HRC FOUNDATION AND UCLA LUSKIN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS TO HOST 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES FORUM: The conversation will take place on the UCLA campus on Thursday, October 10, 2019 -- on the eve of National Coming Out Day -- and it will give candidates an opportunity to speak about their policy platforms and plans to move LGBTQ equality forward. “If any LGBTQ person were to take a cross-country drive from HRC headquarters in Washington, D.C., to UCLA’s campus, their rights and protections under the law would change dozens of times at every city line and state border,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “Millions of LGBTQ people will have their rights on the ballot in 2020 -- but today we are also a powerful voting bloc that will help determine the outcome. We’re excited to partner with UCLA’s Luskin and create an opportunity to hear candidates’ agendas for moving equality forward.” More from HRC, Advocate, The Hollywood Reporter and The Daily Beast.

RETIRED U.S. NAVY ADMIRAL MIKE MULLEN IN WASH POST -- “I PUSHED TO REPEAL ‘DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL.’ THE TRANSGENDER BAN DEFIES OUR VALUES.”: Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2007-2011, writes that the ban “hurts our national security, deprives our ranks of much-needed talent and flies in the face of the values our military institution represents.” Read his powerful oped at The Washington Post.

MORNING MUST WATCH -- “THE FIGHT FOR THE EQUALITY ACT IS AN ONGOING FIGHT”: In a Bloomberg TicToc video, HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) said: “The Equality Act is a comprehensive LGBTQ nondiscrimination bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity into our nation’s pre-existing nondiscrimination protections in employment, housing, public spaces, education, health care, federal funding. And in doing so it would also enhance and modernize nondiscrimination and civil rights protections for people of color, for women and people of faith.” More from Bloomberg.

VERMONT BECOMES 10th STATE TO PROVIDE A NON-BINARY OPTION FOR PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS: More from LGBTQ Nation.

TRANS COMMUNITY FACES COUNTLESS HURDLES IN ACCESSING COMPETENT, INCLUSIVE HEALTHCARE: The Washington Post’s Samantha Schmidt (@schmidtsam7) reports that “in large swaths of Maryland and Virginia, options for medical care are limited for those in the transgender community. Their need for specialized care and LGBT-friendly providers can force them to travel many hours.” She speaks with Jamison Crowell of the DC Area Transmasculine Society about the organization’s online database that allows transgender people to recommend and review health care providers. More from The Washington Post.

HRC HONORS JENNIFER NETTLES WITH THE ALLY FOR EQUALITY AWARD: “I want to encourage all of my open-hearted, inclusive peers and friends in the country genre to let their hearts and voices be heard in support of the LGBTQ community,” the Sugarland singer (@JenniferNettles) said at HRC’s recent Nashville Dinner. Watch here.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HORRIFYING -- MALAYSIAN POLITICIAN SPREADS MISINFORMATION, ATTACKS LGBTQ COMMUNITY ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali (PH-Bagan Serai) additionally called for “immediate prosecution” of advocates who marched for LGBTQ equality. More from Star Online.

U.K. APPOINTS FIRST NATIONAL ADVISER FOR LGBTQ HEALTH: Dr. Michael Brady was named to the position by Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt. More on this historic appointment here.

TEN-YEAR VETERAN OF TURKISH POLICE FORCE ALLEGEDLY FIRED FOR BEING OPENLY GAY: More from DW.

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Washington Blade reviews the upcoming book, “When Brooklyn was Queer” by Hugh Ryan (@Hugh_Ryan); HuffPost shares a first-person narrative of an LGBTQ person living in the South; Premier reports that famed author Marlon James (@MarlonJames5) is a survivor of dangerous “conversion therapy”; Independent covers openly gay Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s recent trip to the United States; Gay Star News interviews Kenyan LGBTQ advocate Denis Nzioka (@DenisNzioka) about his latest anthology of Kenyan LGBTQ stories

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