TODAY -- HOUSE POISED TO MAKE HISTORY WITH FIRST-EVER CONGRESSIONAL VOTE ON THE EQUALITY ACT: Ahead of this historic vote for LGBTQ civil rights, the coalition to pass the Equality Act hand-delivered petitions signed by over 168,812 Americans to original sponsor Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) urging Congress to pass H.R. 5. 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.

HRC MARKS INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIA AND BIPHOBIA: “While countries and communities around the globe are increasingly embracing LGBTQ people, far too many of us still live with the threat of discrimination, violence and even death,” said HRC Global Director Ty Cobb (@TyWesleyCobb). “In the absence of White House leadership on these issues, it is critical that the international community continues to stand together in support of LGBTQ people around the world.” More from HRC.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- RYAN O’CONNELL JOINS HRC’S ‘AMERICANS FOR THE EQUALITY ACT’: O’Connell (@ryanoconn) shares his experiences as a gay man with cerebral palsy and talks about the need for the Equality Act, which would add LGBTQ protections to existing civil rights law. Text EQUALITY ACT to 472472 to become a Community Co-Sponsor today. Watch here.

MORNING MUST READ -- STACEY ABRAMS ON THE FIGHT TO END VOTER SUPPRESSION: Writes Abrams (@staceyabrams): “In Georgia and across our country, voters deserve the right to pick their leaders and set the direction of our nation. And we shall not rest until this democracy is fully realized.” Read her full oped in The New York Times.

STATE LEGISLATION ROUNDUP:

  • Opinion -- Iowans must elect pro-equality lawmakers in 2020: In response to Iowa’s anti-transgender health care bill, John and Terri Hale write, “We are also motivated to make Iowa a better place by working to elect people in 2020 to the Iowa House and Senate who will listen and care more, and who will work to make Iowa a state that values and supports all of its citizens; including the vulnerable and often marginalized.” More from Des Moines Register.
  • More on a bipartisan bill in Mississippi that would have added sexual orientation, gender identity and disability to the state’s hate crimes law from Metro Weekly.
  • As Tennessee legislative session adjourns, advocates call for Equality Act as solution to state’s “Slate of Hate” bills. More from HRC.
  • Advocates in Minnesota rally in support of bill to protect LGBTQ youth from dangerous “conversion therapy.” More from Minnesota Public Radio.

FROM CALIFORNIA TO MARYLAND -- CITIES ARE USING HRC’S MUNICIPAL EQUALITY INDEX AS A ROADMAP TO PROTECT LGBTQ RESIDENTS: More from Long Beach Post and Local DMV.

TODAY IS LGBTQ ELDERS DAY: Last month, HRC announced a historic partnership with SAGE to fundamentally improve the experiences of LGBTQ older adults as they seek long-term care and services. More here.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

LOVE WINS -- TAIWAN BECOMES THE FIRST IN ASIA TO LEGALIZE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: More from BBC, New York Times and NPR.

HRC EQUIDAD CL WORKPLACE SURVEY RECOGNIZES MAJOR EMPLOYERS IN CHILE COMMITTED TO LGBTQ INCLUSION: Read more from HRC, and read here in Spanish.

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HRC highlights ten people breaking barriers for LGBTQ API representation; Time interviews gay, Black advocate and politician David Miranda (@davidmirandario); Access reports that trans trailblazer Jazz Jennings (@JazzJennings__) is headed to Harvard!

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