HRC FILES FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST THE TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN ON BEHALF OF TWO TRANSGENDER WOMEN WHO HAVE FACED HEALTH CARE DISCRIMINATION: The lawsuit challenges a recently published regulation by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services which illegally strips away critical anti-discrimination protections in the Affordable Care Act. The new Department rule will eliminate explicit protections from discrimination based on sex stereotyping and gender identity, thereby sanctioning discrimination against LGBTQ people, particularly transgender people, in health care programs and activities. HRC is filing on behalf of two plaintiffs, both transgender women of color: Tanya Asapansa-Johnson Walker, an Army veteran, two-time lung cancer survivor and community leader who co-founded a statewide advocacy group for transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers, and Cecilia Gentili, an entrepreneur, activist, writer and storyteller with over a decade of experience as a patient and health care policy advocate. Read more from HRC and the Washington Blade

HRC AND RCA RECORDS TO HOST ONE-OF-A-KIND LIVESTREAM PRIDE BENEFIT CONCERT ON JUNE 30TH: “Pride started with protest. And this year, it is clearer than ever that the fight for LGBTQ rights is intricately linked to the fight against racism and the fight for dignity for us all,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Pride is also about celebration and the community we have built, together. And since many of us could not celebrate in person this year, we are looking forward to joining forces with RCA Records to host a virtual Pride benefit concert to close out the month. We are grateful to have this space to bring the community together, to celebrate our progress and redouble our commitment to the work we have ahead of us.” Read more from HRC

  • The one-hour livestream will include a number of incredible artists including Citizen Queen, Cam (with John Tucker), Shea Diamond, WALK THE MOON, TOBi, Jimmy Eat World, Sam Fischer, SAYGRACE, Isaac Dunbar and more to be announced. Viewers can tune in tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30th at 4 p.m. E.T. on RCA Records’ YouTube channel to attend the virtual event. 

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID REFLECTS ON THE HISTORY OF THE LGBTQ MOVEMENT, FIVE YEARS AFTER MARRIAGE EQUALITY: “During this moment of national protests over racism and police brutality, it is especially important to remember that the modern LGBTQ+ civil rights movement was sparked not by a demand for marriage equality, but rather from resistance against police brutality and the basic and primal need to live free,” writes David. “To uphold the legacy of Compton’s Cafeteria, Cooper Do-nuts, the Black Cat, and Stonewall, and the legacies of Obergefell v. Hodges -- the case that eventually led to marriage equality -- and Loving v. Virginia, we need to commit to joining these protesters and all those fighting alongside them to defeat discrimination, racism, white supremacy and the broken systems that allow injustice to flourish. Because civil rights protections like marriage equality do not mean anything if we do not have the freedom to enjoy them.” Read the full op-ed from Shondaland

MUST READ MONDAY -- THERE IS AN EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK TRANS PEOPLE: “I think that it is a charge and call of action to the Black Lives Matter movement and other national movements that they are more incorporative of all the intersections of who we are as human beings and black people in particular, which includes queer, trans, and non-binary folks,” said Tori Cooper, director of community engagement for HRC’s Transgender Justice Initiative. More from ABC7

  • Black trans people have been speaking out about the reality of being black and transgender in America. Watch the powerful speeches from Dr. D-L Stewart (@DrDLStewart), Tschan Andrews, Dominique Jackson (@tyraaross), Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) and Neverending Nina (@NeverendingNina) from Blavity

HRC: SENATE MUST SUPPORT D.C. STATEHOOD AND PASS THE WASHINGTON, D.C. ADMISSION ACT: “Taxation without representation is discriminatory,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “The District of Columbia is home to over 700,000 residents, the majority of whom are Black and brown, who pay federal taxes, serve on federal juries and serve in the military, yet are denied voting representation in Congress. Over the past three decades, Congress has intervened in D.C.’s affairs to block domestic partnerships, attempted to ban adoption and marriage by same sex couples, and impeded local efforts to combat HIV. It’s time that the people in D.C. have full citizenship.  Congress should pass H.R. 51 and grant statehood to Washington, D.C.” 

THE OKRA PROJECT IS PROVIDING CHEF-PREPARED MEALS TO BLACK TRANS PEOPLE: Read more from CBS News

TODAY AT 6 P.M. E.T. -- AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST MICHAEL J. O’LOUGHLIN (@MikeOLoughlin) JOINS RELIGION & FAITH DIRECTOR MICHAEL VAZQUEZ (@mvsebastian) FOR A ONE-ON-ONE CONVERSATION: The discussion will focus on the untold stories of HIV & AIDS and the Catholic Church, and what LGBTQ inclusion in the church looks like today. The event will stream live on HRC’s Facebook, Twitter and Youtube channels. 

ON SATURDAY, HRC MARKED NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY: The day serves as an important reminder of how far we’ve come since the 1980s HIV and AIDS crisis, and how much work we still have left to do. The BU Wellness Network and AIDS Alabama are two wonderful agencies who are leading on this critical work. Read more about how they are continuing to provide testing and tools LGBTQ people need to stay healthy and stay informed from HRC

STARBUCKS EMPLOYEES SPEAK ABOUT WHAT PRIDE MEANS TO THEM, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF STANDING IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT: Read more here

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HORRIBLE -- A TRANSGENDER WOMAN WAS ATTACKED WHEN LEAVING A WOMEN’S RESTROOM IN WINNIPEG: More from LGBTQ Nation (warning -- descriptions of violence at link).

EL SALVADOR’S LOCKDOWN DUE TO COVID-19 IS HAVING A DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT ON LGBTQ PEOPLE: Read from from the Washington Blade

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

Forbes interviews three LGBTQ changemakers on how to make sure workplaces are LGBTQ-inclusive 

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