert Reilly, who suggested sodomy is the “cancer version” of heterosexuality.

– In an epic rant against Chaz Bono yesterday, the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer also mocked the idea that LGBT people are demonized, suggesting it’s the religious right who should be “awash in suicides.”


– The President of the Log Cabin Republicans of Dallas, Rob Schlein, told Michelangelo Signorile last week that he could get around firing someone for being black.

– Human Rights Watch says that it’s a violation of international human rights for the Netherlands to require transgender people to undergo surgery (becoming irreversibly sterilized) before they can have their gender legally recognized on official documents.

– New York Magazine wonders when a gay professional athlete will finally come out. Given the average career is 3–5 years and there are only 3,436 jobs available, many might not be inspired to come out while they’re still playing.

– A new NCAA policy will allow transgender student athletes to play on sports teams in accordance with their gender identity.

– Contrary to yesterday’s report, FIFA will NOT be investigating homophobia in women’s soccer.

– Is there anything sweeter than the first dance at a gay wedding? Well, there’s this: