5 LGBTQ things you need to know today, April 24

1. A Warner Robins police officer has come out as transgender. Anna Lange has worked for the Houston County Sheriff’s Department for the past decade. When she came out, she expected to be fired. Instead, she was accepted by her department.

2. Alabama native Deidre Downs Gunn, who took home the Miss America crown in 2005, has just taken a wife. According to People magazine, Gunn “tied the knot with attorney and writer Abbott Jones on Saturday in a romantic ceremony in Birmingham, Alabama.” The event served southern cuisine.

3. A North Carolina woman involved in the church beating of a gay congregant has incriminated herself on the stand. Over her attorney’s objections, Sarah Anderson, 30, tesitified to striking Matthew Fenner during a Word of Faith Fellowship Ceremony. According to New York Daily News, “If Covington, 58, is convicted on her charges, she faces up to two years in prison. Her trial is the first of five in the case, with each suspect slated to be tried separately.”

4. Parkland High survivors Cameron Kasky and David Hogg will attend prom together this year. The two Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students have become nationally-recognized gun control advocates. According to Towleroad, “Kasky is openly gay. Hogg is not. And the reaction has been very positive.”

5. The rugby team New Zealand All Blacks have just released a video supporting diversity. This comes in response to Australian rugby union player Israel Folau’s statement that gays will go to hell. Watch the video below: