GLAAD Link - your daily round-up of LGBT news, December 12, 2013

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

In State of the Nation address, Putin defends anti-gay law - The Huffington Post

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's lesbian commissioner confirmed for 2nd term - Washington Blade

The Family Equality Council serves up resource to answer LGBT parents' questions - Advocate

Gay asylum seekers locked up in Papua New Guinea threatened with jail - Gay Star News

Australia high court strikes down marriage equality - Washington Blade

Russian LGBT advocate in UK removed from "fast-track" deportation after online outcry - Towleroad

European parliament finalizes seven year fund for LGBT projects and organizations - PinkNews

"Friendfactor Workplace Ally Challenge" to launch January 2014 with blue chip participation - LGBT Weekly

First marriage announcement from an LGBT couple at the Coast Gaurd Academy - BuzzFeed

Edie Windsor recognized on Time's Person of the Year short list - Autostraddle

Ignazio Marino, Mayor of Rome, talks marriage equality on HuffPost Live - The Huffington Post

PHOTOS: New social media campaign highlights LGBT refugees and the challenges they face - Towleroad

Advocates protest anti-gay ruling at Indian embassy - Washington Blade

LOCAL/REGIONAL

Federal judge sets hearing for Texas marriage equality case - The Huffington Post

Ashley Sinclair's alleged killer arrested - TransGriot

In Ohio, advocates see a long haul for marriage equality - BuzzFeed

VIDEO: Two men attacked in brutal anti-gay hate crime at Oregon Hot Springs - Towleroad

COMMENTARY

Four immigration advocates and undocumented LGBT women to watch out for - Autostraddle

Wow, a super simple set of steps to stop cyberbullying form happening to your kid - Upworthy

The backwardness of ENDA opposition - The Huffington Post

PHOTOS: 6 couples Australia's high court says aren't married anymore - Advocate

Human Rights Day - a day to do something - The Huffington Post

ENTERTAINMENT

"Orange is the New Black": Golden Globes snub? - The Huffington Post

WATCH: How does America react in the face of homophobia? - Queerty

Elton John explains why he went to Russia and spoke out for gay people, urges others to do the same - Towleroad

Indian ban on gay relationships condemned by Bollywood stars - PinkNews

WATCH: Straight German celebrities lock lips to promote LGBT acceptance - Queerty

The LGBT quotient at the SAG Awards - Advocate

Two and A Half Men's portrayal of a trans woman is (shocker!) not respectful - Autostraddle

SPORTS

Martina Navratilova: The Olympic Committee is "putting their head in the sand" on LGBT rights - PinkNews

What does it mean to be gay in athletics? - 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.