TOMORROW IS THE STATE OF THE UNION: “From literally day one, the Trump-Pence administration has pursued an agenda rooted in anti-LGBTQ discrimination,” said Chad Griffin, President of HRC (@ChadHGriffin). “Donald Trump and Mike Pence have indulged extremists and engaged in a systematic campaign to make millions of LGBTQ people second-class citizens. In 2018, HRC, our grassroots army of three million, and our allies all across the country will continue to resist at every turn while mobilizing the largest grassroots campaign in our history to pull the emergency brake on their despicable agenda in November.” More from HRC.

  • Following the State of the Union, Now This News (@NowThisNews) will livestream  the #PeoplesSOTUResponse,  featuring activists and Resistance influencers, including HRC’s Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride).
  • Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) will bring  transgender soldier and veteran to the SOTU: Staff Sgt. Patricia King’s and  Marine veteran Lynda Bengtsson-Davis’ presence will draw attention to the Trump-Pence discriminatory ban on qualified transgender troops. More from The Hill and Lost Coast Outpost.

A YEAR OF ISLAMOPHOBIA AND NATIONALISM FROM THE WHITE HOUSE: It’s been one year since Trump-Pence issued a discriminatory and dangerous Muslim Ban that prevented countless people from predominantly Muslim nations from coming to the U.S. More from HRC.

VIRGINIA SENATE PASSES BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO PROTECT LGBTQ PEOPLE FROM DISCRIMINATION IN HOUSING AND PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT: Said Marty Rouse, HRC National Field Director:  “It’s essential for the future of Virginia that the newly elected House of Delegates move swiftly to ensure these long-overdue protections are passed and sent to Governor Northam to be signed into law.”  More from HRC.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- FIVE QUESTIONS WITH LESBIAN PRO SOCCER STAR JOANNA LOHMAN: HRC’s Ashland Johnson sits down with Lohman (@JoannaLohman) to talk about her experiences as an out LGBTQ athlete and work to spread civil rights globally. More from HRC.

SHOCKING -- APPROX. 20,000 LGBTQ MINORS WILL BE SUBJECTED TO ABUSIVE “CONVERSION THERAPY” IN STATES WITHOUT LEGAL PROTECTIONS: See the data in a new report from the Williams Institute. More from HRC.

LOS ANGELES MAYOR & LGBTQ ALLY ERIC GARCETTI TALKS PATRIOTISM OF RESISTANCE MOVEMENT, HIS OWN POLITICAL FUTURE: Read more in his wide-ranging interview with Karen Ocamb (@KarenOcamb) from the Los Angeles Blade.

GRAMMYS HONOR LGBTQ, ALLIED ARTISTS: “Dear Evan Hansen,” written by openly gay songwriter Ben Pasek (@benjpasek) and professional partner Justin Paul (@heyitsjustin), won Best Musical Theatre Album. LCD Soundsystem, fronted by transgender singer Gavin Russom, won Best Dance recording. HRC Equality Rocks supporters Portugal The Man won Best Pop Duo / Group Performance. HRC supporter Kesha brought down the house with her performance of “Praying.” More from The New York Times.

OHIO PARENT-ADVOCATES START FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT TRANS YOUTH LIKE THEIR DAUGHTER: Their foundation will train teachers and support the Adolescent and Transition Medicine Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. More from The Cincinnati Enquirer.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

JAMAICAN ACTIVISTS CALL ON GOVERNMENT TO BAN ANTI-LGBTQ HATEMONGOR: Steven Anderson is a known exporter of hate. More from Erasing 76 Crimes.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

Pride shares a heartwarming story of a boy turning to the internet for advice on asking out a trans classmate; KXAN reports that Austin trans advocate Meghan Stabler was honored at HRC’s Austin Gala 


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