IN UNITY, WE WILL WIN -- GET TO KNOW THE NEW HRC PRESIDENT: This week, Alphonso David took the helm of the HRC, becoming the first civil rights lawyer and the first person of color to serve as the organization’s president in its 40-year history. Since Trump and Pence took office, LGBTQ people have been under attack by an administration hellbent on ripping away our progress, but David is ready to lead HRC as we take on Trump-Pence -- and all foes of equality -- together. “If we want to win full equality, that’s going to require us to come together, to dig deep, to be resilient, to embrace our differences, to tenaciously defend the most vulnerable among us, to fight with every ounce of determine we have,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “In unity, we will fight back and we will win.” More from HRC

HRC MOURNS JORDAN COFER, ONE OF NINE VICTIMS KILLED IN DAYTON, OHIO, MASS SHOOTING: Cofer, a 22-year-old transgender man, was among the victims killed in the mass shooting on Sunday. Cofer, remembered by friends as “extremely bright” and “well-liked,” appears to have been out to a handful of close friends, including one who said in a message to Splinter News: “He identified with he/him pronouns to people he trusted and knew would support him. Jordan was probably one of the sweetest people you would ever meet, a true saint… He tried to give the best to everyone.” More from HRC, Advocate and LGBTQ Nation.

HRC HONORS THE FIRST-EVER TEXAS LGBTQ CAUCUS: “HRC has been proud to partner with and work alongside the Texas LGBTQ Caucus, which was instrumental in defeating anti-LGBTQ legislation this legislative session,” said HRC Texas State Director Rebecca Marques (@_RebeccaMarques). More from HRC.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- “I AM THE PROUD MOTHER OF A TRANSGENDER DAUGHTER”: “I’m a better person and a better parent because I was born to be my daughter’s mother and it has changed everything,” says Jeanne Talbot (@JeanneTalbot), who shared her powerful story with HuffPost. She’s the mother of Nicole Talbot, who is an HRC Foundation Youth Ambassador. More from HuffPost.

HOW DO THEY SLEEP AT NIGHT? THE LATEST CRUEL TRUMP-PENCE ATTACK TARGETS FOSTER CHILDREN: The administration’s proposal would make it easier for adoption agencies to discriminate against qualified LGBTQ families who want to adopt. More from Jennifer Finney Boylan (@JennyBoyland) in The New York Times.

LGBTQ MIGRANTS SEEKING ASYLUM RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM LOCAL ACTIVISTS IN NEW MEXICO: More from Washington Blade.

HERE ARE THE STATES WHERE YOU CAN REGISTER FOR GENDER-NEUTRAL PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS: More from NewNowNext.

FIFTEEN MUST-READ BOOKS THAT PROMOTE WELLNESS AND INCLUSIVENESS IN THE WORKPLACE: Beck Bailey (@TheBeckBailey), Director of HRC’s Workplace Equality Program, says one of his favorites is Rhodes Perry’s Belonging At Work: Everyday Actions You Can Take to Cultivate an Inclusive Organization. “This book has practical examples on how we can individually shape an inclusive workplace climate and strengthen the sense of belonging for everyone,” he said. More from Benefit News.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

EL MATRIMONIO IGUALITARIO DE UNA PAREJA CASADA EN EE. UU. SERÁ RECONOCIDO POR EL REGISTRO NACIONAL DE IDENTIFICACIÓN Y ESTADO CIVIL (RENIEC) DEL PERÚ: El Sexto Juzgado Constitucional de la Corte Superior de Lima falló a favor de una pareja del mismo sexo que contrajo nupcias en Nueva York en 2015. Este es el tercer caso de matrimonio igualitario reconocido por el estado. Más de El Comercio.

INDONESIA CHURCH’S ACCEPTANCE OF QUEER PEOPLE PROVIDES A LIFELINE FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY: More from South China Morning Post.

TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE FOR ACCEPTANCE IN RUSSIA: More from The Moscow Times.

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Metro Weekly shares that Broadway show The Prom made history on-stage with same-sex wedding for crew member; Culture Map suggests fabulous ways to celebrate 2019 Austin Pride this weekend.

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