GLAAD Link - your daily round-up of LGBT news, December 18, 2013

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Obama, Biden, top US officials stay away from Sochi Olympics - BuzzFeed

Author: "Homophobia came into India, not being gay" - PinkNews

Gay military spouses share marriage video - LGBT Weekly

Whoops, airline gives customers a "H8GAYS" confirmation code - Queerty

PHOTOS: New site for gay dads shows how awesome gay families can be - Queerty

In Latin America, Chile is "making it better" for LGBT youth - The Huffington Post

Deleted Facebook photo of a gay Sikh kissing a man sparks debate on Sikhism and LGBT equality - BuzzFeed

Every middle, high school in the country gets kit to help LGBT students - Advocate

Pressure builds for IKEA to stand with LGBT Russians - The Rainbow Times

Group for Indigenous LGBT Australians forms to fight homophobia in black community - Gay Star News

Meet the people fired for being LGBT in 2013 - Advocate

After nearly blinding her dog with a hammer, homophobes say children's entertainer is next - PinkNews

London: Lecturer who compared gay teachers to the Ku Klux Klan sacked from college - PinkNews

Russia to release pro-gay, anti-Putin punk group Pussy Riot - Gay Star News

LOCAL/REGIONAL

Cold weather, funding cuts lead Pittsburgh's LGBT Community Center to launch emergency appeal - The Huffington Post

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett comes out in support of LGBT anti-discrimination bill - Towleroad

Sacramento school district to vote on trans-inclusive policy - Advocate

University of Maryland insurance may soon include cover for gender reassignment - PinkNews

WATCH: Mississippi teen bullied by classmates, teachers; files suit against school - Advocate

COMMENTARY

The importance of trans literature for children and young adults - PinkNews

100 reasons to be proud in 2013 - BuzzFeed

What it's like being trans in military academies - Advocate

A reminder to boycott the red buckets - Washington Blade

How Obamacare helps the LGBT community - LGBT Weekly

India reminds us of need to be vigilant - Washington Blade

ENTERTAINMENT

"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson says being gay is a sin - The Huffington Post

VIDEO: Meredith Viera: I have "mixed feelings" about covering Sochi Winter Olympics - The Huffington Post

Jay Leno compares Sochi Olympics to Nazi Germany - PinkNews

On the set of "Orange is the New Black" - After Ellen

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to produce LGBT comic book movie - Gay Star News

Teen health charity calls on BBC to review guidelines follow Graham Norton's AIDS ribbon row - PinkNews

Sofia Coppola to adapt gay-themed memoir "Fairyland" - Towleroad

SPORTS

Why out gay sporting stars matter - The Huffington Post

Obama appoints openly gay delegates to Sochi Olympics, including Billie Jean King - Queerty

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