I'm still recovering from my long business trip and the severe upper respiratory infection that has been my unwelcome companion for more than two weeks now. That said, it looks like the What You Need To Know may be changing a bit. There'll still be a round up of news items around the web three times a week, but I may not be doing regular editorials as part of the WYNTK feature, instead writing those editorials as free-standing posts which reach a broader audience. At least, that's the plan once I can breath normally again.
Here's what you need to know for Wednesday the 27th of Feburary:
- The ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives is hoping to locate any information about the men found in a series of photos that appear to portray a same-sex wedding from the late 1950s.
- Katie Couric recently did a marvelous, well received, and in depth program on trans* children.
- Like most LGBT media outlets, we ran the recent viral video of Jacob Rudolph coming out to his classmates in a public speech at his high school. Now the newly-out and high profile teen is using his notoriety to push for a ban on so-called "ex-gay" therapy in his home state.
- After yet another hospitality-fail by a hotel in the UK, the Gay European Tourism Association (GETA) has put out a short set of guidelines to help hotels and inns not be jackasses to their LGBT guests.
- Reflecting on some of the groundbreaking gay and lesbian people of color who've been elected to public office in the last twenty years.
- The Emerson College chapter of the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity have come together to raise funds for a trans* brother whose insurance denied coverage for chest reconstruction surgery.
- A Scottish LGBT activist in the UK argues that the community has developed gay-marriage tunnel vision, and is ignoring other vitally important issues to the LGBT community.
- A large coalition of major American corporations are expected to submit an amicus brief to the US Supreme Court arguing against laws banning same-sex marriage.
- In light of a new law allowing them to vote and seek office, for the first time a member of Pakistan's trans* and gender variant community will run in an election.
- Calling trans* people "delusional," Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council testified before the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in opposition to extending legal protections to trans* people in that state.
- The Washington Post ombudsman had a fabulous response to reader concerns that the paper's reporting has been overly supportive in their reporting of LGBT stories.
- A bill to legalize same-sex marriage has cleared another major hurdle in Illinois, but passage is still not a sure thing.
- Renowned anti-apartheid activist, medical doctor, and founder of South Africa's newest political party, Mamphela Ramphele has affirmed her and her party's support for LGBT equality.
- Have a look at the extensive list of Republicans who're supporting same-sex marriage.