HRC DENOUNCES TRUMP’S NOMINEE’S ANTI-LGBTQ REMARKS ON MATTHEW SHEPARD: Said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid): “At at time when violence and discrimination against LGBTQ people other marginalized communities is on the rise in this country, the last thing we need is another judicial nominee who does not recognize LGBTQ people as people worthy of basic respect and protection under the law.  Steven Menashi is not fit to serve on any judicial bench, much less a court one step down from the Supreme Court. He should withdraw, and if he doesn’t, he should be rejected by the Senate.” More from HRC.

“VISIBILITY SAVES LIVES. VISIBILITY SAVED MY LIFE!”: Actor Ian Alexander (@ianaIexander) spoke at HRC’s Salt Lake City dinner and highlighted the importance of visibility for LGBTQ youth. Watch here.

HRC RESPONDS TO JASON LEWIS SENATE ANNOUNCEMENT IN MN: “Jason Lewis is a dangerously out-of-touch extremist who compared LGBTQ people to rapists and criminals and complained that he could no longer call women ‘sluts’” said HRC Regional Campaign Director for Minnesota Lindsey Clark. “The fact that he wants to make a reappearance from obscurity is his decision, but we’re confident Minnesotans will send him there again.” More from Pink News

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- WE’RE NOT CRYING, YOU’RE CRYING! VIDEO OF DAD TRIMMING TRANS SON’S BEARD GOES VIRAL: More from We Are Mitú

DURING NYC BLACK PRIDE FESTIVAL, ADVOCATES SPEAK OUT ABOUT VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK TRANS WOMEN: More from ABC News

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID SPEAKS AT NATIONAL NQAPIA LEADERSHIP SUMMIT:

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS’ VP JEFF FREITAS ON IMPORTANCE OF LGBTQ RIGHTS & INCLUSION IN EDUCATION: “At [the Education International World Congress], I addressed my international union siblings in support of a resolution that answered the call to fight for LGBTQI rights,” writes Freitas (@jeff_freitas), who is openly gay, in a piece for The Bay Area Reporter. “I did this because I believe that LGBTQI rights are human rights. I believe they are worker's rights. And I believe that LGBTQI issues are critical to public education.” Read more from The Bay Area Reporter

TEXAS COUPLE WHO RAN “CONVERSION THERAPY” CAMP FOR YOUTH ARE INDICTED BY GRAND JURY: More from NY Daily News

TRANSGENDER WOMAN SUES EMPLOYER AFTER SHE WAS HARASSED AT HER JOB & SUBSEQUENLY FIRED: More from Chicago Sun Times

MARYLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS MAY INCLUDE THE HISTORY OF LGBTQ AND DISABILITY RIGHTS IN CURRICULA AS SOON AS NEXT YEAR: More from Washington Informer

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

GEORGIAN-AMERICAN LAWYER THEODORE JONAS FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST ANTI-LGBTQ ACTIVIST FOR THREATS DURING GEORGIA’S FIRST-EVER PRIDE EVENT IN JULY: More from Eurasianet

BRAZIL PRESIDENT JAIR BOLSONARO CUTS GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR FILM PROJECTS, INCLUDING LGBTQ FILMS: More from PinkNews

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TVLine reports that ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” is featuring a same-sex couple for the first time; Pride Source reports on the new Netflix show “Styling Hollywood,” which stars a same-sex couple; HRC Global is in Seoul for the ILGA Asia conference

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