HISTORIC VICTORY FOR HRC-BACKED U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE KYRSTEN SINEMA IN ARIZONA : Said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin): “Arizona voters rejected Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s politics of bigotry and fear and made history by electing bold pro-equality champion Kyrsten Sinema as the nation’s first openly bisexual U.S. Senator. For more than a year, HRC has worked to organize 800,000 equality voters across the state and we are proud to have helped Senator-elect Sinema across the finish line in a tight race. We celebrate this incredible moment and look forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting to work with Sinema, and Arizona Congress members Tom O’Halleran, Ann Kirkpatrick, Raul Grijalva, Ruben Gallego, and Greg Stanton to move equality forward for all Arizonans.” More from HRC, The Hill and The Associated Press.

  • Headline on Griffin piece in the Advocate, “On Tuesday, LGBTQ People Crushed It”: Read it at the Advocate.  

NYTIMES -- BIG DEMOCRATIC HOUSE WAVE USHERS IN “MOST DIVERSE, MOST FEMALE FRESHMAN CLASS IN HISTORY”: The Times’ Sheryl Stolberg (@SherylNYT) reports: “There are at least four lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the new Democratic class; they include Angie Craig, a health care human resources official who ousted a Republican incumbent in the suburbs of St. Paul, Minn. She said she takes pride in being another first: the first lesbian mother in Congress. She and her wife have four sons.” The HRC-endorsed Craig told Stolberg, “I think the thing that impresses me most about the voters of this district is that it didn’t matter.” Read more at the New York Times.

HRC AND HBCU BUZZ ANNOUNCE FIRST-EVER LGBTQ HBCU ALUMNI NETWORK: The announcement came during the HRC Foundation’s HBCU Program’s 13th annual HBCU Summit in Atlanta.  “We’re excited to launch this groundbreaking partnership with HBCU Buzz, giving us the unique opportunity to connect LGBTQ HBCU alums across the country,” said Leslie Hall, Associate Director of HRC’s HBCU Program. “At a time when marginalized communities are under constant attack by anti-equality politicians, it has never been more important to build welcoming spaces that give LGBTQ people of color the opportunity to share their experiences and support one another. I’m confident this network we’re building will bring people together and add to the richness of the HBCU experience.” More from HRC.

TUESDAY TWEET: Reports the Advocate’s Tracy Gilchrist (@TracyEGilchrist): “One of Kansas Governor-elect Laura Kelly’s first moves will be to reinstate the protections for LGBTQ state workers that a homophobic earlier Kansas governor, Sam Brownback, rescinded following the national marriage equality ruling in 2015.” Read more in the Advocate.

HRC EQUIDAD MX WORKPLACE SURVEY DOUBLES # OF EMPLOYERS IN MEXICO COMMITTED TO LGBT INCLUSION: The second annual HRC Equidad MX: Programa Global de Equidad Laboral, an assessment evaluating LGBT workplace inclusive policies and practices in Mexico, found that 69 Mexican employers earned the HRC Foundation’s designation of “Best Place to Work for the LGBT Community” or “Mejores Lugares para Trabajar LGBT,” more than doubling the number of Mexican businesses that explicitly support inclusion of LGBT individuals in the workplace, and reflecting the commitment of corporate leaders to advance LGBT equality and foster inclusive and safe workplace environments for their employees. More from HRC y 20 Minutos.

HRC FIGHTS TRUMP-PENCE PROPOSAL TO INCARCERATE IMMIGRANT CHILDREN: As the Trump-Pence administration escalates its attacks on immigrants and immigrant children, HRC continues to sound the alarm that families belong together. In September, the administration announced it was seeking to create a new rule that would fundamentally alter the long-standing “Flores Settlement Agreement” (FSA) -- a move that would have devastating effects on immigrant families. More from HRC.


FREE WEBINARS FOR TRANS AWARENESS WEEK: HRC Foundation’s All Children – All Families is hosting two free webinars to help social service professionals improve their practice with transgender and gender-expansive youth and adults. More from HRC.


FORTY SIX STATES WILL NOW HAVE LGBTQ PERSON SERVING IN STATEHOUSE: And more than 100 LGBTQ candidates were elected during the midterm elections. More from NPR and NBC.

  • In Florida, Wilton Manors elected an all-LGBTQ city council. More from NBC 6.
  • In Colorado, Brianna Titone made history as the state’s first openly trans state representative. More from CBS Denver.


UNA MUJER TRANSGÉNERO HONDUREÑA VIENE A EE.UU. EN LA CARAVANA MIGRANTE: Para Alexa, una mujer transgénero de Honduras, lo más difícil de dejar su país de origen no han sido las caminatas ni la falta de alimentos, sino la discriminación contra la comunidad LGBTQ. Más de ElUniversal.

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