1. Under a settlement agreement filed yesterday in North Carolina, transgender people would be permitted to use public restrooms corresponding with their gender identity in the Tarheel State. The consent decree, proposed by the ACLU, Governor Roy Cooper and several trans people who sued the state, must be signed by the judge in the case before the proposal takes effect.
2. Today’s the day for your purple-hued clothing to come out of the closet. GLAAD’s “Spirit Day” was created to show solidarity with LGBT youth against homophobic and transphobic bullying. The nonprofit suggests all allies wear purple to make this the most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world.
3. According to new figures released by the UK’s Office of National Statistics, married lesbian couples are more than twice as likely to get divorced as married gay men in England and Wales. Of 112 same-sex-couples that divorced in 2016, 87 were lesbian, while gay men only accounted for 25 of the uncouplings.
4. “Star Trek: Discovery” made TV history this week when it revealed that Lt. Paul Stamets (out actor Anthony Rapp) and Dr. Hugh Culber (out actor Wilson Cruz) are not only gay, but a couple, making it the first committed gay relationship in the sci-fi franchise’s history. Wilson Cruz posted on Instagram that he “may have been moved to tears.” Gay actor George Takei, who played Sulu in the original “Star Trek,” tweeted about the “beautiful moment” and thanked “Star Trek: Discovery” for “going where no ‘Star Trek’ show has gone before.”
5. VIDEO OF THE DAY: This video of L.A. alternative band Satellite Citi’s new single “Undead” shows the struggles of a queer teen who is harassed by their peers and kicked out their home. The full album drops Jan. 18.