HRC PLACES NEWSPAPER ADS IN ALASKA & MAINE TO STOP KAVANAUGH: As Brett Kavanaugh’s U.S. Supreme Court nomination hangs in the balance, HRC, Alaskans Together, Equality Maine and National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) launched full-page newspaper ads in Alaska and Maine highlighting the grave threat he poses to LGBTQ equality, reproductive rights and the Affordable Care Act. The ads, appearing in Maine Sunday Telegram, Anchorage Daily News and Bangor Daily News, encourage fair-minded Mainers and Alaskans to contact Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME), to make their voices heard about the dangers of a Justice Kavanaugh. More from HRC.

  • Laura, the mother of a transgender child, also wrote a powerful oped in the Press Herald about how her son and other children like him could lose crucial protections against discrimination if Kavanaugh is confirmed. More from the Press Herald.
  • NEW DIGITAL AD FEATURING JOHN LEGEND: HRC and 12 other civil rights organizations have joined an effort from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund on a new digital ad featuring the EGOT winner to urge viewers to call their senators to tell them to vote ‘no’ on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Watch here.

TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION’S UNCONSCIONABLE DECISION TO AGAIN LOWER REFUGEE ADMISSIONS CAP PUTS COUNTLESS LIVES AT RISK: The decision to lower the cap from 45,000 to just 30,000 further undermines U.S. human rights leadership in the world. These actions come as the Trump-Pence administration abandons U.S. leadership on human rights around the globe, including the atrocities being endured by LGBTQ people in Chechnya, Egypt and Malaysia. HRC calls on Congress to take action to ensure that refugees are welcome here. More from The New York Times.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY -- GEORGIA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE STACEY ABRAMS SPEAKS TO HER ALLYSHIP AND HER FAITH:

HRC MOURNS JANELLE ORTIZ, TRANS WOMAN KILLED BY BORDER PATROL AGENT ALLEGEDLY ENGAGED IN TARGETED “KILLING SPREE”: HRC is shocked and horrified to learn about the death of Janelle Ortiz, a Latinx transgender woman who lived in Laredo, Texas. Ortiz, 28, was one of four women killed in the past two weeks in what local officials describe as a “serial killing spree” allegedly carried out by an intel supervisor for the U.S. Border Patrol. More from HRC.

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS RELEASES STATEMENT SUPPORTING AND AFFIRMING TRANS AND GENDER-DIVERSE YOUTH: “This statement further reinforces the medical and moral imperative to support transgender and gender-diverse youth,” said Ellen Kahn, Director of the HRC Foundation's Children, Youth and Families Program. “Pediatricians have a critical role to play in both providing care to patients and in advocating for protections that support the mental and physical health of the public, and this statement by the AAP continues their long record of supporting the health of all youth.” More from NBC.

HUNTSVILLE (ALA.) STUDENT SUES SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR ITS PERCEIVED INADEQUATE RESPONSE TO BULLYING: Zelda Menefee’s federal civil rights lawsuit also names former Superintendent Casey Wardynski and eight other teachers and school employees. Said Sara Ann MacIsaac, HRC Alabama Field Organizer: “Unfortunately, LGBTQ -- and especially transgender -- students face disproportionate levels of bullying, harassment, and discrimination in schools. Yet, many school administrators remain woefully unprepared and unsupported to deal with the type of bias-based discrimination that occurs on a systemic level.” More from Tuscaloosa News.

KENOSHA, WISCONSIN, PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT FILES LAWSUIT ALLEGING INADEQUATE RESPOSE TO ANTI-LGBTQ BULLYING: More from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

HRC MOURNS JANET WEINBERG, LGBTQ AND DISABILITY RIGHTS ACTIVIST: More from The New York Times.

ADVOCATE TO PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY HONORING ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY: More from Advocate.

U.S. SWIMMER ABRAHM DEVINE COMES OUT AS GAY IN AN INTERVIEW WITH SWIMMING WORLD MAGAZINE.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

SHAMEFUL -- ROMANIA TO HOLD REFERENDUM IN OCTOBER TO ENSHRINE DISCRIMINATION IN COUNTRY’S CONSTITUTION: Anti-equality activists are asking to amend the constitution to define a union as between “a man and a woman,” rather than the existing language of “spouses.” More from Independent.

BRAZILIAN SOCCER CLUB CALLS OUT FANS FOR ANTI-LGBTQ CHANT: More from The Associated Press.

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