HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN ENDORSES SEN. TINA SMITH (D-MN) FOR REELECTION: “Senator Tina Smith has been one of our community's most ardent advocates in the United States Senate, and we’re proud to stand by her side as she runs for reelection,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). The endorsement comes after known anti-LGBTQ extremist former Rep. Jason Lewis announces run for U.S. Senate. More from HRC.

ON MORNING JOE, HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID (@ALPHONSODAVID) SENDS A MESSAGE TO THE TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN: More from HRC.

TUESDAY TWEET -- CONGRATS TO ALL LGBTQ AND ALLIED ARTISTS ON THEIR VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS: The list of artists include Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande), Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha), BTS (@bts_bighit), Halsey (@halsey), LilNasX (@LilNasX), Panic At The Disco (@PanicAtTheDisco), Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) and Todrick Hall (@Todrick).

  • Taylor Swift calls for passage of the Equality Act after winning Video Of The Year: Currently, LGBTQ Americans living in 30 states are still at risk of being fired, denied housing, or refused service because of who they are or who they love. Last night, Taylor Swift shined a bright light on the Equality Act -- a bipartisan bill that would add comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people from coast to coast. The Equality Act, which passed in the U.S. House in May, now faces an uphill battle in the Senate. More from Mashable.

HRC MARKS NATIONAL WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY: Women’s Equality Day is observed annually on August 26 to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. While the ratification of the 19th Amendment was a major step toward equality, women of color nationwide -- especially Black women -- were still disenfranchised and had to fight to gain the same voting rights enjoyed by white women. More from HRC.

THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER EDITORIAL BOARD ENDORSES DAN MCCREADY FOR CONGRESS: “[T]he 9th District election carries some real consequence, because in many ways, it is about neither of the Dans,” writes the editorial board (@theobserver). “It’s about Donald Trump, just as most races for Congress will be in the coming year.” More from The Charlotte Observer.

HORRIFIC -- TRANS WOMAN ATTACKED IN SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA: The victim, J, alleges she was called anti-trans slurs, choked and knocked unconscious by a group of men. She is calling on police to treat the attack as a hate crime and said the men were motivated by her gender identity. More from Pink News.

PENNSYLVANIA COMMISSION ON LGBTQ AFFAIRS ADVOCATES FOR INCLUSIVE LAWS AND ENDING DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES IN THE STATE: “Our queer and trans communities of color deserve to be seen,” read a statement sent out by Gov. Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf). More from WESA.

U.S. SOCCER CHAMPION MEGAN RAPINOE TALKS COMING OUT, NAVIGATING TRUMP AND HER CONSERVATIVE PARENTS: “I feel like we can see the world changing around us and we’re a huge part of that, effecting that change,” said Rapinoe (@mPinoe). “I feel like [LGBTQ] rights -- we’ve been a huge part of that. You’re starting to see more players come out.” More from OutSports.

NEW YORK MAN ARRESTED AFTER YELLING ANTI-LGBTQ SLURS: More from Syracuse.com.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

TRANSGENDER BILL PASSED BY THE INDIAN LOWER HOUSE CONSIDERED “REGRESSIVE”: “The transgender bill is regressive and half-hearted,” said LGBTQ activist and former HRC Global Innovator Harish Iyer (@hiyer). Read more in IndiaSpend.

NEPALESE LGBTQ ACTIVISTS CALL FOR INCLUSION IN NATIONAL CENSUS: More from The Himalayan.  

ISTANBUL AUTHORITIES BAN THIRD ANNUAL “QUEER OLYMPIX” CITING “SOCIAL SENSITIVITIES”: More from Pink News

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IGN shares that Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Eternal will give a larger role to an openly LGBTQ character

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