ICYMI -- U.S. SUPREME COURT TO HEAR MAJOR CIVIL RIGHTS CASES ON ANTI-LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION: Several federal courts have ruled that anti-LGBTQ discrimination is a form of sex discrimination that violates federal law. The Trump-Pence administration, however, has recently threatened to redefine federal sex discrimination through regulations attempting to erase protections for transgender people, and has asked the Supreme Court to reverse course and bar LGBTQ people from receiving federal nondiscrimination protections. More from HRC, Advocate, CNBC, ABC, CBS and The Associated Press.

MAJOR CORPORATIONS RELEASE LETTER OPPOSING ANTI-LGBTQ “SLATE OF HATE” IN TENNESSEE: The signers are Hilton, IKEA North America Services, LLC, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Lyft, Marriott International, MassMutual, Nike, Inc. Replacements, Ltd., Unilever and Warby Parker. “We are grateful to the corporations that have signed this letter opposing these harmful bills, and we implore Tennessee’s lawmakers to heed their warning that discrimination will be bad for business,” said Beck Bailey, HRC Acting Director of the Workplace Equality Program (@TheBeckBailey). Read the letter here.

  • Top music execs say “Slate of Hate” sends “clear message LGBT artists, songwriter and employees are not welcome.” “The continued success and growth of our business here depends on our ability to recruit and retain a best-in-class, diverse workforce,” Warner Music execs said in letter to Gov. Bill Lee. Read more at the Tennessean.
  • And check out the Tennessee Equality Project’s video on the discriminatory adoption bill being considered by the legislature. Watch it here.

TUESDAY TWEET -- AS MILITARY ACADEMIES BEGIN TO IMPLEMENT TRANS TROOP BAN, VICE INTERVIEWS OPENLY TRANSGENDER MEMBER OF U.S. AIR FORCE: “My immediate reaction was, I was devastated. I was. It broke me. It was like, I'm about to get kicked out of the military,” says Senior Airman Sterling Crutcher (@sterlingwelsh14). Read Shawna Thomas’s (@Shawna) report at VICE News.

FOLLOWING REPORTS THAT WYOMING SCHOOL DISTRICT BANNED LGBTQ-SUPPORTIVE FLAGS & CLOTHING AT JR. HIGH, SUPERINTENDENT SAYS NOT SO:  The clarification came after racist and anti-LGBTQ flyers were reportedly taped up around the school. More from Wyoming News.

RULING FROM FED APPEALS COURT -- FOSTER CARE AGENCY RECEIVING TAXPAYER $$$ CAN’T DISCRIMINATE AGAINST LGBTQ COUPLES: Read more at NPR and Philly.com.

TRANSGENDER WOMAN FROM HONDURAS FINALLY GRANTED ASYLUM AFTER A YEAR IN U.S. DETENTION: “In Ms. [Nicole] García Aguilar’s case we forced ICE to review what it was doing to one person, but this is an out-of-control agency that refuses to follow the law unless sued. That’s not how government should operate,” said ACLU attorney Kristin Love. More from The Guardian.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

MALAYSIAN POLICE INVESTIGATING LGBTQ ADVOCATE FOR SPEAKING AT U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: Numan Afifi (@NumanAfifi) shared on social media that he “will not bow down to these acts to harass or intimidate me.” More from Gay Star News.

TURKISH COURT LIFTS BAN ON LGBTQ PRIDE EVENTS IN NATION’S CAPITAL: More from Pink News.

GERMAN BISHOP INITIATES DISCUSSION AROUND CATHOLIC CHURCH BLESSING SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS: More from New Ways Ministry.

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

OutSports interviews a bisexual high school baseball player who called out an opposing team for using anti-LGBTQ slurs; Dr. Guy Ringler (@gayfertility) writes for Advocate about efforts across Asia to help same-sex couples achieve parenthood through surrogacy

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