OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THOSE GRIEVING AFTER THE TRAGIC SHOOTING IN THOUSAND OAKS, CA:

NEW HRC POLLING SHOWS THAT LGBTQ AND EQUALITY VOTERS PLAYED OUTSIZED ROLE IN SECURING THE NEW HOUSE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY: The survey, and pre-election qualitative research by HRC, found that voters recognize in Trump a significant threat to the values of the country. Among Democrats who voted FOR a candidate -- rather than against his or her opponent -- the leading reason cited was, “they stand up for immigrants, people of color, LGBTQ people and others targeted by Trump and the Republicans.” Other significant issues for Equality Voters -- those identified by HRC as supportive of LGBTQ issues -- included expanding and lowering the cost of health care, and gun violence prevention and common sense gun laws. More from NPR. The survey also found that:

  • In both this and national exit surveys, self-described LGBTQ voters made up around 6 or 7 percent of the 2018 electorate -- that’s at 2016 levels or higher. In national exit surveys, 81 percent of LGBTQ voters supported Democrats.  
  • Eighty-three percent of Equality Voters cast their ballots for Democrats this election.
  • Voters by a 2-to-1 margin oppose Trump’s plan to redefine “sex” based on gender assigned at birth.
  • Voters also overwhelmingly support the Equality Act, a crucial piece of legislation that would add comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people to our nation’s existing civil rights laws.

ICYMI (BUT HOW COULD YOU HAVE?) HOUSE FLIPS WITH HISTORIC VICTORIES FOR HRC-BACKED, PRO-EQUALITY CANDIDATES NATIONWIDE: HRC-backed candidates surged to victory last night and are poised to help pull the emergency brake on the Trump-Pence Administration with a pro-equality majority in the House. On a historic night, voters elected a record number of LGBTQ candidates. In the lead up to the midterms, HRC made a $26 million investment in the largest grassroots expansion in its 38-year history and deployed 150 HRC staff to more than 70 congressional, targeted senate and key statewide races across 23 states. More from HRC.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- THANK YOU FOR HELPING US ALL MAKE HISTORY! HRC staff, members and supporters helped register more than 32,000 voters and recruited more than 4,200 volunteers, who worked over 8,500 shifts and clocked more than 30,000 volunteer hours. In the critical final four days of the campaign, HRC staff and volunteers in get-out-the-vote efforts alone knocked on more than 80,000 doors, and held 36,400 conversations with voters at their doors and by phone on behalf of our endorsed candidates.

TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION FINALIZES RULES STRIPPING CONTRACEPTION COVERAGE OR THOUSANDS:

THREE TRANSGENDER PEOPLE FIGHT OFF ATTACKER IN DC: The attacker went after the group with a knife. The three are in hospital care with non-life-threatening injuries. More from ABC7.

HORRIFYING -- LAWSUIT ALLEGES TRANS WOMAN REQUIRED TO SHOW JAIL EMPLOYEES HER GENITALS TO “DETERMINE HER SEX”: More from Dallas Morning News.

LONG ISLAND MAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING RAINBOW FLAG FROM CHURCH SIX DIFFERENT TIMES: More from ABC 7.

EZRA MILLER IN THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, “I DON’T IDENTIFY AS A MAN. I DON’T IDENTIFY AS A WOMAN.” Read the full interview here.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

AWFUL -- TEN ARRESTED IN TANZANIA ON SUSPICION OF BEING LGBTQ: Last week, a governor in the country called on citizens to report their fellow citizens they suspect are LGBTQ. More from BBC.

FORUM FOR LGBTQ CHRISTIANS CANCELLED IN ARMENIA: More from Eurasianet.

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The New York Times interviews gay and bisexual ballet dancers; NPR interviews Joel Edgerton, actor and director of the new film ‘Boy Erased’; Autostraddle interviews 21 LGBTQ Jewish people

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