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The Morning Pride: October 18, 2011

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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.

- Canadian Councillor Allan Hubley has released a touching statement on the death of his son, Jamie, who was bullied for being gay.

- California schools are now exploring how to implement LGBT-inclusive curriculum when the FAIR Education Act takes effect in January.

- In accordance with yesterday’s court decision, Washington state has released the names of the 138,000 signatures who attempted to reject the state’s “everything but marriage” law in 2009.

- Herman Cain claims he wouldn’t support a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, but he certainly has before.

- An overwhelming number of celebrities and corporations will recognize Spirit Day this Thursday by donning purple in support of LGBT youth who are bullied.

- After a new comment period, Virginians overwhelmingly support the Virginia State Board of Social Services extending adoption rights to same-sex couples.

- A California Presbyterian Church has seceded from the Presbyterian Church (USA) over its ordination of gay clergy.

- The University of Maryland Student Government Association is urging the administration to offer benefits not just to same-sex spouses of employees, but same-sex domestic partners as well.

- New Haven has voted to include transgender people in its non-discrimination laws.

- A lesbian student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania was humiliated as her professor described her as “disgusting, unnatural, and abnormal” in front of the class.

- A United Nations Human Rights Committee review of Iran reveals widespread legal persecution of the LGBT community and anyone even suspected of same-sex sexual relations.

- Despite high rates of HIV, Zimbabwe refuses to give condoms to prisoners because they’re concerned it will “encourage” gay sex, which is illegal.

- Zachary Quinto is incredibly grateful for the “outpouring of support” he’s received for coming out.

- Watch as same-sex couples in North Carolina apply for marriage licenses, and one couple gets arrested when they are refused:

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