HRC RESPONDS TO LAME DUCK POWER GRAB BY WISCONSIN REPUBLICANS: HRC is calling on Governor Scott Walker to veto legislation designed to strip power from incoming Governor Tony Evers and incoming Attorney General Josh Kaul. “Elections matter and on November 6, Wisconsin voters came out in record numbers to reject the toxic leadership of Governor Scott Walker and Attorney General Brad Schimel,” said HRC Wisconsin State Director Wendy Strout. “Rather than accept the will of the people, Republican legislators have vindictively jammed through a sweeping set of bills designed to undermine the power and authority of our incoming, democratically-elected leaders. This illegitimate power grab is an affront to our state’s values.” Read more from HRC.

TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION REFUSES TO RELEASE DOCUMENTS ABOUT ITS “RELIGIOUS LIBERTY TASK FORCE”: “Since their first day in office, Trump and Pence have ruthlessly attacked the rights of LGBTQ people, often working to license discrimination against LGBTQ people under the guise of respecting personal belief,” David Stacy, HRC’s director of government affairs, said. “The lack of transparency in seeking to codify a license to discriminate across the federal government should alarm not just LGBTQ people but all Americans.” More from MetroWeekly.

HRC RAISES BISEXUAL PRIDE FLAG TO CELEBRATE ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY: Yesterday, HRC was proud to celebrate this symbol of bisexual pride and visibility with the bi community around the world.

THROWBACK THURSDAY -- IT’S BEEN ONE YEAR SINCE BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, EMBRACED A NON-DISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE PROTECTING ITS LGBTQ CITIZENS: "What we are seeing other cities notice in Birmingham is the formation of a model and a conversation that they haven’t yet considered," said HRC Alabama State Director Eva Kendrick. "It has started the thought process with elected officials around the state and community leaders who are saying, 'This does matter. This matters to my neighbor. This matters to my employee. This matters to the person that I attend church with and I want to listen more carefully.'" More from AL.com.

HORRIBLE -- ANTI-GAY STICKERS SCATTERED AROUND ATTLEBORO, MASS.:  “It’s very disappointing that we would see this here in Attleboro,” said Mayor Paul Heroux. “We’re a very inclusive community. It’s a very diverse community. It’s something that we don’t want to see here.” More from 7News and NBC 10 News.

YOU CAN’T MAKE IT UP, FOLKS -- FORMER MOUTHPIECE FOR ANTI-LGBTQ HATE GROUP NAMED DOJ CHIEF SPOKESPERSON:

OPENLY GAY, HIV-POSITIVE NAVY CADET, DISCHARGED UNDER MILITARY HIV POLICY, FIGHTS BAN: More from Pink News.   

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LGBTQ AND ALLIED PERFORMERS ON THEIR GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS! Good luck to Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette), Debra Messing (@DebraMessing), Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins), Lady Gaga (@ladygaga), Troye Sivan (@troyesivan), Billy Porter (@theeBillyPorter), Lucas Hedges, and the casts and crews of @PoseOnFX, @ACSFX, @BoyErased and @BoRhapMovie.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

BERMUDA MUST RECOGNIZE THAT MARRIAGE EQUALITY IS SETTLED:

NIGERIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OBY EZEKWESILI PLEDGES TO SUPPORT LGBTQ COMMUNITY IF ELECTED: She made the remarks in response to a question from HRC Global Innovator Bisi Alimi during an event  in the U.K. More from The Nigerian Voice.

ATHENS, GREECE POLICE OFFICERS TO APPEAR IN COURT AFTER FATAL ATTACK ON LGBTQ AND HIV ACTIVIST ZAK KOSTOPOULOS: More from Advocate.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

Outsports reports that transgender boxer Pat Manuel will make his first professional debut this weekend; The Associated Press reflects on how holidays can be difficult for LGBTQ young people; Nylon features queer artists memorializing Stonewall; Nicole Kidman honored with the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for her role in Boy Erased (@BoyErased);


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