The Morning Pride: September 29, 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.

– Metro Weekly completes its four-part series marking the 15th anniversary of the Defense of Marriage Act.

– Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is apparently unfamiliar with the federal impact of DOMA on same-sex couples and has not heard of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal it.

– Expectations are high for President Obama’s speech to the Human Rights Campaign this weekend — will it be big news, or “just another HRC dinner where important people come to tell us nothing new”?

– A transgender veteran is speaking out about being discharged from the armed services, which still have no protections for people who are trans.

– NPR looks at the spate of transgender violence in Washington, DC.

– Perhaps countering the nonsense of Fox News’ Dr. Keith Ablow, CNN looks at the “painful quest” of transgender youth to realize their gender identities.

– GLAAD worked with The Insider to feature a panel of transgender leaders discussing the impact of Chaz Bono’s visibility on Dancing With The Stars.

– The communications manager of the National Center for Transgender Equality discusses racism he faced from one of the group’s supporters because he was perceived to be an undocumented immigrant.

– A small study in Spain suggests there could be promise for an HIV vaccine.

– Next weekend, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will ordain its first openly gay minister.

– Photographer Scott Pasfield discusses his new book, Gay in America, which features profiles of 140 gay men from across all 50 states.

– The National Organization for Marriage is now peddling pro-ex-gay research: a riveting study that found that about 6 percent of gay people can “shut down their sexual feelings or become a bit more bi.”

– Nigeria is now considering a proposal to criminalize same-sex marriage.

– The European Parliament applauds the United Nations’ efforts to end discrimination and persecution based on sexual orientation and gender identity.