HRC MOURNS MUHLAYSIA BOOKER AND MICHELLE “TAMIKA” WASHINGTON, AMONG THREE BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMEN FATALLY SHOT IN THE PAST WEEK: Washington’s death in Philadelphia occurred just a day after Booker was fatally shot in Dallas, and less than a week after Claire Legato died in Cleveland after being shot. Their deaths bring to five the number of victims of deadly violence against the transgender community in 2019, all of whom were Black transgender women. Last year, advocates tracked the deaths of at least 26 transgender people. More from HRC, The Washington Post, The Root and Metro Weekly.

NEVADA BANS SO-CALLED LGBTQ ‘PANIC DEFENSES’: “These ‘defenses’ send the destructive message that LGBTQ victims are less worthy of justice and their attackers justified in their violence,” HRC Nevada State Director Briana Escamilla (@escamillabriana) told NBC. Nevada is the fourth state to prohibit such “defenses,” following California, Illinois and Rhode Island. More from NBC and Gay Star News.

TUESDAY TWEET -- BLOSSOM BROWN (@BlossomCBrown) JOINS HRC’S ‘AMERICANS FOR THE EQUALITY ACT’: The transgender advocate talks about being turned away from nursing school because of her gender identity, and 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.

HRC HONORS NATIONAL ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HIV & AIDS AWARENESS DAY 2019: Though Asians and Pacific Islanders account for approximately two percent of new HIV diagnoses in the U.S., an examination of data reveals the barriers that prevent them from accessing new HIV & AIDS services. More from HRC.

ZETA PHI BETA REVERSES ANTI-TRANSGENDER POLICY FOR MEMBERS, APOLOGIZES: More from Ebony.

PUERTO RICO OPENS ITS FIRST CENTER FOR LGBTQ ELDERS: More from Washington Blade.

HOW HRC’S CORPORATE EQUALITY INDEX HAS TRACKED PROGRESS FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS: More from HRC’s Beck Bailey (@TheBeckBailey) in a guest blog for the Association of MBAs.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

LGBTQ KENYANS SHARE EXPERIENCES OF DISCRIMINATION DAYS BEFORE THE HIGH COURT DECIDES ON DECRIMINALIZING SAME-SEX RELATIONS: More from Reuters.

SPRINTER DUTEE CHAND (@DuteeChand) BECOMES INDIA’S FIRST OPENLY LGBTQ ATHLETE: More from the Washington Post and the Advocate.

HORRIBLE -- FORMER INDONESIAN POLICE OFFICER FIRED FOR BEING GAY: More from The New York Times.

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Belfast Telegraph highlights openly bisexual 2019 Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence (@dunclaurence); Los Angeles Magazine names Janelle Monáe (@JanelleMonae), Indya Moore (@IndyaMoore), Ryan O’Connell (@ryanoconn) and Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) among its 100+ LGBTQ icons who are shaping culture in L.A. and beyond; Thank you to Marvell L. Terry II (@Marvellous2theT) for being a tireless advocate for the Black LGBTQ community

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