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HRC, PARTNERS AND ALLIES UNITED AGAINST HATE ONE YEAR AFTER CHARLOTTESVILLE WHITE SUPREMACIST RALLY AND DEADLY ATTACK: Said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “The horrific violence that occurred, and the murder of Heather Heyer, tragically reinforced the extent to which racism, anti-Black violence, anti-Semitism, bigotry and xenophobia continue to plague America. We must use our voices, our power and our energy to be good allies, fight white supremacy and be united against hate in all of its forms.” More from HRC.

  • Today, HRC is launching a #UnitedAgainstHate Digital Weekend of Action.
  • This afternoon from 3-4 p.m. ET, HRC will join the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and other civil rights organizations in a Twitter storm utilizing the hashtag #AgainstHate.
  • Roberta Kaplan, the famed civil rights lawyer who has filed a lawsuit on behalf of 10 plaintiffs against the white supremacist rally organizers, will also take over HRC’s Twitter this afternoon at 2 p.m. ET, to provide an exclusive update on the lawsuit.

MORNING MUST READ FROM HRC PRESIDENT CHAD GRIFFIN ON SESSION’S SO-CALLED “RELIGIOUS LIBERTY TASK FORCE”: “It’s attempting to weaponize religion despite the broad chorus of religious leaders who object to these kinds of thinly-veiled attacks against LGBTQ people, Griffin writes. “At a time when two-thirds of all LGBTQ people report experiencing discrimination, this administration is actively working to make the problem worse. The Constitution already protects the ability to exercise one’s religion. What our Constitution does not protect is using taxpayer funds to wield religion as a weapon of discrimination.” More from Advocate.

FIRED UP FRIDAY -- DIVE INTO HRC’S 2018 MIDTERM ELECTION EFFORTS: For the final days of the election season, HRC is hiring an additional 45 organizers and deploying 50 more staff, who will join 35 existing staff already on the ground in key districts and states leading get out the vote efforts, training hundreds of local organizers and volunteers across the country and organizing online as part of the largest grassroots expansion in the organization’s 38-year history. For more than a year, HRC has been on the ground building support for pro-equality candidates with priority investments in six key states — Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. More from Towleroad.

NEW HRC VIDEO -- HRC’S SARAH MCBRIDE SITS DOWN WITH THE CAST AND CREW OF “THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST”:

VATICAN ALLEGEDLY PROPOSES HISTORIC TALK ON LGBTQ EQUALITY BY CATHOLIC CHURCH: Father James Martin will speak about LGBTQ faithful at the World Meeting of Families held in Dublin, Ireland, between August 21 and 26. More from Pink News.

RESEARCH CONFIRMS THOSE TAKING FEMINIZING HORMONE THERAPY CAN TAKE PrEP: More from The Body Pro.

WYNN RESORTS CHANGES BATHING SUIT POLICY AFTER GAY MAN KICKED OUT OF POOL FOR WEARING SPEEDO: The updated policy will enforce the same bathing suit requirements for all genders. More from Out Traveler.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

COSTA RICA’S CONSTITUTIONAL COURT INSTRUCTS LEGISLATURE TO ENACT MARRIAGE EQUALITY WITHIN 18 MONTHS: This means the country could become the first in Central America with marriage equality. More from The Costa Rica Star.

PORTUGAL LAW ALLOWING CITIZENS TO CHANGE LEGAL NAME AND GENDER MARKER WITHOUT MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION GOES INTO EFFECT: The law also prohibits medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children. More from The New Straits Times.

LEBANON ACTIVISTS HOPE JULY APPEALS COURT RULING WILL PAVE THE WAY FOR EQUALITY: More from The Daily Beast.

PETTY -- TURKEY BOYCOTTS EUROVISION SONG CONTEST FOR ALLOWING LGBTQ PERFORMERS: More from Reuters.

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

Variety shares a column by nonbinary activist Jeffrey Marsh about the history of trans representation in film; Polygon previews Steam’s Queer Games Bundle

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