HOUSE DEBATES NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT & SPEIER AMENDMENT: The amendment would codify non-discrimination protections in the military based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, and end the ban on trans military service. More from HRC

TRUMP’S “UNALIENABLE RIGHTS” COMMISSION MORE LIKELY TO HARM LGBTQ PEOPLE: Civil and human rights advocates fear that the commission’s focus on “natural law” is simply code for anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice and anti-women’s rights agendas -- a dangerous attempt to repudiate the longstanding international consensus around human rights. More from JustSecurity.

  • HRC: Here are six signs that the Trump-Pence Administration is abandoning LGBTQ human rights abroad -- and this commission is number one. Check out the list here

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- ADVOCATES REFLECT ON THE FIGHT FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN TAIWAN: “Because of Taiwan’s achievement, more Asian activists think it’s possible for them as well -- as long as they prepare enough and strategize and have a brave group of people willing to share their stories,” said advocate & HRC Global alum Jennifer Lu (@equallovetw). Read more from HRC

TRANSGENDER & NON-BINARY MIGRANTS WHO ARE BEING HELD IN ICE CUSTODY RELEASE LETTER CALLING FOR INVESTIGATION INTO POOR TREATMENT: They are being held at Cibola County Correctional Center in New Mexico, the only ICE facility with a designated unit for transgender women. “Our feelings, our worries, our indignation, the violation of our rights, our vulnerability before ICE and the officials that work here: it is for all these reasons we are expressing ourselves through this letter not just as trans women but also as human beings,” says the letter in Spanish. Read more from AZ Mirror

  • In a powerful short documentary, Luz, a transgender woman who was held at the same facility, tells her story. Watch here

THIS WEEK’S EPISODE OF “POSE” REMINDS US TO SHOW UP FOR OUR TRANSGENDER FAMILY: While FX’s “Pose” may be set in 1990 this season, the themes resonate nearly 30 years later. The series is set in New York City and juxtaposes the house/ball scene against the tumultuous political and social climate of the '80s and '90s. The new episode was a heart-wrenching reminder of the epidemic of violence against transgender people -- particularly transgender women of color. Read more from HRC (warning -- spoilers at link). 

D.C.’S LGBTQ COMMUNITY SPEAKS WITH DEL. ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON ABOUT FATAL VIOLENCE TARGETING BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMEN, ASHANTI CARMON AND ZOE SPEARS: More from NBC 4

MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY BURNED LGBTQ PRIDE FLAG OUTSIDE HARLEM BAR IS FACING HATE CRIME AND ARSON CHARGES: More from CBS New York

  • Also, in Queens, a man who police say used anti-transgender slurs against a woman before spraying her in the face with pepper spray was arrested and charged with a hate crime. More from New York Post

“THE STATE OF INEQUALITY” -- THE CHESTER COUNTY PRESS WEIGHS IN ON HOW FAR PENNSYLVANIA HAS TO GO TO ENSURE FULL EQUALITY FOR ITS LGBTQ RESIDENTS: It emphasizes the need to ban the harmful and abusive practice of “conversion therapy.” Read the piece here

CONGRATS TO THE U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ON THEIR ESPYs WIN! More from HRC

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

TBILISI, GEORGIA’S LGBTQ COMMUNITY HELD A PRIDE RALLY AFTER POLITICAL UNREST AND THREATS FORCED THE CANCELLATION OF A PLANNED MARCH: More from Reuters

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Towleroad reports on the new Queer Eye (@QueerEye) Season 4 trailer; Newsweek covers the story of lesbian Ash Summers’ gay grandmothers, together over 40 years; Pioneer Press reports on Stefanie K. Horvath becoming the highest-ranking openly gay woman in the Minnesota National Guard; Outsports talks with openly gay college rugby player Chris Kelley (@chriskell3y)

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