HRC MOURNS JA’LEYAH JAMAR, A BLACK TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN KANSAS: “As we hold space to remember and uplift Ja’Leyah, we must also recognize the factors at play that contribute to the dramatically increased risk of violence that trans women of color -- especially Black trans women -- face everyday,” posted the Kansas Anti-Violence Project in a statement on Facebook. Ja’leyah-Jamar is the 19th known transgender person killed this year, and the 18th Black transgender woman. More from HRC

  • Portland police investigating violence and potential bias crime against transgender woman. More from CNN

HRC RESPONDS TO ARIZONA SUPREME COURT DECISION IN BRUSH & NIB STUDIO V. PHOENIX: “Governor Ducey’s Supreme Court just issued a license to discriminate against Arizona’s LGBTQ community in an alarming decision that puts the state’s people, reputation, and the economy at risk,” said HRC Deputy Campaign Director Justin Unga (@justinunga). “Not only does this decision affect countless LGBTQ Arizonans, it sends a message about inclusivity to businesses and institutions seeking to invest in states that welcome all people. LGBTQ Arizonans pay taxes, own businesses, serve in our military and contribute to our economy, and they deserve a government that stands with them.” More from HRC

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- WHY VA DELEGATE DANICA ROEM’S REELECTION EFFORT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LGBTQ RACE IN 2019: “It’s an opportunity to make history once again and to rebuke hate in our politics, to stand up for Danica Roem at a pivotal moment for our community and our country,” writes People for the American Way President Michael Keegan (@MBKeegan) about Roem’s reelection race against an anti-LGBTQ extremist. More from Advocate

HRC MARKS NATIONAL HIV & AIDS AGING AWARENESS DAY 2019: The day provides a vital opportunity to shine a spotlight on the impact of HIV and AIDS on older adults in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people ages 50 and older make up 26% of all people in the U.S. living with HIV. Of older adults living with HIV, 49% of new HIV diagnoses in 2015 were among gay and bisexual men. More from HRC.

HRC URGES U.S. SENATE TO REJECT ROBERT DESTRO, TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN’S NOM FOR ASS. SEC FOR DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND LABOR: More from HRC

WASHINGTON, D.C. CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER BILL BANNING SO-CALLED “LGBTQ PANIC” DEFENSE: More from WTOP.

FOR #BIWEEK, HRC SHARES RESOURCE GUIDE TO COMING OUT AS BISEXUAL: 

REMEMBERING JOURNALIST COKIE ROBERTS (@COKIEROBERTS), AN OUTSPOKEN ALLY FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY: Read Trudy Ring’s piece in The Advocate.

MSNBC’S KATY TUR (@KATYTURNBC) TALKS ABOUT MOTHERHOOD, HER MATERNITY LEAVE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING WITH FAMILY: More from MSNBC

  • The HRC Foundation recently released a report detailing the results of its groundbreaking nationwide survey of LGBTQ people that reveals an urgent need for inclusive employer-paid family and medical leave. More from HRC

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HORRIFIC MURDER OF GAY MAN IN TASHKENT SPOTLIGHTS CONCERNS FOR SAFETY OF UZBEKISTAN’S LGBTQ COMMUNITY: The government of Uzbekistan must hold accountable those responsible for the death of Shokir Shavkatov and do more to ensure the safety of LGBTQ people. More from RadioFreeEurope.

SECOND TRANSGENDER CLINIC TO OPEN IN THE INDIAN STATE OF TAMIL NADU: “For years, members of the transgender community have had poor access to healthcare and barely treated with dignity and self-respect,” said Dean of the Government Rajaji Hospital Dr. K. Vanitha. The clinic will be in the city of Madurai’s Government Rajaji Hospital. More from The Hindu

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!
WTAJ reports that Altoona, Pennsylvania, plans to host its first Pride Parade; Pink News highlights London’s first runway featuring all trans and/or non-binary models, hosts and performers; Merriam-Webster adds non-binary pronoun ‘they’ to the dictionary.  

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