5 LGBT things you need to know today, April 25

1. All eyes are on North Carolina today as the state’s 2016 legislative begins. The Charlotte Observer takes a look at how no one has more at stake than Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed the anti-LGBT House Bill 2 into law after a special session of the legislature in March.

2. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday that they will not hear the case of a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The decision effectively upholds a lower court ruling against the baker.

3. We’ve got to stand side by side with all our neighbors — straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender; Muslim, Jew, Christian, Hindu immigrant, Native American — because the march for civil rights isn’t just about African Americans, it’s about all Americans.” First Lady Michelle Obama criticized Mississippi’s anti-LGBT law Saturday during a commencement speech at Jackson State University, noting that the bill is a sign of “how swiftly progress can hurdle backwards.”

4. “The cashier was just loudly stating her opinion on her disdain for gay people. Eventually I spoke up because I couldn’t take it anymore.” A lesbian in New Orleans says a clerk at a Family Dollar store refused to serve her.

5. Ted Cruz released a horrifically anti-transgender ad following Donald Trump’s statements against bathroom bills.