BREAKING -- MORE THAN 200 MAJOR BUSINESSES FILE LANDMARK SCOTUS AMICUS BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF LGBTQ WORKERS: HRC, Lambda Legal, Out & Equal, Out Leadership and Freedom for All Americans announced that 206 major corporations have signed a “friend of the court” brief that will be filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in a trio of cases that may determine whether LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination under existing federal civil rights laws -- which prohibit sex discrimination in contexts ranging from employment to housing, health care and education. The brief has more corporate signers than any previous business brief in an LGBTQ non-discrimination case. “At this critical moment in the fight for LGBTQ equality, these leading businesses are sending a clear message to the Supreme Court that LGBTQ people should, like their fellow Americans, continue to be protected from discrimination,” said Jay Brown, Senior Vice President for Programs, Research and Training for the HRC Foundation (@ThisIsJayBrown). “With so much progress on the line, we are grateful that so many major American companies are standing up for the rights and dignity of their LGBTQ employees, family members and customers.” More from Washington Blade, Axios and USA Today.

JOIN HRC IN STOPPING HHS PROPOSAL THAT WOULD RIP AWAY LGBTQ HEALTH CARE: A new proposal at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks to strip away explicit health care protections on the basis of gender identity, effectively targeting transgender and gender non-conforming people’s access to critical care. Erasing these protections is not only discriminatory, but against the public health and the mission of HHS. Join HRC in flooding HHS with comments TODAY. More from HRC.

PUTIN CLAIMS RUSSIA IS “NEUTRAL” ON LGBTQ COMMUNITY -- DESPITE ON-GOING TORTURE AND MURDER OF LGBTQ PEOPLE IN CHECHNYA: The false characterization came in response to singer Elton John’s open letter to the Russian president last week pointing out his hypocrisy on LGBTQ issues, reports The Hollywood Reporter’s Vladimir Kozlov. Chechen authorities have rounded up and detained in secret prisons more than 140 men suspected of being gay or bisexual, there are verified reports of torture and at least three -- and possibly as many as 22 -- men had been killed. More from The Hollywood Reporter.

TUESDAY TWEET -- WATCH AS THIS AMAZING TEEN COMES OUT AS BI DURING HIS VALEDICTORIAN SPEECH: What a bicon (bi + icon)! Thank you for living your truth, Mason!

SENATOR CORY BOOKER (D-NJ) PENS POWERFUL OPED ON EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE FACING TRANS WOMEN OF COLOR: “These individual acts of hatred are not only singular acts of unspeakable violence -- they reveal our collective failure. Because the crisis facing trans Americans is not limited to acts of terror, it is institutional,” writes Booker (@CoryBooker). More from Advocate.

PRO-EQUALITY CANDIDATES WORK TO MAKE STAFF REFLECT THEIR CONSTITUENCY: When campaign staff includes more LGBTQ people, people of color, religious minorities and other often-marginalized groups -- everyone benefits. More from Patricia Sullivan (@psullivan1) at The Washington Post.

AWFUL -- TWO TRANS FILMMAKERS IN QUEENS PEPPER-SPRAYED: Norma Ureiro and Bianey Garcia say they were also called anti-trans slurs by two assailants. One suspect has been arrested and charged with felony assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment, authorities said. More from New York Daily News.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

NEW BBC SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS DISTURBING STATISTICS ON ANTI-LGBTQ SENTIMENT IN MIDDLE EASTERN AND NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES: Those surveyed hail from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian terriroties, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen. More from BBC.

UNACCEPTABLE -- ISTANBUL POLICE TEAR GAS LGBTQ COMMUNITY AT PRIDE MARCH: More from DW.

ARREST MADE IN MURDER OF TRANS WOMAN IN PAKISTAN: More from Independent.

HISTORIC FIRSTS -- NORTH MACEDONIA AND NEPAL HOLD PRIDE PARADES: More from Gay Star News and Pink News.

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ABC Australia interviews a parent-advocate who is helping parents support their transgender children; The Nation shares Tony Woods story of being dishonorably discharged from the military under ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’; BuzzFeed AM2DM hosts LGBTQ celebs to talk about Pride; Yahoo reports on how VR technology is helping trans and non-binary gamers.

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