TODAY IS NORTH CAROLINA PRIMARY ELECTIONS: HRC has endorsed Mujtaba Mohammed for State Senate. Said Marty Rouse, HRC National Field Director: “Mujtaba Mohammed is the pro-equality champion that North Carolinians deserve in the state Senate. His platform of inclusion and his firm support of LGBTQ equality make him the clear choice over Joel Ford, who has voted time and again against his LGBTQ constituents -- including opposing marriage equality.”

HRC ENDORSES ANNE GROVES LLOYD FOR WISCONSIN ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 42: “A proven champion for working families, Ann Groves Lloyd will fight for every Wisconsinite’s right to live and work free from discrimination and harassment,” said HRC Wisconsin State Manager Wendy Strout. “The Human Rights Campaign proudly endorses her candidacy to represent Wisconsin Assembly District 42, and we look forward to working with her to move equality forward in the Badger State.” More from HRC.

TUESDAY TWEET -- HRC PARENTS FOR TRANS EQUALITY COUNCIL MEMBER JODIE PATTERSON NAMED FAMILY CIRCLE’S “20 MOST INFLUENTIAL MOMS OF 2018”: Suzanne Rust (@suzannerust) writes, “Jodie didn’t set out to be a transgender activist, but when her child Penelope told her that he was a boy, it was a wake-up call. She wanted to create a world that was safe and just for people like her trans son, and she is helping create new blueprints.” More from Family Circle.

WRITER, PRODUCER, ACTOR, QUEEN LENA WAITHE ROCKS A RAINBOW CAPE AT THE MET GALA: Waithe was already our hero -- and last night she made a big statement on the white carpet, giving a voice to LGBTQ people conflicted about the Gala’s Catholic theme. More from Bustle and Teen Vogue.

NEW YORK ASSEMBLY PASSES GENDER EXPRESSION NON-DISCRIMINATION ACT (GENDA): The bill, which now heads to the State Senate, would add explicit protections for transgender New Yorkers under the state’s non-discrimination protections and hate crimes law. More from WKTV.

  • Last month, HRC held a Day of Action to mobilize New York voters to vote in the April 24 special election for pro-equality State Senate candidates. More from HRC.

HRC RELEASES REPORT HIGHLIGHTING HEIGHTENED NEED FOR PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE FOR LGBTQ WORKERS OF COLOR: “These results aren’t really surprising when you you consider the systems and barriers LGBTQ people of color face and especially people living in states that don’t have protections from employer discrimination,” said Ashland Johnson (@ashlandj11), HRC director of public education and research. More from Rewire.

EMBARRASSING -- OREGON SCHOOL DISTRICT BLOCKS STUDENTS FROM PARTICIPATING IN STATEWIDE READING COMPETITION OVER BOOK ABOUT TRANS CHILD: The Hermiston School District is refusing to allow its third-through-fifth grade students to participate in a statewide reading competition because the optional list of reading materials includes a book about a transgender child. More from Advocate and The Oregonian.

HRC’S WELCOMING SCHOOLS REFLECTS ON TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK: Said Jennifer Herdina, the Welcoming Schools lead of the Madison (Wisc.) Metropolitan Schools District: “These teachers -- and their unrelenting devotion to making schools inclusive places for all to thrive -- are making positive and lasting changes in the lives of our students and families and society as a whole.” More from HRC.

FAITH LEADERS NATIONWIDE KNOW WELCOMING LGBTQ FAITHFUL MAKES THE WHOLE CONGREGATION BETTER: When congregations are diverse, it builds community, tolerance and understanding -- all key tenets of religious thought. More from Advocate.

  • Bishops from the United Methodist Church are supporting a plan to allow LGBTQ clergy members, and to perform same-sex marriages. More from Sight Magazine.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

CUBAN LAWMAKER MARIELA CASTRO TO PUSH FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY: More from On Top Magazine and Telesur.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

Salon interviews Guo Ziyang, a LGBTQ advocate in China; NBC provides a 101 lesson  transgender identity with HRC’s Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEPHEN! A special birthday shout out to Stephen Peters (@stephenpeters2), HRC’s Senior National Press Secretary and Spokesperson!

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