5 LGBT things you need to know today, Feb. 23

1.The Charlotte, N.C., City Council voted 7-4 on Feb.22 to add sexual orientation and gender identity to its anti-discrimination ordinance, a year after a similar measure failed.

2.Actor and playwright Aaron Ricciardi got more than he bargained for during a recent trip to see The Color Purple on Broadway: a side of homophobia. 

3.The BET.com original documentary “Holler if You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church,” directed and written by Clay Cane, will be screened at the White House on February 24. The Vision Church of Atlanta and Lost-N-Found Youth are front and center in the documentary.

4.Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal explains why Republican obstructionism in the appointment of a new Supreme Court Justice may benefit progressives.

5. VIDEO OF THE DAY: HBO drops a new trailer for “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” starring 6 time Tony winner Audra McDonald.