AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION REAFFIRMS NEED TO PROTECT LGBTQ YOUTH FROM SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: Said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid): “No child should have to endure this painful and life-threatening practice, and we are glad to see the AMA taking seriously the need to protect LGBTQ youth… The voices of medical professionals have long been central to the growing support for LGBTQ-inclusive laws, policies and communities -- these AMA policies continue that trend.” More from Metro Weekly.

LAST NIGHT, HRC PRESIDENT JOINED SLAVE PLAY CAST MEMBERS ON BROADWAY FOR POST-PERFORMANCE DISCUSSION: The LGBTQ+ Night Out event featureD a performance of the play, and a Talk Forward discussion led by HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid), with guests HRC Board Chair Jodie Patterson and Slave Play cast members Ato Blankson-Wood and James Cusati-Moyer, queer actors who play a same-sex couple in the groundbreaking work. Said David: “In our fight for full equality, we cannot ignore how the dark forces of our shared past continue to push the rights and lives of people of color and LGBTQ people to the margins, and how our work must break down these systems that ultimately dehumanize all of us.” More from HRC.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- LIL NAS X BECOMES FIRST OPENLY GAY RAPPER NOMINATED IN TOP GRAMMY CATEGORIES: The iconic rapper (@LilNasX), fresh off his historic win at the Country Music Association, has nabbed six Grammy nominations, including best record, album and new artist. More from The Los Angeles Times.

THE CENSUS BUREAU ESTIMATES THERE ARE NEARLY 1 MILLION SAME-SEX COUPLES LIVING TOGETHER NATIONWIDE: This figure includes married and unmarried couples -- and makes up 1% of the overall population. More from Roll Call.

LOS ANGELES OPENS COUNTY’S FIRST PUBLICLY-FUNDED SHELTER FOR TRANS WOMEN: Casa Zulma will offer more than 16 beds for those in need, as well as supportive services. More from Curbed Los Angeles.

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OPENLY GAY COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL COACH NAMED ‘CONFERENCE COACH OF THE YEAR’: Coleman Lee is the head women’s volleyball coach at Central Methodist University in Missouri, where he coaches alongside his husband Garrett Case. More from Outsports.

MAKEUP ARTIST MARIO DEDIVANOVIC COMES OUT AS GAY IN MOVING SPEECH AT AMERICAN INFUENCER AWARDS: Dedivanovic (@MakeupByMario) won the Artistic Achievement Award at the ceremony. More from Allure.

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Datebook reviews the new documentary ‘Gay Chorus Deep South’; HRC interviews Sayer Johnson, co-founder of the Metro Trans Umbrella Group

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