TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK BEGINS TODAY: The week offers a vital opportunity to advocate for the visibility, protection, dignity and rights of trans, non-binary and gender-expansive people around the world, and culminates Nov. 20 with Transgender Day of Remembrance. More from HRC

NEW FBI REPORT SHOWS SPIKE IN REPORTED HATE CRIMES TARGETING LGBTQ PEOPLE: “The epidemic of violence against LGBTQ people and specifically against transgender women of color is staggering, and it is something we must address head-on,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “For that to happen, we need mandatory hate crimes reporting across the country, better training for law enforcement officers to recognize bias-motivated crime and greater inclusion and equity in our communities.” More from HRC and ABC11.

  • D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine (@AGKarlRacine) has also spoken out about civil rights concerns in the District, including “bias-motivated violence against the LGBTQ+ community.” More from the Washington Blade.

HRC’S NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH MESSAGE TO TRUMP & PENCE — STOP ATTACKING LGBTQ YOUTH AND FAMILIES: “Trump and Pence relentlessly marginalize LGBTQ people and attempt to erase our existence,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Their disturbing worldview extends into the adoption and foster care systems, where they support giving federally-funded foster and adoption agencies a license to discriminate against LGBTQ children and prospective parents, religious minorities and other vulnerable groups.” More from HRC and Washington Blade

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY — “WE NEED TO OUTLAW CONVERSION EFFORTS FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE NATIONWIDE”: Doctors Jack Turban (@jack_turban) and Alex S. Keuroghlian write: “As mental health providers, we recently asked a group of transgender youth what they wanted their doctors to know, and they had a powerful message: ‘If I am depressed or anxious, it’s likely not because I have issues with my gender identity, but because everyone else does.’ ... Peoples’ gender diversity isn’t what’s dangerous; our attempts to change them are.” More from Psychology Today.

N.Y. GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO (@NYGovCuomo) SIGNS LEGISLATION RESTORING BENEFITS TO LGBTQ VETERANS IN NEW YORK STATE: LGBTQ veterans dishonorably discharged can apply to have their benefits restored. More from WRGB

LGBTQ PRIDE FLAG STOLEN FROM PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN MORGANTOWN, W.VA.: In response, the church made a donation to PFLAG. More from WDTV.

CALIFORNIA MAN WHO SHOUTED HOMOPHOBIC SLURS AND THREATENED ROOMMATES PLEADS GUILTY TO HATE CRIME: More from Metro Weekly

TRANSGENDER TEACHERS OUTLINE BEST PRACTICES TO SUPPORT AND LEARN FROM THEM: More from Education Week

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ALL-TRANSGENDER HOCKEY TEAM TAKES THE ICE IN BOSTON: The team scrimmaged against Boston Pride Hockey, an LGBTQ intramural organization. More from NBC Out

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

SINGAPORE HIGH COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS CHALLENGING BAN ON SAME-SEX ACTIVITY BETWEEN MEN: More from NewNowNext

67 PEOPLE CHARGED WITH “COMMON NUISANCE” AFTER RAID ON LGBTQ-FRIENDLY BAR IN UGANDA: More from the Associated Press.

HRC RECOGNIZES FINAL ROUND OF 2019 GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS IN PRIDE AWARDS IN ECUADOR AND MALAWI: More from HRC

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MTV announces that Freeform’s first Valentine’s Day rom-com will feature a same-sex couple. 

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