HISTORY MADE! JANE CASTOR ELECTED AS FIRST OPENLY LGBTQ MAYOR OF TAMPA, FL: “HRC was proud to endorse Castor and help turn out the vote for her historic win.” said HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeeLive). More from The Hill and HRC.

NEVADA SEN. JACKY ROSEN JOINS HRC IN SUPPORT OF THE EQUALITY ACT: “No individual should ever have to face discrimination because of who they love or how they self-identify,” said Rosen. More from Las Vegas Review-Journal.

HRC MOURNS NIGEL SHELBY, GAY ALABAMA TEEN WHO DIED BY SUICIDE FOLLOWING ANTI-LGBTQ BULLYING: Shelby is remembered by his mother as “outgoing” and “always full of joy, full of light, he was always singing, always dancing.” Suicide is the second leading cause of death among U.S. teenagers, and members of the LGBTQ community are at great risk due to the impact of social stigma, family rejection, bullying,  stigma, harassment and abuse. Studies show these rates are higher for Black youth. More from WAFF.

  • A local sheriff’s deputy has been placed on leave after making anti-LGBTQ comments on a social media post about Shelby’s death. More from The Washington Post.
  • If you or someone you know may be at risk of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If you’re a young person and need to talk to someone, call The Trevor Project’s 24-hour crisis hotline for youth at 1-866-488-7386. If you are a transgender person of any age, call the Trans Lifeline at (877) 565-8860.

HEAR HRC LEGAL DIRECTOR SARAH WARBELOW (@SARAHWARBELOW) BREAK DOWN WHAT’S AT STAKE FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE IN TITLE VII CASES BEFORE U.S. SUPREME COURT: Listen to the conversation at KPCC.

HRC GLOBAL INNOVATORS JOIN EMBASSY OF SPAIN IN CELEBRATION OF LGBTQ EQUALITY:

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- NEW FEDERAL RULE WILL HELP PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV AFFORD LIFE-SAVING MEDICATION: The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is finalizing a new rule that would allow people who rely on expensive non-generic prescription drugs -- including those living with HIV -- to count toward their annual insurance deductible the charitable drug assistance they may be receiving. More from HRC.

ICYMI -- GROWING NUMBER OF BUSINESSES SIGN ONTO LETTER OPPOSING ANTI-LGBTQ “SLATE OF HATE” IN TENNESSEE: Yesterday, several major corporations sent a letter to lawmakers in Tennessee opposing the legislature’s attempt to discriminate against LGBTQ Tennesseans. More from CBS, The Tennessean and Nashville Business Journal.

TEXAS BILLS COULD COST STATE ITS REPUTATION AND BILLIONS: LGBTQ groups, tech companies and more are warning the Texas legislature not to take up legislation that would discriminate against LGBTQ Texans, saying it will cause reputational and economic fallout. More in CNBC.  

  • Mississippians who have lived through the passage of anti-LGBTQ laws warn Texas: don’t go there. More from NewNowNext.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

BRUNEI DEFENDS ITS DRACONIAN ANTI-LGBTQ LAWS IN LETTER TO EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT:  The European Parliament has adopted a resolution condemning Brunei’s anti-LGBTQ laws and urged Bruneian authorities to repeal them. More from ABC/Reuters.

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WLRN features an interview with Florida filmmaker George Zuber, exploring the mistreatment of transgender prison inmates across the U.S.; New York Times highlights Jill Salvino’s (@directorjill) “Between the Shades,” a documentary examining the range of human sexuality

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