GLAAD Link - your daily round-up of LGBT news, December 30, 2013

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Homeless trans woman Andrea Quintero's funeral held by Jesuits at "Church of Francis" in Rome - The Huffington Post

Venezuelan government urged to offer asylum to gay Ugandans - Gay Star News

Facebook just banned 106 users for posting this "offensive" photo of two men kissing - Queerty

Cuba implements protections for workers based on orientation - Towleroad

Boy Scouts of America prepared to open ranks for gay members come 2014 - Gay Star News

NY Times op-ed looks at life under Russia's "gay propaganda" ban - Towleroad

Pope Francis' representative to Uganda concerned by new anti-gay law - Gay Star News

Gambian president calls LGBT people a "social cancer" in Christmas message - Gay Star News

Coca-Cola publishes photos of LGBT equality advocates against its Sochi 2014 sponsorship - PinkNews

Spain colludes with Russia to ban LGBT people from adopting Russian children - Towleroad

Thai advocates announce plans for LGBT political party - Gay Star News

Anti-gay bishop says he was just following Pope's orders - Advocate

Why does the Irish version of this Coca-Cola advert omit a gay couple? - PinkNews

VIDEO: AMC Theaters hosts screening of film by Focus on the Family - Towleroad

Irish government minister comments on equal marriage by saying "we have had enough of this s**t" - PinkNews

LOCAL/REGIONAL

Missing trans teen in Hawaii has been found - TransGriot

LGBT couples shatter marriage records in Utah - The Huffington Post

VIDEO: Southern California high schooler honored by GLSEN, steps up as LGBT leader - Towleroad

Houston's lesbian mayor rumored to wed partner of 23 years - Gay Star News

VIDEO:Utah to spend $2 million defending gay marriage ban - Towelroad

Florida Democrats hope to push forward with LGBT equalit bills in 2014 - PinkNews

Eugene Woodworth dies days after defying Oregon's ban and marrying his partner of 60 years - Queerty

COMMENTARY

The fifteen most inspiring LGBT stories of 2013 - PinkNews

Indiana GOP: While banning LGBT relationships, why not enact white supremacy, too? - The Huffington Post

The 35 most powerful kisses of 2013 show how love trumped all else - The Huffington Post

Real winners of marriage equality? Kids - The Huffington Post

Re: Duck Dynasty: Hollywood, go screw yourself - The Huffington Post

Best gay photography - Advocate

LGBT misinformer of the year: The Pacific Justice Institute - Equality Matters

What's wrong with what Phil Robertson Said? - The Huffington Post

Out of rage: Ani DiFranco's not-so-righteous retreat - Autostraddle

ENTERTAINMENT

Sarah Palin's friend "who happens to be gay" emerges in Duck Dynasty debate - The Huffington Post

Sarah Palin admits she defended Phil Robertson's anti-gay remarks before even reading them - The Huffington Post

Emmerdale cuts transphobic scene after trans actress complains - PinkNews

17 reasons to bring back "The L Word" and 5 reasons to just let it go - BuzzFeed

Freddie Smith hopes audiences will accept new version of popular gay couple on Days of Our Lives - Gay Star News

Is Laverne Cox becoming an icon? - Towleroad

GLAAD: A&E choosing profits over African American and gay people - Towleroad

Moscow official shuts down screening of Pussy Riot documentary - Towleroad

Autostraddle's favorite LGBT TV characters of 2013 - Autostraddle

"The Vampire Diaries" to introduce a gay character in current season - The Huffington Post

Good morning Gaymerica: Robin Roberts is gay, has a girlfriend - Autostraddle

Free CeCe! Documentary being filmed - TransGriot

SPORTS

Super Bowl MVP winner Aaron Rodgers allegedly outed by rumored boyfriend - Queerty

England Women's football captain: "I'd like to see a day when male players aren't afraid to come out" - PinkNews

Canada prepares for things to go wrong in Sochi - Advocate

NBA legend's son is an openly gay DJ - Out

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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.