MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG TO KEYNOTE HRC 2019 LAS VEGAS DINNER ON MAY 11: “Mayor Pete Buttigieg is changing hearts and minds across America in his trailblazing campaign to be the Democratic Party’s first out nominee for President of the United States,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “As a visible and outspoken advocate for LGBTQ equality, Mayor Pete has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to our community and we are honored to welcome him to our Las Vegas Dinner.” Read more from HRC and The Hill.

REPORTS -- TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION DEFIES CONSTITUTION, MOVES TO DENY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ASYLUM SEEKERS BOND: Read more here.

HRC ENDORSES JOLIE JUSTUS FOR MAYOR OF KANSAS CITY, MO.: “An experienced problem solver, Jolie Justus is the effective leader who will help create greater opportunity for all Kansas City residents,” said HRC Field Director Marty Rouse. If elected, Jolie Justus would make history as the first openly LGBTQ mayor in the city. Read more from HRC and The Kansas City Star.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY -- HRC RELEASES POWERFUL NEW AMERICANS FOR THE EQUALITY ACT VIDEO FEATURING TRANSGENDER SINGER/SONGWRITER SHEA DIAMOND: Diamond (@iamsheadiamond) shares her story as a transgender woman and artist from the South and calls on Congress to advance the Equality Act -- bipartisan legislation that would finally extend clear, comprehensive non-discrimination protections to millions of LGBTQ people nationwide. The Americans for the Equality Act series, filmed by award-winning directors Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) and Paris Barclay (@Harparbar), launched last month with a debut video featuring Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field (@sally_field) and her son Sam Greisman (@SAMGREIS). Read more from HRC, Billboard and Los Angeles Blade.

THE NAVAL ACADEMY CONFIRMS IT WILL BAN QUALIFIED TRANSGENDER AMERICANS FROM ENROLLING STARTING IN 2020: Read Danielle Ohl’s (@DTOhl) piece on this discriminatory action in response to Trump-Pence administration’s trans troop ban at The Baltimore Sun.

MAP PESQUEIRA, A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, LOSES SCHOLARSHIP BECAUSE HE IS TRANSGENDER: Writes The Daily Texan’s Emily Hernandez: “Under President Donald Trump’s new policy banning transgender people from serving in the military, effective last Friday, Pesqueira is not allowed to serve in the military. Therefore, the U.S. Department of Defense voided his scholarship.” Read more from The Daily Texan.

HRC CONTINUES TO TRACK ANTI-LGBTQ “SLATE OF HATE” LEGISLATION IN TENNESSEE: Read the latest news from HRC.

HURT REMAINS FOR LGBTQ MORMON COMMUNITY, EVEN AS THE CHURCH TAKES STEPS TOWARD INCLUSION: Read more from The Salt Lake Tribune.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

CANADA LEADS GROUP OF MORE THAN 30 COUNTRIES SPEAKING OUT AGAINST BRUNEI’S DRACONIAN ANTI-LGBTQ LAW: More from ABC-CBN.

SUPREME COURT IN INDIA DISMISSES PETITION SEEKING CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS, INCLUDING FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: More from New Indian Express.

OUT LAWYER & LIMA CITY OFFICIAL SUSEL PAREDES IS FIGHTING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN PERU: More from Reuters.

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

SWERV reports on African American LGBTQ Greek Letter organizations; Bravo details why every workplace should have educational workshops for their staff that cover LGBTQ inclusion; The Ithacan publishes a Q&A with Janet Galván (@galvan_galvanj), conductor of the Ithaca College Choir’s performance of the composition “Considering Matthew Shepard”

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