CITY OF PHILADELPHIA TO FIRE 13 POLICE OFFICERS FOLLOWING RACIST, VIOLENT SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS: “Our police officers are entrusted to serve and protect the people of Philadelphia -- everybody, all the people of Philadelphia,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. The people of Philadelphia, including LGBTQ people, deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. More from The Washington Post.

NEW REPORT DOCUMENTS HOW PAID LEAVE STATE PROGRAMS IMPROVE LIVES OF WORKING AMERICANS: The report, from the National Partnership for Women & Families, reveals that people of color and LGBTQ workers and their families often face additional hurdles to accessing leave. We urgently need an inclusive employer-paid family and medical leave federal program. Read the report here.

THROWBACK THURSDAY -- “DEAR GENTLEMEN, YOUR 60-YEAR-OLD WEDDING PICS ARE READY”: In 1957, a photo shop owner in Philadelphia withheld photos of two men who shared a commitment ceremony because he deemed them “inappropriate.” Thankfully, a shop employee kept the photos and now the search is on for the couple so the photos can finally be delivered. More from Nick Fiorellini (@NickFiorellini) at The Philadelphia Citizen.

HELD ACCOUNTABLE — PUERTO RICO GOVERNOR RICARDO ROSSELLO RESIGNS: After the release of anti-LGBTQ and sexist text messages, Gov. Rossello resigned effective August 2. More from The Washington Blade.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR -- HRC TO HOST MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH MONTH TWITTER CHAT ON JULY 29:

NEW STUDY FINDS LGBTQ COMMUNITY MORE LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE MEMORY LOSS, DEMENTIA DUE TO CULTURAL STRESSORS, LACK OF HEALTH CARE ACCESS: Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco believe this to be due to “higher rates of depression, inability to work, high stress, and a lack of regular access to healthcare.” More from STAT.

HOW THE CINCINNATI VA MEDICAL CENTER IS SUPPORTING LGBTQ PATIENTS: More from The Cincinnati Enquirer.

ACTOR BELLA THORNE COMES OUT AS PANSEXUAL: Thorne (@bellathorne), who came out as bisexual in 2016, noted she now uses pan to describe her sexual orientation during an interview with Good Morning America.

LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE BANNER AT CLARK COUNTY, ORE. CHURCH REPEATEDLY VANDALIZED, STOLEN: “We’re not going to let anybody silence us,” said Battle Ground Community United Methodist Church Reverend Susan Boegli. "Just because somebody takes our banners, it isn’t going to change who we are and what our core message is. We made a firm decision that if and when it happens again, we’ll just put up another one and another one.” More from The Oregonian.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

JAPAN’S FIRST OPENLY GAY MAN TO SERVE AS LEGISLATOR ADVOCATES FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY: More from Advocate.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

Advocate interviews Black, gay comedian Gina Yashere (@ginayashere); Los Angeles Magazine reviews the new book The Gay Metropolis; Hello Magazine reflects on Lance Bass’ (@LanceBass) coming out to Britney Spears (@britneyspears)

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