HRC MARKS BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND CELEBRATES BLACK LGBTQ LEADERS: “Black LGBTQ people were key leaders in the civil rights movement, and Black leaders have been at the forefront of the struggle for LGBTQ equality from the very start,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “At this juncture in our ongoing struggle to realize America’s promise of equality and justice for all, we know that our work is not complete until the most marginalized within our LGBTQ community have achieved equality.” More from HRC

HRC TO HONOR ACTOR AND PLAYWRIGHT LIV HEWSON (@livhewson) AT 2020 AUSTIN GALA DINNER: “As an actor and playwright, Liv has been an outspoken advocate on uplifting and including LGBTQ voices and narratives. Through their versatile representation as a non-binary person on and off the screen, they are moving LGBTQ visibility forward like never before,” said HRC President Alphonso David. More from HRC

BETSY DEVOS & DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FORCE OUT EMPLOYEE WHO RAISED CONCERNS OVER ANTI-LGBTQ ACTIONS: The employee had raised serious concerns over the department expediting complaints against trans students participating in sports. “It is unconscionable that DeVos and her top officials are seeking to expedite bias driven and legally specious complaints against the inclusion and welfare of trans students,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “It is imperative this behavior be held accountable and that no student, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, be attacked or feel unwelcome in their school.” Read more from HuffPost

MUST-WATCH MONDAY -- SOUTH DAKOTA MUST REJECT ANTI-TRANSGENDER BILL: The bill would bar transgender youth and their parents from making decisions about their medical care, and allow the state to arrest and imprison doctors providing care for trans and gender non-conforming youth. Watch here

  • On Friday, HRC released a new survey showing that a majority of South Dakota voters do not support anti-transgender legislation: See the full results here

UTAH’S ACTION TO PROTECT LGBTQ YOUTH FROM SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY” COULD PAVE WAY FOR SIMILAR STATES TO DO SAME: More from Vox

CHAMPIONS AND TRAILBLAZERS SHINE FOR EQUALITY AT 2020 HRC NEW YORK GALA: At this year’s gala, the honorees included Naomi Campbell (@NaomiCampbell), Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth), Jeremy O. Harris (@jeremyoharris) and Matthew Lopez. More from HRC and Instinct Magazine.

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) announced at the HRC gala that a state park in Brooklyn will be named after trailblazing LGBTQ icon and Black trans activist Marsha P. Johnson. “My goal has been to make New York State the leading champion in the nation for the LGBTQ community, to be the state that ended discrimination, bias, tolerance, and jugmentalism against members of the LGBTQ community,” said Cuomo. More from LGBTQ Nation, New York Daily News and NBC

ATLANTA RELEASES REPORT ON LGBTQ INCLUSION IN THE CITY: More from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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BILLY PORTER (@theebillyporter) TO GUEST STAR IN UPCOMING EPISODE OF SESAME STREET: More from Out Magazine

DEMI LOVATO OPENS UP ABOUT COMING OUT TO HER PARENTS AS BISEXUAL: More from Seventeen

KATIE SOWERS (@KatieSowers), LIL NAS X (@LilNasX) AND DRAG QUEENS -- SUPER BOWL 2020 MAKES HISTORY WITH LGBTQ VISIBILITY: Super Bowl 2020 shone with historic LGBTQ inclusion and visibility, including Katie Sowers’ trailblazing role as the first woman and openly LGBTQ coach in the game’s history. More from Washington Blade and Outsports.  

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

AGENCY REJECTS SAME-SEX COUPLE’S FOSTER CARE APPLICATION, DEFYING CROATIAN COURT RULING: Read more from Total Croatia News

“IT WAS A SYMBOL THAT I FINALLY KNEW WHO I WAS”: Transgender people talk about how coffee shops have become affirming spaces for names and identities. More from BBC

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