HRC IS TRACKING MORE THAN 600 PIECES OF STATE LEGISLATION THAT COULD AFFECT THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: While many of those determined to be anti-LGBTQ will be defeated, this number shows that our fight is far from over. These bills include thoses that attack the most vulnerable LGBTQ Americans, including transgender children. More from Kate Sosin (@shoeleatherkate) at NewNowNext.

MONDAY MUST READ -- WASHINGTON BLADE SHARES EMOTIONAL INTERVIEW WITH ASYLUM SEEKER IN ICE CUSTODY: Yariel Valdés González (@valdes_yariel), a contributor to the LGBTQ paper, was granted asylum by a U.S. judge -- only to have the decision appealed by ICE. The Blade’s Michael Lavers (@mklavers81) visited González in custody, where they discussed his journey, singing Lady Gaga songs during their travels together and González’s hope “to begin a new life in the U.S. without fear of persecution.” Read this powerful piece in Washington Blade.

PROPOSED STATE LEGISLATION BLOCKING TRANS YOUTH FROM HEALTH CARE IS DANGEROUS AND CRUEL: Writes Columbia University Associate Professor Tey Meadow (@dr_tey). “[This movement] ignores the evolving consensus among physicians and psychologists that active facilitation of the gender identities of trans youths -- acknowledgment, support, associated medical care -- is the single biggest predictor of the physical, psychological and emotional well-being of these youths.” More from The Washington Post.

92ND ACADEMY AWARDS SPOTLIGHTED LGBTQ ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS: The 92nd Academy Awards saw an Oscars win by LGBTQ legend Elton John (@eltonofficial) and incredible performances by genre bending artist Janelle Monáe (@JanelleMonae) and performer and fashion icon Billy Porter (@theebillyporter). More from HRC and The Advocate.

NEW HRC VIDEO -- VIRGINIA STATE REP. JENNIFER BOYSKO ON WHAT THE VIRGINIA VALUES ACT MEANS TO HER:

MEET SETH OWEN, ONE OF HRC’S 2020 CLASS OF YOUTH AMBASSADORS: Owen knows what it means to turn struggle into activism. After leaving his unaccepting home, the efforts of his supportive teachers to raise money for him to attend Georgetown University went viral. He is the founder of a scholarship foundation to help students like him. More from The Hill’s Changing America.

CHARLESTON, S.C., POLICE DEPARTMENT BECOMES FIRST IN THE STATE TO LAUNCH SAFE PLACE PROGRAM FOR LGBTQ CITIZENS: The department noted the decision was made due to the rise in hate crimes and the deaths of four trans women of color in the state due to violence. Read their full statement here.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYER & JOURNALIST ATTACKED IN GROZNY -- CRIME APPEARS TO BE “ENDORSED” BY CHECHEN AUTHORITIES, “TOLERATED” BY THE KREMLIN: Marina Dubrovina and Elena Milashina have been involved in shedding light on the violence inflicted by the Chechen government on LGBTQ people. More from Human Rights Watch.

EIGHT MEN IN MAURITANIA SENTENCED TO PRISON ON SUSPICION OF BEING LGBTQ: They were arrested at a birthday party misreported to authorities as a same-sex wedding, according to Human Rights Watch.

ITV PRESENTER PHILLIP SCHOFIELD COMES OUT AS GAY: More from Manchester Evening News.

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

South Florida Sun-Sentinel speaks to Jeanette Jennings, mother of Jazz Jennings, about her efforts to stop anti-transgender bills in their home state

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