GLAAD Link - your daily round-up of LGBT news, August 18, 2014

Today's top LGBT news headlines. For more news updated throughout the day, visit www.glaad.org

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Pro-gay Republican group to spend $2 million on midterm elections - PinkNews

Irish poll: 86% approve of gay and lesbian couples -  PinkNews

Russian gang leader who tortured gays on camera jailed for 5 years - Gay Star News

Four questions reveal horrifying situation for LGBTs in Kenyan refugee camps - The Advocate

A look at the invisible lives of gay Palestinians in Israel - Towleroad

Human rights groups attempt to stop Sultan of Brunei from buying New York hotels - PinkNews

Chinese airline faces lawsuit for refusing to let HIV positive passengers board - PinkNews

Smithsonian acquires LGBT history objects, holds event - LGBT Weekly

Latest poll shows seismic shift in American attitudes toward LGBT community? - LGBT Weekly

LOCAL/REGIONAL

13-year-old trans girl banned from school unless she dresses as a boy - PinkNews

Rick Perry indicted on two felony corruption counts - The New Civil Rights Movement

Houston Equal Rights Ordinance will not go on ballot--but won't go into effect yet either - The New Civil Rights Movement

Parishioners support ousted gay music director, but firing stands - The Advocate

Memorial to be held for murdered Baltimore trans woman - PinkNews

Tampa Tribune pulls "repugnant" anti-gay column - LGBT Weekly

Wedding venues can't discriminate against same-sex couples, New York state agency rules - Towleroad

COMMENTARY

 People who identify as bisexual share photos of themselves for #whatbilookslike - The Huffington Post

Musing about these Austin gender variant photos - TransGriot

Islan Nettles - one year later - TransGriot

The five loudest pro-LGBT voices on social media - Queerty

ENTERTAINMENT

Uzo Aduba wins Emmy for lesbian character of Crazy Eyes on Orange is the New Black - Gay Star News

Dumb things internet trolls said about lesbians on TV last night - AfterEllen

Bex-Taylor Klaus cast as "bi-curious" teen in MTV's "Scream" TV series - AfterEllen

Sherlock star Andrew Scott openly discussing his sexuality is truly inspirational - BuzzFeed

How the Orange is the New Black cast came to be - BuzzFeed

SPORTS

Fired NFL punter Chris Kluwe and Vikings reach settlement over discrimination - The New Civil Rights Movement

New MLB head is LGBT ally Rob Manfred - The Advocate

Brittney Griner proposes to girlfriend, Tulsa Schock's Glory Johnson - Elixher

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As a Major League Baseball umpire for the past 29 seasons, Dale Scott has worked three World Series, three All-Star Games, two no-hitters and numerous playoff games. He is also the first out active male official in the MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL, and the first Major League Baseball umpire to publicly say he is gay while active.