IDAHO IS FOCUSING ON ANTI-TRANSGENDER LEGISLATION INSTEAD OF THE REAL CRISIS, COVID-19: “What makes these bills particularly hurtful for trans people in Idaho is the timing of the legislation,” writes Nico Lang (@Nico_Lang). “They were pushed through the state Senate during the same week that municipalities across the country took measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. And yet in Idaho, little has been done to stop its citizens from contracting coronavirus.” Read the full piece from VICE

  • Said HRC State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel Cathryn Oakley (@CthrynOkly), “[This bill] is legislation that is based purely in misinformation about trans youth, and it is targeting trans youth for discriminatory treatment. For any trans person in Idaho, they are now on notice that their government is willing to make laws that are based on fear and not facts.” 

HRC PRESIDENT ON TRUMP “SHADOW DIPLOMAT” AND CABINET BIBLE STUDY LEADER BLAMING LGBTQ PEOPLE FOR COVID-19 PANDEMIC: Late last night, reports surfaced of Ralph Drollinger blaming LGBTQ people for “God’s consequential wrath” and the COVID-19 pandemic. Said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid), “LGBTQ people around the country and around the world are struggling to cope with this global pandemic. They are worried about their health, their livelihoods and their families. Our country is in crisis, and rather than placing the blame to marginalized communities that are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, our leaders and their advisors must focus in, buckle up and flatten the curve.” More from HRC and NBC Out

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- WOMEN ON THE RISE: SPOTLIGHT ON LGBTQ LEADERS & ALLIES: From trailblazing figures of our past, to champions on the front lines of today’s movement, women have been at the heart of the fight for equality. For Women’s History Month, HRC is shining a light on openly LGBTQ women leaders and allies who are leading on LGBTQ-inclusive bills in the battleground states of Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio and Wisconsin, as well as in our nation’s capital. Read more from HRC

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 YOUR LOCAL QUEER BUSINESS NEEDS YOUR SOCIAL-DISTANCED SUPPORT! 

  • Read more about how to support LGBTQ businesses and non-profits in Washington, D.C. from Austa Somvichian-Clausen (@austaclausen) at Thrillist
  • Read more about how to support LGBTQ businesses in Chicago from Jessi Roti (@JessiTaylorRO) at Thrillist

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Star Observer reports on a new series from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation about a trans high schooler 

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