GLAAD Link - your daily round-up of LGBT news, February 14, 2014

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Facebook goes beyond "male" and "female" with new gender options - CNN

Polish bishops: Pope laughed at the idea of marriage equality - Gay Star News

US scientists find being gay is 40% genetic - Gay Star News

Janet's a New York Times Bestselling author - TransGriot

Hong Kong students pair up in photos for marriage equality - Gay Star News

World unites to send Putin Valentine's Day gay kiss - Gay Star News

Nigerian mob beat gays with spiked sticks, force them to flee homes - Gay Star News

WATCH: 17 transgender stories filmed by Bruce Weber - OUT

"Welcome gay couples or be damned like racists," Archbishop tells Church of England - Gay Star News

GLAAD Global Voices Program to recognize international LGBT advocates at 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards - LGBT Weekly

Denmark celebrates 25 years of gay couples' unions at Eurovision - OUT

VIDEO: LGBT equality advocates in Kenya protest Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill - Towleroad

Over 100 MPs and peers write to Uganda's President urging him to amend anti-gay bill - PinkNews

WATCH: ABC goes inside Moscow's embattled gay club - The Advocate

Yelena Goltsman, Russia LGBT advocate, on what will happen to the gay community after Sochi - The Huffington Post

Catholics urge church to evolve on LGBT equality - The Advocate

Ted Cruz introduces bill to limit federal recognition of marriage - Washington Blade

JFK's grandson Jack Schlossberg did not come out as gay - The Huffington Post

Study finds marijuana may stop the spread of HIV - Queerty

LOCAL/REGIONAL

Virginia ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional - The Advocate

Kansas Senate leader says bill condoning discrimination against gay people unlikely to pass - Towleroad

Tennessee lawmaker introduces "turn the gays away" bill allowing religion-based discrimination - Towleroad

New York and Boston mayors plan to boycott St Patrick's Day parades over ban on gay marchers  - PinkNews

Court orders Texas to recognize marriages of trans people - PinkNews

Trans student hopes to make high school softball dreams a reality - The Advocate

Indiana senate prevents voters from considering ban on marriage equality until at least 2016 - Towleroad

Nikki wins trans marriage appeal - TransGriot

Wendy Davis backs marriage equality - The Huffington Post

No church trial for Methodist minister - The Advocate

VIDEO: Rajee Narinesingh, victim of fake doctor, gets relief for her "cement face" - The Huffington Post

Wyoming House rejects marriage equality bill in 41-17 vote - Towleroad

Texas tattoo parlor offers $20 "My Little Pony" tattoos to raise money for suicidal bullied 11-year-old - Towleroad

Alabama man whose spouse was killed in wreck is suing to overturn state's anti-equality marriage laws - Gay Star News

Bill introduced in Wisconsin legislature to repeal state's ban on marriage equality - Gay Star News

COMMENTARY

How an extreme anti-gay law could hurt straight couples - The Huffington Post

You need to read "The Sochi Project" right now - Autostraddle

How "The Color Purple" taught me self-love - Elixher

18 true stories about interracial hook-ups, dating, and relationships - BuzzFeed

Why the first openly gay American Idol contestant matters - OUT

8 lesbian chic looks from NYFW 2014 - After Ellen

Get ready for Valentine's Day: 10 ideas for single people - Queerty

These are the 8 types of gay guys you'll date in your twenties - BuzzFeed

Michael Sam, race, being LGBT, and commodities - The Huffington Post

ENTERTAINMENT

EastEnders star speaks out on gay storyline, reaction - Gay Star News

Bonnie McKee opens up about being bisexual - The Huffington Post

The 20 most eligible TV characters - OUT

Valentine's Day ad gives sweet salute to gay military members - The Huffington Post

Crowdfunding underway for Katherine Heigl's new lesbian movie "Jenny's Wedding" - After Ellen

SPORTS

Russia blocked an Olympian's website for "gay propaganda" after seeing this picture - PinkNews

America is ready for openly gay athletes, poll shows - The Huffington Post

Esera Tuaolo, gay NFL veteran, on what Michael Sam's coming out means to professional football - The Huffington Post

MSU's Rufus Warren: Football "is a man sport and being gay is not a man" - Towleroad

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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.