HRC JOINS ACTIVISTS TESTIFYING IN FAVOR OF D.C.’S COMMUNITY SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT OF 2019: The testimony, offered during a D.C. City Council hearing, was in support of the act, which would eliminate criminal prohibitions and penalties for consensual sex work and establish a task force to recommend further improvements to public safety, health and human rights. The legislation, which maintains the prohibitions on coercion and trafficking, is sponsored by Councilmember David Grosso. More from HRC.

REMEMBERING THE LEGACY OF CIVIL RIGHTS ICON AND CHAMPION FOR EQUALITY REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS (D-MD): Elijah Cummings was a tireless champion of racial justice and LGBTQ equality in Congress and beyond. It is a profound loss for the city of Baltimore and the entire nation. We honor his enduring legacy to fiercely fight for the most marginalized among us. More from Out Magazine.

TOMORROW -- PRODUCER AND ACTOR EUGENE LEE YANG TO RECEIVE VISIBILITY AWARD AT 2019 SAN FRANCISCO GALA: “As an all-star talent and artist, Yang (@EugeneLeeYang) bravely uses his Try Guys channel platform to lift up the LGBTQ community, celebrate Asian American visibility and open hearts and minds across the United States,” said HRC Foundation Senior Vice President Jay Brown. More from HRC.

  • HRC will also honor Levi Strauss & Co. with the Corporate Award and John Lake, Vice President, Multicultural Strategy and LGBTQ Segment leader for Wells Fargo, with the Charles M. Holmes Community Service Award. More from San Francisco Bay Times.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY -- CELEBRATING POET WALT WHITMAN FOR LGBTQ HISTORY MONTH: To commemorate his 200th birthday, the Library of Congress, which has the most extensive array of Whitman and Whitman-related collections in the world, held a series of exhibits and public programs to showcase the trove. The Library’s exhibits also touched on Whitman’s relationship with Peter Doyle, an Irish immigrant and streetcar driver, who is believed by many to have been the love of Whitman’s life. More from HRC.

ICYMI -- HRC WAS ON CAPITOL HILL TO TALK ABOUT DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION EFFORTS ON HBCU CAMPUSES: More from HRC.

TOO OFTEN, TRANSGENDER TRAVELERS FACE NEGATIVE TREATMENT BY TSA: Allison Hope (@bubballie) writes for CNN about the experiences of trans travelers, who report being targeted for pat-downs, bag searches and questions regarding their legal ID due to their gender identity. "For many transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming people, going through airport security is a grueling and often humiliating and traumatizing ordeal," says Shannon Minter (@shannonminter5), legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). More from CNN.

HOW NORTH CAROLINA HOSPITALS ARE AFFIRMING LGBTQ PATIENTS AND EMPLOYEES: They are some of the highest-scoring health care facilities on HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index. More from North Carolina Health News.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

AUSTRALIAN ANGLICAN CHURCH MEMBERS RALLY FOR ACCEPTANCE OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY AFTER BEING TOLD BY ARCHBISHOP THEY SHOULD LEAVE THE CHURCH: More from The Guardian.

SAME-SEX COUPLE UNABLE TO SECURE IRISH CITIZENSHIP FOR CHILD BORN ABROAD THROUGH IVF: Sinéad Deevy and Kashka Sankowska, had their child in Spain, are facing barriers to registering their child’s citizenship in Spain, as well as their own countries of citizenship. More from Irish Times.

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