Here's what you need to know for 3/11/13:
- Writer Nico Lang has a heartfelt and interesting take on good people who are also bigots.
- You really must check out this incredible list of "gayest buildings in America," especially if you have an interest in queer/LGBT history.
- Jeremy Hooper has crafted a cutting response to a recent New York Times piece on Focus on the Family which implied the organization was softening their bigoted beliefs and practices.
- The Reverend Louis Farrakhan is advocating that Belize, one of only two South American nations that still criminalizes homosexuality, keep their hateful law despite pressure to revise or eliminate it.
- After the government included two ex-gay groups and failed to schedule regular meetings, LGBT rights groups in Hong Kong are withdrawing from a government forum intended to improve the lives of LGBT.
- A judge in Iowa has decided in favor of a trans* woman who was forced to leave the women's room at a courthouse by a deputy who was knowingly defying the law.
- As more details emerge, it looks like the person accused of the brutal murder of Marco McMillian will be falling back on a modified "gay panic" defense.
- Nebraska will soon be looking at the issues of employment protections for gay people, adoption by unmarried people, and foster parenting by unmarried, same-sex, and trans* people.
- The Illinois GOP will not pursue firing the state chair due to his support for marriage equality amidst fears that doing so could alienate more moderate potential voters.
- A new study finds that almost thirty precent of LGBT immigrants in the US are undocumented.
- District officials are reportedly unwilling to participate in mediation with the family of a six year old trans* girl who has been denied the use of the girls' restroom.
- A toxin found in bee venom may lead to new HIV prevention and even possibly treatment methods.
- Finally, actress Valerie Harper, who sadly is dying of terminal brain cancer, describes one of her favorite moments as an actress: being one of the first people to say "gay" on TV:
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