MUST WATCH MONDAY -- ACTOR MARCIA GAY HARDEN SPEAKS OUT ON THE IMPORTANCE OF PASSING THE FEDERAL EQUALITY ACT: The actor remembers an early LGBTQ rights march: "We're here, We're queer. It's the end of our career", and says her LGBTQ son should never face discrimination like that. She adds, "I would never in a second say that he should not have the same rights that his twin sister does who is not gay." More from The Hill.

LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE FEDERAL ACT TO ADDRESS WRONGFUL TERIMINATIONS OF LGBTQ PEOPLE DURING “LAVENDAR SCARE” OF THE 1950s: More from NBC.

ICYMI: MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG AT HRC’S LAS VEGAS DINNER -- “THE MORE YOU KNOW ABOUT EXCLUSION, THE MORE YOU THINK ABOUT BELONGING”: Read more at the Nevada Independent and USA Today.

TRANSGENDER CHICAGOANS REACT TO REPORT DETAILING FAILURE OF POLICE DEPARTMENTS TO PROTECT TRANSGENDER PEOPLE: “The Chicago P.D., like every department in our report, has a lot of room for growth if it hopes to build a lasting relationship of trust and safety between its officers and the community they serve,” said Mateo De La Torre, of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE).  Read NCTE’s report, Failing to Protect and Serve, here. More from Chicago Tribune.

CONGRATS TO NEWLY-FORMED MODERN MILITARY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA -- HRC IS PROUD TO STAND WITH YOU:

CONNECTICUT BILL TO BAN “PANIC DEFENSE” AGAINST LGBTQ PEOPLE PASSES STATE SENATE: California, Rhode Island and Illinois already ban this practice. More from CT Post.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

WASH BLADE’S MICHAEL LAVERS (@mklavers81) REPORTS ON ARRESTS DURING PRIDE MARCH IN CUBA:

UNACCEPTABLE -- LGBTQ PRIDE MARCH IN TURKEY VIOLENTLY BROKEN UP, 25 ARRESTED: More from Amnesty International.

SURVEY SHOWS MORE THAN 80% OF LGBTQ STUDENTS IN CHINA EXPERIENCE DEPRESSION: The alarming report also showed 40% of those surveyed had considered suicide. More from Pink News.

  • A new report from Amnesty International reveals how trans people in China are turning to potentially dangerous black market drugs due to a lack of medically-necessary health care. More from CNN.

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Reuters speaks to a transgender pastor advocating for marriage equality in Hong Kong; Arizona Republic interviews nonbinary theatre performer Kevin Kantor (@Kevin_Kantor); VICE, The Daily Wire and OutSports profile JayCee Cooper, an athlete fighting against USA Powerlifting’s ban on trans lifters

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