NEW ARIZONA STATE HOUSE SPEAKER RUSSELL BOWERS UNFIT TO SERVE ALL ARIZONANS: “Rep. Bowers has spent his career attacking the LGBTQ community, proving that he will not serve all Arizonans as Speaker of the House,” said HRC Arizona State Director Justin Unga. “Bowers believes that businesses should have a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people, that LGBTQ people should not be protected from discrimination under state law, and that the abusive and debunked practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy,’ -- a form of child abuse -- should be allowed to continue in Arizona.” More from HRC.

HRC YOUTH AMBASSADOR SHARES POWERFUL STORY ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE WITH SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: “Sharing my story, the first people that I think about are parents who are considering sending their child away to conversion therapy, parents that are scared. Those are the people that I want to reach,” wrote HRC Youth Ambassador Alex Cooper, for The Advocate’s ongoing series, “Can’t Be Converted,” which highlight the accounts of those who endured conversion therapy in states where the practice remains legal for minors. More from The Advocate.

TUESDAY TWEET -- HRC FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBER JODIE PATTERSON SHARES EMPOWERING STORY ON RAISING HER TRANS SON: “As a mother, when you see your child in pain, all you want to do is stop the pain. So I told Penelope that however he felt inside was fine by me. And what came next changed my world forever, “I don’t feel like a boy mama, I am a boy." Those four words changed everything,” writes Jodie Patterson, member of HRC’s Board of Directors and Parent for Transgender Equality Council. More from Refinery29 and from Jodie Patterson (@jodie_GeorgiaNY).

HRC’S WELCOMING SCHOOLS PROGRAM LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE STORE WITH FREE BOOK SUPPORTING LGBTQ CHILDREN AND YOUTH: A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” provides the opportunity for students to explore the idea that love is love and to see that our differences are what make us special,” said HRC Foundation Welcoming Schools Director Johanna Eager. “We are honored to partner with First Book and Chronicle Books to provide parents and youth-serving professionals this free tool to develop empathy and acceptance of differences among young people, and to start a conversation about negative bias and stereotypes.” More from HRC.

BUYER’S CLUBS HELP MAKE PrEP AFFORDABLE IN SOME COMMUNITIES: Reuters’ Sonia Elks (@SoniaElks) interviewed Leslie Hall (@MrLeslieHall), Associate Director, of HRC Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Program, who said, “If you don't have the top-of-the line healthcare plan it can really get expensive. For some people, a buyers' club is the only way they will have access to this drug.” More from Reuters.

RYAN MURPHY TO FUND “POSE GIVES BACK,” AN INITIATIVE TO DEFEAT ANTI-LGBTQ CANDIDATES IN 2020: “We are going to send a message which says you cannot make discrimination against us a political virtue anymore,” said Murphy, a writer/producer/director and a creator of the television series “Pose.” Read more from Variety.

PARIS LEES TO BECOME VOGUE’S FIRST OPENLY TRANS COLUMNIST: More from BBC.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

THE U.N. CAN DOUBLE DOWN ON PROTECTING LGBTQ RIGHTS: More from International Policy Digest.

TANZANIA’S LGBTQ POPULATION FACES DISCRIMINATION, HATE: As LGBTQ people are forced into hiding and LGBTQ-friendly organizations forced to close, HIV rates can increase. Read more from CNN.

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