TODAY -- HRC RELEASES 2019 INDEX RATING MUNICIPALITIES ON LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE POLICIES AND PRACITICES: In partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, HRC announced that a record-setting 88 cities across the U.S. earned the highest score possible in the eighth annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI). “These inclusive and welcoming cities are standing up to the unrelenting attacks on the LGBTQ community by the Trump-Pence administration, and sending a clear message that the fair and equal treatment of our community, our families and our neighbors is a true American value,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). More from HRC

  • Today, HRC President Alphonso David will launch the MEI at an event in State College, Pennsylvania at noon ET. Interested media can RSVP to Elliott Kozuch at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • And in Iowa City, Iowa, HRC Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof will join Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton for an MEI launch event in the Hawkeye State at Iowa City Hall. Interested media can RSVP to Lucas Acosta at lucas.acosta@hrc.org.

HRC ILLUMINATES ITS DC HQ IN THE COLORS OF THE TRANSGENDER FLAG TO MARK TRANS AWARENESS WEEK & TOMORROW’S TRANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE: More from HRC

TUESDAY TWEET -- AT LEAST 22 TRANSGENDER AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED THIS YEAR -- BUT THE NUMBERS DON’T TELL THE FULL STORY: A majority of the victims were Black trans women. “When society continually dehumanizes and diminishes the dignity and identities of transgender people, when we have politicians undermining the lives and rights of transgender people, it sends a dangerous signal to those who would discriminate [against] or even attack the transgender community,” HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) told CNN. More from Harmeet Kaur (@harmeeeetkaur) at CNN

CHICK-FIL-A PLEDGES TO STOP DONATIONS TO ANTI-LGBTQ GROUPS, BUT STILL LACKS WORKPLACE LGBTQ NON-DISCRIM PROTECTIONS: “At HRC, we always encourage companies to ensure that their giving is in line with LGBTQ-inclusive values,” HRC Director of Workplace Equality Beck Bailey (@TheBeckBailey) told The Advocate. “And while this is an important step for Chick-fil-A, the company still does not have workplace protections and policies that are fully inclusive of LGBTQ people.” More from The Advocate.

NEW EXHIBIT AT INDIANAPOLIS LIBRARY SPOTLIGHTS LGBTQ HISTORY: More from the AP.

UTAH TRANS WOMAN FORCED TO REMOVE MAKEUP FOR DRIVER’S LICENSE PHOTO: The Utah Driver License Division commented that there was a miscommunication with the supervisor over policy. “Policy misinterpretation? No, it was discriminatory, you know, completely discriminatory,” said Jaydee Dolinar about the incident. More from Metro Weekly and WBTV

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“IT’S PAST TIME TO BRING HUMAN LGBTQ+ CHARACTERS TO SESAME STREET”: Writes Naomi Moland (@NaomiMoland) in a USA Today oped: “Just like it has ‘localized’ the program to children’s needs in other countries, the American Sesame Street should reflect American culture by including openly LGBTQ+ human characters.” More from USA Today

PARIS IS BURNING TO BE RE-RELEASED WITH AN HOUR OF PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED FOOTAGE: The seminal documentary chronicles the mid-to-late 1980s ball culture in New York City led by Black and Brown queer communities. More from Out

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

ZIMBABWE JUDGE ISSUES LANDMARK RULING IN FAVOR OF TRANSGENDER WOMAN: Ricky “Rikki” Nathanson’s case, supported by HRC Global Innovator Tashwill Esterhuizen of the Southern Africa Litigation Center, is a landmark case in ensuring protections for the rights of transgender people in Zimbabwe. In response to the decision, Nathanson said, "if you’re resilient and you stand up for what is right...something gives and at the end you win.” More from Washington Blade.

HONG KONG LGBTQ COMMUNITY HELD PRIDE RALLY AFTER POLICE BANNED ANNUAL PRIDE MARCH: More from Metro News

LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL IN ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA CONTINUES DESPITE THREATS: More from The Moscow Times

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The Advocate reports that Smithsonian Channel (@SmithsonianChan) will spotlight bisexual star and icon Marlene Dietrich

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