GLAAD Link - your daily round-up of LGBT news, December 20, 2013

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Uganda lawmakers approve anti-gay bill that imposes life sentences on gay people - Washington Blade

HRC and NAACP to A+E: Apology needed for "Duck Dynasty" star's racist, homophobic rant - LGBT Weekly

BT blocks access to LGBT, sexual health websites - Gay Star News

Nigerian law outlawing LGBT advocacy and criminalizing marriage equality clears final test in senate - BuzzFeed

India's law minister: Government is attempting to reverse ruling that reinstated ban on intimacy for gay couples - PinkNews

Defense bill contains LGBT-related provisions - Washington Blade

India's Transgender Queen Contest - The Huffington Post

Human Rights Campaign gives $100K to Russia LGBT equality movement - BuzzFeed

Russia finds gay advocate guilty after he was attacked, arrested by his own parents - Gay Star News

Scottish Parliamentary committee rejects attempts to waterdown marriage equality bill - PinkNews

Apple CEO Tim Cook: "Today we have an opportunity to eliminate discrimination of the LGBT community" - PinkNews

Study: Life expectancy of HIV-positive gay men similar to that of general population - Queerty

New studies unlock mystery of how HIV causes AIDS - The Huffington Post

PHOTOS: What it's like in the gay bar at Ground Zero of the Russian Olympics - Queerty

Gay national AIDS director to depart White House - Washington Blade

Since it can't seem to win a marriage battle, NOM makes "Duck Dynasty" its new crusade - Towleroad

LOCAL/REGIONAL

New Mexico Supreme Court rules marriage equality is constitutional - The Huffington Post

Indiana marriage equality supporters rallying to defeat constitutional ban - The Huffington Post

Louisiana Governor defends reality TV personality who compared LGBT people's identity to bestiality - PinkNews

Ohio bill would allow LGBT couples to file joint tax returns - PinkNews

LGBT-affirming Christmas services - Washington Blade

With new poll, Ohio group continues push for 2014 marriage equality amendment - BuzzFeed

COMMENTARY

Parenting LGBT youth: They are not made out of glass--they will not break--and they are not broken - The Huffington Post

Op-ed: Pope Francis has not made good on transgender equality - Advocate

Op-ed: Why LGBT millennials should care about adoption - Advocate

Op-ed: How I figured out my own gender by first grade - Advocate

"I would've married her in a heartbeat": Astronaut Sally Ride as seen through her partner's eyes - BuzzFeed

ENTERTAINMENT

Fox's Geraldo Rivera: "C***sucking f** isn't a homophobic slur" - Equality Matters

Why is Fox's Hannity promoting a group that got caught lying about transgender kids? - Equality Matters

The LGBT cover women of 2013 - After Ellen

22 kickass LGBT women who came out in 2013 - Autostraddle

Phil Robertson's homophobic past resurfaces in 2010 sermon - The Huffington Post

The most 11 swoon-worthy lesbian/bi TV moments of 2013 - After Ellen

SPORTS

Tennis legend Billie Jean King to gay Russians: "You are not alone" - PinkNews

Robbie Rogers: Other gay footballers are too terrified to come out - Gay Star News

White House downplays political significance of LGBT Olympic delegates - Advocate

Olympic figure skater in US Sochi delegation comes out as gay - PinkNews

Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety expects athlete shows of LGBT support in Sochi - BuzzFeed

An NBA star came out as gay and President Obama called him. Others experience kind of the opposite - Upworthy

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