GLAAD Link, your daily round-up of LGBT news - September 25, 2013

 

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Vatican Defrocks and Excommunicates Australian Priest Over Support for Gays and Women – Towleroad

Anti-Gay Activists In Russia Oppose Sir Elton John’s Upcoming Performance – BuzzFeed

Senate Unanimously Confirms Todd Hughes, First Openly Gay Federal Appeals Court Judge in U.S. History – Towleroad

Russian Pol Says Gays Rape Children, Fake Hate Crimes – The Advocate

Russian parents group asks Putin to cancel Elton John concert – Chicago Tribune

Melbourne Priest Greg Reynolds Defrocked And Excommunicated By The Vatican – International Business Times

Oh, Canada! Transgender Archives and Research Center Arises – Huffington Post

REGIONAL/LOCAL

Pa. School Board: Trans Student Can't Run for Homecoming King – The Advocate

COMMENTARY

The Next Big Thing: Religious Exemptions to LGBT-Inclusive Equality Laws – Towleroad

ENTERTAINMENT

Gay rights protester disrupts Met Opera gala – The Sacramento Bee

Roma Downey of 'The Bible': "He’s going to be a pope of hope" - CNN

SPORTS

D.C. Area sports teams adopt gay-inclusive policies – Washington Blade

 

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