5 LGBTQ things you need to know today, April 17

1. Two gay men in Washington, D.C. have been hospitalized in what appears to be a gay-bashing. District Police are currently seeking public help in identifying three male suspects who reportedly assaulted the two gay men. The attackers were said to be shouting anti-gay slurs. The aggravated assault occurred on the 2000 block of 10th St., N.W. at 12:30 a.m. Sunday. The injuries are non-life-threatening.

2. A Harvey Milk/Rainbow Flag picture book is a number-one new release on Amazon. “Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag,” was released on April 10, and tops the list for Children’s American History of the 1900s. The volume, written by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Steven Salerno and published by Random House, tells the story of San Francisco politician Harvey Milk and the invention of the rainbow flag. According to the book description, “In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today’s world.”

3. Two gay writers have been awarded Pulitzer Prizes. Andrew Sean Greer (author of “Less”) won for fiction, and Frank Bidart (author of “Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016”) won for poetry. Ronan Farrow, who recently came out, also won an award for Public Service reporting.

4. A chick raised by a pair of gay vulture dads has been released into the wild. The chick, who grew up in Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo, was loosed in Sardinia. It was the zoo’s first successful hatching in half a decade.

5. VIDEO OF THE DAY: The film “They” will be available to rent or own on digital HD, beginning on April 24, following its Cannes debut. The 80-minute motion picture is the story of 14-year-old J, who goes by the pronoun “They.” J is exploring their gender identity, while taking hormone blockers to postpone the onset of puberty. Now, two years later, J must make a decision. The trailer is below: