CONGRATS, NATS!!! AND WHO DOESN’T LOVE A PARADE? SATURDAY, 2 P.M.

HRC FOUNDATION TO LAUNCH ELEVATE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FOR BLACK AND LATINX WOMEN AT WEEKEND SUMMIT: Elevate: A Fellowship Advancing Public Health Leadership for Transgender Women of Color will bring 10 Black and Latinx transgender women to HRC headquarters for a groundbreaking pilot program that focuses on developing transgender women leaders in the South to increase their career opportunities and ability to work on improving public health systems. More from HRC.  

ONEPULSE FOUNDATION (@onePULSEorg) ANNOUNCES WINNING DESIGN FOR MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM HONORING VICTIMS OF THE 2016 MASSACRE IN ORLANDO: The design includes a reflecting pool, 49 trees representing the victims encircling the ruins of the nightclub and a museum that “rises like a budding flower.” Said architect Thomas Coldefy, part of the winning design team: “Together, we have an opportunity to reclaim a place from terror and darkness and create a new reality, one that brings people together in celebration of joy and love.” More from Kate Santich (@katesantich) at the Orlando Sentinel and onePULSE Foundation

HRC’S INNOVATIVE ADVOCACY -- ENGAGING PEOPLE OF FAITH AS ALLIES FOR EQUALITY: This month, HRC Global released the second in its series of “Engaging Allies” resources and capacity-building workshops. This effort is focused on LGBTQ advocates around the world who understand the importance of religion in shaping and driving societal attitudes towards LGBTQ people. More from HRC

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- ON HALLOWEEN, A 10-YEAR OLD TRANS BOY IS FREE TO BE ANYTHING HE WANTS TO BE: Read more from Rebecca Tan (@rebtanhs) at The Washington Post

ESSENCE MAGAZINE’S 2019 WOKE 100 LIST HONORS WOMEN WHO ARE CHANGE AGENTS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND AROUND THE WORLD: The list honors LBT women and allies, including Out Executive Editor Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_); Pose’s Dominique Jackson (@tyraaross), Angelica Ross (@angelicaross), Indya Moore (@indyamoore) and Mj Rodriguez (@MjRodriguez7); HRC Foundation Board Co-Chair Jodie Patterson (@jodie_GeorgiaNY); NWLC’s Fatima Goss Graves (@FGossGraves); Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor); and Reps. Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) and Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley). More from Essence

MINNESOTA CARPENTER COULD BE THE STATE’S FIRST OPENLY TRANSGENDER LEGISLATOR: “I think the experience of being trans has honestly made me a better candidate,” said Davin Sokup (@davinsokup), who kicked off his bid for Minnesota’s 20th Senate District in Northfield Tuesday night. More from the Star Tribune

NEW APPLE EMOJIS EMBRACE INCLUSIVENESS: One key feature is a gender neutral option for multiple emojis. More from The Guardian and WTHR

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UNFUNNY” -- COMEDIAN MICHAEL CHE’S TRANSPHOBIC COMMENT ABOUT CAITLYN JENNER IS SNL’S LATEST MISSTEP ON JOKING ABOUT GENDER IDENTITY: “If social media is any indication, many at-home viewers were as disappointed as the studio audience over the reference to Jenner, calling it “hacky, lame” and, in several cases, transphobic,” writes WaPo’s Sonia Rao (@misssoniarao). More from The Washington Post

QUEER ICON JANELLE MONÁE DISCUSS HER LATEST ROLE IN BIOPIC HARRIET AND PUSHING HOLLYWOOD BOUNDARIES: “I love rebellious art. I love radical art and I think I'm just going to get even more radical,” Monáe (@JanelleMonae) tells Out. More from Tre’vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) at Out.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

TRANS WOMAN MURDERED IN EL SALVADOR, HER DEATH SHINES A SPOTLIGHT ON VIOLENCE AND LACK OF PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE: “Trans women are the ones who are most exposed to all of the abuses that exist in the country, and this crime is a hate crime because of the viciousness and level of barbarity with which they committed it,” stated an activist in El Salvador. Read more at Washington Blade.

HUNDREDS PROTEST ANTI-TRANS WRITER MEGHAN MURPHY AT TORONTO LIBRARY: More from the National Post

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Yahoo spotlights Google VP Pedro Pina, named world’s top LGBTQ executive role model; Out reports that Andy Warhol’s portraits of trans women, including Marsha P. Johnson, will be displayed at London’s Tate Modern

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