THE CRISIS AT THE BORDER IS AN LGBTQ ISSUE. HERE’S WHY: More than 120 LGBTQ asylum seekers are stuck in Tijuana, with the number sure to grow in coming weeks with the impending arrival of a larger group of people fleeing violence and danger, according to the San Diego LGBT Community Center and RAICES, an organization providing vital legal support to immigrants. Violence associated with gangs and drug trafficking has made Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala some of the world’s most violent countries -- and advocates have said that being LGBTQ substantially increases vulnerability to violence, with transgender individuals facing the highest risk. More from HRC.

HRC SENDS EXPANDED FOIA TO ICE & CBP FOR RECORDS OF TREATMENT OF TRANS DETAINEES: HRC is seeking all records regarding transgender detainees in ICE custody since January 21, 2017, as well as policies and procedures that guide treatment of transgender people in ICE custody. This follows an FOIA request by HRC in July for all records related Roxana Hernández, a transgender woman who died while in the custody of ICE and CBP. An autopsy that recently became public indicates she was physically abused while in custody. “HRC joins advocates, including efforts led by the Transgender Law Center, in calling for the full release of all records related to this tragedy to ensure those responsible for these cruel and fatal acts are brought to justice,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. More from HRC.

MUST READ MONDAY --  GOOD RIDDANCE...SIX OUT OF SEVEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS MEMBERS WHO VOTED AGAINST LGBTQ PROTECTIONS ARE BOOTED BY VOTERS: As Metro Weekly’s John Riley (@JohnAndresRiley) writes, these soon-to-be-former members were instrumental in defeating an amendment to a 2017 defense appropriations bill that would have codified protections for LGBTQ people from discrimination by federal contractors. Read the full piece here.

HRC MOURNS TYDI, A BLACK TRANS WOMAN SHOT, KILLED IN BALTIMORE: Officers found Tydi unconscious on a street after neighbors reported the shooting, according to the Washington Blade. Tydi died at a local hospital. Police are investigating the circumstances of her death, and are urging anyone with information to come forward. More from HRC.

INSIDE MOREHOUSE COLLEGE’S EFFORTS TO FIGHT HIV & OFFER SUPPORT TO STUDENTS LIVING WITH HIV: “I want (HBCUs) to be seen as leaders who are combating this epidemic and not just innocent bystanders in watching it unfold,” Leslie Hall (@MrLeslieHall), associate director of HRC Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Program, told Ryanne Persinger of The Philadelphia Tribune.

FIRST OPENLY GAY GOVERNOR HOPES HIS WIN INSPIRES LGBTQ YOUTH: “I really understand how others can find a lot of excitement in the fact that a state like Colorado can elect an openly gay governor, and hopefully that can inspire LGBT youth and others across the country to really reach for the stars in whatever fields they are striving for,” Colorado Governor-elect Jared Polis told Teen Vogue.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT DONATES ALBUM PROCEEDS TO HRC, OTHER CIVIL RIGHTS ORGS: More from The Grio.

WHICH ACTORS COULD BE NOMINATED FOR AN OSCAR FOR PROTRAYING LGBTQ CHARACTERS? More from GoldDerby.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

AWFUL -- INDONESIAN CITY PASSES LAW TO FINE PEOPLE PARTICIPATING IN LGBTQ “ACTIVITIES”: More from The Mercury.

OPENLY GAY BRITISH MP LLOYD RUSSELL-MOYLE SHARES HIV STATUS IN MOVING SPEECH TO MARK WORLD AIDS DAY: More from Metro Weekly.

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Washington Blade reports that Ryan Murphy will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame tomorrow; StoryCorps interviews a same-sex couple who met during the height of the HIV epidemic; HRC sits down with Ashley Rhodes-Courter and Erick Smith, members of HRC Foundation's Parents for Transgender Equality Council from Florida; Tacoma Daily Index announces the American Bar Association’s winners for the 2019 Stonewall Award

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