BREAKING -- U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL VOTES IN FAVOR OF INDEPENDENT EXPERT TO PROTECT LGBTQ PEOPLE WORLDWIDE: HRC celebrates the vote today in Geneva to renew for a second three-year term the mandate of the U.N. Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (IE SOGI). The resolution passed 27-12, with seven abstentions. “As LGBTQ people around the world face unprecedented challenges and the rolling back of previously secured protections -- including by the Trump-Pence administration in the U.S. -- it is heartening that the U.N. has taken this bold step once again to protect our communities from violence and discrimination, ” said HRC Director of Global Partnerships Jean Freedberg (@FreedJean). Read more at HRC.

HRC RESPONDS TO PASSAGE OF THE SPEIER AMENDMENT CODIFYING NON-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS FOR SERVICE MEMBERS:

“The Trump-Pence administration’s trans troop ban goes against medical experts, military leadership and budget analysts; it is unsound, unpopular, and unpatriotic. We are grateful to Congresswoman Speier and the strong, bipartisan majority of the House who voted for this amendment to ensure all transgender military service members have equal non-discrimination protections,” said Sarah McBride, HRC National Press Secretary (@SarahEMcBride). Read more from HRC, Advocate and The Hill.

NINTH CIRCUIT REFUSES TO BLOCK TITLE X GAG RULE: The gag rule threatens the health and welfare of millions, including LGBTQ people. More from HRC.

FRIDAY FEELING -- AMBER HIKES, EXEC DIRECTOR OF PHILLY MAYOR’S OFFICE OF LGBT AFFAIRS & ADVOCATE OF “MORE COLOR MORE PRIDE” FLAG, LEAVES FOR NEW POSITION: Hikes (@AmberHikes) leaves a “legacy of inclusion,” writes Anna Orso (@anna_orso) for The Philadelphia Inquirer. “Hikes, who is nationally known in LGBTQ circles for her activism, advocated to make Philadelphia’s Home Rule Charter more gender-neutral, and worked with the police department to develop a new policy for interacting with transgender and nonbinary people.” However, Hikes’ most well-known contribution is likely the Philadelphia Flag, or More Color More Pride flag, which adds black and brown stripes to the six-color rainbow flag to include LGBTQ people of color. Read the full piece here.

AWFUL -- TRANSGENDER CHILD TURNED AWAY FROM SUMMER CAMP: More from CBS Los Angeles.

WHILE MUCH POLITICAL PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY IN PUERTO RICO, CHALLENGES REMAIN: “We’ve done a lot with very few resources, and that tells you a lot about the strength of the Puerto Rico LGBT community,” said LGBTQ rights activist Pedro Julio Serrano (@PedroJulio).

SEN. DOUG JONES (D-Ala.) (@SenDougJones) VISITS HRC, CALLS FOR PASSAGE OF THE EQUALITY ACT: More from HRC.

ACTOR JUAN PABLO DI PACE (@juanpablodipace) OPENS UP ABOUT HIS DECISION TO COME OUT AS GAY: More from People.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL RELEASES NEW REPORT ON ANTI-LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION & HARASSMENT IN SOUTH KOREAN MILITARY: Read more here.

MULTIPLE POLISH COMMUNITIES DECLARE THEMSELVES “FREE OF LGBT IDEOLOGY”: More from France24.

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Billboard suggests six ways to be an ally to the LGBTQ community after Pride month.

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