HRC CONDEMNS TRUMP-PENCE EFFORTS TO ABANDON PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER EMPLOYEES: “The Trump-Pence administration’s filing today is both legally and morally unjustifiable,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow (@SarahWarbelow). “Their argument is un-American, anti-business and flies in the face of decades of federal case law, including established Supreme Court precedent. There can be no justification for such a narrow interpretation of the term ‘sex.’ Our community will not be silent, and we will not be erased.” More from HRC and the Washington Blade.

ICYMI -- HRC WELCOMES SEN. SHERROD BROWN AND CONNIE SCHULTZ TO CLEVELAND GALA, HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID DELIVERS FIRST GALA REMARKS: “In unity, we fight to be treated equally under the law. In unity, we fight to have our families treated fairly,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “In unity, we fight for society to recognize and respect us for who we are. In unity, we fight for the day we can stop fighting.” More from HRC.

HRC ENDORSES U.S. REP. COLIN ALLRED AND TEXAS STATE REP. JULIE JOHNSON: “Congressman Allred is the type of leader we need in Washington: passionate, committed and focused on improving the lives of his constituents,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Texas State Representative Julie Johnson has been a change-maker since joining the Texas House in 2018, and we know she will continue to fight fiercely for her fellow LGBTQ Texans once reelected.” More from HRC.

MUST LISTEN MONDAY: Elizabeth Coffey-Williams shares the heart-breaking story of being blocked from seeing her siblings when she came out as transgender in the 1960s, and how finding support at her local hospital enabled her to live her truth -- and eventually reunite with her family. More from StoryCorps and NPR.

MORNING MUST READ -- HRC’S JAY BROWN WRITES FOR USA TODAY ON THE IMPORTANCE OF AN AFFIRMING FAMILY FOR TRANSGENDER YOUTH: “When a child comes out as transgender, it’s important that they’re met by an affirming family. Sadly, many trans youth face rejection. Sometimes that rejection is blatant and ugly, other times it’s cloaked in what appears to be good intentions,” writes HRC Foundation Senior Vice President Jay Brown (@ThisIsJayBrown). “Fortunately, many parents are meeting the occasional difficulty with a determination to support their child.” Read more here.

ICYMI -- HRC RELEASES ANNUAL HEALTHCARE EQUALITY INDEX: A record 680 health care facilities actively participated in this year’s survey, and, even as Trump-Pence continue their assault on LGBTQ-inclusive health care, 406 of them earned a top score of 100. HRC President Alphonso David launched the HEI in Columbus, Ohio, as part of his cross-country #WeAreHRC tour. More from The Columbus Dispatch, WOSU and PRIZM.

TRIAL IN CASE OF HATE-MOTIVATED KILLING OF GEORGIA GAY MAN HEADS TO STATE SUPREME COURT: Last week, Magistrate Court Judge Nora Polk ruled there was enough evidence for the case to proceed. More from Atlanta Journal Constitution.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HOW RUSSIA’S LGBTQ COMMUNITY HAS FOUGHT THE PUTIN REGIME FOR 20 YEARS: “LGBTI people in Russia have turned out to be very strong. People have fought back. They’ve got organised. And they’ve come out in growing numbers and with defiant self-confidence,” Igor Kochetkov, co-founder of the Russian LGBT Network, writes for Metro.

MUST READ IN HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW -- HOW MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS ADVANCE GLOBAL EQUALITY: Read the full piece from HBR.

OTTAWA MAYOR JIM WATSON (@JimWatsonOttawa) COMES OUT AS GAY IN OP-ED FOR OTTAWA CITIZEN: Read more from the Advocate.

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

AL.com covers Birmingham’s second annual Black LGBTQ pride festival.

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