1. In a shockingly candid interview with Vulture, legendary music producer Quincy Jones, 85, said that one of his favorite modern pop musicians is Sam Smith, whom he applauded because “he’s so open about being gay. I love it.” Jones also said that late Hollywood icon Marlon Brando would “fuck anything. Anything! He’d fuck a mailbox. [Gay writer and civil rights activist] James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.” Pryor’s widow, Jennifer, confirmed to TMZ that the comedian in fact slept with Brando, and that he was openly bisexual with friends and documented it extensively in diaries, which she’ll publish later this year.
2. While the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing the Masterpiece Cake Shop case in Colorado, in Bakersfield, California, the Tastries bakery, which refused to design and bake a custom cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding, just won its court case. As Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe ruled, a baker who has already made a cake and put out a cake for sale cannot refuse to sell it to a same-sex couple, but a bakery would have to violate its artistic expression to “design and create a cake” and had a constitutional right to decline.
3. According to BuzzFeed News, on February 21, the Trump administration plans to announce a new policy regarding transgender military service. No further information has been released by the Justice Department, who told a federal judge that they will be defending the new policy when it is issued.
4. National pharmacy/drugstore chain Walgreens has adopted a new transgender-inclusive restroom policy, allowing store customers to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity. The policy was announced after female customer in a Southern California store was forbidden from using the women’s restroom by a Walgreens employee because she “dressed like a man,” according to a statement issued earlier this week by the ACLU’s Southern California chapter.
5. VIDEO OF THE DAY: The Human Rights Campaign has released this powerful new video featuring Mo, an LGBTQ Dreamer from Mexico who is facing deportation after nearly a lifetime living in the United States.