NEW HHS “CONSCIENCE RULE” TO PUT PATIENTS LIVING WITH HIV AND AIDS AT RISK OF BEING DENIED CARE AND TREATMENT: “This regulation, paired with the proposed exclusion of protections for transgender people under the Section 1557 implementing regulations, will undoubtedly put LGBTQ patients at an increased risk for discrimination and denial of care,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy (@david_stacy). More from Washington Blade.

BALTIMORE MAN ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH MURDER IN JUNE 13 DEATH OF D.C. TRANSGENDER WOMAN ZOE SPEARS: Prince George’s County, Maryland, detectives “charged Gerardo Thomas, 33, with first-degree murder after he admitted to being at the scene and armed in the van the night of Spears’s killing, said Brian Reilly, head of the criminal investigations division for the county police.” Spears, 23, who died of gunshot wounds, was the 11th victim of deadly violence against the transgender community in 2019. More from NBC Washington.

RACINE, WI. CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO PROTECT LGBTQ YOUTH AGAINST SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: The city is the sixth in Wisconsin to prohibit the debunked practice. “We sent a message to our LGBTQ youth that they are welcomed, loved and an important part of our community that deserve full protections under the law,” said Racine city council member Trevor Jung (@trevorsjung). More from Wisconsin Public Radio.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- “I’M PROUD OF WHO I AM, BUT I’M MORE THAN ONE IDENTITY” -- HRC’s SARAH MCBRIDE ON HER HISTORIC RUN FOR DELAWARE STATE SENATE: “The state legislature is where the rubber meets the road on public policy,” said McBride (@SarahEMcBride) on the impact of advocacy at the local and state level. If elected, she would become the first transgender state senator in U.S. history. More from CBS News.

TRANSGENDER AND NON-BINARY MIGRANTS IN ICE FACILITY DESCRIBE SEVERE MISTREATMENT AND CONDITIONS: “There is no adequate medical attention to treat people with disabilities, HIV-positive people, those with skin infections, and several of our peers lack medications,” reads a handwritten letter in Spanish from 29 migrants detained in ICE’s only transgender unit. More from Advocate.

NORTH DAKOTA GAY MAN ATTACKED IN POSSIBLE HATE CRIME: More from Metro Weekly.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. TO HOST LONGEST-RUNNING TRANSGENDER CONFERENCE: Special guests include HRC’s Sarah McBride. More from FTN News.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

LOVE WINS -- SAME-SEX COUPLES CELEBRATE MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN ECUADOR: El amor triunfa en Ecuador empezando con el primer matrimonio igualitario. HRC felicita a todos que trabajaron arduamente por este inmenso logro y hace un llamado a la región para implementar la decisión de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos sobre el matrimonio igualitario. More from El Comercio.

EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS RULES AGAINST RUSSIA ON LGBTQ GROUP BAN: Organizations including Rainbow House, Movement for Marriage Equality and Sochi Pride House were blocked from registering as legal entities because their aim is to promote LGBTQ rights. More from PinkNews.

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Bustle debunks myths about pansexuality; Bangor Daily News reports on Portland, ME’s oldest and last gay bar showcasing its new window, 28 years after it was smashed repeatedly in anti-LGBTQ vandalism; HuffPost shares heartwarming story of acceptance between a mom and her gay son featured on Ellen DeGeneres’ show (@TheEllenShow); HRC co-hosted a panel with Human Rights Watch (@hrw) on impact of freedom of religion and belief.

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