The Morning Pride: September 27, 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.

– Jeremy Johnson has become the one of the first re-enlistees after the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

– Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) has announced her support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

– The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a stay on the release of the Proposition 8 trial videos.

– The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) has released its seventh version of Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People. The National Center for Transgender Equality identifies the top 10 highlights.


– A new poll from Baylor University shows that those unaffiliated with religion are the most likely to support LGBT equality and understand that sexual orientation is not a choice.

– Equality Matters has a detailed report on Fox News’ Dr. Keith Ablow, a so-called psychologist who regularly attacks the LGBT community.

– Kerry Eleveld wonders what the Left can learn from gay rights victories.

– Maggie Gallagher spills all the details on the new self-victimizing “Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance.” Speaking of who’s defaming who, it looks like the National Organization for Marriage has another ex-gay advocate among its ranks.

– A gay couple in Seattle had their car vandalized and the rock that went through the windshield came with a note: “God Hates Fags! Get the fuck out of our neighborhood.”


– Details of the teacher’s side of the story are starting to emerge in regards to the Fort Worth student who was suspended for condemning homosexuality in the classroom.

Rev. Lou Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition held a press conference about the FAIR Education Act, but only a few gay activists showed up. The SB48 campaign is apparently trying to trick people into signing petitions for repeal by suggesting the bill is actually about child molesters.

– Toledo gays are facing a billboard war between churches.

– Human rights groups are calling on Cameroon to halt anti-gay arrests and harassment by the government.

Octogenarian gay tortoises in India!

– The Los Angeles Dodgers say, “It Gets Better.”

– Read three essays on marriage equality by Michigan high school seniors.

– L-Word star Leisha Hailey was allegedly booted from a Southwest Airlines flight for kissing her girlfriend.