HRC AND EQUALITY VIRGINIA CALL ON STATE LEADERS TO PRIORITIZE NONDISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS: Legislation is set to be introduced that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing and public employment. Similar legislation has previously passed in bipartisan fashion in the Virginia Senate. Equality Virginia and HRC have worked to elect pro-equality champions at every level of Virginia’s state government. More from HRC. More on these bills from NBC 12.

  • This session, states could pass non-discrim measures and protect youth from “conversion therapy”: “We  actually have some good prospects for positive legislation to pass this year,” HRC State Legislative Director Cathryn Oakley told The Daily Beast.

APPALLING -- FL GOV. RON DESANTIS EXCLUDES LGBTQ STATE EMPLOYEES FROM NONDISCRIMINATION EXECUTIVE ORDER: Equality Florida has called for a meeting with Gov. DeSantis to discuss. More from WFTV.

HRC MOURNS DANA MARTIN, TRANS WOMAN MURDERED IN MONTGOMERY, ALA.: Martin, 31, is believed to be the first trans person murdered this year. Killed on Jan. 6, she was misgendered in initial reports. In 2018, at least 26 transgender people -- mostly Black trans women -- were murdered in the U. S. More from Dallas Voice.

  • HRC offers a brief guide for reporters on writing about transgender people here.

THROWBACK THURSDAY -- NEWLY-FOUND RECORDED INTERVIEW WITH BAYARD RUSTIN: Rustin discussed being the target of homophobic attacks during the civil rights era -- telling the Washington Blade in an unaired interview from the 1980s, “At a given point, there was so much pressure on Dr. King about my being gay and particularly because I would not deny it, that he set up a committee to explore whether it would be dangerous for me to continue working with him.” More from NPR.

BLACK LGBTQ LIVES MATTER: HRC President Chad Griffin yesterday called for a  thorough investigation into the death of two Black men in the West Hollywood home of Ed Buck. More from The New York Times.

MUTUAL OF OMAHA INSURANCE CO. AGREES TO SETTLEMENT REQUIRING IT TO PROVIDE COVERAGE TO THOSE USING HIV PREVENTION MEDICATION: More from the Office of Attorney General Maura Healey.

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL WHO HARRASSED TRANS STUDENT IN BATHROOM IS SUSPENDED BY W. VA., SCHOOL BOARD: More from USA Today.

NEW ADVOCATE COVER CELEBRATES LGBTQ ASIAN-AMERICAN ACTORS: Nico Santos, Vincent Rodriguez and Jake Choi are featured. More from Advocate.

BURLINGTON, VT, HIGH SCHOOL CREATES INCLUSIVE, GENDER-NEUTRAL LOCKER ROOM SPACE: More from My NBC 5.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

ISRAEL MEDICAL ASSOCIATION PROTECTS LGBTQ YOUTH; ISSUES POSITION PAPER BARRING ITS DOCTORS FROM PRACTICING DANGEROUS “CONVERSION THERAPY”: More from Y Net.

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Indianapolis Star covers the recent appearance by a local openly gay student-athlete on The Ellen Show; People profiles trans activist Corey Rae (@CoreyRae3), who was Amber Heard’s (@realamberheard) Golden Globes date; The Washington Post shares the opinion of a transgender woman, veteran and Republican on what her party can do to support her; Daily Mail celebrates Ellen Page and Emma Portner’s one-year wedding anniversary

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