GLAAD Link - your daily round-up of LGBT news, February 18, 2014

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Uganda president to sign anti-gay bill into law - Washington Blade

Church of England to offer marriage prayers for gay couples but gay clergy banned from marrying - PinkNews

Advocates in Beijing send Russian LGBTs and Vladimir Putin a Valentine's Day message - Gay Star News

Edie Windsor meets with Obama in the Oval Office - BuzzFeed

National Security Advisor Susan Rice urged Ugandan president not to sign anti-gay law - Towleroad

Chelsea Clinton calls LGBT equality the "unfinished business" of 21st century - Gay Star News

Obama to Uganda's president: Don't sign antigay law - The Advocate

Europe's first trans parliamentarian arrested at Olympics for gay sign - OUT

We just had our winningest week ever for marriage equality - Queerty

How to tell if someone is gay? By looking at their earwax, these scientists claim - PinkNews

Study: anti-gay communities lead to early LGB death - The Advocate

Romney needs time to determine impact of marriage equality - Washington Blade

Ugandan government spokesman says "we don't need your aid" to US over gay issue - Gay Star News

Transgender woman sues Ecuador for refusing to recognize her gender - Gay Star News

Pussy Riot members detained in Sochi - The Huffington Post

LOCAL/REGIONAL

Kansas bill allowing religion-based discrimination against gays is blocked - Towleroad

Homophobic mother's response to kid's birthday invite a hoax - Gay Star News

VIDEO: Rachel Maddow reports on the rolling tide of court rulings against bans on marriage equality - Towleroad

North Carolina gay couples register marriages with state - The Advocate

Senator Ted Cruz introduces bill to bring back DOMA - Queerty

Missouri's Governor wants marriage ban repealed - The Advocate

Search for missing gay college student Ryan Uhre hindered by "anti-gay" media coverage - Queerty

Episcopal Bishops rebuke Kansas anti-gay House bill 2453 with religious righteousness - The Huffington Post

Texas appeals court rules in favor of trans widow - The Advocate

Restarting years-long process, Indiana senate passes amended marriage ban - BuzzFeed

Washington to convert domestic partnerships to marriage - The Advocate

VIDEO: Florida school decides against expelling student who defended gay student from attacker - Towleroad

Former Florida state rep Ana Rivas Logan leaving Republican party over its "extremist" positions - Towleroad

COMMENTARY

A tale of two Ellens - Autostraddle

What else is new? What male gets away with murdering black child in Florida - TransGriot

The Feministing Five: Janet Mock - Feministing

Patriarchy's skeleton: What Avery Edison's case reveals about borders and prisons - Feminsting

How LGBT organizations can be better transgender advocates - The Huffington Post

Christians are a cause of LGBT oppression so we have to be a part of the liberation - The Huffington Post

ENTERTAINMENT

Ellen Page is gay: Ellen Page comes out, makes best Valentine's Day ever - Autostraddle

"Orange is the New Black" releases season two teaser and premiere date - Autostraddle

Rosie O'Donnell reveals Cosmopolitan stopped her from coming out as gay in 1992 article - The Huffington Post

Katherine Hiegl's bride? Alexis Bledel in lesbian indie film - The Advocate

In applauding Ellen Page's coming out, novelist Anne Rice takes on Facebook "hate speech" - Gay Star News

Rihanna instagrams "Principle 6" beanie in support of LGBT Russians - The Huffington Post

Iran's pop queen Googoosh features lesbian couple in groundbreaking music video - Gay Star News

VIDEO: Fox News mocks Facebook's expanded gender options - Towleroad

Adam Lambert voted most eligible gay bachelor on the planet - Gay Star News

VIDEO: "The New Black" looks at how the African-American community grapples with LGBT equality - Towleroad

An exclusive first kvetch with the "transparent" cast - The Huffington Post

Actress Michelle Rodriquez and supermodel Cara Delevingne confirm they are dating - PinkNews

SPORTS

Mizzou students give standing ovation to Michael Sam, block a Westboro Baptist Church protest - BuzzFeed

Billie Jean King to attend Sochi closing ceremonies - Towleroad

Michael Sam's father backtracks from his comments to the New York Times - Gay Star News

NFL investigation finds extreme homophobic bullying in Miami Dolphins locker room - Queerty

Gay at the games: Silver medalist says Sochi was a poor choice - The Advocate

Poll: 86% of NFL players are "OK" with gay teammate, 30% refuse to shower with him - Queerty

Brittney Griner named Phoenix pride parade grand marshal - Elixher

Out bisexual Ireen Wust wins a third medal at the Sochi Winter Games - Gay Star News

College athletes are leading the way for the first pro star to come out - Queerty

England football captain: I won't go to the Qatar World Cup, where gay people are not accepted - PinkNews

Russia could be banned from hosting Olympics against over anti-gay laws - Gay Star News

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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.