THE WORST OF THE WORST -- ANTI-LGBTQ EXTREMISTS ON THE AGENDA FOR CPAC 2018: Who’s on the agenda for today?

  • Sebastian Gorka, who has been linked to a Neo-Nazi group in his native Hungary. His views on Islam have been best described as “a mixture of Islamophobia and racism.”
  • Kay Cole James, president of the Heritage Foundation. The Advocate reported that in her book Transforming America from the Inside Out, James compared LGBTQ people to drug addicts, alcoholics, adulterers, or “anything else sinful.”
  • Penny Nance, CEO and President of the anti-LGBTQ Concerned Women for America. Her organization opposes marriage equality, issues misinformation on transgender people and has attacked LGBTQ service members.

SHAMEFUL -- LEADERS IN STARKVILLE, MISS. HAVE AGAIN TURNED THEIR BACKS ON THEIR LGBTQ NEIGHBORS: The city’s Board of Aldermen have denied a permit for a LGBTQ Pride parade. “Twice now Starkville has shown it is not supportive of its LGBTQ residents, and the LGBTQ community will not forget,” said HRC Mississippi State Director Rob Hill. “It's disappointing that the Starkville Board of Aldermen would deny LGBTQ people in Starkville the chance to celebrate Pride in their own city.” More from the Starkville Daily News and The Hill.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- TODAY’S YOUTH REPRESENT OUR FUTURE, AND THAT FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT: Yesterday, across the country, youth rallied at state capitols and the U.S. capital demanding action on the epidemic of gun violence. The national walkout was in response to the Parkland shooting last week. More from CNN.

LICENSE TO DISCRIMINATE BILL DEAD IN PUERTO RICO: Yesterday, the Puerto Rico House of Representatives failed to override a veto on legislation that would’ve allowed a dangerous license to discriminate and put LGBTQ people and other marginalized communities directly in harm’s way. More from The Washington Blade.

MAN ARRESTED BY ICE WHILE SEEKING LEGAL STATUS WITH HIS HUSBAND: Jose “Ivan” Nunez was in an interview with officials at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in West Philadelphia with his husband, Paul Frame, who is a U.S. citizen. During the interview, ICE agents arrested Nunez and placed him in custody. More from The Philadelphia Inquirer and Newsweek.

CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES! State legislation to keep on your radar:

  • Anti-equality South Carolina lawmakers have filed a bill to undermine marriage equality, deeming marriage as “solely between one man and one woman” and deeming all other marriages as “parody marriage.” More from The Post and Courier.

OPENLY LGBTQ OLYMPIC SPEED SKATER BRITTANY BOWE EARNS A BRONZE MEDAL IN OLYMPIC SPEED SKATING TEAM PURSUIT EVENT:

MORNING MUST WATCH FROM OLYMPIAN GUS KENWORTHY (@GUSKENWORTHY) ABOUT HRC AND OUR FIGHT FOR EQUALITY:

NEW YORKER’S EXPERIENCE WITH DANGEROUS “CONVERSION THERAPY” PROMPTS COUNTY BAN ON PRACTICE: More from The Buffalo News.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

SOUTH KOREA’S HEALTH MINISTRY APPROVES USE OF PrEP: However, advocates say the steep cost of the HIV preventative medication will block many from accessing it. More from Gay Star News.

NORTHERN IRELAND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT TO INTRODUCE MARRIAGE EQUALITY BILL: Northern Ireland is the only major place in the United Kingdom without marriage equality. More from Pink News.

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Washington Blade reflects on the impact openly LGBTQ Olympians have around the world; Signature speaks to HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) about her upcoming book

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