Your regularly scheduled "Look"er Kevin Rector has stepped away from his desk for a few days so I'm going to do my best to give you a quick download on the latest happenings in LGBTQ Land.
In reasons that remain unclear, Kristin Beck, a former Navy SEAL who came out as a transgender woman in 2013, will mount a primary challenge to Rep. Steny Hoyer in Maryland's Fifth Congressional District, according to a state filing made public Wednesday. Hoyer is the second-highest ranking House Democrat and supported same-sex marriage in Maryland in 2012.
The Defense Department announced Thursday that hormone treatment for gender reassignment has been approved for Chelsea Manning, the former intelligence analyst convicted of espionage for sending classified documents to the WikiLeaks website. The treatment would enable the Army private formerly known as Bradley Manning -- who changed her name legally in 2014 -- to make the transition to a woman.
On Feb. 9, Alabama became the 37th state to allow same-sex marriage. As gay marriage headed South, at least seven of Alabama's 67 counties dispensed marriage licenses to gay couples. Other counties refused to dispense such licenses -- or they shut down their marriage license operations altogether, citing confusion about what the law required.
Maybe you're going to get all lovey dovey and engaged-up on Valentine's Day. If so, you'll want to head to D.C.'s Gay Marriage Wedding Expo on Feb. 22 from 1-5 p.m. at the D.C. Convention Center. More than 50 LGBT-friendly vendors will be on hand to help you will all your planning needs.
What other big, proud and loud news happened this week? Comment here to let me know if I missed anything.