MORNING MUST READ -- WHY SISTER OF GAY MAN FIRED FROM JOB IS FIGHTING FOR HIM AT THE U.S. SUPREME COURT: “It [is] my turn to stand up for him the way he always stood up for me, to continue his fight for equality -- for him and for any other LGBTQ person who faced discrimination because of their identity. His partner, Bill, and I have kept the case moving forward on his behalf,” writes Melissa Zarda of her brother, Don, who was fired from his job because of his sexual orientation. More from TIME.

  • The case, Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda, is one of three that were consolidated for hearing at SCOTUS, which will decide whether anti-LGBTQ discrimination is a form of sex discrimination that violates federal law. The Court is set to hear the cases Oct. 8.

CONGRATS TO THE U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ON YOUR WORLD CUP VICTORY! LGBTQ representation and pride has been evident on and off the field at the World Cup this year. More from SB Nation

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- DUBLIN BUS COMPANY SURPRISES LGBTQ ELDERS WITH PRIDE RIDE TO LOCAL PARADE: This heartwarming video features the elders discussing their struggles as LGBTQ people growing up in Ireland. More from Independent.

AARP, WHICH REPRESENTS MORE THAN 38 MILLION AMERICANS, SENDS LETTER IN SUPPORT OF EQUALITY ACT TO CONGRESS: “LGBT individuals should not face discrimination from the entities that 50-plus adults traditionally rely upon for support, such as healthcare institutions, housing centers, meal providers, senior centers, and other vital government services,” writes AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer Nancy A. LeaMond. Read the full letter here.

THE AP AND WYOMING TRIBUNE EAGLE JOIN LAWSUIT SEEKING RELEASE OF  REPORT ON WYOMING SCHOOL INVESTIGATION OF RACIST, ANTI-LGBTQ ATTACKS: According to multiple reports, flyers with anti-LGBTQ and anti-Black rhetoric were taped up on school grounds, and were specifically handed out to students in McCormick’s LGBTQ student club. Those students also reported being initially told that they could not wear or display LGBTQ-supportive items. News stories indicate that a district investigation did not begin until nearly two weeks after the alleged actions occurred. More from Casper Star-Tribune.

HOW EMPLOYERS ARE DEVELOPING POLICIES AND PRACTICES TO SUPPORT NON-BINARY EMPLOYEES: More from The Washington Post.

HORRIBLE -- RAINBOW FLAG BURNED OUTSIDE HARLEM BAR, THE ALIBI LOUNGE, FOR SECOND TIME: More from CBS New York

TRANSGENDER WOMAN ARRESTED IN NORTH CAROLINA RESTAURANT AFTER USING WOMEN’S RESTROOM: More from the Associated Press

ADVOCATES IN ARIZONA CALL ON STATE TO PASS NON-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE: A bill to do so was introduced earlier this year. More from AZ Family.

MODEL AND ACTIVIST TESS HOLLIDAY (@Tess_Holliday) COMES OUT AS PANSEXUAL IN INTERVIEW FOR NYLON: More from Nylon.

IMAGINE DRAGONS FRONTMAN DAN REYNOLDS RAISES $100,000 FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY: More from iHeartRadio.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HRC’S JEAN FREEDBERG & HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE ANDREA AYALA UNDERSCORE IMPORTANCE OF AN LGBTQ ADVOCATE AT THE U.N.:  The “global threat to the rights and lives of LGBTQ people is why the two of us are going to join dozens of international advocates in Geneva on July 11 and 12 — where the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRCouncil) will vote on whether to renew the mandate of the Independent Expert on Violence and Discrimination on the basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI),” write Freedberg (@FreedJean) and Ayala (@AndreaMAyala1). Read the op-ed from the Advocate

HIV DIAGNOSES IN AUSTRALIA HIT 18-YEAR LOW: More from ABC Australia.

MAJOR PRIDES WERE HELD AROUND THE WORLD THIS WEEKEND: London and Budapest both held Pride parades to celebrate. More from Euro News

  • Cologne held the largest Pride parade in Germany, and one of the largest in Europe. More from Deutsche Welle
  • In Madrid, the parade celebrated the progress the LGBTQ community has made in Spain. More from El País

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

Vice takes a look at Singapore’s LGBTQ Pride festival; WTSP reports that a web series focusing on intimate partner violence in the LGBTQ community has been picked up by Amazon Prime; Advocate shares the experience of a gay man growing up in 1980s Kentucky

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