1. While the latest 50 Shades of Grey trailer won't disappoint on the blind-folds, hand-cuffs, or breathy-Beyonce-song fronts, things take a more wholesome turn when Anastasia meets Christian's adoptive mother, played by Marcia Gay Harden. [Entertainment Weekly]
2. Ahead of Pope Francis's visit to the Catholic-majority island nation of the Philippines, Archbishop Socrates Villegas took a remarkable stance on homosexuality. In response to a question concerning the Pope's attitude, Villegas responded that "Being a homosexual is not a sin. It is a state of a person." [Gay Star News]
3. The day after the Golden Globes were a game-changer for LGBT characters on TV -- including big wins for Amazon's Transparent -- GALECA announced their list of nominees for the Dorian Awards. It is an eclectic assemblage that includes many indie titles and talented actors. [The Wrap]
4. LGBT rights is a hot-button issue in Ireland right now, with the people set to vote in a referendum on marriage-equality in May. During a daily sermon last week, Father Martin Dolan came out as gay before going on to appeal for support for the upcoming ballot initiative. In response, he received a standing ovation from his congregation. [The Advocate]
5. In more troubling news form India, officials in Goa, a major vacation destination, have announced their intention to make gay youths "normal." When asked for more information, Ramesh Tawadkar, the state minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, said: "We will make them normal. We will have a centre for them. Like Alcoholic Anonymous centers, we will have centers..." He then went on to imply that "train[ing]" and medicine would be utilized in their efforts. [Pink News]
6. British YouTuber Lewis Parker came out in a heartfelt and honest new video. He also posted the link to the video on his Twitter page, writing, "I'm finally ready to share who I am with everyone. Thanks to my supportive family and friends."