5 LGBT things you need to know today, Aug. 2

1. It’s official: the Department of Defense confirmed that White House officials reached out to begin drafting guidance that would ban transgender Americans from serving in the military.

2. Janet Mock writes for Allure about her experience being on a nationally syndicated radio show, the hosts of which openly mocked transwomen just a few days later.

3. Hollis Bulleit, the lesbian heir to the Bulleit Bourbon name, talks with PinkNews about being ousted from the company because of her sexuality, and the family problems that ensued.

4. Out singer Melissa Etheridge sat down with a Boise, Idaho, newspaper before her show in the city to talk about — what else? Sexuality, politics and rock ‘n’ roll.

5. VIDEO OF THE DAY: Meet Chloe Anderson, the transgender volleyball player taking the court for the University of California-Santa Cruz. In this video from the Olympic Channel, Anderson heads to the university to meet her teammates for the first time.

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