THE SHORT LIST

NEWS: Cracker Barrell Founder Kicks It, Cuba Considers Gay Unions, Hate Groups Protest, And More!

*On Monday, an LGBT contingent—including members of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club; the D.C. Coalition of Black Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Men and Women; and local Gay-Straight Alliances—marched for the firs time in Washington DC‘s Martin Luther King Jr Day Parade. [Washington Blade]

*Cracker Barrel founder Danny Evins, who forbade franchises from hiring individuals “whose sexual preferences fail to demonstrate normal heterosexual values,” is dead. Boo-hoo.  [New York Times]

*In actual sad new, longtime LGBT activist Mike Tidwell died at age 60. [San Diego LGBT News]

*You didn’t think that girl made that “boycott Girl Scout Cookies” video all by herself did you? [The New Civil Rights Movement]

NJ State Assemblyman Charles Mainor apologized for a Facebook post calling the Philadelphia Eagles the “gaybirds from Philly.” Well, he sort of apologized: Mainor claims a friend took his smart phone and typed in the offensive slur. Oh pull the other one, why don’t you?  [NBC 10]

*Mariela Castro (left), daughter of current Cuban dictator Raul Castro, says her country’s government will consider same-sex unions. Free elections? Check again later. [The Washington Post]

*Abiding Truth Ministries, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, Mass Resistance (which opposes anti-bully legislation) and several other organizations are upset the Southern Poverty Law Center has categorized them as hate groups. So they stood outside SLPC offices in Montgomery, Alabama, on Tuesday and shouted hateful things. [SPLC]