HRC CALLS ON SENATE TO REJECT NOMINATION OF WILLIAM BARR AS ATTORNEY GENERAL: “William Barr has made clear that as Attorney General he would not defend and uphold civil rights laws for all Americans -- including LGBTQ people,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “This nominee is all too ready to follow in the footsteps of Jeff Sessions and double down on this administration’s relentless attacks on LGBTQ equality. The Senate must reject Barr’s nomination, and Senators must make clear to the Trump-Pence White House they will only confirm a nominee who will treat all Americans equally with the dignity and fairness they deserve.” Read HRC’s letter opposing Barr’s nomination in full here. More from HRC.

A THROWBACK & THANKFUL THURSDAY -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MICHELLE OBAMA! In her book, Becoming, the former First Lady writes about the day marriage equality became the law of the land. “[Malia and I] stood along with all the cheering crowd, off to the side, mind you, so no one would see us, with security surrounding us, and we tried to have our tender mother-daughter moment, but we just took it in,” she said on the Ellen DeGeneres show. “I held her tight, and my feeling was, we are moving forward. Change is happening.” Read more about this thankful throwback from NBC.

BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR PRO-LGBTQ BILLS IN VA LEGISLATURE: HRC is on the ground working alongside our partners at Equality Virginia to urge the legislature to pass these crucial bills. More from The Washington Post.

INDIANA STATE LEG. CONSIDERING HATE CRIMES BILL THAT WOULD PROTECT LGBTQ HOOSIERS: Indiana is one of only five states that has no state hate crimes prevention law. More from IndyStar.

CONGRATS -- BRIAN BOND NAMED NEW LEADER OF PFLAG:

NORTH JERSEY EDITORIAL BOARD ENCOURAGES STATE LEGISLATURE & SCHOOLS TO PROTECT LGBTQ YOUTH: The board writes, “[L]egislation and policies go only so far if they are not smartly and compassionately implemented at the local school level.” More from North Jersey.

NEW STUDY -- GENDER-EXPANSIVE YOUTH KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THEIR IDENTITY FROM A YOUNG AGE: More from Ed Yong (@edyong209) at The Atlantic.

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE STAR VALENTINA COMES OUT AS NON-BINARY: More from NewNowNext.

NEW MARVEL FILM “SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME” WILL BE FIRST IN FRANCHISE TO CAST OPENLY TRANSGENDER ACTORS: More from Gay Times.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

LGBTQ BRAZILIANS ENDANGERED BY NEW PRESIDENT & SELF-DESCRIBED “HOMOPHOBE”: “Our constitution guarantees that we are all equal -- but this equality is at risk,” said Maite Schneider of Transempregos, an advocacy group for the transgender community. More from Out.

SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY” DENOUNCED BY NEW TRUCK ART CAMPAIGN IN CHINA: More from Channel News Asia.

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The New York Times profiles gay, Black actor and comedian Jaboukie Young-White (@jaboukie); WJTV shares details on the upcoming Teen Health Mississippi Youth Summit; Complex reports on Lee Daniels’ goal of making an LGBTQ superhero film; The New York Times explores two male penguins raising a chick together at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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