TONIGHT -- HRC FOUNDATION & CNN CO-HOST HISTORIC TOWN HALL EVENT, POWER OF OUR PRIDE, IN LOS ANGELES: The evening will constitute the largest-ever audience for a Democratic presidential town hall devoted to LGBTQ issues and will mark the first time in history that a major cable news network will air a presidential event devoted to issues of importance to the LGBTQ community. Nine of the 12 qualifying candidates have confirmed their participation, including former Vice President Joe Biden (@JoeBiden), Senator Cory Booker (@CoryBooker), Mayor Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg), former Secretary Julián Castro (@JulianCastro), Senator Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris), Senator Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar), former Representative Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke), Businessman Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren). More from HRC.

  • It’s not too late to join HRCF & millions across the country for the historic Power of Our Pride town hall tonight at 7:30 pm ET -- find a watch party in your area here!
  • HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) writes for CNN on the importance of the 2020 election and tonight’s town hall: “As recent years have shown, increasing support for equality means our movement is no longer limited to organizing and mobilizing self-identified LGBTQ people. The rising Equality Vote has the potential to put LGBTQ issues at the center of electoral decision-making and activism -- both in 2020 and beyond. Thursday's town hall is a testament to just how far we have come.” Read the full op-ed from CNN
  • Alphonso David also joined CNN’s New Day this morning to discuss the town hall and the importance of LGBTQ equality -- watch here

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- AT THE SUPREME COURT RALLY THIS WEEK, HRC SVP OF POLICY & POLITICAL AFFAIRS JODEE WINTERHOF (@JoDeelive) DELIVERED A ROUSING SPEECH ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO FIGHT FOR PROTECTIONS FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: More from HRC.

NEVADA GOV. STEVE SISOLAK (@SteveSisolak) & SEN. JACKY ROSEN (@SenJackyRosen) TO JOIN HRC FOR LAS VEGAS PRIDE PARADE: Said HRC Nevada State Director Briana Escamilla (@escamillabriana), “The Governor has a long history of supporting LGBTQ equality, and we’re proud to continue to work with him to help advance equality in Nevada. HRC is also proud to be working with Sen. Rosen to continue advancing pro-equality measures for all LGBTQ Americans.” Read more from HRC.

HRC MOURNS ITALI MARLOWE, A BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN HOUSTON: Marlowe is the 19th known transgender person killed this year, the majority of whom were Black transgender women. She is the 4th known transgender person to be killed in Texas this year. More from HRC and Out

TRANSGENDER WOMEN IN EL SALVADOR ARE BEING TARGETED & KILLED: Yolanda Ramîrez (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), a transgender woman, is seeking asylum in the U.S. -- but has been waiting almost two years for her claim to be processed. When imagining what her life would be like away from El Salvador, Ramîrez says, “Maybe later, after a long while, I could be happy and be who I want to be...” More from Bryan Avelar (@bavelarr) at Insider.

HRC MARKS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK AND WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY TODAY: Learn more from HRC.

MERIDIAN, MISS. MAY CONSIDER ADOPTING A NON-DISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE THAT WOULD PROTECT LGBTQ PEOPLE: “We want Meridian to send a clear statement that this community’s open for everybody and that everybody is welcome and that everybody is safe,” said Rob Hill (@RCH74), HRC Mississippi State Director. Read more from Meridian Star.

HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL BRIAN STACK (@bstackbu) WRITES ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SUPPORTING TRANS AND GENDER-NONCONFIRMING STUDENTS IN SCHOOL: More from Multibriefs.

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PRO ICE HOCKEY PLAYER JON LEE-OLSEN COMES OUT AS GAY: Olsen (@JonLeeOlsen) currently plays for Rungsted Seier Capital in Denmark. More from Out Magazine.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

STUDY FINDS THAT STIGMA & ANTI-LGBTQ LAWS IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF AFRICA ARE ASSOCIATED WITH POOR & LIMITED HIV TREATMENT & TESTING: The U.N. has also found that a shocking 470,000 people living with HIV in Africa die every year because they can’t or don’t get tested or treated. Read more from Openly

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