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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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.