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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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.