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GLAAD Link - your daily round-up of LGBT news, December 17, 2013

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Pope Francis removes anti-equal marriage cardinal from Vatican Committee - PinkNews

Brazilian Senator calling for TBLG discrimination bill vote - TransGriot

Russian toy store accused of gay "propaganda" - Gay Star News

European Parliamentary comittee adopts roadmap against homophobia and transphobia - PinkNews

More than 20 Uganda teen girls expelled for "lesbianism" - Gay Star News

Marks and Spencer announces all toys will be made gender neutral in 2014 - PinkNews

Distinc.tt, gay social app for ages 12 and up, approved by Apple - The Huffington Post

Social Security to process survivor benefits for gay couples - Washington Blade

Russian LGBT advocates stage gay kiss-in at IKEA - Out

Transgender asylum seekers face deportation "revolving door" - The Huffington Post

VIDEO: With Mandela gone, gays in South Africa worry about potential rollback of rights - Towleroad

"Only Wish," GLAAD holiday card initiative, pressures governors to support marriage equality - The Huffington Post

Ethiopia's war on the LGBT community - Newsweek

Federal agencies issuing post-DOMA regulations - The Rainbow Times

Pro-marriage equality Michelle Bachelet wins Chilean presidential election - Gay Star News

Sikh religion issues global edict against marriage equality in its temples - Gay Star News

LOCAL/REGIONAL

New Jersey senate withdraws marriage equality bill - Towleroad

What The Media Needs To Know About The Utah Polygamy Decision - Equality Matters

Marriage comes early in Illinois for LGBT couples with literally no time to wait - Gay Star News

LGBT Youth Conference prepares hundreds to change their schools - LGBT Weekly

Show of solidarity for gay Davidson College student prohibited from flying rainbow pride flag - The Huffington Post

COMMENTARY

The Advocate's Person of the Year: Pope Francis - Advocate

9 Catholics who need to listen to the Pope - Advocate

What I'd like to give the Black trans community for Christmas 2013 - TransGriot

The most powerful quotes from LGBT icons and allies in 2013 - BuzzFeed

From "perverts" to patients: Trans health has come a long way - The Huffington Post

How indifference is (one) sign of LGBT progress - The Huffington Post

ENTERTAINMENT

Laverne Cox and Jac Gares on their new documentary, FREE Cece - Persephone Magazine

VIDEO: CNN allows hate group leader Tony Perkins to link polygamy and marriage equality - Towleroad

First Look: "The Normal Heart" isn't just "a movie about AIDS" - Queerty

James Arthur: I have felt "deep, deep shame" for using homophobic lyrics - PinkNews

In a decade or two, I bet most people will feel the same way that guy from "The Hunger Games" does - Upworthy

Melissa Etheridge: I would go to Sochi "with bells on" - Washington Blade

Alan Cumming of TV's The Good Wife says bisexual people like him get a bad rap - Gay Star News

SPORTS

Will US delegation to Russian Olympics include LGBT leaders? - Washington Blade

Vice President of the European Commission to boycott Sochi Winter Olympics - PinkNews

VIDEO: Thomas Roberts on world leaders attending or not attending the Sochi Olympics - Towleroad

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