5 LGBT things you need to know today, April 17

1. “[Those on the left] don’t focus their energy on anything but the attempt to gather more power here in this country by using this issue of same-sex marriage as a tool.” Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt asked 2016 presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Ted Cruz if they would attend a same-sex wedding—Santorum said no and Cruz dodged.

2. “I would go to the well-known New York City lesbian bar the Cubbyhole, but mainly because I’m kind of an avid tourist, and I’m just really curious to see what it’s like inside.” Speaking of, check out the funny New Yorker editorial “Gay events that I, Marco Rubio, would go to.”

3, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s approval ratings have sunk following the state’s “religious freedom” bill fiasco.

4. Transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox poses nude.

5. VIDEO OF THE DAY: Anti-LGBT hate group Family Research Council released a video claiming that the legalization of same-sex marriage will destroy religious freedom.