NEWS: UK Spy Agency Gay-Friendly, IL Ramps Up Marriage Equality, Brooklyn Hosts LGBT Wedding Expo, And More!

Welcome to the Short List, where you’ll find all the news or entertainment tidbits worth digesting for the day.

It’s almost Thirsty Thursday, and we’re sure you’re hungry for some breaking news. Today: a private military contractor pays a six-figure settlement to an employee who was called gay, Baltimore considers pro-trans protections, and some intelligence on the spies who loved us.

*Brooklyn is hosting its first-ever gay-marriage expo this Sunday. Soon gay people will have their own currency. [Brooklyn Paper]

*DynCorp has been ordered to pay $155,000 to harassed employee James Friso, who was working for the private military contractor in Iraq. Friso was called gay by a co-worker because he didn’t consider Friso manly enough, even though he was married to a woman. DynCorp transferred Friso… and he sued. [Advocate]

*MI5, the UK’s domestic spy agency, has been named one of the country’s most homo-friendly companies. We could make a Spy Who Shagged Me joke here, but we won’t. [AP]

steven-davies*A gay activist from the United Arab Emirates considers openly gay cricket player Steven Davies (left) an inspiration. Davies plays in the UAE for England’s Test Squad. [BBC]

*Good morning, Baltimore! County councilmember Tom Quirk plans to introduce legislation protecting transgender people from discrimination. [Baltimore Sun]

*Pro-gay Illinois lawmakers have begun meetings to lay groundwork for marriage equality in the state. The bill could be introduced as early as next year. [HuffPo]

*Could Rick Santorum be chosen as Mitt Romney‘s VP? It might court the far right wing, but we hope it’d alienate enough moderates to not be a possibility. [US News]

Photos via Ludovic Bertron, ESPN,