HRC NATIONAL PRESS SECRETARY SARAH MCBRIDE ANNOUNCES HISTORIC RUN FOR STATE SENATE IN DELAWARE: Said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin): “Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) is a tireless trailblazer and passionate advocate who has changed countless hearts and minds all across this country. I’m excited to see her launch this historic campaign, and can't wait to watch her help build a better Delaware for all in the State Senate.” Read more from WDEL and The Hill

MICHAEL JOHNSON RELEASED FROM PRISON AFTER FIVE YEARS: Johnson, a former Missouri college student, had been convicted of violating Missouri’s discriminatory HIV transmission and exposure statute. As part of a plea deal in 2017, he was sentenced to 10 years. Read more from BuzzFeed

  • HIV criminalization doesn't lower HIV transmission rates. In fact, researchers found “no association between HIV and AIDS diagnosis rates and criminal exposure laws across states over time, suggesting that these laws have had no detectable HIV prevention effect.”

THE AP REPORTS -- U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM CONTINUES TO EMBRACE ITS PROMINENT ROLE IN ACTIVISM: “Young LGBTQ athletes, who all too frequently are made to feel unwelcome, have seen themselves reflected in these history-making champions,” said HRC’s Matilda Young (@Matilda_Y28). “Having Americans from every corner of our country embrace these women who are unabashedly proud of their country and of who they are sends a powerful message not only to LGBTQ people, but to sports fans around the world that we are here, we are queer, and we just won the World Cup -- again.” Read more from David Crary (@CraryAP) at The Associated Press

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY -- HRC CELEBRATES COLORADO’S EFFORTS TO IMPROVE SERVICES FOR LGBTQ YOUTH AND PARENTS: Gov. Jared Polis (@GovofCO) congratulated the Colorado Division of Child Welfare for being highlighted as a “Everyday Change-Maker in Child Welfare” in a first-of-its-kind report from the HRC Foundation’s All Children - All Families (ACAF) project, saying, “We are unwavering in our commitment to ensuring that Colorado’s LGBTQ+ children, youth and families know they are welcome and valued.” Watch the video here

HORRIBLE -- N.C. STATE SENATOR DAN BISHOP COMPARES ANTI-LGBTQ ADVOCACY TO SAVING JEWS FROM THE HOLOCAUST: Said HRC Associate Regional Campaign Director Hope Jackson: “Sen. Bishop’s comparison of his work with designated anti-LGBTQ hate groups to Oskar Schindler’s life-saving work is shameful, misinformed and downright disgusting. But equally as troubling are his close ties these released emails show with anti-LGBTQ extremists. No amount of self-glorification can hide who Dan Bishop truly is: a homophobic extremist who threatens the most basic values we share as Americans.” More from Advocate.

THREE EL SALVADOR POLICE OFFICERS CHARGED WITH MURDER OF TRANSGENDER WOMAN CAMILA DÍAZ CORDOVA: Díaz had asked for asylum in the U.S., but was deported in 2017. More from the Washington Blade

JURY CONVICTS CLEVELAND MAN FOR FATALLY SHOOTING TRANSGENDER WOMAN, PHYLICIA MITCHELL, LAST YEAR: More from Cleveland.com

FORMER TOP PENTAGON OFFICIALS SIGN LETTER SUPPORTING AMENDMENT DEFUNDING TRANS TROOPS BAN: They include the first openly gay Army secretary, Eric Fanning; former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus; former Assistant Defense Secretary Lawrence Korb, former Principal Deputy Defense Undersecretary for Policy Kathleen Hicks; and former Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes. The amendment would codify non-discrimination protections for the military and end the ban on transgender people serving openly in the military. Read the letter here, and more from Politico

THANK YOU, “POSE,” FOR REMINDING US TO SHOW UP FOR OUR BLACK TRANS FAMILY: The epidemic of violence against trans people is a crisis that has gone on for far too long, and it must cease. More here

OPENLY GAY COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER IN MARYLAND TARGETED BY HATE AFTER ORGANIZING LGBTQ PRIDE MONTH EVENTS: More from the Washington Post

NEW HOMELESS SHELTER FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY OPENS IN SAN DIEGO: More from ABC 10

VIRGINIA MASON MEDICAL CENTER’S DR. DONNA SMITH AND MARIA REARICK WRITE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING QUALITY HEALTH CARE FOR THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY: Read the op-ed from Advocate

  • A Trump-Pence HHS proposal would rip away explicit LGBTQ protections under the ACA that have been critical in ending the health disparities that continue to plague our community. HRC is urging people to speak out against the proposal. Learn more here

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

NORTHERN IRELAND MOVES ONE STEP CLOSER TO MARRIAGE EQUALITY: More from The Guardian

INDIAN HIGH COURT REFUSES REQUEST TO AMEND HINDU MARRIAGE ACT TO RECOGNIZE SAME-SEX MARRIAGES AND ADOPTION: More from PinkNews.   

UNCONSCIONABLE -- AFTER HIGH COURT IN BOTSWANA LEGALIZED CONSENSUAL SAME-SEX RELATIONS, GOVERNMENT SAYS IT WILL APPEAL THE RULING: More from BBC.   

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