MORE FEAR MONGERING FROM TRUMP: There is no “national emergency” at our southern border. It’s disgraceful that Trump-Pence continue to peddle this lie in order to stoke fear. The #TrumpShutdown, now in its third week, is owned solely by Trump-Pence. By manufacturing a “crisis” at the border, they are only hurting federal workers and their families every day the government remains closed. Enough. HRC joins Speaker Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) in demanding that Trump-Pence end this shutdown and reopen the government. The demonization of undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers at the expense of government workers is inexcusable.

VICTORY FOR HRC-BACKED JENNIFER BOYSKO IN VA STATE SENATE SPECIAL ELECTION: Boysko has been a strong and consistent voice for LGBTQ equality in the Virginia House of Delegates, worked to improve the schools and economy in Northern Virginia and fought to expand Medicaid to thousands of Virginians. More from HRC.

HRC TO HONOR AMANDLA STENBERG AND JORDAN ROTH AT 2019 HRC GREATER NEW YORK GALA: Award-winning actress Amandla Stenberg will receive the HRC Visibility Award and Tony Award-winning producer Jordan Roth with receive the HRC Legacy Award at the February 2 gala in New York City. The annual event raises crucial funds in the fight for LGBTQ equality and attracts more than 1,000 of the organization’s most active members and supporters, political officials from federal, state, and local governments, as well as celebrity entertainers and leaders from the business community. More from HRC.

TEXAS HOUSE SPEAKER DENNIS BONNEN SAYS LAWMAKERS WILL NOT FOCUS ON ATTACKING TRANSGENDER PEOPLE’S ACCESS TO PUBLIC SPACES: Said HRC Texas State Director Rebecca Marques: “It’s encouraging to see that Speaker Bonnen is not looking to repeat the 2017 legislative session in Texas, where businesses, faith leaders, community organizations and everyday Texans stood up to oppose anti-LGBTQ bills. Texans simply don’t have an appetite for discrimination.” More from Dallas Morning News.

JUSTICE -- 1.4 MILLION FLORIDIANS REGAIN RIGHT TO VOTE: Yesterday, citizens who have paid their debt to society regained their voting rights in one of the largest enfranchisement of U.S. citizens in the past century. More from The Washington Post.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- ON TRUMP’S SUPREME COURT GAMBLE: Trump’s nationalist and racist immigration policies and his attacks on transgender people hoping to serve their country in the military have faced significant roadblocks in the lower courts. Now, the Supreme Court of the United States is considering taking up cases on the discriminatory policies promulgated by Trump-Pence. More from USA Today.

  • Title VII at SCOTUS: The Supreme Court is considering three cases involving whether Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects workers on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. More from Bloomberg.

CONGRESS SHOULD PASS UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS: HRC is calling for Congress to pass legislation that mandates universal background checks for the purchase of firearms in the United States in response to the introduction of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 and a similar bill in the Senate. More from HRC.

COLORADO GOVERNOR JARED POLIS SWORN IN AS NATION’S FIRST OPENLY GAY GOVERNOR: “Our mission now is to make Colorado a place for all families to have a chance to thrive today, tomorrow and for generations to come,” he said in his first speech as governor. Openly bisexual Oregon Governor Kate Brown is the first LGBTQ governor in the nation. More from The Denver Post.

HORRIFYING -- TRANS WOMAN ASSAULTED IN NORTH CAROLINA BATHROOM: Police have charged two women with second-degree kidnapping and sexual battery for the crime. More from USA Today.

  • Check out HRC’s brief guide for reporters on writing about transgender people here.

DENVER CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY VOTES TO PROTECT YOUTH FROM DANGEROUS “CONVERSION THERAPY”:  More from Denverite.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HOY -- EL SENADO CHILENO DEBATIRÁ EL PROYECTO DE LEY DE MATRIMONIO IGUALITARIO: El proyecto impulsado por la expresidenta Michelle Bachelet en 2017 modificaría el artículo 102 del Código Civil para señalar que el matrimonio es la unión entre “dos personas" y no entre un “hombre y una mujer”. Más de 24HORAS.

TODAY -- CHILEAN SENATE TO DEBATE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BILL: Introduced in 2017 by former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, the bill would modify article 102 of the Civil Code to indicate that marriage is the union of “two people” and not between a “man and a woman.” More from 24HORAS.

DUTCH PROSECUTORS EXAMINING WHETHER ANTI-LGBTQ “NASHVILLE STATEMENT” SIGNED BY LOCAL CLERGY VIOLATES THE LAW: More from Dutch News.

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Advocate interviews ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ star Vincent Rodriguez (@VRodriguezIII); BBC reports that a main character in the video game Overwatch is LGBTQ; Elle reports on Janet Mock’s (@janetmock) Golden Globes outfit and its hidden meaning

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