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OKLAHOMA GOV. MARY FALLIN -- YOU MUST VETO THIS ANTI-LGBTQ CHILD WELFARE BILL: Human rights advocates and celebrities -- including Oklahoma natives Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth), Olivia Munn (@oliviamnn) and Megan Mullally (@MeganMullally), along with Debra Messing (@DebraMessing), Yeardley Smith (@YeardleySmith), Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) and Greyson Chance (@greysonchance) are calling on the governor to veto SB 1140, dangerous anti-LGBTQ legislation that would allow publicly-funded adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ prospective parents, single mothers and interfaith couples, among others. Children shouldn’t pay the cost of discrimination and neither should taxpayers. That’s unacceptable. More from HRC.

WAPO EDITORIAL BOARD -- “MIKE PENCE DISHONORS HIMSELF. AGAIN.” BY SUPPORTING WHITE SUPREMACIST JOE ARPAIO:

MONDAY MUST READ AND WATCH -- “THE GIFT OF LOVE IS A SUPERPOWER”: Oklahoma native and former foster care youth Lupe talks about her opposition to discriminatory bills passed in Oklahoma and Kansas and the importance of embracing all families. More from Newsweek.

KANSAS GOVERNOR JEFF COLYER MUST VETO ANTI-LGBTQ LEGISLATION: Last week, the Kansas legislature passed a discriminatory bill that would create a license to discriminate with taxpayer funds against LGBTQ foster or adoptive parents, single parents, or other qualified families. More from HRC.

OHIO -- CAST YOUR BALLOT FOR PRO-EQUALITY CANDIDATES IN THE PRIMARY:

ATLANTA MAYOR NAMES HRC BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEMBER MALIK BROWN TO NEW LGBTQ AFFAIRS POSITION: Additionally, Mayor Keisha Bottoms announced that she has formed an LGBTQ Advisory Board. More from HRC, Gay Today and Project Q Atlanta.

THIS WEEK -- HRC AND MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE PANEL ON LGBTQ EQUALITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST: HRC and the Middle East Institute -- the oldest Washington-based institution dedicated solely to the study of the Middle East -- will host a panel of experts discussing “LGBTQ communities in the Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities” on Thursday, May 10, in Washington, D.C. It will be moderated by Steve Clemons (@SCClemons), Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. For more information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

TRANSGENDER WOMAN SEEKS ASYLUM IN U.S. AFTER FACING VIOLENCE IN HONDURAS: More from Deccan Chronicle and The San Diego Union-Tribune.

DETROIT MAN CONVICTED IN SHOOTING OF TRANSGENDER WOMAN: Charles Brown was found guilty of assault with intent to murder, armed robbery, felony firearm and other charges. The woman, known only as Chocolate, was shot in November. More from PrideSource.

TEXAS MAN USES SO-CALLED “LGBTQ PANIC” DEFENSE, SENTENCED TO SIX MONTHS FOR NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE: James Miller stabbed his neighbor to death, claiming “self defense” after the victim attempted to kiss him. More from NBC.

STATE OF CALIFORNIA SUING EL CAJON GYM FOR DENYING ACCESS TO A TRANSGENDER WOMAN: The lawsuit alleges that Crunch Fitness discriminated against Christynne Wood for over a year. More from The San Diego Union-Tribune.

DALLAS IS THE HOME OF THE BLACK TRANSGENDER ADVOCACY CONFERENCE: The event brings together advocates from across the country to organize and build community. More from Dallas Morning News.

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on a recent community event focusing on mental health; HipLatina reviews ‘Vida,’ a new show featuring LGBTQ Latinx characters

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