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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Missouri's Governor wants marriage ban repealed - The Advocate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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