HAPPENING TODAY -- HHS PUBLISHING PROPOSED RULE CHANGE TO REMOVE SEXUAL ORIENTATION DATA COLLECTION FROM FED CHILD WELFARE REPORTING SYSTEM & PUBLIC HAS 60 DAYS TO COMMENT: Read more from HRC.

OP-ED DISMANTLES ARGUMENTS TO EXCLUDE TRANS PEOPLE FROM LGBTQ AND FEMINIST MOVEMENTS: Writes Jessica Stern of OutRight Action International (@OutRightIntl), “Every individual has a different experience of their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. And that variety is wonderful. It adds to the diversity of the LGBT+ community and society as a whole.” Read the op-ed from Openly.

FEEL-GOOD FRIDAY -- HRC MARKS NATIONAL TRANS HIV TESTING DAY WITH US HELPING US AND CASA RUBY: More from HRC.

  • AIDSVu also released updated data and interactive maps illustrating impact of HIV in cities across the U.S. View the maps here.

STATEHOUSE ROUNDUP

  • Several anti-LGBTQ bills are still being considered in the Texas legislature, writes Bill McCann, including a “license to discriminate” measure. More from Austin American-Statesman.
  • Ohio State Senator Tina Maharath (D-Columbus) introduced a bill this week that would protect youth from so-called “conversion therapy.” More from Spectrum News 1.

ACTRESS AND TENNESSEE NATIVE MEGAN FOX SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ANTI-LGBTQ “SLATE OF HATE” BILLS IN HER HOME STATE: More here.

LGBTQ DELEGATION TRAVELS TO SOUTHERN BORDER, MEETS WITH LGBTQ ASYLUM SEEKERS: The delegation included more than 30 elected officials, artists, athletes and activists. Read more from the Los Angeles Blade.

HRC MARKS DEATHS OF LGBTQ JOURNALIST, LYRA MCKEE; AND PSYCHIATRIST, RICHARD GREEN, WHO DEBUNKED MYTH THAT BEING LGBTQ IS “DISORDER”:

  • Journalist Lyra McKee, 29, was killed last night while covering riots in Northern Ireland. Read more at PinkNews.
  • Psychiatrist Richard Green, 82, who also earned a law degree and worked to advance LGBTQ equality, died of cancer at his home in London. Read more at the Advocate.

TODAY -- SINGER-SONGWRITER TREY PEARSON PARTNERS WITH HRC FOR A TWITTER TAKEOVER: Pearson (@treypearson) will talk about how we can create inclusive spaces to welcome and support LGBTQ people of faith. More from HRC.

HRC MARKS NATIONAL IMMIGRANT RESILIENCE DAY: More from HRC.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT CONDEMNS BRUNEI FOR DRACONIAN ANTI-LGBTQ LAW: Lawmakers also asked the EU to consider freezing the country’s assets and banning visas. Read more from Business Times.

  • LGBTQ Bruneins continue to speak out against the country’s anti-LGBTQ law. More from Washington Blade.

LGBTQ ACTIVISTS ARRESTED IN RUSSIA DURING PROTEST: Read more from Gay Star News.

THIS WEEK, HRC WELCOMED REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EMBASSY OF ARGENTINA AND MUSIC ARTIST CALENNA GARBÄ: More from HRC.

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

Alex Marzano-Lesnevich (@alexmlwrites) writes for The New York Times about their experiences “flying while transgender;” HuffPost covers openly transgender actor Ian Alexander’s (@ianaIexander) appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”

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