The Morning Pride: February 28, 2013

Welcome to The Morning Pride, ThinkProgress LGBT’s daily round-up of the latest in LGBT policy, politics, and some culture too! Here’s what we’re reading this morning, but please let us know what stories you’re following as well. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

– The Department of Housing and Urban Development has been working under the radar to improve LGBT equality in many ways.

– The fraternity brothers raising money for their brother’s surgery have raised nearly $20,000 and are donating the extra money to the Jim Collins Foundation, which provides financial assistance to transgender people for gender-confirming surgeries.

– The Utah Pride Center has joined with state equality groups from across the country to file a Supreme Court brief outlining how the many forms of discrimination and stigma written into law harm LGBT people.

– Unlike the rest of corporate America, Walmart is not embracing LGBT equality.

– A Texas couple who recently were denied use of a party facility because they are gay had the fence of their house vandalized with the words “Burn FAG.”

– Many same-sex couples are “living outside the safety net” because of the Social Security benefits they are deprived of by marriage inequality.

– Meet Juka Mendes and Jonathan Malumay, a bi-national married same-sex couple whose relationship is threatened by the imminent expiration of Juka’s student visa.

– Elois Zeanah of the Alabama Federation of Republican Women believes President Obama is going to indoctrinate children to be pro-gay, just like in Nazi Germany (despite, of course, the fact that Hitler persecuted gay people right along with Jewish people).

– An 8-year-old Cub Scout named Frank has penned a letter asking the Boy Scouts to lift the ban on gays.