HRC ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF LEGAL ADVOCACY TO COMBAT ATTACKS ON LGBTQ EQUALITY IN THE U.S. AND AROUND THE WORLD: Through strategic impact litigation, HRC will — working with movement partners — more effectively shape law and ensure the equal application of Constitutional rights and protections. “As the largest LGBTQ civil rights organization in the world, it’s incumbent upon the Human Rights Campaign to fight against discrimination at every turn, ” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “By adding domestic and international impact litigation to our approach, we will wield a critical tool to fight against oppressive legislative and policy measures through the courts.” More from Phil Elliott (@Philip_Elliott) at TIME and HRC

ADVOCATES URGE POLICE TO INVESTIGATE DEATH OF ELISHA STANLEY, A BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMAN: 

HRC ENDORSES STEVEN REED FOR MAYOR OF MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA: “Steven Reed has long been willing to speak up loudly and publicly for the LGBTQ community. The Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse Reed, a strong LGBTQ ally, and fight alongside him to achieve a more fair and equal Montgomery,” said HRC Alabama State Director Carmarion D. Anderson (@cander01). More from HRC

“WE ARE AT A CROSSROADS FOR THE SOUL OF OUR COUNTRY” -- METRO WEEKLY INTERVIEWS HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID ON TRUMP’S ANTI-LGBTQ AGENDA: “We have an opportunity — and, personally, I have an obligation — to make sure that I can use my skills and my time to advance and protect the rights of LGBTQ people,” David (@AlphonsoDavid) tells Metro Weekly. “He’s the president of the United States, the buck stops with him. If he is employing people or empowering people to make decisions that are discriminatory in nature, I’m going to hold him accountable.” Read more from John Riley (@JohnAndresRiley) in Metro Weekly.

OUR RIGHTS ARE AT STAKE ON OCT. 8 -- U.S. SUPREME COURT TO HEAR KEY CASES ON LGBTQ EMPLOYMENT PROTECTIONS: The justices will hear three cases that could decide whether federal non-discrimination laws apply to LGBTQ people. “The Supreme Court has an opportunity to clarify this area of law to ensure protections for LGBTQ people in many important areas of life,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow (@SarahWarbelow). “The impact of this decision will have very real consequences for millions of LGBTQ people across the country.” More from HRC

LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA., SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE RESOLUTION CONDEMNING WHITE SUPREMACY, HATE SPEECH AND HATE CRIMES: More from Washington Blade

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POSE’S MJ RODRIGUEZ (@MJRODRIGUEZ7) SHINES IN PRODUCTION OF LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS: More from NewNowNext.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HISTÓRICA SENTENCIA EN PARAGUAY TRAS LA MUERTE DE ROMINA VARGAS, UNA MUJER TRANSGÉNERO: Vargas fue atacada a plena luz del día por su asesino en 2017 y falleció mientras la trasladaban al hospital. Este es el primer juicio oral que concluye con la pena máxima entre los más de 60 casos relacionados a muertes de personas transgénero en los últimos 30 años en Paraguay. Más de Reuters

RUSSIAN COURT MOVES TO BLOCK LGBTQ GROUPS FROM ENGAGING ON COUNTRY’S SOCIAL NETWORK: Under Russia’s “gay propaganda law,” the Russian LGBT Network and the Russian LGBT Community would be prohibited from engaging on the country’s largest social network, Vkontakte. More from The Moscow Times

¡TRIUNFO! – LEGISLADORES DEL ESTADO MEXICANO DE TLAXCALA APRUEBAN LEY DE IDENTIDAD DE GÉNERO: En una votación histórica, la 63 legislatura aprobó un decreto que permitirá que personas transgénero actualicen sus actas de nacimiento y otros documentos legales. Más de Quadratin.

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