The Morning Pride: November 18, 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.

– Today marks 10 years since the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality.

– In the month of August alone, 163 same-sex couples married in Rhode Island, compared to just 89 who obtained civil unions during the two full years they were available.

– A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage to proceed.

– In South Carolina, a federal judge recused himself from presiding over a same-sex marriage case because as an administrator for the Boy Scouts of America, he had to remove one of the plaintiffs in the case as a Scoutmaster because she brought her partner to a meeting.

– The University of Central Florida is refusing to comply with a court order to turn over documents related to the publication of Mark Regnerus’ infamous study attempting to attack same-sex parenting.

– The La Feria School Board in La Feria, Texas has conceded and will allow trans student Jeydon Loredo’s senior portrait wearing a tuxedo to be published in the yearbook.

– The Myrtle Grove Christian School in Wilmington, North Carolina is banning any students with same-sex parents from enrolling.

– The Leech Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota has held its first same-sex marriage.

– Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) openly endorsed the Salvation Army, a group that notably discriminates against LGBT people.

– The Atlanta Urban League is honoring Chick-fil-A CEO and noted homophobe Dan Cathy at its dinner “Celebrating Champions of Justice and Equality,” a decision it defends because of the company’s other community work.

– Nikki Sinclaire, a member of the European Parliament representing Britain, has come out as transgender.

– The International Olympic Committee has been silent in the wake of news that Russian officials were spying on LGBT advocacy groups.

– A Russian court has fined Lady Gaga’s concert organizer for violating the law banning “gay propaganda.”

– The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador will add gender identity to its Human Rights Act.

– A South Korean court has overturned an “adults-only” rating on a movie that simply has a gay kiss.

MSNBC has suspended Alec Baldwin’s late-night show for two weeks because of his homophobic comments.

– LGBT seniors are experiencing health benefits thanks to Exergaming.

– Trans and gender-nonconforming people explain why they need inclusive healthcare: