The Morning Pride: September 22, 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.

– More of the week’s coverage on the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:

The Daily Show: Our armed forces are now a pansexual bacchanal.

Major Mike Almy and Captain Sarah Pezzat discuss the end of the policy with Al Sharpton.

– ABC News talked to Airman 1st Class Randy Phillips, the soldier who came out to his father on YouTube this week.

– TIME Magazine’s blogger “Officer X” has come out as 1st Lt. Karl Johnson.

– Rev. Irene Monroe reminds us that transgender people are still discriminated against in the military.

– The Family Research Council continues its meltdown over repeal, asking that followers pray that DADT is reinstated and suggesting soldiers will be “exposed to HIV-tainted blood.”


– New details emerge about the shooting of a trans woman in DC, who apparently denied sex to 20-year-old Darryl Willard, who then shot her in the neck. Willard is under arrest and the woman is still in the hospital, but in stable condition.

– Equality Matters tracks the National Organization for Marriage’s relentless attempt to paint the NY-9 Congressional race as being all about marriage. New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn thinks otherwise.

– HRC’s Fred Sainz wants to know what planet Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern (R) lives on.

– Focus on the Family thinks that the national crisis of book banning in public schools and libraries is a myth, but also provides tips for how parents can go about banning books.

– A Nashville paramedic has been suspended after anti-gay postings on facebook calling homosexuality a perversion and suggesting gay EMS workers should “Crawl back into the closet.”


– A student at a Fort Worth high school was suspended for sharing his beliefs that homosexuality is wrong and his mother has hired the Liberty Counsel to demand the school scrub the suspension from the student’s record.

– Residents of Elkton, Virginia don’t want an Elkton, Virginia gay pride event to be identified as an Elkton, Virginia gay pride event.

– Advocates are still considering an attempt to repeal Proposition 8 at the ballot.

Read through the playbill from the Broadway production of “8,” about the Proposition 8 trial.

– VIDEO: Brad Pitt thinks that banning gay marriage “make-a no sense.”

– VIDEO: Jane Lynch thinks her Glee character, Coach Sue Sylvester, says what Michele Bachmann wishes she could say publicly: