GLAAD Link - your daily round-up of LGBT news, December 10, 2013

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

VIDEO: At Mandela memoria, Obama says world must stop persecuting people for "who they love" - Towleroad

Court approves divorce for a gay couple for the second time in Israeli history - Gay Star News

African LGBT advocates seek international support - Washington Blade

Sydney: Film accused of homophobia and transphobia wins at film festival - PinkNews

LGBT advocates mark World Human Rights Day - PinkNews

VIDEO: Facebook celebrates LGBT equality in key events of 2013 - PinkNews

Government announces date of first marriages for LGBT couples in England and Wales - PinkNews

Tawain to allow legal gender changes without transitioning - Gay Star News

Gay advocate denied permission to register NGO in Chinese province - Towleroad

How many gay men are there in America? - Towleroad

Proud Swedes move into Europe's first LGBT retirement home - LGBT Weekly

Chile's civil union campaign shows benefits for straight and gay couples - Gay Star News

UN's "Free and Equal" campaign video highlights LGBT equality around the world - The Huffington Post

Don't fall for the Salvation Army's PR spin! They're still super anti-gay - Queerty

VIDEO: The complicated Australian marriage situation explained - The Huffington Post

13 classic companies top HRC's new Corporate Equality Index - Advocate

DOMA plaintiff Edie Windsor makes TIME Person of the Year short list - Gay Star News

LOCAL/REGIONAL

Maryland advocates must unite to pass trans bill - Washington Blade

Georgia National Gaurd complies on spousal benefits for gay couples - Towleroad

New York Times study names Mississippi as state least tolerant of gay people - PinkNews

Cleveland trans advocate: "I have to bury two more women from my community" - BuzzFeed

Viet Rainbow, California LGBT group, barred from marching in Vietnamese New Year parade - The Huffington Post

COMMENTARY

What the hell mean trans women are "less valuable"? - TransGriot

I'm gay, LGBT, "whatever": The 53 most powerful coming outs of 2013 - Towleroad

The stranger who helped me discover I'm bisexual - Washington Blade

It was never about the cake - The Huffington Post

Why can't holy spaces be safe spaces? - The Huffington Post

Top ten LGBT stories of 2013: The countdown - The Rainbow Times

ENTERTAINMENT

WATCH: The best of LGBT chorus holiday music - Advocate

UK government warns Ian McKellen against travelling to Russia due to anti-gay laws - PinkNews

BBC disciplines Graham Norton for wearing AIDS awareness ribbon on chat show - PinkNews

"A Mississippi Love Story," Lauren Cioffi film, shows realities of LGBT Mississippi - The Huffington Post

Fox's Erickson: LGBT equality advocates are intolerant for seeking protection from discrimination - Equality Matters

Redbox DVD rental kiosks to offer film Bridegroom despite policy to not carry documentaries - Gay Star News

SPORTS

Athletes warned against protesting anti-gay laws in Sochi - Gay Star News

German president boycotts Sochi Olympics - Out

NBC has hired journalist to cover political side of Winter Olympics--including anti-gay laws - Gay Star News

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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.