FEDERAL JUDGE DENIES TRUMP-PENCE REQUEST TO REVERSE RULING BLOCKING THEIR BAN ON TRANS MILITARY SERVICE: “Without supporting evidence, defendants’ bare assertion that the Court’s injunction poses a threat to military readiness is insufficient to overcome the public interest in ensuring that the government does not engage in unconstitutional and discriminatory conduct,” wrote Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. More from IntoMore and The Advocate.

  • The Military Times’ Pentagon Bureau Chief Tara Copp (@TaraCopp) reports on developments that could send the Trump-Pence ban on qualified transgender troops to the U.S. Supreme Court. More from Military Times.

AN ONGOING CRISIS AT THE BORDER, STORIES OF LGBTQ ASYLUM SEEKERS:

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- TODAY IS THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BISEXUAL PRIDE FLAG: Twenty years ago, designer Michael Page unveiled the first bisexual pride flag of pink, purple, and blue, giving bisexual people -- who make up half of the LGBTQ community -- added visibility at Prides. The flag has since become a symbol of bi pride and visibility everywhere. Check out these thank-yous to Page and the others behind the creation of the flag at Gay Star News.

KANSAS MAKES HISTORY -- FIRST OPENLY LGBTQ REPS IN CONGRESS AND STATE LEGISLATURE; GOV. PROMISES ACTION ON NON-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS: Next month, Kansas will swear in Democrat Sharice Davids, the nation’s first openly gay Native American in Congress and the state’s first openly LGBTQ person representing Kansas in Congress, and Democratic state Reps. Susan Ruiz and Brandon Woodard, its first two openly LGBTQ state lawmakers. Gov.-elect Laura Kelly has also pledged to issue an executive order to end anti-LGBTQ discrimination in state hiring and employment decisions. More from NBC News and the Washington Post.

HEARTBREAKING --  SAME-SEX COUPLE SUBJECTED TO VIOLENT ATTACK IN LAS VEGAS:

MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SOCIETY ADOPTS LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE POLICIES: More from MassLive.

FORMER ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM STAFFER KERRI KUPEC BECOMES TOP DOJ SPOKESPERSON: Read more from The Daily Beast.

LAWSUIT CLAIMS NY STATE MUST INVESTIGATE TRANSGENDER WOMAN’S CLAIM OF ABUSE AND DISCRIMINATION BY POLICE: More from New York Law Journal.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

LOVE WINS -- AND HISTORY IS MADE AS GAY MEXICAN COUPLE WEDS IN NYC: More from Washington Blade.

SAD -- HONG KONG LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL REJECTS MOTION TO STUDY SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Introduced by the legislature’s only openly gay member, Raymond Chan Chi-chuen, the council rejected a motion that would have initiated steps toward the legalization of same-sex marriage in the territory. More from IntoMore.

CALLS FOR CANADIAN PROVINCE TO BAN SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: More from CBC.

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The Advocate showcases YouTuber ‘Try Guy’ Eugene Lee Yang (@EugeneLeeYang) raising awareness for the Trevor Project; IndyStar reports LGBTQ Hoosiers finding acceptance and support in new Indiana youth center; Ottawa Citizen notes upcoming Will & Grace episode to explore the blood donation ban affecting gay men; The Advocate features a video on empowering queer youth through sex education; NBC Los Angeles reports TV Producer Ryan Murphy’s (@MrRPMurphy) commitment to LGBTQ visibility receives him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame;


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