GLAAD Link - your daily round-up of LGBT news, May 8, 2014

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

HHS expected to lift Medicaid's blanket ban on gender-affirming surgery - Feministing

Churches to unite with "one love" message against homophobia - PinkNews

New alliance to fight for marriage equality in Taiwan - Gay Star News

Transgender seatbelt safety campaign goes viral in India - Gay Star News

Two Ugandans are about to become the first people ever tried under the country's anti-LGBT laws - BuzzFeed

How a Los Angeles labor union sparked a boycott of the Sultan of Brunei's hotels - BuzzFeed

Cuban advocates not invited to international LGBT conference - Washington Blade

HRC study shows majority of LGBT workers closeted on the job - The Rainbow Times

Open trans military service "inevitable," advocates say - Washington Blade

USDA plans outreach campaign, rule change aimed at rural LGBT Americans - BuzzFeed

Wall Street's Pride Parade - OUT

Brunei's sharia law will be rewarded by Obama's fast-track trade deal - The Huffington Post

UK: Lesbian wins landmark baby battle with ex-partner - PinkNews

Meet the couple behind the military proposal that won the internet's heart - BuzzFeed

LOCAL/REGIONAL

Alabama Chief Justice says marriage equality is about destroying God's institutions - Gay Star News

Rep. Henry Waxman to receive Lambda Legal's highest honor - The Advocate

Iowa paper fires editor for blog post accusing "gaystapo" of "rewriting the Bible" - Towleroad

North Carolina candidate to sign gay couples' marriage licenses, despite law - The Huffington Post

Battery charges dropped against California trans student - The Advocate

Boston Pride announces multi-year partnership with TD bank - The Rainbow Times

Iowa HIV decriminalization bill passes - Washington Blade

Bailey House gets $1.4M federal grant for STARS - New York Nonprofit Press

COMMENTARY

The first steps to trans liberation are . . . - TransGriot

Matthew Vines, "God and the Gay Christian" author, on his decision to refrain from sex until marriage - The Huffington Post

VIDEO: A lesbian rapper's adorable tribute to her gay uncle - The Huffington Post

Five ways to be safer while hooking up online - Queerty

WATCH: Janet Mock joins bell hooks to talk "Are You Still A Slave?" - Elixher

ENTERTAINMENT

Nintendo attempts to explain why it will not allow gay characters - Gay Star News

BREAKING: Orange is the New Black's Lea DeLaria withdraws from MichFest - The Advocate

HGTV scraps plans for reality TV series starring anti-gay activist - The Advocate

WATCH: Lesbian character could be coming to Gotham - The Advocate

SPORTS

Michael Sam and draft day: what you should know - The Advocate

A sport still resilient in its homophobia - The Advocate

Interview: Jaiyah Saelua - the world's first professional transgender footballer - PinkNews

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