5 LGBT things you need to know today, April 5

1. Miami Beach police are looking for two men seen in a video attacking two gay men in a Burger King. One of the victims claims one of the men used an anti-gay slur before attacking them.

2. Vox talks to six LGBT leaders about how the community will win the next few fights.

3. “While ‘American Idol’ showcased all sorts of contestants, and was happy to call out anyone as bad, there was always a special sort of meanness reserved for auditioners that fell into the queer end of the spectrum. If you showed up in drag, if you lisped, if you were a boy winking at Simon instead of Paula, you were easy fodder for the cameras, but you weren’t going far.” Rolling Stone looks at why LGBT performers never won “American Idol.”

4. “I put nine months aside to do it, and I got a very handsome advance. Then I sent the money back.” Find out why openly gay actor Ian McKellen returned a $1.4 million advance to write his memoir.

5. VIDEO OF THE DAY: Check out trans singer and YouTube fave Ryan Cassata’s video for “Bedroom Eyes,” the lead single of his album “SHINE.”