HRC CALLS ON HHS TO REJECT PROPOSAL TO REMOVE SEXUAL ORIENTATION DATA COLLECTION FROM FED CHILD WELFARE REPORTING SYSTEM: “LGBTQ youth are tragically overrepresented in foster care, and this attempt to erase them and important data on adoptive and foster parents undermines efforts to address the marginalization, harassment and discrimination that LGBTQ youth in foster care and families face,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy (@david_stacy). Read more from HRC.

U.S. SUPREME COURT REJECTS CHALLENGE TO NEW JERSEY’S ANTI-CONVERSION THERAPY LAW: This is the third time the Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the 2013 law. New Jersey was the second state in the nation to prohibit state-licensed health professionals from engaging in these harmful practices with minors. Read more from HRC.

THROWBACK THURSDAY -- ONE YEAR AFTER COMING OUT, JANELLE MONÁE FEATURED IN THEM. COVER STORY: Monáe (@JanelleMonae) in a conversation with Lizzo (@lizzo), says: “To be young, queer, and Black in America means that you can be misunderstood. You can be hated. It also means that you can be celebrated and loved. And I think there's a lot at stake when you’re living out loud in that way. One thing I’ve realized even more was that when you walk in your truth, you can inspire and encourage people to walk in theirs,” says Monáe. Read the full interview at them..

HRC’S LIAM MIRANDA WRITES ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PAID LEAVE FOR LGBTQ FAMILIES: Results from HRC’s 2018 U.S. LGBTQ Paid Leave Survey “confirmed that LGBTQ people face heightened barriers to accessing leave --  including unique medical needs, unequal relationship recognition and unjust employment discrimination,” writes Miranda, HRC Senior Research Manager (@liamiest). Read more from Medium.

TRANS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WANTS COUNTRY TO KNOW -- “TENNESSEE IS NOT DEFINED BY ANTI-LGBTQ LEGISLATION”: Among the “Slate of Hate” bills being considered is one that would “require the state attorney general’s office to defend local school districts that do not have trans-inclusive restroom policies,” writes Samantha Allen (@SLAwrites). Allen speaks with trans student Charles Key, who says even though it’s difficult to live under the threat posed by the bills, “he wants the rest of the country to realize that Tennessee is not defined by the anti-LGBT legislation that some lawmakers propose every year.” Read the full piece from The Daily Beast.

AFTER VICIOUS ATTACK ON TRANSGENDER WOMAN, ADVOCATES IN DALLAS CALL ON LEGISLATORS TO EXPAND HATE CRIMES LAW TO INCLUDE GENDER IDENTITY: Read more from Fox 4 News.

FAITH-BASED ADOPTION AGENCY SUES MICHIGAN IN CHALLENGE TO  SETTLEMENT BARRING IT FROM DISCRIMINATING AGAINST LGBTQ FAMILIES: More from the Associated Press.

HRC WINS SHORTY AWARD FOR DIGITAL GOTV ADS DURING THE 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS: Read more here.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

IN OP-ED FOR THE HILL, JOHN SIFTON (@johnsifton) OF HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH CALLS FOR SANCTIONS ON BRUNEI: Read the full piece from The Hill.

  • The University of Aberdeen has revoked an honorary degree given to the Sultan of Brunei. Read more from the BBC.

SURVEY SHOWS LGBTQ JOB SEEKERS IN JAPAN EXPERIENCE DISCRIMINATION: Ninety percent of transgender job seekers and 40% of lesbian, gay and bisexual job seekers reported experiencing problems. More from PinkNews.

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SWERV writes about a new Center for Diversity, Inclusion & Multicultural Affairs at the University of the District of Columbia; HRC introduces 2019 Global Innovators

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