TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN OFFICIAL CLAIMS THEY’LL SEEK END TO CRIMINALIZATION OF SAME-SEX SEXUAL RELATIONS? WE HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS: HRC Global Director Ty Cobb (@tywesleycobb) lays them out in a sit-down with MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson), where he outlined Trump-Pence’s dismal record on equality.

Staying silent on the campaign of violence against LGBTQ people in Chechnya

Turning away LGBTQ asylum seekers fleeing persecution and violence

Supporting anti-LGBTQ candidates at home

Oh, and *minor detail* -- Trump said yesterday he knows nothing about this purported “effort”. Read more in Towleroad.

“FAR TOO MANY AMERICAN WORKERS ARE FORCED TO MAKE A HARROWING CHOICE BETWEEN THEIR JOBS AND THE WELL-BEING OF THEIR LOVED ONES”: Ellen Kahn, HRC Foundation director of children, youth and family programs, writes in The Hill about the need for the FAMILY Act, introduced last week by Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. It would ensure that employees have access to 12 weeks of partial income when taking medical and family leave. “It’s long past time for Congress to bring family and medical leave policies into the 21st century -- and on par with every other developed country in the world,” Kahn writes. Read the full piece in The Hill.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- ANNUAL JAZZ & FRIENDS SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY READINGS COMING NEXT WEEK: On February 28th, teachers, parents and allies across the country will join in support of transgender and non-binary youth for this incredible event, sponsored by HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools and the National Education Association (NEA). Books to be read include I Am Jazz by transgender trailblazer and former HRC Youth Ambassador Jazz Jennings; Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love; and They She He Me: Free to Be! by Maya and Matthew Smith-Gonzalez. More from HRC.

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS ANNOUNCES IT WILL NOT OPPOSE LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS TO PROTECT YOUTH FROM DANGEROUS “CONVERSION THERAPY”: More from The Associated Press.

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE -- UPCOMING FILM ‘LUPE’ TELLS STORY OF TRANSGENDER IMMIGRANT: More from Deadline.

LITTLE CAESARS FIRES EMPLOYEE WHO ENTERED “GAY” IN NAME SECTION OF RECEIPT WHEN SERVING LGBTQ CUSTOMER: Rosman Harris and Marcus Robertson, who are cousins, allege that the customers in line before and after them were asked for their names, but they were not. More from Yahoo.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

MEXICAN SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN NUEVO LEON'S BAN ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY: With this decision, 14 of the country's 31 states have marriage equality. More from HuffPost.

LA CORTE SUPREMA MEXICANA ELIMINA LA PROHIBICIÓN DE MATRIMONIO IGUALITARIO EN NUEVO LEÓN: Con esta decisión, 14 de 31 estados del país contarán con matrimonio igualitario. Más de DesastreMX.

FRIDAY -- KENYAN CONSTITUTIONAL COURT TO DECIDE ON CASE THAT COULD OVERTURN COLONIAL-ERA LAW CRIMINALIZING SAME-SEX RELATIONS: More from Voice of America.

TAIWAN TO UNVEIL MARRIAGE EQUALITY LEGISLATION: More from Reuters.

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