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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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.