SHAMEFUL: TENNESSEE GOV. BILL LEE SIGNS HARMFUL ANTI-LGBTQ CHILD WELFARE BILL: “It’s disturbing that Governor Bill Lee signed legislation that will harm children in Tennessee,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Tennessee has the shameful distinction of being the first state to pass an anti-LGBTQ bill into law this year. This bill does nothing to improve the outcomes for children in care, shrinks the pool of prospective parents and is a blatant attempt to discriminate against LGBTQ Tennesseans.” More from HRC

HRC TO HONOR JEREMY O. HARRIS (@jeremyoharris), PLAYWRIGHT OF SLAVE PLAY, AND MATTHEW LOPEZ, PLAYWRIGHT OF THE INHERITANCE AT THE 19TH ANNUAL GREATER NEW YORK GALA: “Jeremy O. Harris’s brilliant Slave Play is a compelling and raw exploration of race, sex, gender and identity. We are honored to award Jeremy O. Harris with our Equality Award for his work on and off Broadway,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Matthew Lopez’s sweeping, groundbreaking play The Inheritance tells the important story of LGBTQ life in the 21st century, while paying homage to our rich, diverse history,” added David. “For telling this story so powerfully, and for his contributions to the LGBTQ community, it is a true honor for HRC to present Matthew Lopez with the Equality Award.” More from HRC, The Advocate, Deadline, New York Daily News and Playbill.

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HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID ON RAISING LGBTQ VOICES, WHY THE 2020 ELECTION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION EVER: “Trump, Pence and their cadre of followers are undermining generations of progress not just for the LGBTQ community but for marginalized communities across the United States,” said David in the oped. “This is going to be the most important election of our lifetime, and we know we don’t have a moment to lose.” More from Shondaland

HRC HONORS ELIE WIESEL AND HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY: More from HRC.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- NOWTHIS (@nowthisnews) FEATURES HRC RELIGION & FAITH PROGRAM DIRECTOR MICHEL VAZQUEZ (@mvsebastian) IN VIDEO ON VP MIKE PENCE SPEAKING AT AN ANTI-LGBTQ WORSHIP SERVICE: Watch the video here

SAN FRANCISCO OPENS HOUSING PROGRAM TO SUPPORT LOW-INCOME TRANSGENDER AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING COMMUNITY: “The new program in San Francisco is clearly filling a void that exists in safe and affirming spaces for transgender people,” said Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride), HRC national press secretary, to the Daily News. More from Muri Assunção (@MuriAssuncao) at the New York Daily News

NEW YORK CITY POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE ASSAULT OF A TRANSGENDER WOMAN, SERENA DANIARI, ON A SUBWAY TRAIN: Read more from NBC Out (warning -- upsetting descriptions and video at link). 

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CONGRATS TO LIL NAS X (@LilNasX) AND LADY GAGA (@ladygaga) ON YOUR GRAMMY AWARD WINS: Read more from Hollywood Reporter, and see the full list of winners here

POP-ROCK ARTIST ADAM LAMBERT ANNOUNCES NEW ADVOCACY GROUP TO SUPPORT LGBTQ ORGANIZATIONS: Lambert’s (@adamlambert) Feel Something Foundation will work with organizations that aim to create change in education, homelessness and suicide prevention. More from Stephen Daw (@StephenRDaw) at Billboard

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

FINDING A SAFE AND WELCOMING CHURCH COMMUNITY CAN BE A CHALLENGE FOR LGBTQ NIGERIANS: “[Nontraditional Nigerian] churches might provide safer spaces for young Nigerians, but they come with limits for young Christians who are queer,” writes Nelson C.J. (@nelsoncj3), a writer and curator in Lagos, Nigeria. Read the full oped in The New York Times.

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