WHITE HOUSE HIV PANEL CALLS ON TRUMP TO DROP LICENSE TO DISCRIMINATE HHS MEASURE: In a letter, the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS writes to Roger Severino, the HHS Director for the Office of Civil Rights: “HHS and other parts of the Administration must avoid actions that repel LGBT+ individuals from seeking proper health care… Civil rights protections are critically important for ensuring that LGBT+ persons can access health care and for creating stigma-free environments where all LGBT+ persons can receive quality health care services.” More from Bloomberg.

TUESDAY TWEET -- BILLY PORTER’S BUTTERFLY TATTOOS HONOR TRANS COMMUNITY: “They are a representation for the transgender community,” Porter (@TheeBillyPorter) told USA Today from the Critics Choice Awards carpet. “The butterfly comes into the world as one thing in cocoons and transforms into this beautiful creature that can fly.” More from USA Today.

ILLINOIS DEPT. OF HEALTH UPDATING BIRTH CERTIFICATE SYSTEM TO AFFIRM TRANSGENDER PARENTS: The system will no longer automatically refer to the parent who gives birth as “Mother/Co-Parent.” More from NBC Chicago.

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MAKEUP ARTIST AND YOUTUBER NIKKIE DE JAGER COMES OUT AS TRANS: The #iconic artist (@NikkieTutorials) has been sharing positivity, makeup knowledge and looks for 11 years on her channel, “NikkieTutorials.” More from Mashable.

ARCHANDROID AND LEGEND JANELLE MONÁE (@JanelleMonae) TWEETS OUT #IAmNonbinary: More from Insider and BuzzFeed.

ACTOR DJ QUALLS COMES OUT AS GAY DURING INTERVIEW ON JIM JEFFERIES SHOW: More from Towleroad.

POSE ACTOR AND SINGER DYLLÓN BURNSIDE RECEIVES HRC VISIBILITY AWARD AT SOUTH FLORIDA DINNER: Watch Burnside’s (@dyllonburnside) acceptance speech here.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

YESTERDAY WAS THE FIRST DAY FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN NORTHERN IRELAND: Same-sex couples can now register to marry and will be allowed to wed starting Feb. 10.  More from Belfast Telegraph.

HRC MOURNS SOUTH AFRICAN TRANS ADVOCATE NARE MPHELA: 

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 The Advocate reports that Golden State Warriors president Rick Welts married his partner over the weekend; Washington Blade reviews a documentary on LGBTQ life in Russia;  BBC interviews gay rapper Mr Strange

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