TODAY -- CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS AND ADVOCATES JOINED BY REP. MARY GAY SCANLON TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE AHEAD OF HISTORIC EQUALITY ACT HEARING: The Coalition to Pass the Equality Act’s press conference, held ahead of the first-ever Congressional committee hearing on the Equality Act, will take place today at 1 p.m. at the House Triangle on Capitol Hill. It will highlight the critical need, efforts and unprecedented support for the Equality Act, and preview witness testimony and stories. For more information or to RSVP, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

HRC CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL TRANSGENDER DAY OF VISIBILITY 2019: Held annually on March 31, International Transgender Day of Visibility is a time to celebrate transgender and non-binary people around the globe and acknowledge the courage it takes to live openly and authentically. Read more from HRC.

  • As the world yesterday marked Transgender Day of Visibility, police said they are investigating the shooting death of Ashanti Carmon, a transgender woman from Maryland. Her fiance told NBC4 he couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to hurt her. More from NBC4.
    In November, HRC released a report detailing the ongoing epidemic of violence targeting the transgender community, particularly Black transgender women.
  • HRC’s Charlotte Clymer (@cmclymer) speaks with El Pais about the Trump-Pence discriminatory ban on transgender troops. Read the interview at El Pais.
  • Among nine trans activists you should know -- HRC’s Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride). Read more at Elite Daily.

U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF APPEALS TO BRUNEI TO HALT LAW THAT WOULD PUNISH LGBTQ PEOPLE WITH TORTURE AND DEATH:  “I appeal to the Government to stop the entry into force of this draconian new penal code, which would mark a serious setback for human rights protections for the people of Brunei if implemented,” Michelle Bachelet said in a statement earlier today. HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) said that “it is imperative that our leaders -- including Donald Trump and Mike Pence -- make it clear that this law must not move forward. The world needs our leadership.” More from Reuters.

MONDAY MUST-READ: PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S LEANA WEN (@DrLeanaWen) TAKES OVER HRC TWITTER TO TALK LGBTQ HEALTH SERVICES, THE EQUALITY ACT AND TRUMP-PENCE ATTACKS ON TITLE X. More here.

ICYMI: HRC 2019 LA DINNER FEATURED SENATORS KAMALA HARRIS AND CORY BOOKER, HONORED ACTRESS YEARDLEY SMITH: More from Los Angeles Times, Variety, Advocate and Hollywood Reporter.

LGBTQ WORKERS LEAVE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OVER “TREATMENT OF ITS LGBTQ EMPLOYEES”: More from BuzzFeed.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

TENS OF THOUSANDS PROTEST MEETING OF U.S. HATE GROUP IN VERONA, ITALY: The presence of the virulently anti-LGBTQ World Congress of Families turned the city into a “battlefield,” reported Giada Zampano (@GZampano) of Politico. Read more at LGBTQ Nation and Politico.

NEW STUDY SHOWS LESS THAN HALF OF URBAN MILLENNIALS IN INDIA FIND LGBTQ RELATIONSHIPS ACCEPTABLE: More from Gay Star News.

U.N. DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (UNDP) AND WORLD BANK PROPOSE NEW INDICATORS IN EFFORT TO DEVELOP “INCLUSION INDEX” FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE: More from SDG Knowledge Hub.

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Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that foundations must to do more to support transgender people

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