TODAY AT NOON — PRESS CALL TO DISCUSS HISTORIC ELECTORAL VICTORY IN VIRGINIA: Leaders from HRC, EMILY’s List, League of Conservation Voters, Giffords, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee and Sister District will discuss their investments in Virginia, how their work was instrumental to Democrats gaining control of the state legislature and what these victories mean for the 2020 election cycle. Reporters interested in joining can RSVP for the call-in line, click here.

  • This week’s election results sent a powerful message that Virginians support a bold, progressive vision for the future of the Commonwealth. More from Metro Weekly.
  • More than 80 LGBTQ candidates won election or reelection on Tuesday. More from NBC.

THANKFUL THURSDAY — FEDERAL COURT STRIKES DOWN TRUMP “REFUSAL OF CARE”: Religious freedom is a fundamental American value and so is the belief that no one should face discrimination because of who they are or whom they love. More from National Women’s Law Center and Washington Blade.

THE COMPANY YOU KEEP… TRUMP HIRES FORMER FLORIDA AG PAM BONDI, REPORTEDLY TO HANDLE IMPEACHMENT STRATEGY: Bondi was named “Loser of the Year” by the Tampa Bay Times in 2014 for her crusade against marriage equality, which cost Florida taxpayers more than $500,000. And her anti-LGBTQ record was on full display during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper in the wake of the Pulse nightclub tragedy in Orlando. More from The Wall Street Journal.

STUDY FINDS LGBTQ SOUTHERNERS NEED BETTER ACCESS TO AFFIRMING HEALTH CARE: The Campaign for Southern Equality and Western NC Community Health Services found that nearly half of all transgender respondents have to educate their health care provider on their needs. The survey also found that the bi+ community experiences far worse mental health experiences compared to their gay, lesbian or straight peers. More from BuzzFeed.

T-MOBILE TO ALLOW RETAIL STAFF TO ADD PRONOUNS TO THEIR NAME BADGES: More from Bloomberg.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

SISTAAZHOOD, A NETWORK OF TRANS WOMEN IN SOUTH AFRICA, FIGHTS FOR RECOGNITION AND ACCESS TO SERVICES: The group is profiled in Reuters.

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The Advocate profiles Johnson Chong, a gay son of Chinese refugees who teaches yoga to instill self-love and resiliance; Dallas Voice celebrates Equality Texas’ 30th birthday!

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