U.S. SUPREME COURT ALLOWS DISCRIMINATORY TRANS TROOP BAN TO GO INTO EFFECT -- BUT THE FIGHT IS FAR FROM OVER: While the court’s decision yesterday allowing Donald Trump and Mike Pence's transgender troop ban to go into effect is distressing -- and will have real-life consequences for transgender people serving and wishing to serve -- the judicial process is far from over. Lawsuits, including the case in which HRC is an organizational co-plaintiff represented by Lambda Legal and Outserve-SLDN, continue to make their way through the courts. We remain hopeful that once the Supreme Court has the chance to hear all of the arguments and evidence, it will find this discriminatory ban unconstitutional. More from HRC, PRIZM, and Pink News.

  • “The Supreme Court Just Ended My Military Career”: Former naval aviator and defense analyst Brynn Tannehill (@BrynnTannehill) writes about the ruling in an op-ed for The New York Times.

TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION PROPOSED ACTION THREATENS PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV:  The proposal would remove critical safeguards designed to ensure that people living with HIV and AIDS can access the medications they need. If this rule goes into effect it could result in the denial of coverage for life saving medications, including antiretrovirals. More from HRC.

  • Trump-Pence roll back the clock on LGBTQ and people living with HIV and AIDS. More from HIV Plus Mag.

2020 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL FIELD EXPANDS, REFLECTS HISTORIC DIVERSITY: In just the last few days, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, the second Black woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, and South Bend (Ind.) Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a military veteran who is openly gay, joined the growing ranks of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination. As CNN reports, they join seven other candidates "either fully in the 2020 race or exploring a run.” More from CNN.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- ELECTIONS MATTER: PRO-EQUALITY MEASURES ADVANCE IN STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY:  Within the first weeks of the 2019 session, the governors of four states signed executive orders prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity against state employees. More from HRC.

HORRIFIC -- AUSTIN SAME-SEX COUPLE VIOLENTLY TARGETED, ASSAULTED: Police say they are investigating the weekend incident as a hate crime. The men were targeted by a group of people who yelled homophobic slurs before assaulting the couple in the street. Police are asking anyone with more information to contact them. HRC stands with the victims, Spencer Deehring and Tristan Perry, as they seek justice for this heinous crime. More from Fox 7 and The Statesman.

MISSOURI JUDGE RULES THAT HOUSING LAW DOES NOT PROTECT AGAINST LGBTQ BIAS: More from Courthouse News and NBC News.

CA GOVERNOR APPOINTS CIVIL RIGHTS ICON KRIS PERRY TO LEAD CHILD DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS IN STATE: Perry was the lead plaintiff in the historic legal challenge that overturned California’s ban on marriage equality. More from Los Angeles Times and Lake County News.

NEW LEGISLATION WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE TO CORRECT THEIR BIRTH CERTIFICATES: More from Union Leader.

CONNECTICUT LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE BILL TO BAN LGBTQ PANIC AS A CRIMINAL DEFENSE: More from CTPost.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

FEBRUARY 22 -- KENYAN CONSTITUTIONAL COURT TO DECIDE ON CASE THAT COULD OVERTURN COLONIAL-ERA LAW CRIMINALIZING SAME-SEX RELATIONS: More from Openly.

SAME-SEX COUPLE SUES JAPANESE GOVERNMENT TO HAVE THEIR MARRIAGE RECOGNIZED: Ai Nakajima and Kristina Baumann were married in Germany. More from Gay Star News.

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LGBTQ Nation highlights 61st anniversary of the first LGBTQ victory at the U.S. Supreme Court; LA Times features LZ Granderson (@LZGranderson) discussing how it’s hard to ‘stick to sports’ when sports doesn’t stick to sports; Reuters showcases the journey of a transgender Spaniard;  

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