HORRIFYING -- NEW REPORT SHOWS TRUMP-PENCE SEPARATED THOUSANDS MORE CHILDREN FROM THEIR FAMILIES THAN PREVIOUSLY KNOWN: This administration’s cruelty toward undocumented children and families has been unconscionable. Prying away kids from their parents is barbaric and un-American. More from Politico.

TODAY -- HRC HOSTS PRESS CALL AHEAD OF AZ SUPREME COURT HEARING ON LGBTQ NON-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS: The call, at 11 a.m. MT, will  feature U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton -- the former Phoenix mayor -- and LGBTQ advocates in Arizona where the state Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case challenging the city of Phoenix's LGBTQ inclusive non-discrimination ordinance. The case, brought by anti-LGBTQ organization Alliance Defending Freedom, asserts that Brush & Nib Studio should be allowed to discriminate against customers wanting to purchase invitations for a same-sex wedding. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

ICYMI -- SENATOR CORY BOOKER (D-NJ) QUESTIONS ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINEE WILLIAM BARR ABOUT AN ARTICLE HE WROTE CONDEMNING LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE LAWS:

SOUTH DAKOTA ANTI-TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION CASE DISMISSED AFTER PLAINTIFF’S DEATH: Terri Bruce, a transgender man, alleged the state violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because the state health insurance policy denied coverage of medically-necessary transition-related care. Bruce passed away last month, and his lawyers asked that the suit be dismissed. More from The Associated Press.

  • South Dakota bill attacks transgender students: The heinous measure would force transgender students to play on sports teams aligned with the gender on their birth certificate. More from Argus Leader.

CONSERVATIVE LT. GOV. OF LOUISIANA WARNS LAWMAKERS TO AVOID ANTI-LGBTQ LEGISLATION: When asked about anti-LGBTQ legislation during an event at the Baton Rouge Press Club,  Billy Nungesser said, “It’s something we should absolutely steer clear of for the greater good of Louisiana.” More from The Times-Picayune.

REP. MARK POCAN (D-WI) INTRODUCES ACT TO CLARIFY THAT WOMEN AND LGBTQ AMERICANS CAN BE PRESIDENT: The 21st Century President Act would change outdated legal definitions in the U.S. code to clarify that Presidents do not have to be men and their spouses do not have to be wives. More from the Office of Congressman Mark Pocan.

FOLLOWING PRESSURE FROM LGBTQ GROUPS, ANTI-EQUALITY SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT CANDIDATE WITHDRAWS: “The role of any school administrator, including the school board, is to treat all children with respect, dignity and to support all of the students they serve -- including those who are LGBTQ,” said Ellen Kahn, director of HRC’s Foundation's Children, Youth & Families Program. More from The Times-Picayune and The Associated Press.

ANTI-LGBTQ ADVOCATES PUSH FOR KANSAS LIBRARY TO REMOVE CHILDREN’S BOOKS THAT DISCUSS GENDER IDENTITY: More from The Associated Press.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

BISEXUAL MAN IN KYRGYZSTAN ATTACKED, FORCED TO FLEE COUNTRY: The man, identified only by the initials A.D., said his attackers carved the word “gay” into his stomach during one of the attacks. More from Pink News.

JUSTICE -- ARREST MADE IN 2016 MURDERS OF BANGLADESHI LGBTQ ACTIVISTS: Asadullah, a member of an extremist group, was arrested for the murders of Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy. Police believe that the murders were carried out by several members of this organization. More from Pink News.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution honors the local legacy of Bayard Rustin in advance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day; NBC mourns beloved LGBTQ ally Carol Channing; The Associated Press interviews Black transgender soul singer Jackie Shane (@msjackieshane); KJZZ speaks to Lincy Sopall, a transgender woman from Honduras and fashion designer starting a new life in Arizona; Autostraddle remembers beloved LGBTQ poet Mary Oliver; Vice sits down with NBA’s Reggie Bullock to talk about his late transgender sister

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