HRC AND PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS CALL ON D.C. COUNCIL TO DECRIMINALIZE SEX WORK: “As lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied organizations, we know that the decriminalization of sex work in D.C. is critical to the health and wellbeing of the LGBTQ community, including by improving public health and decreasing the vulnerability of marginalized sex workers, particularly transgender women of color,” reads a letter from the advocates to members of the D.C. Council. More from Washington Blade, Metro Weekly and HRC

GROUNDBREAKING STUDY FINDS USE OF LIFE-SAVING PREP LOW AMONG TRANS MEN: Barriers include lack of health insurance, poor access to HIV testing centers or a lack of proper adherence, the Fenway Institute study found.“Transgender MSM have been invisible in both transgender HIV prevention efforts and in cis MSM prevention delivery,” study co-author Dr. Sari Reisner, director of Transgender Health Research at The Fenway Institute (@FenwayHealth) and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, said in a statement. More from HIV Plus Mag

OHIO HOUSE SPEAKER LARRY HOUSEHOLDER REJECTS NON-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS FOR STAFF: “This action underscores the need to pass statewide non-discrimination protections in Ohio -- a proposal that has broad support from the public and from over 800 Ohio businesses,” said HRC Ohio State Director Shawn Copeland (@Sdcopeland3). More from Cleveland.com.  

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON PROFESSOR AMY KO COMES OUT AS TRANS IN POWERFUL LETTER: “I’ve had nearly everything that a trans person needs to transition and thrive — aside from space to come out as a child — and yet accepting myself and transitioning has still been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” Ko (@amyjko) wrote on Medium. More from NBC

NEW SURVEY REPORTS THAT ONE IN FIVE LGBTQ YOUTH IDENTIFY AS OTHER THAN GAY, LESBIAN OR BISEXUAL: More from Washington Blade

MARYLAND LAW TO ALLOW NON-BINARY OPTION ON PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENT TAKES EFFECT: The Maryland State Senate voted in favor of the law in February. Twelve states now offer a non-binary  option on identification documents, as well as jurisdictions such as Washington, D.C. and New York City. More from New York Daily News

PORTLAND MAN FACES CHARGES FOR ATTACKING TRANS WOMAN: More from The Register-Guard

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TRANSGENDER MAN MAKES HISTORY WITH POWERFUL STORY AND PERFORMANCE ON NBC’S THE VOICE: More from Yahoo

NETFLIX’S LIVING UNDOCUMENTED FEATURES STORIES OF SAME-SEX COUPLES FACING POTENTIAL DEPORTATION: More from The Advocate

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

TRANSGENDER WOMAN PROFILED BY ICE, RAISING CONCERNS FOR HER SAFETY IN DETENTION: Naomi Rosales-Ramirez is being detained in an all-male facility. More from The Arizona Republic.

ACTIVISTS TO SUE TO OVERTURN TAIWAN’S RESTRICTIONS ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGES BETWEEN TAIWANESE AND FOREIGN PARTNERS:
The ban remains in place despite Taiwan’s vote to legalize same-sex marriage last May. More from Taiwan News.

GAY, UNJUSTLY CONVICTED AND STILL DENIED A PARDON: Two years after the Alan “Turing law” was passed to rectify the injustice, very few of the many gay men convicted have had their records expunged. More from BBC

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The Advocate reports that Pope Francis expressed care for LGBTQ people in a meeting with the Rev. James Martin, a strong LGBTQ ally in the Roman Catholic Church

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