CONGRESS MUST PASS SPEIER AMENDMENT, PROTECT TRANS TROOPS: The appropriations amendment, introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), would would prevent further implementation of Trump’s ban on transgender people in the military by eliminating funding for it. Said Sarah McBride, HRC National Press Secretary (@SarahEMcBride). “The Trump administration’s ban on transgender troops goes against medical experts, military leadership, budget analysts, 70% of the American people, and the U.S. House, who passed a resolution in March condemning Trump’s attacks on transgender service members.” More from HRC.

BIPARTISAN OPPOSITION TO ANTI-LGBTQ JUDICIAL NOMINEE MATTHEW KACSMARYK CONTINUES TO GROW IN THE SENATE: More from SF Gate.

HORRIBLE -- KNOX COUNTY, TENN. SHERIFF DELIVERS SERMON SAYING LGBTQ PEOPLE SHOULD BE EXECUTED: Protesters have since shown their support for the LGBTQ community. Read more from WBIR.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- YOUTUBER DANIEL HOWELL COMES OUT AS GAY IN EMOTIONAL NEW VIDEO: More from Inside Edition.

ARREST MADE IN MURDER OF DALLAS TRANS WOMAN; POLICE INVESTIGATING WHETHER TWO OTHER VIOLENT DEATHS CONNECTED: Kendrell Lyles has been arrested for the murder of Muhlaysia Booker, and Dallas police are working to see if there’s a link with the recent deaths of Leticia Grant and Chynal Lindsey. More from NBC Dallas Fort-Worth.

REP. JENNIFER WEXTON (@RepWexton) CONTINUES TO BE A STRONG SUPPORTER FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY: More from The Washington Post.

TRANSGENDER CATHOLICS RESPOND TO VATICAN’S ANTI-LGBTQ STATEMENT: “I’m hurt by the Catholic Church every single day,” said Colleen Fay of Mount Ranier, Md. “They want me and they don’t want me.” The Vatican’s statement objects to the demonstrable and irrefutable reality of transgender and intersex people. More from Vox.

MINNEAPOLIS CHURCH THAT WELCOMES THE LGBTQ FAITHFUL MAY BE VOTED OUT OF DENOMINATION: The Evangelical Covenant Church is voting to involuntarily remove The First Covenant Church of Minneapolis from its roster, asserting the pro-equality stance is “out of harmony” with the church. More from Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

SHAMEFUL -- EMAILS REVEAL AUTHOR NICHOLAS SPARKS REFUSED TO ALLOW LGBTQ STUDENT CLUB AT SCHOOL HE FOUNDED: Get the exclusive from Tarpley Hitt (@tarpleyhitt) at The Daily Beast.

TRANS WOMEN SHARE WHY THEY STILL CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY WITH THEIR FAMILIES: More from WEKU.

“MY LITTLE PONY” TV SHOW TO FEATURE SAME-SEX COUPLE: "My Little Pony has always been about friendship and accepting people (or ponies) that are different from you. So it just felt like something important to do," said writer and producer Michael Vogel (@mktoon). More from BuzzFeed.

PRIDE MONTH ROUNDUP

GRITTY SHOWS OFF HIS MASCOT AND ALLY SKILLS AT PHILLY PRIDE PARADE: More from OutSports.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

U.N. INDEPENDENT EXPERT ON LGBTQ ISSUES RECOMMENDS MORE DATA COLLECTION TO UNDERSTAND LGBTQ LIVED EXPERIENCES: More from United Nations News.

MEXICO CITY INTRODUCES LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE SCHOOL UNIFORMS POLICY: Students in Mexico’s capital city will now be allowed to choose which uniform they would like to wear -- skirt or pants. More from Human Rights Watch.

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Billboard reports on Eugene Lee Yang (@EugeneLeeYang) coming out as gay in a moving music video; The Boston Globe reviews “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” the story of a gay Vietnamese immigrant and his mother; The New York Times reports on its annual New Rules Summit, featuring HRC’s Sarah McBride; Datebook reviews LGBTQ books for Pride month; MediaPost shares a new GE commercial featuring a same-sex couple; The Daily Beast interviews Broadway’s Michael Urie (@michaelurie) on the 50th anniversary of Stonewall; The Washington Post gives an overview of LGBTQ rights in Latin America

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