HRC OPPOSES ANTI-LGBTQ JUDICIAL NOMINEE MATTHEW KACSMARYK: “He has been vociferous in his opposition to same-sex marriage, legal protections for gender identity and sexual orientation, and the basic humanity of transgender people,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow (@SarahWarbelow). “To be qualified for the bench, every nominee must demonstrate a commitment to equality under the law. Kacsmaryk fails a basic expectation of impartiality.” Text PROTECT to 472472 to stand with HRC and coalition partners against Kacsmaryk. Read more from HRC.

TUESDAY TWEET -- SINGER/SONGWRITER TAYLOR SWIFT (@taylorswift13) ENCOURAGES SUPPORT FOR EQUALITY ACT IN NEW MUSIC VIDEO, “YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN”: Read more from The Hill.

OPERA THEATER OF ST. LOUIS PREMIERES “FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES,” BASED ON CHARLES M. BLOW’S 2014 MEMOIR: After seeing the opera, Blow (@CharlesMBlow) wrote in his The New York Times column: “I sat there thinking just how far I had come in five years. I thought about how speaking my truth was to me like an act of being reborn and how much stronger and sure-footed I felt now than I felt five years ago… It is never too late for you to marshal the courage to be truly and fully yourself.” Read the full piece here.

MASTERCARD TO ALLOW TRANS AND NON-BINARY CUSTOMERS TO USE THEIR CHOSEN NAMES ON CARDS: “We want to be a force for change to help address and alleviate unnecessary pain points [in the LGBTQIA+ community],” the company said. Read more at CNN.

WASH POST COLUMNIST PETULA DVORAK (@ptulad) -- “MURDER OF BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMEN IS BECOMING A CRISIS”: Transgender advocate Ruby Corado, who runs the LGBTQ community center Casa Ruby (@CasaRubyDC), tells Dvorak: “Leadership influences people. We have an administration where the narrative is to marginalize people that are already marginalized. We have an administration that is fueling the intolerance.” More at The Washington Post.

  • Police are looking for an armed suspect who threatened three transgender women Saturday at Casa Ruby. More from The Washington Post.
  • “He hoped no one would care” -- man pleads guilty to 2016 murder of transgender woman, Hason “Jazz” Alford, in Alabama. Read Carol Robinson’s (@RobinsonCarol) piece in AL.com.
  • Activists continue to call for an investigation into the death of Layleen Polcano, a Black transgender woman found dead at Rikers Island. Read more from EJ Dickson (@ejdickson) in Rolling Stone.

THREE TEENS ARRESTED IN DC ATTACK ON GAY MAN: Read more at The Washington Blade.

PRIDE MONTH ROUNDUP

CHRIS NOBLE WORKS TO MAKE GOLF MORE LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION: Learn more from Skratch.

THE AP’S DAVID CRARY (@CraryAP) LOOKS AT THE STATE OF LGBTQ RIGHTS IN THE U.S., 50 YEARS AFTER STONEWALL: Read the full piece here.

MICHIGAN RAISES THE PRIDE FLAG ON STATE BUILDINGS FOR THE FIRST TIME: More from the Associated Press.

  • Cincinnati will also fly the rainbow flag for the first time on Friday. More from the Cincinnati Enquirer.

THOUSANDS GATHER FOR PRIDE IN DENVER: More from the Denver Post.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

BRAZIL’S SUPREME COURT VOTES TO CRIMINALIZE HOMOPHOBIA AND TRANSPHOBIA: Read Joshua Bote’s (@joshua_bote) piece in USA Today.

TRANSGENDER ADVOCATE LILIT MARTIROSYAN (@LilitMa55887800) CONTINUES TO FACE HARASSMENT, DEATH THREATS AFTER SPEECH TO ARMENIAN PARLIAMENT: More from France 24.

ANTI-LGBTQ HATE CRIME RATES ARE AT HIGHEST EVER LEVEL IN SCOTLAND: More from Pink Saltire.

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

HuffPost features Daniela Lourdes Falanga, the first openly transgender woman to be elected president of a chapter of LGBTQ rights organization Arcigay in Italy; The New Yorker profiles openly gay singer/songwriter and actor Troye Sivan (@troyesivan)

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