HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID ON BLOOMBERG’S TRANSPHOBIC COMMENTS: “We expect all pro-equality candidates, including Mayor Bloomberg, to create policy solutions to end the epidemic of violence our community faces, not use the same talking points our opponents use to dehumanize transgender people and justify their own hateful beliefs. LGBTQ people are human and deserve to be treated with respect. We are looking for a candidate who can undo the damage done to our community by the Trump-Pence administration and build a future more safe, more equal and more accepting for LGBTQ people. Words matter and Mayor Bloomberg should apologize for using language that demoralizes and dehumanizes members of our community.” More from The Washington Post and NBC.

MORE THAN 1,800 PARENTS SIGN HRC LETTER CONDEMNING STATE LEGISLATION ATTACKING TRANS AND NON-BINARY YOUTH: “In all 50 states and D.C., parents of transgender and non-binary youth are standing up and making their voices heard,” said HRC President Alphonso David  (@AlphonsoDavid). “A child’s health care needs should be a conversation had by that child, their family and a medical health provider, consistent with best practices. Lawmakers who want to disrupt that relationship show that they do not care about their constituents or American families, but would rather legislate hatred to rally a small minority of people who seek to harm transgender people.” More from HRC.

HRC’S ALPHONSO DAVID ON TRUMP’S APPROVAL OF LIMBAUGH’S HOMOPHOBIA: “Trump’s embrace of Limbaugh’s homophobia is not only offensive on its face, but further compounded by his repeated attempts to gaslight the LGBTQ community.  Throughout his tenure, Trump has attacked LGBTQ people with vicious rhetoric and discriminatory regulations, all while claiming to be an ally. LGBTQ people knew a long time ago that Trump cannot be trusted.  This November, LGBTQ voters will turn out by the millions to oust Trump and install a true pro-equality ally.” More from Advocate.

THIS WEEKEND -- HRC TO HONOR SNL STAR BOWEN YANG AT NORTH CAROLINA DINNER: The comedian, writer and actor Bowen Yang will be honored with the HRC Visibility Award at the 25th Annual HRC North Carolina Dinner on Saturday, February 22 at Le Meridien Charlotte. Due to limited space, only members of the media who have been credentialed in advance will be allowed entrance. To request media credentials, please email your full name, outlet affiliation, role and cell phone number to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

  • Later this month in San Antonio, HRC will honor actor, dancer and singer Ryan Jamaal Swain with the HRC Visibility Award at the 2020 HRC San Antonio Dinner on Saturday, February 29 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. Contact viet.tran@hrc.org for more details.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY -- HRC DEBATE WATCH PARTY IN LAS VEGAS: Tonight, HRC President Alphonso David will join UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía (@JMurguia_Unidos), Mi Familia Vota, HRC volunteers and Equality Voters for a debate watch party. For more details and to RSVP, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

  • Inside HRC’s Nevada Caucus Organizing Efforts: HRC is working round-the-clock to boost turnout among the 127,000 LGBTQ and 657,000 Equality-minded caucus-goers. With five staff organizing in Nevada, HRC has made more than 21,000 calls about the caucus and trained 100 people how to be a caucus volunteer.

VIRGINIA STATE SENATE VOTES TO PROTECT LGBTQ YOUTH FROM DANGEROUS SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: The bill now heads to the governor’s desk, where it is expected to be signed. More from The Associated Press.

TRUMP-PENCE’S PROPOSED CHANGES TO FAITH-BASED REGULATIONS STRIP AWAY KEY PROTECTIONS: Michael Botticelli (@MBotticelliBMC), Executive Director of the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine, and Former Director of National Drug Control Policy, writes: “To be frank, these proposed rules could degrade the care that so many Americans need. It would allow discriminatory programs to flourish, and leave those seeking care with fewer options. It’s unconscionable, and we shouldn’t stand for it.” More from HRC.

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JUSTIN FASHANU, BRITAIN’S FIRST OPENLY LGBTQ FOOTBALL PLAYER, WILL BE INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME: Fashanu, who came out in 1990 and passed away in 1998, was also the first Black football player to earn a transfer fee of over £1 million. More from ESPN.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

PAKISTAN GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE AISHA MUGHAL BELIEVED TO BE FIRST OPENLY TRANS PAKISTANI TO TAKE PART IN A U.N. CONVENTION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: More from Pink News.

LONDON MAYOR SADIQ KHAN TWEETS SUPPORT OF TRANS AND NON-BINARY COMMUNITY: In England, February is LGBTQ History Month. More from Pink News.

  • The city is also marking the month by highlighting funny, inspiring or just plain awkward tweets about LGBTQ dating on the London Underground. More from Pink News.

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Reuters reports on a symbolic wedding ceremony in Peru that took place on Valentine’s Day to protest the government’s lack of marriage equality; ���� NewNowNext reflects on the legendary queer icon Josephine Baker and the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance

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