HRC HONORS 70th HUMAN RIGHTS DAY -- THE PLIGHT OF LGBTQ PEOPLE AT OUR BORDERS AND AROUND THE GLOBE CAN’T BE IGNORED: Today, we celebrate the global recognition that every human being is born with basic human rights and dignity that cannot be taken away. Yet, as an LGBTQ community, we still have a long way to go to achieving that goal. We need look no further than the humanitarian crisis happening at the U.S.-Mexico border, where the Trump-Pence administration is rejecting those who are fleeing violence in Central America -- a good number of whom are members of the LGBTQ community. We will not stop until every member of our community, no matter who they are or who they love, anywhere in the world, is safe, secure, and truly free and equal. Read more at HRC.

  • Senators Harris, Udall & Heinrich; Rep. Thompson call for #JusticeForRoxana: Roxana Hernández was a refugee fleeing transphobic violence in Honduras only to be met with violent neglect in the US. Thanks to the Transgender Law Center for leading the call for a release of all records related to Hernández's death. More from Gay City News.

TODAY -- TRUMP-PENCE TRANS TROOPS BAN BACK AT FEDERAL APPEALS COURT: Today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Doe v. Trump -- a challenge to the ban brought by GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Despite the string of court victories for transgender troops and recruits, the Trump-Pence administration has continued to appeal the rulings in an effort to force their extreme anti-LGBTQ agenda on the U.S. military. More from NBC and The Washington Post.

HRC ENDORSES PRO-EQUALITY JENNIFER BOYSKO FOR VA’S 33RD SENATE DISTRICT SPECIAL ELECTION: “Jennifer Boysko will work to move Virginia forward as a stronger, more vibrant and inclusive place, and she is the clear choice for voters who want a passionate advocate for all of Virginia’s hard-working families,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse.” More from HRC.

HRC MOURNS THE DEATH OF KEANNA MATTEL, A TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN DETROIT LAST WEEK: INTO reports that Mattel, 35, an active member in Detroit’s ballroom scene and loved by many, was found dead Friday in her Palmer Park neighborhood “just two blocks from where her transgender neighbor Amber Monroe was gunned down in August 2015.” Mattel is at least the 25th transgender person to be killed this year in the U.S. We must listen to her words and address the factors that continue to foster an epidemic of violence targeting trans people, particularly trans women of color. More from INTO.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- JAZZ JENNINGS’ MOM, JEANNETTE, TALKS ABOUT LIFE AS THE PARENT OF A TRANSGENDER CHILD: More from HuffPost.

NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (NEA) PRESIDENT WRITES AN OPEN LETTER TO BETSY DEVOS IN SUPPORT OF TRANS AND INTERSEX STUDENTS: “We are alarmed by recent news reports that indicate that the Administration is contemplating policy to erase transgender protections through reinterpretation of existing laws and regulations. The NEA strongly opposes such damaging and dangerous policy efforts,” writes NEA President Lily Eskelsen García (@Lily_NEA). More from the National Education Association.

NEW YORK WOMAN ATTACKED, SPINE FRACTURED BY MAN SHOUTING ANTI-LGBTQ SLURS: More from WCBS.

  • Arrest made in Las Vegas attack on same-sex couple: More from NewNowNext.

TRANS WOMAN WINS LAWSUIT AFTER BEING REFUSED MEDICALLY-NECESSARY MEDICAL CARE WHILE INCARCERATED: Jessica Sunderland, who was represented by the ACLU, was denied hormones while she was incarcerated in Suffolk County, New York. More from Gay Star News.

TOP LGBTQ RIGHTS GROUPS, INCLUDING HRC, CONTINUE TO ADVOCATE THAT BUSINESSES BE “OPEN TO ALL”: The Open to All Colorado initiative is part of a national campaign promoting inclusiveness and non-discrimination within local businesses. The coalition has 200 members. More from The Denver Post.

MAJORITY OF CALIFORNIA MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS HAVE LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE SUICIDE PREVENTION POLICIES, AS STATE LAW REQUIRES: More from Metro Weekly.

HEARTWARMING -- WIDOWER DONATES GRANT TO SUPPORT LGBTQ ALZHEIMER’S WORK: Greg Moore lost his partner of 49 years, Richard, to Alzheimer’s disease last summer. More from the Miami Herald.

OFFICIALS IN STARKVILLE, MISS., VOTE TO ALLOW PRIDE PARADE FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW: More from The Associated Press.

BECKLEY, W.Va., HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED LGBTQ PROTECTIONS: More from The Register-Herald.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

NEW GUINEA SETTLEMENT IS HAVEN FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE WHO HAVE FACED DISCRIMINATION: More from South Florida Gay News.

SOUTH AFRICA PASSES HISTORIC MEASURE PROTECTING MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Under the new law, officials will not be able to refuse to marry same-sex couples on the basis of their religious beliefs. More from Gay Star News.

HORRIBLE -- LGBTQ PEOPLE AT RISK AND IN HIDING IN TANZANIA: LGBTQ people are fleeing to neighboring countries after authorities urged the public to report the names of LGBTQ people to police officials. More from The Wall Street Journal and Religion News Service.

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Out Smart Magazine features a local artist who brings a genderqueer, Asian American perspective to Houston art center; Las Vegas Review-Journal notes that television shows are gradually embracing LGBTQ superheroes

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