FROM THE HILL -- HRC AND MAJOR CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS PRESS FOR PASSAGE OF HISTORIC FEDERAL EQUALITY ACT: HRC, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), the ACLU, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and the Center for American Progress (CAP) at a briefing yesterday announced that more than 230 representatives and 46 senators are expected to co-sponsor the Equality Act, reports The Hill’s Dorothy Mills-Gregg (@DMillsGregg). The historic measure, which would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, will be reintroduced tomorrow by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.). HRC last week announced that more than 160 of the nation’s leading businesses are backing the legislation. Learn more about the Equality Act here. More from The Hill.

  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) to NBC News -- “We need to pass the Equality Act.” “In the majority of states, people in the LGBTQ community can be fired from a job perhaps because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and would have no recourse,” Baldwin, a bill sponsor, told NBC’s Tim Fitzsimons (@tfitzsimons). Read more at NBC.

CONGRESSIONAL LGBT EQUALITY CAUCUS ANNOUNCES A RECORD 155 MEMBERS: “As I prepare to re-introduce the Equality Act, I am delighted that so many of my House colleagues -- the largest number on record, in fact -- are committed to fighting for full LGBT equality as members of this important caucus,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chair Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI). More from JoeMyGod.

TUESDAY TWEET -- AT CNN TOWN HALL, SOUTH BEND, IND., MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG SHARES SUPPORT OF TRANS AMERICANS, EQUALITY ACT: Buttigieg, who is openly gay, is among a number of Democrats exploring a presidential run. Watch here.

TODAY ON THE HILL - JoDee Winterhof, HRC’s senior vice president for policy and political affairs, will testify before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations (SFOPS) in support of the U.S. foreign aid budget's LGBTQ elements. “Congress has a crucial role to play in protecting human rights around the globe,” Winterhof said in prepared remarks. “Even as we push for the Equality Act to move toward a more perfect union, LGBTQ people worldwide face daily challenges to be who they are, safe from violence or death.”

STATEHOUSE ROUNDUP

  • Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker indicates support of bill to protect LGBTQ youth from dangerous “conversion therapy.” More from The Boston Globe.

IOWA SUPREME COURT RULES STATE MEDICAID MUST COVER MEDICALLY NECESSARY TRANSITION-RELATED HEALTH CARE: More from Bustle.

OHIO APPEALS COURT OVERTURNS JUDGE’S RULING DENYING NAME CHANGE TO TRANSGENDER TEEN: More from The Cincinnati Enquirer.

MORNING MUST READ -- THE TIME FOR LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE SEX EDUCATION IS NOW: “For LGBTQ children, things can be even more bleak. A lack of inclusive sex education contributes to feelings of isolation and shame, while enabling bullies,” writes Andrea Barrica (@abarrica) about the critical need for comprehensive sex education in The New York Times.

INEXCUSABLE -- MISSISSIPPI WOMAN ALLEGEDLY NOT HIRED BY DAYCARE FACILITY BECAUSE SHE IS TRANSGENDER: Mississippi is one of 29 states that doesn’t protect LGBTQ people from employment discrimination. More from WJTV.

WLBT INVESTIGATES FAILURE OF MISSISSIPPI POLICE AGENCIES TO REPORT HATE CRIMES: “It’s extremely concerning. We know that hate crimes went under reported around the country, but we also know that there was a 17 percent increase in hate crimes that occurred that were reported," HRC’s Mississippi State Director Rob Hill said. More from WLBT.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

MALAYSIAN POLITICIAN AND MEDIA PERSONALITY SHOW SUPPORT FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE: More from Gay Star News.

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

The Harvard Crimson reports on a recent campus event featuring Janet Mock (@JanetMock); HRC shares a devotional in honor of Lent; The Indian Express interviews two local transgender advocates; Instinct Magazine reviews a new LGBTQ-inclusive music video from country music star Cameron Hawthorn (@cmrnhwthrn)

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