UNCONSCIONABLE -- HUD PROPOSES RULE THAT WOULD ALLOW DISCRIMINATION AGAINST TRANS PEOPLE AT HOMELESS SHELTERS: The new rule would allow federally-funded shelters to discriminate against transgender and gender non-conforming people. As Tracy Jan (@TracyJan) reports in the Washington Post: “The proposal is the latest move by the Trump administration to weaken protections for transgender Americans, including a Department of Defense ban on transgender troops and a Department of Health and Human Services proposal allowing medical providers to deny treatment to transgender people on religious grounds.” More from The Washington Post, The Root, The Hill and Advocate.

HRC ENDORSES PRO-EQUALITY DAN MCCREADY FOR U.S. CONGRESS (NC-09): “Dan McCready will fight for everyday North Carolinians and work for an America that values fairness, justice and equality,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive). More from HRC.

ICYMI -- ACTOR MAULIK PANCHOLY (@MaulikPancholy) SHARES POWERFUL MESSAGE WITH API LGBTQ YOUTH DURING HRC TWITTER TAKEOVER: More from HRC.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- MORE THAN 1,000 PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS OF TRANS AND NON-BINARY YOUTH THANK GENDER-AFFIRMING CARE PROVIDERS: “We applaud these professionals who, even when under attack for the lifesaving services they provide, remain steadfast in their commitment to ensuring that appropriate and affirming care is available to transgender and non-binary young people,” said Ellen Kahn (@ellenbkahn), HRC Foundation Director of the Children, Youth & Families Program. More from HRC.

ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY -- SENATE CONFIRMED ANTI-LGBTQ HOWARD NIELSEN TO U.S. DISTRICT COURT: More from Washington Blade.

HRC FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH FUNDACIÓN IGUALES TO RELEASE REPORT HONORING LGBTQ-INLCUSIVE EMPLOYERS IN CHILE: More from HRC.

  • En asociación con Fundación Iguales, HRC Equidad CL, la encuesta de inclusión LGBT a nivel laboral, certificó a 15 empresas principales en Chile por su compromiso con la inclusión LGBT. Más de LaTercera.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

REMEMBERING LGBTQ ACTIVIST AND KENYAN AUTHOR BINYAVANGA WAINAINA: More from BBC and Associated Press.

IT’S TIME TO SHARE THE STORIES OF LGBTQ YOUTH IN BOSTWANA: Bakang Ndaba (@2Ivan_Ndaba) and Dumiso Gatsha from Success Capital Organisation pen an oped about youth who are navigating their LGBTQ identity in Botswana. More from Openly.

NORTH MACEDONIA TO HOLD FIRST LGBTQ PRIDE PARADE NEXT MONTH: More from RadioFreeEurope.

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Des Moines Register remembers transgender activist Casey Gradischnig who inspired Iowans to live openly and authentically;  Cal Poly News reports professor to receive grant to support innovative LGBTQ mental health training program; NewNowNext shares touching story of actor Travis Flores (@travisflores) living openly and visibly as a gay man with cystic fibrosis

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