AS TRUMP LAUNCHES 2020 CAMPAIGN, HRC VOWS TO TURN OUT THE VOTE AND END THE TRUMP-PENCE ASSAULT ON LGBTQ PROGRESS: “Since Donald Trump and Mike Pence took office 29 months ago, LGBTQ people have been under constant attack by an administration that is hell-bent on ripping away our progress,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “But time and again, HRC’s grassroots army of more than 3 million strong has fought back, putting up roadblocks on this administration’s path of destruction and discrimination. In the months ahead, we will continue to turn resistance into action by making major investments to turn out the more than 10 million eligible LGBTQ voters in this country and millions more allies to ensure we defeat Donald Trump in 2020 and elect a pro-equality president who will fight for the rights of all Americans.” More from HRC.

  • For the full list of Trump-Pence’s attacks on LGBTQ people, visit hrc.org/Trump.
  • Despite standing two miles and a 10-minute drive away from the site of the Pulse nightclub shooting, Donald Trump refused to even mention the 49 LGBTQ lives, most Latinx, taken by senseless gun violence. This omission comes less than one week after Orlando, the LGBTQ community, the Latinx community and the world marked the third year since Pulse without any substantive action on gun reform. More from HRC.

HRC RESPONDS TO NEWS THAT TONY PERKINS HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO HEAD THE U.S. COMMISSION ON INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: “Tony Perkins has devoted his career to limiting the legal rights of LGBTQ people,” said David Stacy, HRC Director of Government Affairs (@david_stacy). “In his America, LGBTQ people would be forced to hide who they are or face criminal sanction, and their relationships would be outlawed and undermined. Once again, the Trump-Pence Administration has taken a non-partisan commitment to religious freedom around the world and turned it into another weapon in their anti-LGBTQ crusade.” More from Metro Weekly.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- AN OPEN LETTER TO BISEXUAL PEOPLE THIS PRIDE MONTH: Read the letter from HRC.

HOUSE VOTES TO PASS AMENDMENT DEFUNDING TRANS TROOP BAN: The appropriations amendment, offered by Reps. Jackie Speier (D-CA) (@RepSpeier) and Anthony Brown (D-MD) (@RepAnthonyBrown), 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 CBS News.

THE NY TIMES INTERVIEWS DR. DEMETRE DASKALAKIS ON HIS EFFORTS TO COMBAT SOCIAL STIGMA AROUND HIV & AIDS: Read Sam Dubin’s full interview with Daskalakis (@DrDemetre), deputy commissioner for the Division of Disease Control of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, here.

WORKPLACES CONTINUE TO IMPROVE FOR LGBTQ EMPLOYEES: HRC Foundation’s Beck Bailey (@TheBeckBailey), Director, Workplace Equality Program, on how workplaces have improved, and the work still to be done: “Companies do need to work on their overall culture, education, engagement around bias and unconscious bias and how it comes up at work and observing how they may inadvertently be sending messages to people that they should stay in the closet,” he says. Read more from NBC.

UPDATE -- AUTHOR NICHOLAS SPARKS APOLOGIZES FOR PAST ANTI-LGBTQ COMMENTS & EMAILS THAT REVEAL HE REFUSED TO ALLOW LGBTQ STUDENT CLUB AT SCHOOL HE FOUNDED: Read more from The New York Times.

PRIDE MONTH ROUNDUP

NEW YORK CITY’S ICONIC “GAY STREET” AND “CHRISTOPHER STREET” RENAMED “ACCEPTANCE STREET” TO MARK PRIDE MONTH: More from ABC.

THE DAILY BEAST’S TIM TEEMAN (@TimTeeman) CHATS WITH DAVID MIXNER (@DavidMixner) ABOUT THE STATE OF LGBTQ RIGHTS IN THE U.S.: Read the interview here.

CALIFORNIA FLIES THE LGBTQ PRIDE FLAG ON ITS CAPITOL BUILDING FOR THE FIRST TIME: More from The Hill.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

ORGANIZERS OF TBILISI PRIDE IN GEORGIA SAY THE EVENT WILL GO AHEAD DESPITE THREATS: More from Agenda.GE.

NEW TESTIMONY REVEALS MISSING RUSSIAN MAN MAY HAVE BEEN DETAINED DURING PERSECUTIONS AGAINST LGBTQ CHECHENS: Eyewitness Maksim Lapunov claims he and the man who is currently missing, Andrei Kobyshev, were held in the same facility for two weeks. More from Radio Free Europe.

PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA, DR. MAHATHIR MOHAMAD, REITERATES ASSERTION THAT THE COUNTRY WILL NOT RECOGNIZE MARRIAGE EQUALITY: More from Gay Star News.

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CNN’s Fayemi Shakur (@7fayemi) profiles Zanele Muholi’s (@ZMuholi) work photographing Black LGBTQ South Africans; NYTimes readers share their experiences with binding; We Rate Dogs celebrates Pride Month

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