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GLAAD Link - your daily round-up of LGBT news, February 21, 2014

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

New Zealand defense force rated world's most LGBT inclusive military - Gay Star News

Russia: Social network page accused of breaking anti-gay "propaganda" laws acquitted of charges - PinkNews

How Amazon's latest pilot could reshape public understanding of trans people - The Advocate

Set back for gay rights as tribunal rules pension schemes can discriminate against gay couples - PinkNews

US psychologist says British opponents of "gay cure" therapy have no scientific backing - PinkNews

German court rules gay couples cannot adopt children - PinkNews

Uganda president confirms: I will make anti-gay bill law - Gay Star News

Poll: 76% of people in Ireland support marriage equality - PinkNews

Exiled opposition leader says Museveni singing anti-gay bill is about staying in power - Gay Star News

Study finds homophobes die younger - Gay Star News

Finland marriage equality bill reaches parliament - Gay Star News

Chris Barron resigns from GOProud over CPAC invitation - Towleroad

US ranks low in first-ever global index of LGBT inclusion in armed forces - The Huffington Post

Pope Francis opens Vatican meeting with urge for flexibility in family reforms - The Huffington Post

Chile: Senate approves idea of life partnership agreement - The Huffington Post

WATCH: New GLAAD leader talks mission with Thomas Roberts - The Advocate

White House silent on judicial nominee with anti-gay record - Washington Blade

LOCAL/REGIONAL

Alabama High School un-bans LGBT couples after outcry - The Huffington Post

Virginia crafts policy for trans high school athletes - The Advocate

South Carolina legislators use budget cuts to punish colleges assigning LGBT books - The Huffington Post

"License to Discriminate" bills lose in Maine, advance in Arizona - The Advocate

Maryland Senate committee approves transgender equality bill - Washington Blade

Oregon attorney general will not defend state's ban on marriage equality in court - Gay Star News

COMMENTARY

Op-ed: Stephen Colbert showed Piers Morgan how it's done - The Advocate

As a trans person, Facebook is one of the only places I exist - The Huffington Post

Op-ed: It's time to stop with the T word - The Advocate

10 novels & memoirs by and about black LGBT women - Autostraddle

The closet, the media, and the big LGBT family - The Huffington Post

ENTERTAINMENT

This short film explores the challenges LGBT refugees face living in South Africa - BuzzFeed

Piers Morgan still, like, totally obsessed with Janet Mock (and his own false victimhood) - Autostraddle

Chris Brown sued over alleged homophobic assault - PinkNews

Elisha Cuthbert cast as lesbian lead in "One Big Happy" - After Ellen

Chris Brochu is The Vampire Diaries' first gay character - OUT

Looking writers respond to boring complaints and "minority trap" - OUT

Gay Archie Comics character to make debut as superhero - The Advocate

SPORTS

No openly transgender athletes have competed in the Olympics - The Huffington Post

Jason Collins worked out for Nets, would become NBA's first openly gay active player if signed - The Huffington Post

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