VIRGINIA LGBTQ CIVIL RIGHTS BILL COULD BE BLUEPRINT FOR LGBTQ PROTECTIONS IN THE SOUTH: Last Thursday, the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates approved a landmark bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes in areas including housing, employment and public accommodation. “When I first got here, we had people who were hostile to LGBTQ people, then we had people who were personally very welcoming,” said Virginia State Senator Adam Ebbin (@AdamEbbin). “Now we’ve gotten to the point where people not only have relationships with LGBTQ people, but they know it’s the right thing to do. They don’t want to be left behind by history.” More from Nico Lang (@Nico_Lang) at Vox

DWYANE WADE CHANGES LIVES BY SUPPORTING HIS TRANSGENDER DAUGHTER: “He’ll likely even save some of their lives,” writes USA Today’s Nancy Armour (@nrarmour) on the powerful impact Wade and Gabrielle Union will make by simply loving and unconditionally supporting their 12-year-old daughter Zaya. Said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid): “They’re not tolerating their child. They’re embracing and loving their child for being who their child is.” Read more from Nancy Armour at USA Today.

  • “This is such a teaching moment”:  Jodie Patterson (@jodie_GeorgiaNY), HRC Foundation Board Co-Chair and Founding Member of the Parents for Trangender Equality Council, shared a message of support to LGBTQ parents on NBC. “Just take a deep breath and listen, really immerse yourself in the world that your child is in so that you can be in the same world.” More on NBC.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- DWYANE WADE’S SON ZAIRE WRITES HEARTFELT POST SUPPORTING HIS SISTER AND BEST FRIEND ZAYA: “I don’t care what they think Z, you are my best friend and I love you kid, and if it means anything, just know there’s no love lost on this side,” reads his Instagram post. Read more from Today.

NEW REPUBLIC REPORTS ON THE ONGOING LEGISLATIVE ATTACKS ON TRANS YOUTH ACROSS COUNTRY: While H.B. 1057, a bill that would have criminalized doctors for providing trans-affirming health care to trans youth, failed in a South Dakota Senate Committee, eight other states have filed version of the same legislation.  “We’re seeing that some of these bills have marginally different pieces—be it in the language of the law or the enforcement mechanisms,” said HRC’s Nick Morrow (@NRMorrow), describing it as a “spaghetti at the wall” approach to see what type of anti-LGBTQ legislation sticks. Read more from Sydney Bauer (@femme_thoughts) in the New Republic.

NY GOV. CUOMO LAUNCHES “LOVE MAKES A FAMILY” CAMPAIGN TO LEGALIZE SURROGACY FOR LGBTQ INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES: More from WRGB.

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ASIAN STONEWALL UK SPORTS CHAMPION AMBASSADOR AMAZIN LETHI (@amazinlethi) TALKS ABOUT IMPROVING ASIAN AND LGBTQ REPRESENTATION IN SPORTS: More from Gay Times.

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ANNUAL LGBTQ REPORT SHOWS RISE IN ANTI-LGTBQ HATE SPEECH AND VIOLENCE IN ISRAEL: More from the Times of Israel.

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