5 LGBT things you need to know today, July 18

1. A Detroit man was charged Sunday in connection with a viral video that showed him pointing a gun and shouting anti-gay slurs at a man in a convenience store.

2. The United Methodist Church elected an openly gay bishop for the first time.

3. “It’s been a bad couple of weeks. We’re just out spreading a little bit of happiness and joy.” The Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte serenaded random shoppers at a mall on Saturday afternoon.

4. Nickelodeon has introduced its first ever gay married couple in the popular animated series “The Loud House.”

5. VIDEO OF THE DAY: Writer-director Devon Kirkpatrick talks about the importance of gender nonconforming film protagonists in the Queerty web series “Going Places.”