The Morning Pride: September 17, 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.

– A South Dakota transgender woman who was fired for transitioning has won a $50,000 settlement, the maximum amount legally allowed for a business as small as Don’s Valley Market, with the support of the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.

Three more New Jersey lawmakers, including Republican Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi, have expressed support for overriding Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) veto of marriage equality, but the legislature is still 9 votes short.

– Texas transgender widow Nikki Araguz, who is fighting to have her previous marriage recognized under the law, has now been denied a marriage license with her new fiance because her original birth certificate still identifies her as male.


– How a battle between two pharmaceutical companies could decide whether it’s legal to discriminate against members of a jury for being gay.

– The National Organization for Marriage might challenge Apple and Amazon with more of its failed boycotts because those companies support “the homosexual lifestyle.”

– Mexico’s first openly gay mayor, Benjamin Medrano, has taken office in the city of Fresnillo.

– Britain has had its first “double sex swap wedding” between a trans groom and a trans bride.

– Meet Russian lawyer Masha Bast, who has come out publicly as transgender to challenge her country’s anti-LGBT laws and attitudes.


– Elton John says he intends to follow through on his concert in Moscow because, “I need to perform in Russia to help gay people.”