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GLAAD Link - your daily round-up of LGBT news, December 16, 2013

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Mother of dead gay man to sue US government over illegal deportation - LGBT Weekly

Senate Republicans introduce "License to Discriminate" bill - Advocate

Israel's first memorial to gay Holocaust victims unveiled - Gay Star News

Hagel: Full national guard to recognize gay couples - Advocate

India's Human Rights Commission calls government to remove ban on gay couples - PinkNews

HHS to reevaluate ban on gender-confirming surgeries - Advocate

Do your taxes pay for anti-LGBT policies in schools? - Advocate

Seriously ill lesbian asylum seeker deported by UK to Uganda - Gay Star News

Log Cabin urges RNC's Dave Agema to resign - Washington Blade

Poll: Majority of Americans support trans-inclusive ENDA - Advocate

Education secretary orders equal treatment of gay couples in federal college loan applications - Towleroad

Many hurdles ahead for transgender equality movement - The Huffington Post

Queers for Economic Justice closing due to lack of long-term funding - Towleroad

Lesbian couple first to marry in Mexican state - Advocate

95 incredible images of the world raging against India's ban on gay couples - BuzzFeed

US customs and border protection expands filing of joint customs declarations to include gay couples - Towleroad

Trans police officer loses discrimination case against force - PinkNews

Stop gay marriage in Scotland or lose your seat, politicians warned - Gay Star News

Namibian political leader stands up for LGBT equality - Gay Star News

Maltese trans woman honored for government challenge on marriage law - PinkNews

UNAIDS calls on India and all countries to legalize gay intimacy - Gay Star News

Owner of Moscow's largest gay club writes to Putin after latest attack - Gay Star News

Apple, Abercrombie, and Nike are too gay for Christmas, say Faith Driven Consumer group - Gay Star News

Norway's national Lutheran Church moves closer to religious weddings for gay couples - Gay Star News

LOCAL/REGIONAL

Catholic school fires gay teacher, drawing protest - The Huffington Post

Reverend who officiated at gay son's wedding may be defrocked - PinkNews

HRC's Corporate Equality Index shows Southern companies evolving on equality - The Huffington Post

New Jersey Senate approves bill allowing trans people to obtain new birth certificates - PinkNews

Oklahoma gay couple still waiting for hearing date nine years after challenging ban on marriage equality - Towleroad

Gay couples in Minnesota flock to Polk County to get married - Towleroad

Dog beaten with hammer in homophobic attack - Gay Star News

COMMENTARY

Gay iconography: Did "Just Jack" do more harm than good? - Towleroad

When love prevails: Latino families at the center of immigrant and LGBT equality - The Huffington Post

Why coming out as gay is still a hurdle for high school coaches - The Huffington Post

Gay man's poignant holiday letter to his grandfather on acceptance, faith and love - The Huffington Post

Leave it to a religious leader (yup!) to make a totally perfect argument for LGBT equality - Upworthy

Sunday Fun: Who enjoys "traditional" marriage? - Sociological images

ENTERTAINMENT

X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger defends James Arthur following homophobia controversy - PinkNews

Russian dolls of Elton John, Graham Norton, and Tom Daley auctioned for LGBT charity - PinkNews

"Project Runway" designer explains why he came out publicly as HIV-positive - Queerty

Top ten questions for Beyonce re: "Beyonce" - Autostraddle

BBC: Presenters can promote National Christmas Jumper Day & Movember but not World AIDS Day - PinkNews

Kickstart-ing gay film projects - The Rainbow Times

SPORTS

Top French officials won't attend Sochi Olympics - Out

Olympic champion Greg Louganis calls for protest of Russia's ant-gay laws - Towleroad

VIDEO: Vancouver's gay deputy mayor Tim Stevenson to visit Sochi Olympics via private fundraiser - Towleroad

Human rights org urges Obama to include LGBT Americans in official Olympics delegation - Towleroad

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