HRC MARKS THREE YEARS SINCE PULSE TRAGEDY, COMMITS TO “HONOR THEM WITH ACTION”: Yesterday, HRC staff and members marked the day with a public reading of the victims’ names and a moment of silence at HRC headquarters in Washington, D.C.  The Pulse shooting, which took place at an Orlando LGBTQ nightclub on Latinx Night, was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history until the tragic mass shooting on October 1, 2017, during an outdoor concert in Las Vegas. More from HRC.

TODAY -- PRO-EQUALITY HOUSE MEMBERS HOLD REMEMBRANCE FOR PULSE; INTRODUCE LGBTQ ESSENTIAL DATA ACT: Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY); Chris Pappas (D-NH); Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ); Donna Shalala (D-FL); and Joe Kennedy (D-MA) will introduce the bill with the support of HRC, PFLAG and the Trevor Project. The data collection bill was first introduced in 2016 after the Pulse Nightclub shooting and will strengthen the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) by including data on sexual orientation and gender identity in violent deaths.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT -- VP PENCE DRAWS PROTESTS DURING VISIT TO BILLINGS, MT: Pro-equality and pro-choice demonstrators turned out in force. Check out these photos at the Billings Gazette and learn more about Pence’s anti-LGBTQ record here.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- MEET THE 26 OPENLY LGB PARTICIPANTS IN THE 2019 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Among the incredible athletes representing their countries are Team USA’s Tierna Davidson, Adrianna Franch, Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger and Megan Rapinoe -- and their fearless out coach, Jillian Ellis. More from OutSports.

SUSPECT IN DEATH OF DALLAS TRANSGENDER WOMAN MUHLAYSIA BOOKER ARRESTED, POLICE ANNOUNCE THIS MORNING: Reports the Washington Post’s Michael Brice-Saddler (@TheArtist_MBS): Dallas police have arrested Kendrell Lavar Lyles, 34, in the fatal May 18 shooting of Muhlaysia Booker, 23, “a transgender woman whose death has brought renewed national attention to the perils faced by the black LGBTQ community.” Lyles has also been charged in the slayings of two other people. Read more at the Washington Post.

  • Remembering Josie Berrios: Berrios, a transgender woman, was murdered in New York in 2017. The circumstances of her death reveal the painful truths about the violence and discrimination faced by too many transgender people. More from USA Today.

HRC MOURNS TITI GULLEY, BLACK, TRANSGENDER PERSON FOUND DEAD IN PORTLAND: At the urging of Gulley’s family, local police are seeking more information about the circumstances of her May 27 death, which was originally classified as a suicide. More from Portland Mercury.

 PRIDE MONTH ROUNDUP

HRC’S SARAH MCBRIDE TALKS EQUALITY, LGBTQ PRIDE AND HOW TRUMP-PENCE STAND FOR NEITHER:  McBride (@SarahEMcBride) tells Mashable’s Sage Anderson (@hierbitx): We must all feel the ‘fierce urgency of now’  in our work -- recognizing that every day our society asks LGBTQ people to sit back and allow for a slow conversation to take place, we are asking people to watch their one life pass by without the dignity and fairness that every person deserves.” Read more in Mashable.

  • More McBride on Trump-Pence: “This has become one of if not the most explicitly anti-LGBT administrations in modern American history,” McBride tells Yahoo News.

CHRIS DAUGHTRY’S NEW SONG IS POWERFUL PRIDE ANTHEM WRITTEN BY HIS WIFE: Songwriter Deanna Daughtry (@DeannaDaughtry), who married the American Idol star (@CHRIS_Daughtry) in 2000, is openly bisexual. More from Entertainment Tonight.

KNOW YOUR HISTORY -- BRENDA HOWARD IS THE BISEXUAL ACTIVIST KNOWN AS THE “MOTHER OF PRIDE”: More from Them.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

LOVE WINS! ECUADOR’S CONSTITUTIONAL COURT PAVES WAY FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY: The court also instructed the congress to pass legislation ensuring equality for all under the country's marriage law. Read more at the Washington Post.  

HORRIFYING -- IRAN’S TOP DIPLOMAT DEFENDS COUNTRY’S CRUEL AND DRACONIAN ANTI-LGBTQ LAWS: Iran is one of the 10 countries where a person may receive a death sentence for being LGBTQ. More from Business Insider.

BERMUDA TO HOST ITS FIRST-EVER LGBTQ PRIDE: More from Pink News.

ISRAEL LAUNCHES LGBTQ-FOCUSED TELEVISION CHANNEL: More from Pink News.

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Business Equality Magazine profiles “Pride Legacy Leaders Over 50”,  including members of HRC’s Business Advisory Council -- Bob Witeck, Meghan Stabler and Scott Sapperstein; former member Wesley Combs; and former HRC President Elizabeth Birch; Teen Vogue interviews trans and non-binary people who use drag to explore and affirm their gender identities; Asbury Park Press interviews actor George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) on the 50th anniversary of Stonewall

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