HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID SITS DOWN WITH INSIDE ESSENCE TO TALK ABOUT MAKING HISTORY AS THE FIRST PERSON OF COLOR TO LEAD THE ORGANIZATION AND HIS AMBITIONS FOR THE FUTURE: “We have to make sure we’re not only fighting for what affects us directly, we have to make sure that we’re fighting for what affects all of us — human dignity,” David (@AlphonsoDavid) says. More from Inside Essence.

HRC RESPONDS TO SENATE CONFIRMATION OF DANGEROUS TRUMP-PENCE NOMINEE STEVEN MENASHI: “Steven Menashi has made a career of promoting anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, and has used whatever platform he’s handed to undermine our community’s fight for equality,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “This confirmation is the latest attack on the rights of LGBTQ people, and it shows why 2020 is more important than ever. Equality Voters will hold this administration accountable next November.” More from HRC.

REP. SHARICE DAVIDS TAKES OVER HRC’S TWITTER TO MARK NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH: “For far too long, Native American and LGBTQ voices have been underrepresented in Congress,” writes Davids. “By having new perspectives at the table, we’re literally bringing ideas and experiences to the national conversation that haven’t been there before.” Read the full takeover here.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY — SPRITE RELEASES AD FEATURING LGBTQ PEOPLE PREPARING FOR A PRIDE FESTIVAL, WITH SUPPORT FROM FRIENDS & FAMILY: We’re not crying, you’re crying! More from NewNowNext.

PRO-EQUALITY GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN VIRGINIA COULD PASS LGBTQ PROTECTIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME: “For far too long, anti-LGBTQ politicians have had a chokehold on Virginia’s legislative process,” said Lucas Acosta (@LucasRAcosta), HRC National Press Secretary, Campaigns. “In January LGBTQ Virginians will wake up for an entirely pro-equality legislative leadership for the first time ever.” More from Michael K. Lavers (@mklavers81) at the Washington Blade.

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CONGRATS TO ALL LGBTQ AND ALLIED RISING STARS ON BEING NAMED TO THE TIME 100 NEXT LIST: See the full list here.

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THE CAST AND CREW OF NEW MUSICAL “& JULIET” ARE BREAKING BARRIERS WITH THE REIMAGINED, LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE VERSION OF “ROMEO AND JULIET”: Read the full interview from Gay Times.

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PROTESTS IN LEBANON HAVE CREATED A SPACE FOR LGBTQ ACTIVISTS: “For advocates, [the] dream of a better country is one where the queer community will be able to openly call for reforms without fear of backlash or repression,” writes Ali Harb (@Harbpeace). More from TIME.

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PrideSource reports that Free Mom Hugs will hold an event at the Michigan State Capitol for Transgender Day of Remembrance

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