5 LGBT things you need to know today, March 19

1. A group of 195 lawmakers—all Democrats—sent a group letter urging President Obama to issue an executive order banning federal workers from engaging in LGBT discrimination.

2. Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni is partly basing his country’s anti-gay law on the mistaken belief that being gay is a choice, but Secretary of State John Kerry announced Tuesday that he has convinced Museveni to meet with US experts on the matter to prove otherwise.

3. NBC News reports on the anxiety the LGBT community in Crimea is feeling as they prepare to transition to Russian rule.

4. Good sign for Republican politicians scared of retaliation for voting for pro-gay legislation. Despite an army of anti-gay groups trying to take them down, all three Illinois Republicans who voted for marriage equality last fall won Tuesday’s primaries.

5. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed a brief in federal court Tuesday saying the state is “prepared to implement” same-sex marriage should a district court judge strike down the ban. Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for April 23.

(photo by Viktor Drakev via NBC News)