FAMILY OF JOHANA MEDINA LEON, TRANS WOMAN WHO DIED IN ICE CUSTODY, FILES LAWSUIT: “This follows the still-unexplained death of Roxsana Hernandez and numerous reports of mistreatment of LGBTQ migrants and asylum seekers while in custody of CBP and ICE,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy at the time of Leon’s death. “It is critical that every person be treated with safety, dignity, and respect by immigration authorities, and this latest tragedy demands greater transparency and accountability of these agencies.” More from NBC.

PUERTO RICO’S GOV. RICARDO ROSSELLO ASKS LEGISLATURE TO WITHDRAW ANTI-LGBTQ BILLS THAT WOULD ENSHRINE DISCRIMINATION INTO LAW: Move comes after singer Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) released an open letter condemning “Puerto Rico’s Hate Bills”.  More from NBC News.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- ALLY FATHER OFFERS HUGS AT PRIDE, INSPIRED BY “FREE MOM HUGS” MOVEMENT: "You go in thinking you're just going to put a smile on a few peoples faces, and you come out knowing or understanding their struggle," Scott Dittman of Pittsburgh said. "My first thought was, I'm thinking the rate of rejection from fathers is probably higher than mothers. I can give dad hugs." More from CBS.

JUSTICE -- JUDGE ORDERS “CONVERSION THERAPY” PROVIDER TO SHUT DOWN: Superior Court Judge Peter F. Bariso Jr. found that the Jewish Institute for Global Awareness violated New Jersey’s consumer fraud law by promoting the dangerous practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” More from Southern Poverty Law Center.

GLOBAL RESPECT ACT RE-INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS:

HRC RELEASES SEX DISCRIMINATION REPORT: Inclusive Interpretations of Sex Discrimination Law” outlines how federal courts have developed a consistent legal narrative that discrimination against LGBTQ people constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under our nation’s civil rights laws. More from HRC.

CALIFORNIA AG ASKS TO SHUT DOWN SCHOOL FOLLOWING ALLEGED ABUSE OF STUDENTS, INCLUDING THOSE TARGETING LGBTQ YOUTH: River View Christian Academy is accused of withholding medical care from students, restricting their communication with parents and punishing kids who said they were LGBTQ. More from BuzzFeed.

PRIDE MONTH ROUNDUP

JAZZ JENNINGS’ MESSAGE FOR PRIDE -- “WE DESERVE TO EXIST FREELY”: Watch more from Jennings (@JazzJennings__), a former HRC Youth Ambassador, from Yahoo.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

MEET HRC GLOBAL INNOVATOR TASHWILL ESTERHUIZEN, A SOUTH AFRICAN LAWYER WHO LED EFFORTS TO OVERTURN BOTSWANA'S LAW CRIMINALIZING SAME-SEX RELATIONS: Learn about his work, in his own words, from Daily Maverick.

KENYAN LGBTQ HEALTH ADVOCATES SAY THE TRUMP-PENCE GLOBAL GAG RULE PUTS MILLIONS AT RISK: It limits access to critical health care services, putting millions of lives at risk, including people living with HIV and AIDS. Advocates Melvine P. Ouyo and Luisa Orza encourage support of the Global Health, Empowerment and Rights Act, which would rescind this rule. More from Advocate.

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