HISTORY MADE! U.S. HOUSE PASSES THE HISTORIC EQUALITY ACT: With a 236-173 vote on Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives became the first chamber of Congress to approve a comprehensive LGBTQ civil rights bill. “This historic victory would not have been possible without the millions of LGBTQ people and our allies who organized, mobilized and turned out to elect a pro-equality majority in 2018,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “Now, we will take our fight to the U.S. Senate and turn up the pressure on Leader McConnell to allow a vote on this crucial legislation. And we won’t slow down in working to turn out the 10 million eligible LGBTQ voters and our millions more allies to elect a pro-equality president in 2020 who will sign the Equality Act into law.” More from HRC.

HRC MOURNS CLAIRE LEGATO, BLACK TRANS WOMAN FATALLY SHOT IN CLEVELAND: Friends and family took to social media to mourn Legato’s death, remembering her as someone who was “full of life.” “Love you, cousin,” wrote one person. “I’m hurt, sad, angry all in one. Fly high.” Legato’s death is the third known case this year of deadly violence against the transgender community. More from HRC.

DALLAS TRANSGENDER WOMAN MUHLAYSIA BOOKER REPORTED TO BE FATALLY SHOT AND KILLED: More from The New York Times and NBC 5.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- RAINBOW RAILROAD ORGANIZATION SAVES HUNDREDS OF LGBTQ CITIZENS FROM HOSTILE GOVERNMENTS: The segment features exclusive interviews with Rainbow Railroad Executive Director Kimahli Powell (@kimahli) and survivors of anti-LGBTQ violence in Jamaica, Chechnya and Egypt. More from CBS News.

REP. ILHAN OMAR (D-MN) INTRODUCES LEGISLATION SANCTIONING BRUNEI OVER ANTI-LGBTQ MEASURE: The bill would ban any Brunei government official enforcing the law from conducting business with the U.S. "In the absence of White House leadership on these issues, it is crucially important that Congressional leaders send a clear signal that this sort of persecution will not be tolerated and that the people of the United States are part of the world community in condemning this sort of hate,” said David Stacy, HRC Director of Government Affairs (@david_stacy). More from The Hill.

CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION OVERHAULS SEX ED GUIDANCE TO BE MORE LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE: More from Adam Beam (@adambeam) at the Associated Press.

TODAY -- LORI LIGHTFOOT TO BE SWORN IN AS CHICAGO’S FIRST BLACK FEMALE AND OPENLY LGBTQ MAYOR: More from USA Today.

NEW RESOURCE PROVIDES MODEL POLICIES ON PROTECTING TRANS, NON-BINARY AND INTERSEX YOUTH IN CONFINEMENT FACILITIES: More from National PREA Resource Center.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

AUSTRIA ISSUES FIRST THIRD-GENDER IDENTITY DOCUMENT TO INTERSEX CITIZEN: “(For) the first time in my life, I feel seen by the law,” said Alex Juergen, who has been issued a passport with an ‘X’ gender marker following a three-year legal battle. More from Reuters.

NEW STUDY FINDS SEVEN IN 10 LGBTQ PEOPLE IN BRITAIN SUFFER FROM WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT: More from CNN.

ANDY BRENNAN BECOMES AUSTRALIA’S FIRST OPENLY GAY MEN’S SOCCER PLAYER: More from CNN.

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