This Week’s Best Links: Transwoman murdered, Ga. homeless shelter won’t help gays, RNC chairman buddies up to NOM

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Minneapolis transgender woman Chrissie Bates was stabbed to death in her apartment Monday. Bate’s neighbor attributes her murder to faulty windows and locks that the building manager refused to fix. Police arrested a suspect in the murder Wednesday.

The National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force are teaming up to gather stories of discrimination against transgender people. To share your story, visit NCTE’s website.

House of Mercy homeless shelter in Columbus, Ga., rejects gay homeless people. “[Homosexuality] is not tolerated here at all,” Elder Bobby Harris, director of the shelter, told WRBL. “Let me tell you one reason why: because of the Bible, of course. And then we have little children … We believe that Christ can change all.” Harris went on to say there is nothing he can do for gay people in need.

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Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch and Ryan Murphy all took home Golden Globes for their part in Glee. The FOX series also picked up the award for best comedy or musical series. In other Glee news, Anne Hathaway is slated to play Kurt’s lesbian aunt.

An executive order creating LGBT visitation rights in hospitals went into effect this week. Obama’s order indicates hospitals cannot “restrict, limit or otherwise deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.” The policy effects all hospitals receiving Medicaid and Medicare funding.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich allowed non-discrimination protections for LGBT state employees to expire Jan. 10. Kasich has so far failed to renew the previous governor’s executive order, even though he promised to continue the non-discrimination policy in a pre-election interview.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal to nix gay marriage in Washington, D.C. Bishop Harry Jackson filed a lawsuit against D.C.’s Board of Elections and Ethics after it refused to put an initiative to ban gay marriage on the ballot. The board ruled the ballot question would  authorize discrimination.

The newly elected RNC chairman Reince Priebus told National Organization for Marriage chairwoman Maggie Gallagher marriage is a “gift from God” and the sanctity of marriage should be protected from gays . He went on to say the Defense of Marriage Act is important, and “activist judges” should not redefine marriage. Watch them buddy up below:

From the Archives: University of Cincinnati student group, GenderBloc, created the “Supporting Transgender Students” guide for administrators, faculty and staff in higher education.

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