HRC -- NEW TRUMP-PENCE REGULATIONS UNDERMINE LGBTQ RIGHTS: Yesterday, the Trump-Pence White House announced the publication of proposed rules revising the regulations that guide the participation of faith-based organizations as service providers of federally funded programs. Said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid): “The right to believe and to exercise one’s faith is a core American value. The right to discriminate with taxpayer dollars is not. These regulations would dismantle meaningful protections for beneficiaries of these federally funded programs and strip away basic notice requirements designed to ensure that beneficiaries know their rights to be free from discrimination and their right to an alternative, non-religious provider. Taxpayer funds should not be used to allow discrimination.” More from HRC and Advocate.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- POSE ACTOR AND SINGER DYLLÓN BURNSIDE RECEIVES HRC VISIBILITY AWARD AT SOUTH FLORIDA DINNER: In remarks at the dinner, he shared a (super) powerful message to LGBTQ people everywhere. Watch Burnside’s (@dyllonburnside) acceptance speech here. More from South Florida Gay News.

FAST COMPANY ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR ‘QUEER 50’ -- CELEBRATING LGBTQ WOMEN AND NON-BINARY PEOPLE IN BUSINESS: More from Fast Company.

AT CREATING CHANGE CONFERENCE IN DALLAS -- ADVOCATES HOLD RALLY TO CALL ATTENTION TO EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE AGAINST TRANS AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING COMMUNITY: More from Dallas Morning News.

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MEXICO AND MONTERREY SOCCER PLAYER JESUS GALLARDO SUSPENDED FOR TWO GAMES FOR ANTI-LGBTQ CHANTS: More from ESPN.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS FINDS LITHUANIA VIOLATED CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS BY FAILING TO INVESTIGATE ANTI-LGBTQ HARASSMENT: More from ILGA Europe.

CHILEAN SENATE VOTES TO MOVE FORWARD WITH BILL TO LEGALIZE MARRIAGE EQUALITY: More from Telesur.

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DW interviews openly gay Guatemalan Congressman, Aldo Davila (@AldoDavilagt); Reuters profiles the “Unnie Choir,” a Korean LGBTQ choir that uses song to advocate for equality

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