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HRC MARKS TWO YEARS SINCE DEADLY PULSE NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING IN ORLANDO, COMMITS TO ‘HONOR VICTIMS WITH ACTION’: Today, HRC will honor the lives of the 49 people -- most of them young, LGBTQ and Latinx -- killed in the LGBTQ nightclub attack two years ago with a moment of silence at the HRC headquarters. The shooting, which took place in the Orlando LGBTQ nightclub on Latinx Night, became the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, tragically surpassed last year by the Las Vegas concert shooting. Press interested in attending the moment of silence must email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). More from HRC, Washington Blade and Orlando Sentinel. Y en español aquí.

  • Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) writes about the need for continued activism against gun violence in Los Angeles Blade.

HRC RESPONDS TO DANGEROUS SCOTUS RULING  -- IT COULD “DISENFRANCHISE MILLIONS OF VOTERS ACROSS NATION”: The Supreme Court of the United States yesterday ruled 5-4 in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute that states can purge voters from the rolls solely on the basis of infrequent voting. “The right to vote is the touchstone of our democracy and tactics designed to disenfranchise voters are dangerous to the health of our country,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. “We are disappointed that the Supreme Court has upheld a law that could disenfranchise voters in Ohio and lead to similar laws that could disenfranchise millions of voters across the nation.” More from HRC.

TUESDAY TWEET -- TAXPAYER FUNDS STILL FLOWING TO CHILD WELFARE AGENCIES THAT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST LGBTQ PEOPLE: “If you’re receiving taxpayer funding, then whether or not you’re able to discriminate shouldn’t even be on the table,” HRC State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel Cathryn Oakley told the Huffington Post’s Dana Liebelson (@dliebelson). This year, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer signed bills that would allow child welfare organizations to turn away qualified prospective parents seeking to care for a child in need, including LGBTQ couples or other parents to whom the agency has a religious objection. More at HuffPost.

  • Billy Mawhiney and Kyle Margheim are the proud parents of an adopted child. They’re ready to expand their family, but fear what will happen in light of South Dakota’s anti-LGBTQ adoption law that grants child welfare agencies a license to discriminate against LGBTQ couples. More from Yahoo.

HRC ON THE GROUND FOR TODAY’S NEVADA’S PRIMARY: HRC is in Nevada encouraging Equality Voters to cast their ballots for pro-equality candidates. Yesterday, HRC hosted a get-out-the-vote rally at The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas alongside Democratic gubernatorial candidates Steve Sisolak and Chris Giunchigliani. More from Las Vegas Journal-Review.

HEY, WISCONSIN -- GET OUT AND VOTE IN TODAY’S SPECIAL ELECTION: Find out more about HRC’s endorsements in Wisconsin.

ANOTHER STUDY SHOWS HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ARE MISSING OPPORTUNITIES TO PRESCRIBE PrEP TO AT-RISK POPULATIONS: More from AIDS Map.

ARKANSAS COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE UPHOLDS STATE’S ANTI-LGBTQ HIV CRIMINALIZATION LAW: HIV criminalization ignores the significant developments in treatment and prevention of HIV and perpetuates stigma. More from Arkansas Online.

SENTENCING IN 2016 MURDER OF REECEY WALKER IN WICHITA: Walker, 32, was fatally stabbed in 2016 by a juvenile, who was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to juvenile corrections until age 22. For more information on addressing anti-transgender violence, visit hrc.org/trans-violence. More from Associated Press.

BIRMINGHAM MAYOR RANDALL WOODFIN APPOINTS CITY’S FIRST LGBTQ LIAISON: Josh Coleman, vice president of Central Alabama Pride, will begin serving later this month. More from Al.com and Birmingham Business Journal.

FLORIDA RESTAURANT OWNER ACCUSED OF VERBALLY HARASSING TRANSGENDER CUSTOMER: The owner of Country Roads Cafe in Lehigh Acres also allegedly attacked a gay customer who stood up for the trans person. He has since apologized. More from NBC 2.

PRIDE MONTH ROUNDUP

HRC RAISES #MoreColorsMorePride FLAG ON BUILDING:

POLAND LGBTQ GROUP INSTALLS ‘UNBREAKABLE’ RAINBOW IN WARSAW: The holographic rainbow is a response to an earlier installation of flowers in the shape of a rainbow that in past years had been damaged in attacks by anti-equality activists. More from Telegraph.

RICKY MARTIN SENDS A POWERFUL MESSAGE TO LGBTQ FANS ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA:

BILLBOARD ASKS CELEBRITIES TO PEN LETTERS TO THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: Check out letters from Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles), Carole King (@Carole_King), Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) and more from Billboard.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

LGBTQ HOTLINE LAUNCHES IN RUSSIA BEFORE WORLD CUP: More here.

PAN-AFRICAN LGBTQ CONFERENCE HELD IN BOTSWANA: HRC Global Innovators Njeri Gateru (@njerigateru) and Tashwill Esterhuizen presented at the event. Read this interview with organizer Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera (@KashaJacqueline) in Equal Times.

RIHANNA ENDORSED PRO-EQUALITY CANDIDATE FOR BARBADOS PRIME MINISTER: Mia Mottley, who recently won her bid for Prime Minister, issued a thank you to the Barbadian star for her support. More from Marie Claire.

NEW REPORT SHOWS IRISH GOVERNMENT MUST DO MORE TO PROTECT LGBTQ PRISONERS: More from Irish Mirror.

GAY NIGERIAN ASYLUM SEEKER FACES DEPORTATION FROM BRITAIN: Adeniyi Raji received death threats and fears deportation to Nigeria, where same-sex relationships are illegal. More from The Guardian.

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BBC reviews ‘She Called Me Woman,’ a new Nigerian book interviewing LGBTQ women; Marketplace details business efforts to hire and support transgender workers with HRC’s Beck Bailey; HuffPost interviews HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride); Brain Pickings reviews ‘Julián Is a Mermaid,’ a children’s book with LGBTQ themes; The Associated Press reviews ‘Southernmost,’ a story about LGBTQ faith and love in rural Kentucky; Mic interviews a young transgender professional about the need for more LGBTQ CEOs

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