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

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

DNC gives lesbians their very own leadership council - Autostraddle

Republican group comes out in support of marriage equality - The Huffington Post

Catholic Cardinal: "Homosexuals are not criminals" - The Advocate

UKIP Councillor: Businesses should be allowed to turn away gays and women - PinkNews

Lebanese court throws out case against transgender woman accused of "unnatural" sex - Gay Star News

Survey finds being gay-friendly is good business - Queerty

Sweden cuts aid to Uganda over anti-gay legislation - PinkNews

Studies show big advance in HIV prevention - The Huffington Post

Three marriage equality states absent from marriage brief in appeals court - BuzzFeed

Surprise! Chick-fil-A reduces donations to anti-LGBT organizations - Queerty

Bisexual Health Awareness Month to amplify urgency within the bi community - The Huffington Post

Prominent Jesuit magazine condemns anti-LGBT laws in Nigeria and Uganda - BuzzFeed

Uganda's "Jail the Gays" author says massive aid cuts "worth it" - The Advocate

LOCAL/REGIONAL

Maryland Senate approves transgender equality bill - Washington Blade

VIDEO: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper comes out for marriage equality - Towleroad

Boston Mayor appears hopeful for agreement between St. Patrick's Day organizers and gay veterans - PinkNews

Arizona voters now support marriage equality - The Huffington Post

Kansas: LGBT equality groups call to have sexual orientation added to law banning discrimination - PinkNews

Over 250 LGBT couples apply to marry in first week marriage licenses available in Cook County, Illinois - PinkNews

Wisconsin: Judge refuses to use injunction against ban on marriage equality - PinkNews

The children get their chance to speak in Utah marriage equality case - The Huffington Post

Love thy sister: How two women dating led to the end of a sorority - The Huffington Post

"License to Discriminate" bill advances in Mississippi - The Advocate

Indiana bill would deny tax benefits to LGBT couples - PinkNews

Kentucky attorney general won't defend state's ban on marriage equality - LGBT Weekly

Religious leaders send letter to Mississippi legislators asking them to reject discriminatory bill - LGBT Weekly

Texas gay couple get married after 53 years together - Gay Star News

COMMENTARY

She never was a boy - The Huffington Post

Midlife crisis or "gaylife" crisis? Looking at aging in the LGBT community - The Huffington Post

Persecuting Uganda's LGBT people must have consequences: Target the culprits not the population - The Huffington Post

Will economic inequality undermine LGBT equality? - The Huffington Post

15 books every young gay woman should read - BuzzFeed

A look back at the drag explosion of the '90s New York club scene - The Huffington Post

ENTERTAINMENT

Artist documents a year of weddings and funerals in South Africa's LGBT community - BuzzFeed

Jamie Lee Curtis to produce film about gay baseball icon - PinkNews

Archie Comics hire gay writer as First Chief Creative Officer - The Advocate

50 Cent claims Diddy is gay, thinks gay people should "just kill your self, LOL" - Queerty

SPORTS

Swimming icon Diana Nyad to compete on ABC's Dancing with the Stars - 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.