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GLAAD Link - your daily round-up of LGBT news, February 5, 2014

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

"This country is rampant with homophobia", the Irish politician deserves a standing ovation - PinkNews

This short film shows just how terrifying life is for LGBT people in Russia - BuzzFeed

Janet Mock calls out CNN's Piers Morgan for sensationalizing her story - Elixher

Scotland passes marriage equality & historic transgender law & there was a rainbow! - Feministing

Gay minister of Norway to take husband to Sochi - Gay Star News

French President condemned for shelving lesbian IVF rights - PinkNews

20 breathtaking photographs from the largest pride march in Mumbai's history - BuzzFeed

Harry Reid clears way for Obama to sign ENDA executive order - The Huffington Post

"Understand the T in LGBT" aims to help transgender employees in the workplace - The Huffington Post

Attorney General: LGBT equality among "defining civil rights challenges of our time" - The Advocate

LOCAL/REGIONAL

VIDEO: Clay Aiken announces run for congress in North Carolina - Towleroad

Maryland Senate committee holds hearing on transgender equality bill - Washington Blade

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio refuses to attend St. Patrick's Day parade because gay people can't march in it - Gay Star News

Utah proposal dictates transgender bathroom use - The Huffington Post

High school bully apologizes after seeing gay victim's wedding proposal video online - BuzzFeed

Expect a ruling soon in the case that might settle marriage equality for good - Queerty

VIDEO: North Carolina boy attempted suicide after being bullied for watching "My Little Pony" - Towleroad

COMMENTARY

Not Oprah's Book club: Redefining realness - Feministing

Facebook ten years later: Spreading pride through DIY rainbows - OUT

Top 10 special weirdo things I've done since my very first break up - Autostraddle

ENTERTAINMENT

Jared Leto accused by heckler of "trans misogyny" - Gay Star News

Radical Something's "Pure" directed by Shannen Doherty tells a sweet lesbian love story - After Ellen

ABC's Bachelor says GLAAD changed his views on LGBT people - The Advocate

Artist shows "what happens when homosexuality meets poverty" - The Huffington Post

Orthodox Rabbi on Fox News: "Bashing gay people is not religion" - Equality Matters

SPORTS

Gay Olympian won't speak out, but will protest anti-gay laws in Russia - Gay Star News

NFL player Jonathan Vilma worried a gay teammate would check him out in the shower - Gay Star News

Will the Sochi Games be safe for LGBT visitors and advocates? - BuzzFeed

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