The Morning Pride: November 18, 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 as well. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

– This Sunday is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Find an observance near you.

– The Williams Institute reports that there are as many as 40,000 same-sex couples in which at least one partner is not a United States citizen, and these couples are raising 25,000 children.

– The Ninth Circuit has denied an appeal from Washington marriage equality opponents, ruling that all Referendum 71 petition signatures can be released.

– Same-sex couples attended Marine Corps balls for the first time last week.

– The former mayor of Broward, FL has said there is no debate that sexual orientation has genetic components.

– A Republican member of the Texas State Board of Education may have just come out as gay.

– The Denver Post editorial board has condemned Fort Collins High School for discriminating against a transgender student with illegal bathroom restrictions.

– Watch video of Oklahoma City pastor Tom Vineyard calling gays murderers and pedophiles, with many bizarre, imaginary statistics to support his claims.

– The American Family Association doesn’t want businesses involved in the culture war unless they’re on its side.

– The first openly gay student body president of the University of Michigan is now creating a scholarship fund for bullied students after he was stalked and harassed by a state Assistant Attorney General.

– The Dutch Parliament has passed a law prohibiting civil servants from refusing to perform same-sex marriages.

– Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council has warned that allowing women to drive would provoke a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality, and divorce.

– This week’s editorial cartoon from the Dallas Voice looks at the new film J. Edgar: