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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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.