TRUMP AND PENCE WELCOME ANTI-LGBTQ EXTREMISTS TO WHITE HOUSE FOR DINNER: Last night, Donald Trump dined with evangelical leaders and anti-LGBTQ extremists at the White House, telling them, “I have given you a lot back, just about everything that I promised.” Trump has notably relied on the counsel of these extremists, who, through Vice President Mike Pence, have wielded substantial influence over White House policy, including the attempted ban on transgender troops in the military. Trump promised to make Pence the most consequential vice president in American history. Read more about the “Real Mike Pence” detailing his anti-LGBTQ extremism in HRC's report. More from The Washington Post.

ONE YEAR AGO, HRC JOINED IN LAWSUIT AGAINST TRUMP-PENCE TROOP BAN AS AN ORGANIZATIONAL CO-PLAINTIFF: “In the year since the case was first filed and in court victory after court victory, we have seen that this impulsive ban was based on nothing more than the petty prejudice of Donald Trump, Mike Pence and the cadre of anti-LGBTQ zealots propping up this administration,” said HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride). “Whether the end to this president's ban comes first from the courts or the ballot box, we will not stop fighting to support transgender people serving their country and those brave patriots willing to enlist -- and we are grateful to Lambda Legal and Outserve-SLDN for their tireless and effective representation.” Read more from Stars and Stripes.

AMICUS BRIEF URGES SCOTUS TO DENY LGBTQ WORKERS PROTECTIONS UNDER TITLE VII: Sixteen states are unconscionably asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a recent Sixth Circuit court ruling that a Michigan funeral home violated Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964 by firing a transgender worker in the case EEOC v. Harris Funeral Homes. Other legal bodies -- including the the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in  Macy v. Holder (2012) and Baldwin v. Foxx (2015) -- have found that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation. Numerous federal courts have also determined that sexual orientation and gender identity are forms of sex discrimination. More from Bloomberg.

TUESDAY TWITTER TAKEOVER FROM MICHAEL D’ANTONIO, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF “THE SHADOW PRESIDENT: THE TRUTH ABOUT MIKE PENCE”

LESBIAN WOMAN WINS LEGAL ROUND AGAINST RETIREMENT HOME FOR ABUSE: The dismissal of Marsha Wetzel’s lawsuit was overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, which affirmed that she was harassed and discriminated against based on her sexual orientation. Matthew Walberg (@mattwalberg1) of the Chicago Tribune reports that “the operators could be liable for housing discrimination” as the case moves to trial court. Wetzel is represented by Lambda Legal. More from The Chicago Tribune.

HEARTBREAKING -- DENVER FOURTH-GRADER DIES BY SUICIDE FOLLOWING ANTI-GAY BULLYING: Nine-year-old Jamel Myles died just four days into the school year. A recent report from the University of Connecticut and the HRC Foundation details the ways bullying, violence and harassment contribute to negative mental health outcomes for LGBTQ youth. More from Fox Denver.

MORNING MUST READ ON KIDDY SMILE -- THE BLACK, GAY, SON OF IMMIGRANTS WHO DJ’D AT THE FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL PALACE: Pierre Hache, also known as Kiddy Smile, sent the message that LGBTQ people of color and those from immigrant backgrounds exist and must be represented. “[White people] don’t understand that even though, yes, I’m an LGBT person, my existence is intersectional: I’m also a person of color and an immigrant’s son. You feel like France is your country, but you’re always reminded that you’re not from here. I have to represent for those people.” More from The New York Times.

TRANS LATINX WOMAN ATTACKED IN CHARLESTON: HRC was horrified to learn of the brutal assault of Kendra Martinez, a Latinx transgender woman, while she was walking to her car. More from ABC 4.

CHICAGO CUBS’ OPENLY GAY CO-OWNER SAYS THAT PLAYER DANIEL MURPHY’S ANTI-LGBTQ COMMENTS WERE CONSIDERED IN TRADE DISCUSSIONS: More from USA Today.

TEXAS PHOTOGRAPHER TARGETED BY ANTI-LGBTQ EXTREMIST: More from KITV.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

CANING OF TWO WOMEN IN MALAYSIA POSTPONED: A court in Malaysia sentenced two women accused of ‘attempting lesbian sex’ to six strokes of caning and an approximately $800 fine each -- set to happen today before it was postponed to September 3. More from Reuters.

FORTY MEN ARRESTED IN LAGOS ON SUSPICION OF BEING LGBTQ: More from No Strings NG.

BERMUDA COURT TO HEAR GOVERNMENT APPEAL AGAINST SUPREME COURT DECISION UPHOLDING MARRIAGE EQUALITY: More from Bernews.

HORRIFYING -- TRANS WOMAN MURDERED IN ISTANBUL: Police have detained a suspect, identified from security camera footage. Friends of the victim, Esra Ateş, say she had been the target of violence before her death. More from Gay Star News.

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PRIZM shares one Akron, Ohio, mom’s message of love to LGBTQ faithful; The Post and Courier interviews a local LGBTQ organization about protecting LGBTQ youth; Slate looks at the history of paper dolls as a means of expression for LGBTQ people; The Better India interviews Meghna, believed to be the country’s first openly trans taxi driver; Teen Vogue offers tips to make language more gender-inclusive

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