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HEADLINES: Obama Picks Los Angeles Lesbian for Dept. of Housing

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GAYS IN POWER “Mercedes Marquez, the current head of the Los Angeles Housing Department and an out lesbian, will be appointed Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.” [Gay Politics]

MURDER Opening statements in the murder trial of 18-year-old Angie Zapata, killed last summer. Prosecution: “This was not a snap decision. The defendant knew for 36 hours that Angie was biologically male.” [CBS Denver]

COMICS John Forgetta’s five-year-old comic strip The Meaning of Lila is notable in two ways: One of its two central characters is gay, and he got more than 20 newspapers to publish it. [Spangle]

LIES The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins manipulates statistics about whether New Yorkers favor gay marriage. To his advantage, of course. [Good As You]

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BROADWAY Hot guys from top Broadway shows compete for your love and affection? All for only $50 tickets? With proceeds going to fight GLBT homelessness? Sure, fine. BONUS: Enter code RAC102 and Queerty readers get tickets for just $25. [Broadway Beauty Pageant]

TAXES Real-life repercussions of being in a legal same-sex marriage, but still dealing with the federal government’s refusal to offer the tax advantages. [Boston Globe]

MUSIC A video featuring man-on-man kissing, set to music, that ISN’T A PORN? [Hunk Du Jour]

SCENE It’s opening night at the Miami Latin Gay Film Festival. [Miami Herald]

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