REXIT: TRUMP FIRES SEC OF STATE TILLERSON, REPLACES WITH ANTI-LGBTQ MIKE POMPEO: In the latest firing of a top member of his administration, Donald Trump has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and named anti-LGBTQ CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Pompeo's attacks on LGBTQ equality is long and well-documented: he opposes marriage equality, and, as a member of Congress, co-sponsored efforts to allow states to not recognize same-sex marriage and to allow nonprofit businesses and organizations using taxpayer dollars a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people. Equally as troubling, his political career has been funded by anti-LGBTQ hate groups, including the Family Research Council. More from The Washington Post.

BETSY DEVOS’S DISTURBING COMMENTS ON CAMPUS SEXUAL VIOLENCE: In a baffling interview with “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl (@LesleyRStahl), U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Sunday exhibited a blatant misunderstanding of instances of sexual assault on campus, dangerously and inaccurately suggesting that false accusations are similar in number to instances of sexual assault. This is just the latest in DeVos’s specious attacks on the rights of sexual assault survivors: last September, she rescinded Obama administration guidelines underscoring key Title IX protections for sexual assault survivors. More from HuffPost and Vox.

TUESDAY TAKEDOWN: WE HAVE THE RECEIPTS -- HERE’S WHY DAN LIPINSKI IS SO VERY, VERY WRONG FOR IL’S 3RD DISTRICT: HRC lays bare U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski’s anti-equality record as we head into the Democratic primary on Tuesday, March 20. Check out four reasons why Lipinski is a rubber stamp for the despicable Trump-Pence administration, and why the people of Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District deserve a true leader -- HRC-endorsed Marie Newman. Read all about it at HRC.

  • NEW VIDEO: Check out this video highlighting Lipinski’s record from HRC.

HRC TO CT LEGISLATORS -- DON’T POLITICIZE CONFIRMATION OF OPENLY GAY CONNECTICUT JUDGE: “Connecticut is on the verge of making history with the potential confirmation of Andrew McDonald as Chief Justice, who would be the first openly LGBTQ chief justice of a state Supreme Court,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. “Connecticut’s leading legal voices all agree that McDonald is highly qualified and should be judged on his qualifications, acumen, experience and character.” More from HRC.

  • Morning must read on Trump’s involvement in judicial nominees: “Trump is remaking the courts in his image: white, male and straight” from Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) at HuffPost.

TO-DO LIST -- CALL YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS AND VOICE YOUR SUPPORT FOR EQUALITY: As legislative sessions get underway in state capitols across the country, HRC is tracking more than 110 anti-LGBTQ bills and more than 159 pro-equality bills introduced in state legislatures. Check out these major updates from Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Washington from HRC.

  • In New Hampshire, two dangerous anti-LGBTQ bills were defeated, and an important bipartisan bill was passed in the House that would would add into law protections for gender identity. More from HRC.

GOOD NEWS -- CITIES & STATES CREATING MORE INCLUSIVE PAID FAMILY LEAVE POLICY: The AP’s Jennifer Peltz (@jennpeltz) reports on the encouraging trend. Recently, HRC released a major national survey of LGBTQ people’s experiences with taking both paid and unpaid leave from work. The U.S. is the only industrialized country without government mandated paid leave and only a few states guarantee paid leave, forcing too many to risk losing their job to care for themselves or a loved one. More from The Associated Press.



COLOMBIA ELECTS FIRST OPENLY LGBTQ SENATOR: Openly bisexual Angélica Lozano of the Green Alliance was elected to the senate, after serving as a congresswoman and member of the Bogotá City Council. More from Washington Blade.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR -- ONE YEAR OF ANTI-LGBTQ MURDERS IN CHECHNYA: April 1 will mark one year since the purge of LGBTQ people in Chechnya was first reported by Novaya Gazeta. Question to ask: why hasn’t the Trump-Pence administration done more to end this violence? More from EU Observer.


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