STUDY FINDS THAT SUBJECTING TRANSGENDER AND NON-BINARY PEOPLE TO SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY” IS ASSOCIATED WITH ADVERSE MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES: “One of the most alarming findings from this study was the association between exposure to gender identity conversion efforts during childhood and a four-fold increased odds of lifetime suicide attempts,” said lead author Dr. Jack Turban, a resident physician in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. “We hope our findings contribute to ongoing legislative efforts to ban gender identity conversion efforts.” More from Fenway Health and The Washington Post.

FEEL-GOOD FRIDAY -- PARENTS AND STUDENTS JOIN UNITY WALK & RALLY AT KANSAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO SUPPORT TRANSGENDER STUDENT TARGETED BY HATE GROUP: Residents lined the sidewalks in support, as hundreds joined a joyful, supportive rally outside Brookwood Elementary School in Leawood. HRC’s Parents for Transgender Equality National Council member Debi Jackson (@the_debijackson) and her husband joined the walk. Watch Shannon O’Brien’s (@ShannonOBTV) inspiring report at Fox 4 KC

CHILDREN’S BOOK JULIÁN IS A MERMAID WINS PRESTIGIOUS KLAUS FLUGGE PRIZE: The book, about a celebration of individuality and the power of being seen and affirmed, is featured as a part of HRC’s “Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings.” More from PinkNews and HRC.

“YOU BELONG TO THE HEART OF THIS CHURCH”: At a gathering of young Catholics in the D.C. area, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory welcomed a transgender man, Rory, who asked what place he had in the church. Replied Gregory, “There is nothing that you may do, may say, that will ever rip you from the heart of this church… So if you’re asking me where do you fit, you fit in the family.” More from Washington Blade.

MASSACHUSETTS LAWMAKERS HEAR TESTIMONY ON ADDING AN “X” GENDER MARKER TO STATE IDS: More from WHDH 7 News Boston

HRC REMEMBERS LGBTQ TRAILBLAZER & CIVIL RIGHTS ICON EDIE WINDSOR, WHO PASSED AWAY TWO YEARS AGO YESTERDAY: More from HRC

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

CARIBE AFIRMATIVO, UNA ORGANIZACIÓN LGBTQ DEL CARIBE COLOMBIANO, REPORTA 74 CANDIDATOS ABIERTAMENTE LGBTQ PARA LAS REGIONALES: En colaboración con Victory Fund Institute, el estudio revela que los candidatos pertenecen a 18 diferentes partidos políticos. Más de El Heraldo.

CHILEAN LGBTQ GROUPS FORMALLY REQUEST THAT GOVERNMENT BE REQUIRED TO BRING MARRIAGE EQUALITY MEASURE TO CONGRESS: Groups denounce the Pinera government for failing to uphold a previously agreed to settlement to “promote” marriage equality. More from The Associated Press

  • El Senado de Chile podría votar sobre matrimonio igualitario en octubre. Más de El Heraldo

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