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 HRC RESPONDS TO SHAMEFUL TRUMP-PUTIN “SUMMIT” IN HELSINKI: “Sadly, it’s not at all surprising that Donald Trump again ignored international and bipartisan concerns over the systematic torture, abuse and murder of LGBTQ people in Chechnya and failed to confront Vladimir Putin,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. “Instead of standing up to Putin, Trump groveled before him in a shameful and unprecedented display of deference to a man who is intent on harming his own LGBTQ citizens and the United States. We will continue to work with Members of Congress, from both parties, to raise these concerns with the Russian government, in the media, and in multilateral forums. On election day, the American people must hold Donald Trump accountable and any elected official who continues to enable his destructive incompetence.”

  • HRC was on the ground in Helsinki to call out these human rights violations. More from HRC.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- THE CAST OF POSE ON THE COVER OF OUT MAGAZINE: Tens, tens, tens across the board for this groundbreaking show highlighting the lives of transgender women of color. Check out this powerful interview with Janet Mock (@janetmock), Mj Rodriguez (@MjRodriguez7), Indya Moore (@IndyaMoore) and Tyra Ross (@tyraaross) from Out Magazine.

WHILE TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION FAILS LGBTQ IMMIGRANTS, INFORMAL NETWORK OF ALLIES PROVIDES REFUGE: Peggy Thompson has welcomed nearly 12 trans migrant women into her home through the Friends of Orange County Detainees, helping them figure out their next steps after being released from detention centers. Learn more about these formal and informal networks of support in California from The New York Times.

HRC ENDORSES MARY GAY SCANLON FOR U.S. CONGRESS FOR PENNSYLVANIA’S 5TH DISTRICT: “As an attorney, Mary Gay Scanlon fought tirelessly for the LGBTQ community, working to promote inclusion and acceptance in Pennsylvania and across the country,” said HRC Pennsylvania State Director Allison VanKuiken. More from HRC.

NAACP HOSTS  109th CONVENTION, HIGHLIGHTING IMPORTANCE OF VOTING AND SPOTLIGHTING LGBTQ VOICES: HRC was proud to sponsor “The State of LGBTQ People of Color in America,” a town hall held at the convention in San Antonio. HRC’s Ben Needham also spoke about civic engagement and the power of the vote. Learn more about the conference here.

HRC-BACKED CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE SUSAN WILD SNAGS EARLY FUNDRAISING LEAD: She has nearly four times the advantage over opponent Marty Nothstein. Wild has spent her career serving the people of Pennsylvania, and fighting for equality, fairness and justice for all. She supports marriage equality and the Equality Act, crucial federal legislation that would finally guarantee comprehensive protections for LGBTQ people under our nation's civil rights laws. More from The Morning Call.

COST OF LIFESAVING PrEP IS A BARRIER TO ACCESS FOR MANY WHO NEED IT:  Health insurance companies are now using so-called  copay accumulator programs, which disallow patients from applying subsidies they receive from drug or copay assistance programs toward their deductible or annual out-of-pocket maximum. And that will prevent many individuals from accessing and adhering to PrEP. More from The New York Times.

RESOLUTION PASSED BY EPISCOPAL CHURCH’S GENERAL CONVENTION ALLOWS SAME-SEX COUPLES TO MARRY IN ALL DIOCESES: The change goes into effect on December 2. More from The Christian Post.

OUTRAGEOUS -- SAME-SEX COUPLE MENACED BY ANTI-LGBTQ THUGS, TOLD BY POLICE TO ‘IGNORE’ THREATS AND SLURS: Wendy and Trudy Dragoon caught some of the horrifying exchange on camera. More from The Portland Mercury.

OPENLY GAY VETERAN’S RAINBOW PRIDE FLAG STOLEN FROM HOME ON LONG ISLAND: While the thief appears on apartment security cameras, he has yet to be identified. More from ABC 7.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

LEBANESE COURT OF APPEALS RULES THAT SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS ARE NOT A CRIME: The country currently criminalizes same-sex relationships with up to a year in prison. Although legalizing same-sex relations is still a long way off, the latest court ruling is a positive step forward. More from Gay Star News.

MALAYSIAN ISLAMIC AFFAIRS MINISTER SAYS PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST AT WORK BASED ON THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION: But he also said they shouldn’t be open and proud about it. More from MalayMail.

THIS WEEK IN ‘HUH’? BELARUSIAN LGBTQ ADVOCATE CHARGED UNDER MASS PROTEST LAW FOR… TAKING A PHOTO OUTSIDE GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS: CCTV footage shows that Viktoria Biran spent three seconds posing with a sign in front of the buildings. More from RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty.

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HuffPost looks at the harrassment and bias that put many trans Americans at risk of poverty; Q Voice News reports on a new California law declaring June LGBT Pride Month; HealthDay reports that nearly half of men in same-sex relationships have faced intimate partner violence; Washington National all-star and HRC supporter Sean Doolittle walks the red carpet

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