HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID TO CONGRESS -- ANTI-LGBTQ HOUSING DISCRIMINATION IS “MORALLY BANKRUPT”: David testified in a hearing yesterday before the House Financial Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on anti-LGBTQ discrimination in housing and lending. “No one should be turned away from an apartment, kicked out of their home or sent back to the street simply because of who they are or whom they love,” said HRC President Alphoso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “LGBTQ people and our families demand fair and equal access to housing opportunities.” More from Washington Blade, Michigan Advance and HRC.

SPELMAN COLLEGE WILL BE FIRST HBCU TO CREATE QUEER STUDIES CHAIR WITH $2M DONATION: “Spelman College has long been at the forefront of LGBTQ inclusion and education among HBCUs,” the donor, Jon Stryker, president of the Arcus Foundation (@ArcusLGBT), which supports LGBTQ rights, told Forbes. “[T]he goal is to engage and empower the next generation of LGBTQ advocates to create a better world.” The chair will be named in honor of Black lesbian poet and activist Audre Lorde. More from Forbes and The Advocate.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- LGBTQ VIRGINIANS NEED LEADERS WHO CHAMPION VIRGINIA VALUES: “Support for policies that protect LGBT people from discrimination crosses party lines and has been on the rise, not only across the nation, but also here in Virginia,” writes James Parrish, executive director at Equality Virginia Advocates (@EqualityVA). “We need elected leaders who will prioritize common-sense, bipartisan legislation to protect LGBT people.” More from Virginia Mercury.   

PEDIATRICIANS ARE THE FIRST LINE OF CARE FOR TRANSGENDER AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING CHILDREN AND TEENS: More from Contemporary Pediatrics

ALARMING REPORT FINDS THAT ADOLESCENT SUICIDE RATES UP 87% IN LAST DECADE -- HIGHEST RATES AMONG LGBTQ AND NATIVE TEENS: More from PR Newswire

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND CENTER AWARDED GRANT TO RESEARCH CHALLENGES FACING LGBTQ PEOPLE SEEKING MENTAL HEALTH CARE: The university’s Prevention Research Center aims to expand training for health care workers and conduct a nationwide survey to better understand the challenges facing LGBTQ people when seeking mental health care. More from The Diamondback

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THEBABYISBORN -- RICKY MARTIN AND HUSBAND JWAN YOSEF WELCOME IN THE FOURTH CHILD TO THEIR GROWING FAMILY: While attending the HRC National Dinner last month with his family, Martin announced that he and Yosef were expecting another child. More Joelle Goldstein (@joelleg0ldstein) from Entertainment Weekly

SOCCER STAR MEGAN RAPINOE (@MPINOE), FILMMAKER JOHN WATERS AMONG THE NEW FACES OF NIKE: We wonder if they’ll be releasing a limited-edition pair of cha-cha heels? More from Washington Blade

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

LONDON TO HOLD FIRST MUSLIM PRIDE TO CELEBRATE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: “[The pride festival] is going to help the next generation to know it’s okay for them to be LGBTQ and also be Muslim,” said a representative from Imaan, an organization working to support LGBTQ Muslims. More from the Evening Standard.

INDIA START-UP TRAINS AND PROVIDES ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY: PeriFerry has trained over 250 people from the trans community and placed over 90 people in software, HR, bank and hospitality jobs. More from The Better India.

TRANSGENDER WOMAN FROM EL SALVADOR RECALLS INHUMANE CONDITIONS IN ICE DETENTION CENTER: The Phoenix New Times’ Hannah Critchfield  (@HannahCritch) shares the story of Britany, one of the many migrants seeking refuge in the U.S. More from the Phoenix New Times

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