1. Nearly 250 faith leaders gathered on the steps of Texas’ capitol this week to denounce the state legislature’s proposed transgender “bathroom bills.”

2. The Russian LGBT Network just released a 30-page report of its latest findings regarding treatment of gay men in Chechnya.

3. A total of five gay men have gone missing in Toronto since 2010, all under mysterious circumstances. NewNowNext examines what investigators know.

4. Minneapolis, Minnesota, has a large population of Somali-Americans. Those who identify as LGBT have difficulty finding where they fit in, and some feel racism is rampant in the community.

5. VIDEO OF THE DAY: The band Blond Ambition released a new music video for the song “Stupid Boy / Girl,” created a statement of solidarity for the transgender community. Watch it now:

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