This Week’s Best Links: Ohio SB 5, Kasich protests continue, earthquake rocks Japan, Ark. transgender woman murdered

Check in every Friday for a roundup of all the best queer news the web has to offer.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivered his State of the State address Tuesday, amid protests of union-busting Ohio Senate Bill 5. Overall, his speech was rather vague, offering mostly anecdotes about celebrities, shootouts to supporters and few specifics on what he plans to do to help Ohio. Watch video of the protests below:

Rachel Maddow broke down the union-busting S.B. 5 on her show this week, but the jury is still out on the exact affect the bill would have on domestic partner benefits. Watch Maddow explain S.B. 5 below:

The Ohio Department of Health has cut off funding for case managers at Stop AIDS Cincinnati, effective April 1. The $700,000 Stop AIDS would normally receive will be awarded to another similar agency in Ohio, leaving 1,1000 HIV+ Cincinnatians without a resource to help them obtain affordable medication (and manage the mountain of paperwork that comes with it), maintain their health and utilize other services like temporary housing.

Supporters of Equality Ohio, GetEqual Ohio and Impact Cincinnati teamed up to protest Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s use of tax payer money to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act. Five of the activists refused to leave Boehner’s West Chester district office after they were denied an opportunity to meet with the speaker. They were arrested and charged with trespassing.

An 8.9 magnitude earthquake rocked Japan Friday, making it the fifth strongest earthquake ever recorded. A tsunami has seemingly devastated part of the island country. The New York Times has rounded up excellent videos of the earthquake, tsunamis and eye-witness accounts of it all, posted online by people who are living it. Watch the earthquake unfold below:

Transgender and gender non-conforming support groups are forming in Ohio, meeting in Columbus and Bowling Green. Click here for more information about the support groups.

An Arkansas transgender woman, Marcal Camero Tye, was found dead Tuesday, her wounds indicating she was dragged by a car and shot. It is still unclear if Tye’s murder was motivated by her gender identity and expression.

Lady Gaga dissolved a deal Target to offer an exclusive deluxe edition of her forthcoming album “Born This Way,” citing the retail chains donations to anti-equality candidates as impetus for axing the partnership. Gaga told Billboard last month the deal “hinged upon their [Target’s] reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those groups.”

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