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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