ICYMI -- HRC & GLSEN HOSTED AN LGBTQ+ VIRTUAL GRADUATION CEREMONY ON FRIDAY: The ceremony honored the LGBTQ+ high school and college graduating class of 2020. As the country is encouraged to practice social distancing, many institutions are canceling or postponing their graduation ceremonies; this effort honored the nearly half a million LGBTQ+ students HRC estimates are graduating this spring, who may be impacted by these cancellations and who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Watch the ceremony here

  • Speakers and performers in the virtual ceremony included: HRC President Alphonso David; GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard; Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA); Josie Totah; Shangela; Bob the Drag Queen; Eureka; Shea Diamond; Dillard University President Walter M Kimbrough; Marshall Fundamental Secondary School (Pasadena, Calif.) Principal Mark Anderson; University of Central Arkansas 2020 student and former HRC Youth Ambassador Lucas Segal; South Carolina State University 2020 student Charles C. Patton; Class of 2020 high school students Jessica Chiriboga; Elle Smith and HRC Youth Ambassador Nhandi
  • For a full list of all of HRC’s efforts and resources during the COVID-19 global health crisis, please visit this link.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY BY ENSURING FAMILIES EVERYWHERE HAVE SUPPORT TO GROW & THRIVE: HRC research shows too many LGBTQ families do not have access to paid leave. It’s time every home has access to paid family leave. Learn more from HRC

LGBTQ HELPLINES SEE SURGE IN CALLS AS QUEER COMMUNITIES FACE ISOLATION AND LOCKDOWN IN UNWELCOMING HOMES: More from PRI

THE 2020 CENSUS STILL DOESN’T ASK ABOUT SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR GENDER IDENTITY, BUT LGBTQ PEOPLE MUST STILL COMPLETE IT: More from Vice.  

IN THE STATES

ACTION MUST BE TAKEN AFTER THE KILLING OF AHMAUD ARBERY: HRC has called for action to bring his killer to justice and prevent future bias-based crime. “State legislators must stop turning a blind eye to the persistent scourge of bias-motivated crimes and work swiftly to enact fully-inclusive hate crime protections,” said HRC Senior Legislative Counsel Xavier Persad. Read more from USA Today

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GABRIELLE UNION (@itsgabrielleu) AND DWYANE WADE (@DwyaneWade) SHOW SUPPORT TO LGBTQ COMMUNITY AMID PANDEMIC: More from UPI

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

GERMANY PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT LGBTQ YOUTH FROM SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: Germany becomes the fifth county in the world to ban conversion therapy, joining Malta, Ecuador, Brazil and Taiwan. In the United States, currently 18 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico all have laws or regulations "protecting youth from this harmful practice.” More from The Hill

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The Advocate remembers David Carter, a historian who wrote a definitive book on the Stonewall riots

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