TOMORROW -- FIRST-EVER CONGRESSIONAL VOTE ON THE EQUALITY ACT: Ahead of this historic vote, the coalition to pass the Equality Act will hand-deliver petitions today signed by over 168,812 Americans to original sponsor Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) urging Congress to pass H.R. 5. The crucially important, bipartisan legislation would provide clear, comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people and strengthen existing protections for all people covered by our nation’s civil rights laws. The measure has unprecedented support from nearly 70 percent of Americans, more than 280 members of Congress, more than 200 major businesses, 70 faith organizations, and more than 500 national, state and local organizations. The legislation prioritized by Speaker Pelosi would ensure LGBTQ people are protected under the nation’s civil rights laws.

  • Last night, Cicilline sat down with HRC’s Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) to discuss the Equality Act and what it means for LGBTQ Americans. Listen here.

MORNING MUST READ FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES -- “A MILLION AMERICANS NEED THIS DRUG. TRUMP’S DEAL WON’T HELP ENOUGH OF THEM”:  Writes the NYT Editorial Board about the drug that prevents HIV: “Regardless of how much access to Truvada is increased by the new donation, most Americans who need Truvada will still be charged thousands of dollars a year for the drug. “[M]uch more is needed, from the nation’s drug companies and its government, to get Americans the lifesaving medications they need.” Read the full editorial from The New York Times.

LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE BILL TO PROTECT LGBTQ COLLEGE STUDENTS FROM HARASSMENT: Said David Stacy, HRC Director of Government Affairs (@David_Stacy). “The past two years have seen a rollback of protections for LGBTQ students by the Trump-Pence-DeVos administration. The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act is a significant step forward in curbing anti-LGBTQ harassment and fostering environments that are affirming and encouraging for LGBTQ students.” More from Metro Weekly.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- NYLE DIMARCO JOINS HRC’S ‘AMERICANS FOR THE EQUALITY ACT’: “For countless people in the U.S. and around the world, Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) is an inspiring role model and advocate for equality and inclusion,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “As a proud deaf and LGBTQ actor and model, Nyle is also a powerful and passionate voice for social justice.” Watch here. More from Gay Star News.

  • Tonight, DiMarco will guest star on Station 19 on ABC. More from Out Magazine.

NEVADA GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL TO BAN LGBTQ ‘PANIC’ DEFENSES:

HRC OPPOSES TRUMP’S JUSTICE NOMINEE WENDY VITTER -- A DANGER TO WOMEN, LGBTQ PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR: Vitter, nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, has a long record of undermining health care, opposing the fundamental rights of women and refusing to affirm the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. The American Bar Association has additionally rated her “not qualified” to serve on the D.C. Circuit. More from HRC.

ALABAMA SHAMEFUL PASSAGE OF AN ABORTION BAN WILL HARM WOMEN, LGBTQ PEOPLE: Said HRC President Chad Griffin: “[A]n all-male majority of lawmakers in the Alabama Senate effectively banned abortion outright. This is wrong, shameful, and un-American.” More from PinkNews.

NEARLY HALF OF TRANS AND GENDER-NONCONFORMING SOUTHERNERS HAVE EXPERIENCED VIOLENCE PERPETRATED BY STRANGERS: This horrifying statistic comes from a new report from the Transgender Law Center and Southerners on New Ground. More from Advocate.

ICYMI -- HRC PRESIDENT CHAD GRIFFIN RECEIVED CHAIRPERSON’S AWARD FROM THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS:

NYC LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMISSION CONSIDERING LANDMARK STATUS FOR SIX SITES WITH LGBTQ HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE: More from The New York Times.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

MEET THE TRANS WOMAN HELPING TRAFFICKING VICTIMS IN BRAZIL: Valeria Rodrigues is assisting police in rescuing trans women. More from Reuters.

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

KCRW explores the unique challenges faced by transgender job-seekers; The Jerusalem Post interviews a gay Syrian refugee; The Associated Press shares that Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School will finally allow news of same-sex marriages in its alumnae magazine; APAICS hosted its 25th anniversary gala

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