5 LGBT things you need to know today, August 1

1. “The truth is, numbers matter, and political influence matters. If we really are 2 percent versus 4 percent, it means people are going to say, ‘okay, I’m only going to care half as much.’” Gay rights groups dispute a federal survey’s estimate of the LGB community.

2. A study says that kids who read Harry Potter have improved attitudes towards LGBT people.

3. The New York Times has a story and photo gallery about a black gay church in the Bronx.

4. The Atlantic on how LGBT students are changing Christian colleges.

5. VIDEO OF THE DAY: “I don’t care if the world knows what my secrets are.” Out lesbian singer Mary Lambert (who sang the chorus on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love”) with her latest video “Secrets.”