1. Human Rights Campaign has released its annual State Equality Index, which ranks the states on LGBT issues based on 2017 legislation. Georgia was in the lowest-rated category, “High Priority to Achieve Basic Equality,” along with 26 other states, including neighbors Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
4. In the upcoming NBC show “Rise,” a character is being rewritten as straight so the show’s creator, Jason Katims, can better “connect” with him. Katims says the character is based on his real-life closeted drama teacher, who didn’t come out until later in life. Critics accuse the creator of “straight-washing” the show.
5. VIDEO OF THE DAY: “Empire” star Jussie Smollett’s “Freedom” video is an ode to black lesbian love.