HRC ON TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN OFFICIAL’S CLAIM THEY’LL SEEK TO END CRIMINALIZATION OF SAME-SEX SEXUAL RELATIONS: Said Jeremy Kadden, HRC Senior International Policy Advocate: “Donald Trump and Mike Pence have continued to ignore the campaign of violence and murder targeting LGBTQ people in Chechnya that has stretched on for two years. They have turned away LGBTQ people fleeing violence and persecution and sent them back to countries that criminalize them, and have consistently worked to undermine the fundamental equality of LGBTQ people and our families here at home from day one. If this commitment is real, we have a lot of questions about their intentions and commitments, and are eager to see what proof and action will follow.” More from The Daily Beast.

STATEHOUSE ROUNDUP -- COLORADO HOUSE PASSES TWO PRO-EQUALITY BILLS: The two bills protect LGBTQ youth from dangerous “conversion therapy” and allow trans Coloradans to update their gender marker on their birth certificate without restrictive and unnecessary surgical requirements. Both bills now head to the Colorado Senate for consideration. More from HRC.

  • Anti-equality lawmakers in Tennessee recently introduced a bill attacking marriage equality: “As a native Tennessean, it's disappointing to see lawmakers pushing more mean, pointless legislation that would do nothing except single out LGBTQ people in an effort to make us feel less than equal,” said HRC Press Secretary Nick Morrow (@NRMorrow). More from WVLT.

  • Twelve West Virginia mayors are calling on the state legislature to pass non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. More from The Herald-Dispatch.

  • ICYMI -- The South Dakota House of Representatives last week passed a discriminatory anti-trans bill, which effectively bars public school teachers from instructing students in grades K-7 about gender identity or gender expression. More from Care2.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- TRANS ADVOCATE MONICA ROBERTS WANTS TO ENSURE TRANS COMMUNITY IS GIVEN DIGNITY IN DEATH: She (@transgriot) talks with Samantha Allen (@SLAwrites) about the epidemic of violence against transgender people, and her work to prevent misgendering in police reports and news stories. More from The Daily Beast.

  • Yesterday, Roberts’ blog was taken down without explanation. It was restored later in the day. More from TransGriot.

SCHOOL DISTRICT SUED BY GAVIN GRIMM MAY FINALLY END BAN ON TRANS STUDENTS USING RESTROOMS ALIGNED WITH THEIR GENDER IDENTITY: The Gloucester County (Va.) School Board met yesterday to discuss the possibility. More from The Associated Press.

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIR TOM PEREZ PRAISES LGBTQ ELECTEDS & CAUCUS MEMBERS AT ANNUAL WINTER MEETING: More from The Georgia Voice.

  • Newly-elected Democratic governors are already working hard for LGBTQ equality: Governors in Kansas, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin have signed executive orders protecting LGBTQ state employees. More from Rewire.

ICYMI -- HRC RELEASED ITS BLACK AND AFRICAN AMERICAN YOUTH REPORT AT THE SIXTH ANNUAL TIME TO THRIVE CONFERENCE: More from Los Angeles Blade.

TAX PREPARER REFUSES TO SERVE MARRIED SAME-SEX COUPLE: “I didn't go in there to talk about my marriage. I went in to file my taxes, that was it...it's all I wanted,” said Bailey Brazzel, whose regular tax preparer refused to serve her and her wife, Samantha. More from WTHR.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

ALTRINCHAM FC SE PONE LA CAMISETA ARCOIRIS PARA APOYAR AL COLECTIVO LGBTQ: Más de Milenio.

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Pink News interviews transgender actress Talisa Garcia (@talisagarcia1); Salon covers how Free Mom Hugs founder Sarah Cunningham became a “stand-in mom” at same-sex weddings (@MamaBearOk)

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