ICYMI -- HRC LEGAL DIRECTOR SARAH WARBELOW (@SarahWarbelow) TESTIFIES AT CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON THE EQUALITY ACT: The hearing took place in the Education and Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services. Backed by nearly 70 percent of Americans, hundreds of members of Congress, more than 180 major businesses and more than 350 statewide and national organizations, the Equality Act has growing, unprecedented support. More from HRC.

LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE “BE HEARD IN THE WORKPLACE ACT” TO PROTECT LGBTQ EMPLOYEES: The legislation -- introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Reps. Katherine Clark (D-MA), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Elissa Slotkin (D-MA) and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) -- aims to prevent sexual harassment and other forms of workplace harassment and discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. More from CNN.

  • Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) yesterday introduced the ‘Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act” to expand services to expand opportunities for the government to protect LGBTQ youth. More from Washington Blade.

WHAT WE’RE WRITING WEDNESDAY -- YOUNG PEOPLE PEN POEMS ABOUT EQUALITY: To celebrate National Poetry Month, HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools asked young people nationwide to write poems about what equality means to them, and we’re loving the amazing responses we’ve been receiving! Check out these poems and art from America’s youth from HRC.

HRC STANDS WITH BLACK COMMUNITIES TARGETED BY CHURCH BURNINGS ACROSS THE SOUTH:

DESPITE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS IN ALLOWING IDs TO REFLECT NON-BINARY GENDER IDENTITY, HURDLES REMAIN: Ian-Meredythe Lindsey was thrilled to finally mark “X” on their state ID in Maine, but continues to face erasure -- as forms including marriage licenses still force them to mark only ‘M’ or ‘F’ as their gender. More from NewNowNext.

TODAY IS NATIONAL YOUTH HIV AND AIDS AWARENESS DAY: Learn more about the risk factors for this population from HRC Foundation’s HIV and Health Equity Director J. Maurice McCants-Pearsall.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

MORNING MUST READ: Mustafa Akyol explains how Brunei’s brutal law is not only not in line with Islamic teachings, but goes against the religion’s values. More from The New York Times.

  • Bisi Alimi, a LGBTQ advocate from Nigeria, describes how he was held at gunpoint for his sexual orientation, in a plea for advocates to speak out against Brunei’s law. More from Metro.
  • Princess Cruises will stop calls to Brunei following the passage of this law. More from Travel Agent Central.

NEW FROM AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL -- RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES FAIL TO PROVIDE JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF CHECHEN GOVERNMENT’S VIOLENCE AGAINST LGBTQ PEOPLE: More from The Los Angeles Times.

DESPICABLE -- PRIME MINISTER VOREQE BAINIMARAMA SAYS FIJI WILL NEVER HAVE MARRIAGE EQUALITY: More from Gay Star News.

POLISH CITY GOVERNMENT BANS LGBTQ PRIDE FESTIVAL: More from Gay Star News.

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

News on 6 reports that the Tulsa Opera will feature an openly trans woman in a leading role -- believed to be the first time in U.S. history; Michigan Live shares a moving story of a couple forming an LGBTQ choir to honor their late son; Remezcla reviews ‘José,’ a film about a gay indigenous man in Guatemala; Los Angeles Times covers a recent job fair for transgender and non-binary job-seekers; HRC shares a new video highlighting Taylor Swift’s recent donation to fight the “slate of hate” bills in her home state of Tennessee

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