SHEA DIAMOND TO PERFORM AT HRC’S NATIONAL DINNER: Diamond (@iamsheadiamond) is an openly trans soul singer taking the music scene by storm. She will join Joe Biden, Eric Holder, Stacey Abrams, Danica Roem, Nelson Araujo and thousands more at the weekend of events raising crucial funds in the fight for LGBTQ equality. More from Broadway World.

  • Meet Seth Owen, who will also attend the dinner. The openly gay, co-valedictorian of his high school class in Jacksonville, Florida, had his plans to attend Georgetown University upended when his parents told him to leave home after he refused to attend their church -- which attacked LGBTQ people. A GoFundMe page set up by one of his high school teachers raised the $20,000 Seth needed to go to college -- and then some: the fund exceeded $140,000. Check out the new Georgetown freshman on The Ellen Show.

CHRIS PAPPAS WINS PRIMARY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE’S 1ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:

NEW STUDY REVEALS SHOCKING RATES OF ATTEMPTED SUICIDE AMONG TRANS ADOLESCENTS: A new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics documents the alarming levels of attempted suicide among transgender youth -- with the highest rates among transgender boys and non-binary youth. “These harrowing statistics lay bare the urgency of building welcoming and safe communities for LGBTQ young people, particularly for transgender youth,” said Ellen Kahn, the HRC Foundation's Director of Children, Youth and Families Program. “The distressing reality reflected in this study is preventable, and our nation's schools, political leaders and communities can take concrete steps to combat this epidemic.” More from CNN.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY -- WE MUST ADDRESS THE EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK LGBTQ PEOPLE: More from George Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) at  The Root.

THOUSANDS OF HRC MEMBERS SUBMIT PUBLIC COMMENTS SAYING TRANS VETERANS DESERVE CARE: More than 2,000 LGBTQ people and allies from across the nation joined HRC in responding to a request for public comments regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs' current discriminatory policy prohibiting the VA from providing gender affirming surgeries to veterans. More from HRC.

HRC MOURNS LONDON MOORE, BLACK TRANS WOMAN SHOT IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FLORIDA: Local media, which misgendered Moore in their reporting, say local LGBTQ groups are calling on law enforcement to investigate the murder as a hate crime. Moore’s death follows a disturbing wave of violence that has shaken the LGBTQ community in Florida, claiming the lives of at least four transgender women this year.

THE U.S. IS DISENFRANCHISING PEOPLE OF COLOR, OTHER MARGINALIZED VOTERS: The right to vote is sacred, and for many, that right is being attacked. Transgender people are particularly vulnerable to voting discrimination and disenfranchisement due primarily to challenges around valid identification documents. In addition, many LGBTQ people face compounded discrimination based on other characteristics, including race, age, disability and economic status. These vulnerabilities weaken our entire community’s voting power. That’s why it’s more important than ever for us to fight for this crucial right. More from CNN.

CLARKS SUMMIT UNIVERSITY DISMISSES STUDENT BECAUSE HE IS GAY: Gary Campbell was just six credits away from earning his bachelor’s degree from the South Abington Township school. More from The Times-Tribune.

CITY OF PHOENIX ARGUES THAT ANTI-LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION IS ABOUT COMMERCE, NOT FREEDOM OF SPEECH: More from Arizona Capitol Times.

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL AND COMMUNITY CALL TO ACTION PLANNED IN PENNSYLVANIA TO HONOR BLACK TRANS WOMAN SHANTEE TUCKER: More from Philadelphia Voice.

“BLACK GAY GIRLS ROCK TOO” -- LENA WAITHE, WHILE ACCEPTING THE SHOT CALLER AWARD DURING BLACK GIRLS ROCK AWARDS: “Let’s get free of the idea that we can’t go after our dreams because of how we look, where we come from, who we love or how old we are,” Waithe (@LenaWaithe) said. More from Blavity.

REMEMBERING CIVIL RIGHTS HERO EDIE WINDSOR: Today, we remember LGBTQ trailblazer and civil rights icon Edie Windsor, who passed away one year ago. Future generations will be inspired by her courage and defiance in taking on discrimination by challenging the U.S. government to treat same-sex marriages equally under the law.

GENDER IDENTITY IN THE WORKPLACE -- HOW WORKPLACES CAN BETTER SERVE TRANSGENDER AND NON-BINARY EMPLOYEES: More from The Daily Beast  and Moneyish.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

AUSTRALIAN SENATE PASSES MOTION CONDEMNING DANGEROUS AND ABUSIVE PRACTICE OF “CONVERSION THERAPY”: More from Gay Star News.

LITHUANIAN FILMMAKER’S APARTMENT SET ON FIRE IN SUSPECTED HATE CRIME: Police warned the victim, Romas Zabarauskas, to remove his rainbow flag from his balcony. Instead, Zabarauskas teamed up with human rights advocate and HRC Global Innovator Tomaš Ilja to launch a rainbow flashmob, raising thousands of euros overnight. More from The Calvert Journal.

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Mic reports on Marco Marco’s New York Fashion Week runway with all transgender models; Pink News mourns British LGBTQ club owner Steven Collyer; World Religion News shares a new guide for Jewish LGBTQ students; Deutsche Welle profiles openly gay Polish mayor Robert Biedron; Passport Magazine explores the LGBTQ community and culture in Louisville, KY; Main Public explains the dangerous and debunked practice of so-called “conversion therapy”

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