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THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL SHOULD HAVE ENDED THE TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN’S DISCRIMINATORY TRANS TROOP BAN: HRC joins leading LGBTQ organization to express disappointment that the final FY20 National Defense Authorization Act does not include the Speier/Brown amendment, which would have codified non-discrimination and ended the administration’s ban on transgender service members. “It is unconscionable that thousands of honorably serving transgender service members and their families will continue to live under the threat of discharge simply because of who they are,” the joint statement said. More from HRC.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- MARRIAGE EQUALITY PLAINTIFF JIM OBERGEFELL CALLS ON SCOTUS, LAWMAKERS TO DO MORE TO PREVENT ANTI-LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION: “[E]veryone should be treated with dignity and respect regardless of who they are — and that means ensuring no one faces unfair treatment because of their LGBTQ+ identity,” writes Obergefell. More from AZ Central.

HRC ENDORSES HOUSTON MAYOR SYLVESTER TURNER FOR RE-ELECTION: “From his time in the legislature to his current tenure as mayor, Sylvester Turner has worked to advance the rights of LGBTQ Houstonians,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). More from HRC.

HRC FOUNDATION’S WELCOMING SCHOOLS OFFERS BOOK-BUYING TIPS FOR CHILDREN FOR THE HOLIDAYS: With authors ranging from actors and athletes to a Supreme Court justice. See the full list from HRC.

TRANSGENDER UTAHNS ARE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING A STATE SUPREME COURT RULING ON CHANGING GENDER MARKERS: “I love people saying to me, ‘Angie, the courage and the grace that you’ve had through this [legal process] is amazing,’” said Angie Rice, who asked the Utah Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling preventing her from changing the gender marker on her legal documents. “But they don’t see the hurt and the sacrifice behind the scenes.” Read more from The Salt Lake Tribune.

HRC PRAISES SENATE INTRODUCTION OF THE GLOBE ACT: “While the Trump-Pence White House refuses to speak out against anti-LGBTQ attacks worldwide, it is essential that the U.S. Congress defend the human rights and protections of all people -- including LGBTQ people,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. More from HRC.

TRUMP’S LGBTQ PRIDE MERCH “IS MONUMENTALLY HYPOCRITICAL AND INSULTING” TO LGBTQ AMERICANS:  It’s “also part of a long list of attempts to grab media attention that momentarily makes Trump appear as an ally of LGBTQ people,” writes Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) on NBC.

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PANTENE SHARES A MESSAGE OF RESILIENCE AND HOPE FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE JOURNEYING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS : The series shares the stories of four transgender people going home for the holidays. "While every LGBTQ+ person has their own unique story about going home for the holidays, everyone is seeking the same thing — to be surrounded by people who love and accept them," said Procter & Gamble, the parent company of Pantene, in a statement. More from CNN.

NFL’S MATT GAY SHOWS SUPPORT FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY, JOINS ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAIGN: Gay (@MGtweetymonster) talks about the bullying he and his family faced because of their last name. More from PinkNews.  

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

DESPITE PROTESTS BY TRANS PEOPLE AND ALLIES, INDIAN PRESIDENT RAM NATH KOVIND SIGNS BILL INTO LAW: Advocates argued that the bill is harmful to the trans community and asked the President not to approve it. More from The News Minute.

HUNDREDS MARCH IN HUNGARY’S FIRST-EVER TRANS PRIDE, CALL FOR RIGHT TO LEGALLY CHANGE THEIR NAME & GENDER ON DOCUMENTS: More from PinkNews.

MISS MYANMAR, THE FIRST OPENLY LGBTQ MISS UNIVERSE COMPETITOR, SPEAKS OUT FOR LGBTQ ACCEPTANCE: More from Washington Blade and Glamour.

CAMBODIA TO TEACH LGBTQ ISSUES IN SCHOOLS TO TACKLE ANTI-LGBTQ BULLYING AND DISCRIMINATION: "We want our children to be aware of these issues and know that no one should be discriminated against in school or any part of life,” Yung Kunthearith, deputy director of the education ministry’s department of health studies told Reuters. Read more from Matt Blomberg (@BlombergMD) at Openly.

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GoMag spotlights Anti Violence Project Executive Director Beverly Tillery (@BeverlyTillery) as New Yorker of the Year

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