ICYMI -- HRC RALLIED WITH COALITION PARTNERS AT THE SUPREME COURT YESTERDAY IN AN INSPIRING SHOW OF SUPPORT, SOLIDARITY FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY: The Court heard three cases that could decide whether federal non-discrimination laws apply to LGBTQ people. HRC SVP of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive) spoke at the rally -- watch here, and read more from USA Today and Metro Weekly

STEVEN REED ELECTED MAYOR OF MONTGOMERY, ALA. IN HISTORIC WIN: “Steven Reed is a longtime, unapologetic ally of the LGBTQ community, and last night, he made history as the city’s first Black mayor,” said HRC Alabama State Director Carmarion D. Anderson (@cander01). “HRC was proud to endorse Reed and help turn out the vote for this steadfast champion of equality. We congratulate Steven Reed on his win and look forward to working closely with him to keep moving Montgomery and Alabama forward.” More from HRC

WELCOMING WEDNESDAY -- IT’S BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH, AND HRC’S WELCOMING SCHOOLS HAS GREAT GUIDANCE ON CREATING SAFE & INCLUSIVE CLASSROOMS:  Welcoming Schools, which provides training and resources to elementary school educators to embrace family diversity, create LGBTQ and gender inclusive schools, prevent bullying and support trans and non-binary students, offers these resources: “Steps to Prevent Bias-Based Bullying” and “What Do You Say to ‘That’s So Gay’ & Other Anti-LGBTQ Comments?,” as well as suggested books to engage students on bullying and bias. For more information, visit www.welcomingschools.com

MAN ALLEGES HE WAS HARASSED ON MANHATTAN STREETS FOR BEING GAY: The NYPD is investigating the incident, which targeted street activist Anthony Dolci. More from Pix 11

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH’S LGBTQ PRIDE FLAG REMOVED, BURNED IN SYRACUSE: The church’s pastor, Rev. Jennifer “Jo” VonRue, said the incident only “solidifies our message of love and inclusion, and fortifies our desire to make our world a better place.” More from Syracuse.com.

MAN CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME AFTER BRUTALLY ATTACKING GAY MAN IN WISCONSIN: More from The Journal Times.

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OPERA SINGER LUCIA LUCAS (@lucialucasde) BECOMES FIRST OPENLY TRANS SINGER TO PERFORM WITH ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA: More from PinkNews.

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HONG KONG COURT TO RULE ON CASE OF “MK,” WHO IS FIGHTING FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO RECOGNIZE SAME-SEX UNIONS: Kamilyn Choi, a student at Yale Law School, and Jan Wetzel (@janwetzelHK), a senior legal advisor with Amnesty International, write on the importance of this case: “If the Court accepts as a legitimate public policy aim that stable, enduring, close and caring relationships should be encouraged... then legal recognition should not be limited to opposite-sex relationships.” Read the full piece from HKFP

LEADER OF POLAND’S RULING PARTY SAYS LGBTQ PEOPLE ARE A THREAT TO SOCIETY: More from BBC and HRC.

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