STUDENTS FROM 33 HBCUS GATHER IN DC FOR ANNUAL HRC FOUNDATION LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: Nearly 50 students from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) convened at HRC headquarters over the weekend. Said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid): “t is thrilling to see so many students come together, learn from each other and increase their collective strength as advocates, particularly in a climate where the federal government is threatening their very existence. The commitment and dedication demonstrated by these young leaders to honor their identities and dreams is inspiring. We look forward to having them return to their campuses with a renewed commitment to fighting for equality and inclusion.” More from HRC

  • The gathering capped off a year during which HRC’s HBCU program has launched new initiatives, including a series of on-campus engagement events and #HBCUOutLoud Day that celebrates the visibility, awareness and stories of LGBTQ students, staff and alumni of HBCUs. Learn more from HRC.

HRC FOUNDATION AND THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT LAUNCH SURVEY TO EXAMINE HEALTH CARE EXPERIENCES OF BLACK AND LATINX YOUNG ADULTS: Respondents will be asked about their health care experiences, including their knowledge and experiences with PrEP, as well as their background and identity. HRC’s goal is to identify ways to better connect community members with tools such as PrEP, and with inclusive, competent providers. Read more from HRC

TUESDAY TWEET — U.S. SUPREME COURT TO HEAR ORAL ARGUMENTS TODAY ON FUTURE OF THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) PROGRAM: Nearly two million Dreamers — including an estimated 75,000 LGBTQ Dreamers — could face unique risks and harms if deported from the only home they’ve ever known. Learn more from HRC and United We Dream

RHODE ISLAND GOV. GINA RAIMONDO (@GovRaimondo) SIGNS LEGISLATION RESTORING BENEFITS TO LGBTQ VETERANS WHO WERE DISHONORABLY DISCHARGED: Reports Amanda Pitts (@APittsABC6), “It's estimated that more than 100,000 LGBTQ members of the United States military were discharged, dating back to World War II, with ‘dishonorable’ or ‘less than honorable’ discharges all over their sexual orientation.” More from ABC6

MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING 14-YEAR-OLD SON, GIOVANNI, BECAUSE HE WAS GAY APPEARED IN A NEVADA COURT LAST WEEK: More from The Advocate

TRANSGENDER WOMAN & ADVOCATE NIKKI ARAGUZ LOYD PASSED AWAY IN TEXAS LAST WEEK: Read more about her life and work from Julian Gill (@JulianGillMusic) at the Houston Chronicle

PARENTS ATTEMPT TO BLOCK LGBTQ BOOKS FROM CLASSROOMS IN VIRGINIA SCHOOL DISTRICT: More from Out Magazine

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ENGAGE! STAR TREK ACTOR ANTHONY RAPP (@albinokid) PROPOSES TO PARTNER KEN ITHIPHOL: More from HuffPost

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

CAYMAN ISLANDS COURT OF APPEALS OVERTURNS DECISION LEGALIZING MARRIAGE EQUALITY, DEMANDS LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY PROVIDE “LEGAL STATUS EQUIVALENT TO MARRIAGE”: More from Cayman Compass.

LGBTQ MIGRANT WORKERS AND ALLIES HELD A PRIDE RALLY IN HONG KONG THIS PAST SUNDAY: Hong Kong’s annual Pride parade will also take place in less than a week. More from South China Morning Post

U.N. INDEPENDENT EXPERT ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY PENS OP-ED ON TRANS REPRESENTATION IN MEDIA FOR THE GUARDIAN: Read the piece by Victor Madrigal-Borloz (@victor_madrigal) here

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HRC marked Veterans Day by recommitting to fight for transgender troops and sharing the moving photography of Jeff Sheng (@jeffsheng

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