HYPOCRISY ALERT -- MIKE PENCE DELIVERS REMARKS FOR WORLD AIDS DAY: Pence has spent his career putting people in danger by denying them access to HIV prevention and treatment. From spreading misinformation about condom use, to contributing to a major outbreak of HIV and AIDS in Indiana, Pence has been reckless with the health and lives of those he has sworn to serve. The Trump-Pence administration said it was committed to ending the HIV epidemic, but redirected millions of crucial funds for HIV treatment and cancer research to fund their unconscionable family separation policy. And last December, Trump & Pence fired all remaining members of the President"s Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS -- and have left the council vacant since. Get the story behind The Real Mike Pence from HRC. More from Independent Journal Review.

HRC JOINS CHORUS OF CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS CALLING OUT TRUMP-PENCE FOR ATTACKING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AT THE BORDER: A new advertisement in The Hill, signed by 57 civil  rights groups, condemns the cruel, inhumane and illegal treatment of asylum-seekers at the U.S. border. View the full ad here.

HRC TO SEC. POMPEO -- END YOUR SILENCE ON CHECHEN ANTI-LGBTQ CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY: HRC today released a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling on him to forcefully and publicly condemn the Chechen anti-LGBTQ crimes against humanity while he participates in a Ministerial Council meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on December 6-7. Earlier this month, 16 countries at the OSCE invoked the “Moscow Mechanism” and authorized a fact-finding mission to investigate the anti-LGBTQ atrocities that have occurred in Chechnya over the last 18 months, including the Russian government’s failure to respond. Read the full letter from HRC to Sec. Pompeo here. More from HRC.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- SHIRLEY FIGUEROA AND LISSETTE GUTIERREZ BECOME FIRST SAME-SEX COUPLE OR LATINX COUPLE TO DONATE ROCKEFELLER CENTER CHRISTMAS TREE: More from Advocate and The New York Times.

RETIRED JUSTICE KENNEDY SHARES THOUGHTS ON OBERGEFELL: In a recent interview with David Rubenstein, retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy detailed why he wrote the majority opinion in the landmark Obergefell case making marriage equality the law of the land, saying “The nature of injustice is you can’t see it in your own time.” More from Bloomberg.

AS NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH COMES TO A CLOSE, IT’S TIME TO PUT LOVE FIRST: There are more than 100,000 children across the U. S. waiting to be adopted. Yet, the fight to allow qualified LGBTQ parents to adopt children desperately in need of loving, safe, supportive homes is still being waged. Writes HRC Foundation Director of the Children, Youth & Families Program Ellen Kahn, “As a lesbian mom, I know that my ability to be a loving, supportive parent is not at all compromised by my identity. And as a social worker, who has counseled so many LGBTQ families through this process, I’ve seen the amazing, transformational results for both the children and parents.” More from Openly.

MEET THE FORMER 4-H DIRECTOR WHO FOUGHT TO KEEP LGBTQ-INCLUSVIE GUIDANCE, AND LOST HIS JOB: Last week, news broke that the Trump-Pence White House and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue are attacking LGBTQ youth by pressuring the national 4-H youth organization to rescind a policy welcoming LGBTQ participants. The move, made by Heidi Green, then chief-of-staff to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, eventually led to the firing of Iowa 4-H Director John-Paul Chaisson-Cárdenas for vigorously defending the LGBTQ-inclusive policy. Chaisson-Cardenas is the first statewide Latino director in the organization’s history. More from Samantha Allen (@SLAwrites) in The Daily Beast.

CHICAGO ALDERMEN ISSUES RESOLUTION CONDEMNING TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION’S ATTACK ON TRANSGENDER AMERICANS: More from Chicago Sun Times.

OSSEO, MINN. STUDENT ALLEGES SHE WAS BARRED FROM GIRLS RESTROOM AT HIGH SCHOOL: More from Minneapolis Star Tribune.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

GAY RUGBY PLAYER FACES DEPORTATION TO KENYA, WHERE HE COULD BE PERSECUTED FOR HIS SEXUAL ORIENTATION: Kenneth Macharia has lived in the UK for nearly 10 years, and plays for the Bristol Bisons. More from The Guardian.

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The Signal looks at HRC’s on-the-ground work in Georgia and on HBCU campuses; Yahoo shares the journey of a formerly Jehovah’s Witness family learning to love their gay son; South China Morning Post speaks to LGBTQ students about their fear around coming out

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