FEDERAL COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF GAVIN GRIMM, TRANSGENDER STUDENT BLOCKED BY SCHOOL DISTRICT FROM GENDER-SEGREGATED SPACES: “Every student should feel safe at school, regardless of gender identity. Transgender students are covered by Title IX and the United States Constitution and are entitled to the same rights and protections as every other student,” said Cathryn Oakley (@CthrynOkly), State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel. “With the Trump-Pence administration’s barrage of attacks on LGBTQ people in this country, including against students, we are pleased that yet another federal court decision has reaffirmed legal rights and dignity of transgender people. Congratulations to Gavin Grimm and the American Civil Liberties Union on this milestone victory.” More from HRC, Out Magazine, Advocate and Metro Weekly.

MONDAY MUST READ -- EXCLUSIVE DAILY BEAST INTERVIEW WITH VIRGINIA DELEGATE DANICA ROEM: As Roem, the state’s first openly transgender state legislator, campaigns for re-election, she faces yet another anti-LGBTQ opponent. After ousting “Chief Homophobe” Bob Marshall in 2017, Roem is now working to prevent Kelly McGinn from taking office. McGinn, a former staffer for Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), has campaigned against marriage equality, reproductive health care and non-discrimination policies for LGBTQ Americans. More from Tim Teeman (@TimTeeman) at The Daily Beast.

NEO-NAZI, ANTI-LGBTQ EXTREMIST ARRESTED FOR PLANNING ATTACK ON LGBTQ & JEWISH PEOPLE: Said HRC President Alphonso David, in a Twitter thread: “We are extremely alarmed to hear that Conor Climo, who was arrested last night in Las Vegas, was allegedly planning to attack a synagogue and LGBTQ bar. While Climo's actions are concerning, they are not in a vacuum. Dangerous & hateful rhetoric start at the top levels of government and heavily influence and impact the rest of American society. Each and every day, the Trump-Pence administration has sought to dehumanize LGBTQ people, undermine our rights and treat us like second class citizens. HRC will hold the Trump administration and all elected officials who fuel the flames of hate accountable at the ballot box.” More from HRC.

TODAY MARKS ONE YEAR SINCE THE HORRIFIC VIOLENCE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE: Today, we honor Heather Heyer, who was killed during the horrific violence that took place in Charlottesville two years ago, and Khalid Jabara, who was also the victim of a violent hate crime in Tulsa three years ago. Reporting hate crimes like these to the FBI is voluntary. As a result, thousands of law enforcement agencies are not reporting these crimes -- that means they are undercounted, and we do not have accurate data. That’s why HRC supports the Jabara Heyer NO HATE Act, which would promote more accurate hate crime data collection and assist hate crime victims.

HRC’S CHARLOTTE CLYMER CALLS ON TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN TO PROTECT TRANS HEALTH:

PBS NEWS HOUR SPEAKS TO LGBTQ ASYLUM SEEKERS FACING ATTACKS BOTH IN HOME COUNTRIES AND WHILE IN U.S. CUSTODY: Get the full story from PBS.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE COCA-COLA AD UPSETS HUNGARY CONSERVATIVES: The battle over billboards and campaigns is part of a worrying backlash against LGBTQ rights in parts of Europe. More from The New York Times.

MURDER OF TRANS WOMAN SPARKS FEAR OF RISING ANTI-LGBTQ VIOLENCE IN ECUADOR: More from Openly.

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BBC shares the story of a “Rainbow Caravan,” LGBTQ people from Central America and Mexico who traveled to the U.S. to seek refuge; Washington Post features D.C. barbershop and art gallery offering insight into LGBTQ community -- and free haircuts; Billboard highlights experiences of LGBTQ songwriters in the music industry at Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter’s inaugural Pride Summit.

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