I missed last Friday's What You Need To Know due to an inexplicable internet outage in my area, followed immediately by the biggest single snowstorm I've ever lived through.
My town-of-residence, Gorham Maine, had the highest snowfall total in the state, and after above freezing temperatures all day, my little antique VW is only just now poking his black carapace out of the mountainous snow drift that swallowed him up. Such is the privilege of working from home and having a partner who drives an SUV.
Unfortunately, this will also be my last What You Need To Know segment until Wednesday the 20th. My day job is as programing coordinator and assistant producer for an event company that produces four large events per year. Our next is happening this Valentines weekend in Washington DC, and I'll be heading down in two days and not returning until late on the 18th or 19th. I'm going to try to get in at least one other post in that time, but the WYNTK is particularly time consuming to assemble, and I'm not anticipating having the mental or chronological resources to do so. In the time since I took over writing the What You Need To Know I've developed a bit of a pattern to these posts. As a rule, each begins with an editorial on some recent news article or current event. Then comes the links themselves, which should include at least ten links covering a range of interests to the LGBT community, some of which are currently trending in LGBT media, and some which may be easily overlooked. Finally, whenever possible I end with an embedded video.
It's no secret within the editorial team that this segment isn't exactly a big traffic driver, but as The Bilerico Project has focused more and more on long form journalism and editorials, the What You Need To Know has remained our way of exposing readers to more items of interests than our bloggers felt compelled to write about in greater detail.
Which brings us to an important question: what do you, the Bilerico readers, most like, dislike, and want to see from this segment in the future, and/or would you like to see it continue?
Post your thoughts in the comments and here's what you need to know today:
NPR continues to report on the "gay rights movement" with as little acknowledgement of trans* people as humanly possible, including engaging in trans* erasure when talking about the murder of LGBT people of color.
Mike Moroski was the assistant principal at a Cincinnati Catholic school until he wrote on his personal blog that he strongly supported the right of gay people to get married. At which point he was removed from his position.