SIX YEARS AFTER SHELBY DECISION, HRC JOINS CIVIL RIGHTS PARTNERS CONTINUE TO PUSH FOR VOTING RIGHTS PROTECTIONS: “In the six years since the Shelby decision, we have seen state after state pass discriminatory voter suppression laws that target marginalized Americans, particularly people of color,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “Expanding access to the ballot box and protecting our democracy are central to the fight for full equality. More from HRC.

“WELCOME, MAEVE” -- THE NYTIMES ON MAEVE DUVALLY’S EXPERIENCE TRANSITIONING AT GOLDMAN SACHS: When DuVally became only the second person at the company to formally transition, she “imagined that her transition would be a binary thing -- that a switch would be flipped,” writes NY Times’ reporter Emily Flitter (@FlitterOnFraud. Instead, news leaked out slowly. “Everyone seemed to be focusing more on clothes, nails, hair and the other aspects of the traditional female corporate uniform than they might have on a less consequential day,” Flitter writes. “It didn’t read as shallow; it was just the easiest way to connect with Ms. DuVally, to convey warmth and support.” Said DVally:  “I’ve been hugging a lot of people. Before I decided to come out, I don’t think I had ever hugged anyone at work.” Read the full piece here.

MUST-WATCH MONDAY -- REMEMBERING STONEWALL, 50 YEARS LATER: HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride ) recently visited the Newseum’s exhibit, “Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights movement”. She said: “As we mark 50 years since Stonewall, we’re reminded of the incredible power that a single action, a single brick, can have in changing the course of history.” Watch the video here.

CRACKER BARREL CEO SANDRA COCHRAN “LEADS CHARGE FOR CHAIN’S RACIAL, LGBTQ INCLUSIVITY,” REPORTS KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL:  The chain’s recent refusal to allow an anti-LGBTQ pastor to hold a meeting in one of its restaurants has focused a spotlight on the company’s turnaround on equality issues under Cochran.  “The restaurant chain's scores on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index have more than doubled, increasing from a score of 35 when Cochran joined the company to a score of 80 this year,” reports Brittany Crocker (@BrittCrocker). “In 2008, the company's score was 15.” Read more at the Knoxville News Sentinel.

  • “Dollars flow as diversity grows,” says the Knoxville News Sentinel, noting that, under Cochran, Cracker Barrel’s stock “has skyrocketed from about $40 a share to around $170, an increase of about 325%.” And it has opened 31 new stores in the past five years. Read more here.

BRIAN PEEKE, WHO WAS TARGETED WITH ANTI-LGBTQ SLURS AT WORK,  RECEIVES $20,00 SETTLEMENT FROM EMPLOYER: More from LGBTQ Nation.  

UNITED METHODISTS IN TENNESSEE PASS RESOLUTION APOLOGIZING FOR HARM CAUSED BY DENOMINATION’S ANTI-LGBTQ VOTE: More from Tennessean.

  • And in Minnesota, The United Methodist Church voted to commit to full inclusion of LGBTQ people, allowing ministers to perform same-sex weddings and ordain LGBTQ people. More from MPR News.

PRIDE MONTH ROUNDUP

TRANSGENDER PEOPLE CONTINUE TO BE RECOGNIZED IN THE LGBTQ MOVEMENT: “It's taken too long, and in too many instances transgender people were left behind, or forgotten altogether,” said Sarah McBride, HRC National Press Secretary, “but I think over the last five years, our community and our movement has done a better job of living up to that legacy of Stonewall.” More from KYW News Radio.

ART MUSEUMS ARE IMPROVING THEIR RECOGNITION OF LGBTQ ART AND ARTISTS: More from The Washington Post.

OPENLY GAY VALEDICTORIAN DELIVERS GRADUATION SPEECH HE WAS DENIED BY HIS HIGH SCHOOL: Nat Werth delivered his remarks at PrideFest Milwaukee. Read more from NBC Out.

WASHINGTON MYSTIC TO HOST ANNUAL PRIDE GAME: Washington will also host a Pride auction with proceeds to benefit the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. More from
WNBA.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

BRAZIL CELEBRATES PRIDE AND SUPREME COURT RULING AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA: More from NPR.

HRC GLOBAL INNOVATOR DANILO MANZANO SHARES HIS STORY: Manzano (@danomanzano) speaks about coming out to his family and becoming an advocate for LGBTQ rights in Ecuador. Listen at Duolingo Podcast.

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

USA Today reports on the importance of parents accepting their LGBTQ kids; Inc. profiles the “Big Gay Ice Cream” chain; Advocate interviews Nigerian activist Edafe Okporo on the LGBTQ&A podcast; The Washington Post profiles a new Smithsonian exhibit on LGBTQ history

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