REP. JAN SCHAKOWSKY (D-IL) ON WHY MATTHEW KACSMARYK SHOULD NOT BE CONFIRMED AS DISTRICT JUDGE: “As the proud grandmother of a young transgender man, I cannot sit by and watch the body on the other side of the Capitol Dome confirm an aspiring judge determined to strip my grandchild -- and hundreds of thousands like him -- of the rights and opportunities deserved by every person ,” writes Schakowsky (@RepSchakowsky). Read the op-ed from The Hill.

TEXAS LGBT CAUCUS DEFEATS BILL IN HOUSE: HB 3172, which was defeated yesterday, could have been a target for anti-LGBTQ amendments during the vote. More from The Texas Tribune.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- IN NEW HRC VIDEO, HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI (D-CA) SAYS BIPARTISAN EQUALITY ACT IS A TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITY FOR THE U.S. HOUSE: “The LGBTQ community has to know its power. The American people are with us on this. The House of Representatives will pass the bill in resounding way,” says Speaker Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi). Watch the video here.

INDYA MOORE BECOMES FIRST TRANSGENDER PERSON ON THE COVER OF ELLE: Moore (@IndyaMoore) shares with Elle’s Jada Yaun (@jadabird) their journey of working on the hit TV show Pose, and how its storylines feel very real to them as a non-binary person. Read the cover story from Elle.

  • AND, we’ve got your weekend plans right here: Pose season 1 is available on Netflix today! More from Out Magazine.

ONE WEEK FROM TODAY -- INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIA AND BIPHOBIA (IDAHOT): IDAHOT is celebrated around the world each year to bring attention to the discrimination and violence LGBTQ people still face, as well as to recognize advancements in LGBTQ equality. Learn more here.

FOR MOTHER’S DAY, HRC ASKED YOUNG PEOPLE TO SUBMIT LETTERS AND STORIES ABOUT A CARING ADULT IN THEIR LIVES: We’re not crying -- you’re crying! More from HRC.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

CANADA SHORTENS BLOOD DONATION BAN ON GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN TO THREE MONTHS: While an improvement, this remains an unacceptable solution that stigmatizes LGBTQ people while restricting the blood supply. More from PinkNews.

JAPAN MUNICIPALITIES THAT LEGALLY RECOGNIZE SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS HAVE DOUBLED IN 2019: More from Gay Star News.

AWFUL -- ITALY’S HIGHEST COURT RULES THAT TWO MEN CANNOT REGISTER AS CO-PARENTS OF THEIR CHILDREN: More from PinkNews.

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

Sports Illustrated features Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) as the first openly gay woman in the SI swimsuit issue; Muhlenberg College reports that HRC youth ambassador Valerie Weisler (@valiswiser) has been named a 2019 Truman Scholar; OperaWire reports that six LGBTQ-themed operas will be presented by American Opera Projects; Dallas News speaks with Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) about his memoir Mama’s Boy and growing up gay in Texas

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