GLAAD Link - your daily round-up of LGBT news, December 11, 2013

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NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

India, world's largest democracy, bans sex between gay people - Queerty

The Salvation Army's history of anti-LGBT discrimination - The Huffington Post

Wells Fargo unveils LGBT-themed mural - Washington Blade

Northern Ireland lifts ban on allowing gay couples to adopt - PinkNews

TIME chooses Pope Francis as Person of the Year - Towleroad

Panel wants more research on gay men's blood donation ban - Washington Blade

London: Law firm challenges visa refusal for civil partner of British national - PinkNews

Episcopalians urge vote on ENDA - The Huffington Post

Outdated laws preserve HIV stigma - The Huffington Post

EU Commissioner: "Russia's anti-gay laws mean I will certainly not go to the Winter Olympics" - PinkNews

Facebook analysis of viral campaign maps geographic breakdown of marriage equality stances - Towleroad

Inspiring new UN video reveals seismic shifts in global LGBT equality debate - The Huffington Post

LGBT married couples can use TurboTax to take back what the DOMA stole - Queerty

When bar is exceptionally low, lots of companies are gay-friendly, reports corporate equality index - Autostraddle

For LGBT donors, Russia is the new marriage - BuzzFeed

Australian senators cross political divide to form group to work for marriage equality - Gay Star News

National Defense Authorization Act bill worries some - The Rainbow Times

LOCAL/REGIONAL

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder condemns GOP official's anti-gay remarks - The Huffington Post

Shreveport becomes second city in Louisiana to pass LGBT non-discrimination ordinance - Towleroad

Christine Quinn speaks out against anti-gay marriage, anti-abortion NYC City Council President candidate - Towleroad

Homeless Youth Alliance, San Francisco youth homeless shelter, needs your help - The Huffington Post

Washington Times wishes "militant homosexual activists" would stop working for equality - The Huffington Post

Jack Phillips, Masterpiece Cakeshop owner, says he'd rather go to jail than make wedding cake for gay couple - The Huffington Post

Oregonians will vote on marriage equality in 2014 - Towelroad

Gay man allegedly assaulted by Hasidic gang in New York - Advocate

Marriage equality good for New Mexico kids, experts say - Advocate

COMMENTARY

Why I never want to be just like straight people (and why you shouldn't either) - The Huffington Post

In 76 countries across the world, he could be arrested for committing no crime - Upworthy

When minority communities intersect - Washington Blade

Why conservatives should learn to love marriage equality - The Huffington Post

Why Honduran election fraud is an LGBT issue - The Huffington Post

"ELLE" takes on late-in-life lesbianism - After Ellen

ENTERTAINMENT

Meet the lesbian who won a comedy cage match - Advocate

Fox's Hasselbeck: Is LGBT equality the "death of free enterprise" in America? - Equality Matters

PHOTOS: Cyndi Lauper and friends work bring LGBT homeless youth home for the holidays - Advocate

George Takei documentary to premiere at Sundance - Advocate

Television may be embracing gay characters, but where is the LGBT intimacy? - BuzzFeed

SPORTS

BREAKING: Russia to create "protest zone" - The Rainbow Times

Gay athletes Jason Collins, Martina Navratilova urge Olympic support at the UN - The Huffington Post

 

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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.