GLAAD Link - your daily round-up of LGBT news, February 6, 2014

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NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Ban Ki-moon to Olympic Committee: "We must all raise our voices" over anti-gay attacks in Russia - PinkNews

More than 200 leading authors condemn Russia's anti-gay laws as a "chokehold" on freedom of speech - PinkNews

Russia removes children's book over propaganda fears - Gay Star News

Daily Caller uses transphobic slur against advocate Janet Mock - Equality Matters

Europe votes to protect, educate and help LGBT people - Gay Star News

UN children's rights panel calls for annulment of harmfully "vague" anti-gay laws in Russia - PinkNews

Piers Morgan misgenders Janet Mock on CNN, insults her on Twitter - Autostraddle

Vladimir Putin expected the Olympics to glorify him. Here's how LGBT issues rained on his parade - Queerty

WATCH: Jesuit series spotlights faithful lives of LGBT Catholics - The Advocate

Study finds gay couples' love similar to straight couples' love - Washington Blade

HRC to track NBC's coverage of Russia's anti-LGBT law during Olympics - LGBT Weekly

LOCAL/REGIONAL

Spencer Perry continues Prop 8 moms' tradition of advocacy - Washington Blade

Clay Aiken's would-be GOP opponent Renee Ellmers already using homophobic rhetoric against him - Towleroad

Could de Blasio do more than just boycott the St. Patrick's Day Parade? - Queerty

After one gay black Florida Judicial nominee is blocked, Obama tries again - BuzzFeed

Minnesota high school student receives death threats after coming out on Facebook - BuzzFeed

Lesbian couple denied communion at mother's funeral by Catholic priest; Carol Parker and Josie Martin "shocked" - The Huffington Post

COMMENTARY

Janet Mock returned to Piers Morgan Live: Here's what went down - Autostraddle

Matthew Ebert, here's why you and other HIV-positive people should never refer to the virus as a gift - The Huffington Post

From Russia, with messy, complicated and sometimes conditional love - Autostraddle

Canada's response to Russia's anti-LGBT propaganda law is totally awesome - BuzzFeed

ENTERTAINMENT

Mikhail Baryshnikov shows his pride with LGBT advocates - Towleroad

VIDEO: Pussy Riot gives amazing interview to Stephen Colbert about Russia's anti-gay laws - Towleroad

Russia: "Lesbian" duo t.A.T.u tipped for Olympics opening ceremony - PinkNews

Councilman slams Shakira for promoting "lesbianism" in music video with Rihanna - The Huffington Post

VIDEO: Andy Cohen performs gay couple's wedding with Jonathan Groff and Tamar Braxton as witnesses - Towleroad

SPORTS

Billie Jean King, US statement against Russia's anti-gay laws, won't be at Olympics in Sochi - Gay Star News

US warships arrive in Black Sea to keep an eye on Sochi Olympics - Towleroad

These are the 6 openly gay athletes competing at the Sochi Olympics - Towleroad

Figure skater Ashley Wagner arrives in Sochi, immediately touts support for equality - Towleroad

WATCH: Underwear models invite you to the Sochi Olympic Pride House - The Advocate

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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.