HRC TO HONOR RICKY MARTIN AT 23RD ANNUAL NATIONAL DINNER: “With his unique voice and passionate activism, Ricky Martin has used his international stage to advocate for LGBTQ people around the world,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Ricky is an artist, an advocate and a philanthropist, and we look forward to celebrating all of this important work by honoring him with the National Visibility Award at the Human Rights Campaign’s National Dinner." More from HRC

HRC & UCONN SURVEY FINDS BI+ YOUTH AT HEIGHTENED RISK FOR DISCRIMINATION AT HOME AND IN SCHOOL: “Over the past few years, more and more celebrities, politicians and others have come out as bi+, putting a spotlight on the bisexual community and making it more visible than ever,” said Jay Brown, HRC Senior Vice President of Programs, Research and Training. “However, even as visibility increases, bi+ youth are still experiencing biphobia and bi erasure in their homes, schools and communities -- and both within and outside of the LGBTQ community.” More from HRC

HRC to host community event for Bisexual Awareness Week featuring discussion on bi+ media representation and the release of new findings on bi+ youth. Learn more here. Interested media can RSVP to Elliott Kozuch at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

TEARFUL THURSDAY -- LIFETIME SHARES ALEX COOPER’S POWERFUL LIFE STORY: When she was a teenager, Cooper’s parents forced her into so-called “conversion therapy” with unlicensed individuals. Cooper, a former HRC Youth Ambassador, has also authored a book,  Saving Alex, about her experience. More from Lifetime

HRC SUBMITS OVER 10,000 PUBLIC COMMENTS ON TRUMP-PENCE PROPOSED ATTACK ON LGBTQ FEDERAL CONTRACT WORKERS: “With this proposed regulation, the Trump-Pence administration is seeking to gut existing protections for LGBTQ people, women and religious minorities, and we cannot stand idly by,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Everyone deserves a workplace free from discrimination. The Trump-Pence administration needs to withdraw this proposed regulation and stop these attacks on LGBTQ people.” More from HRC

HRC FOUNDATION & CNN ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS AND MODERATORS IN HISTORIC LGBTQ PRESIDENTIAL TOWN HALL: “We’re pleased to see such strong interest among the candidates to participate in the historic Power of our Pride town hall and articulate their visions for LGBTQ people,” said HRC President Alphonso David. Confirmed candidates include: former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Secretary Julian Castro, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Amy Klobuchar, former Representative Beto O’Rourke, Businessman Tom Steyer and Senator Elizabeth Warren. CNN’s Anderson Cooper (@AndersonCooper), Don Lemon (@donlemon), Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) and Chris Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) will moderate the historic presidential town hall on LGBTQ issues. More from CNN.

HOW DOES SHE SLEEP AT NIGHT? ED SECRETARY BETSY DEVOS TO PROMOTE SCHOOL THAT BANS TRANSGENDER STUDENTS AND STAFF: More from HuffPost

I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU’RE SAFE -- A COMMUNITY RALLIES TO SUPPORT AND PROTECT TRANS SEX WORKERS: Tamika Spellman, who works at the advocacy organization HIPS (@HIPSDC), take to D.C. streets in the late hours to ensure the safety and protection of transgender sex workers, many of whom are forced onto the streets for survival. More from The Washington Post. 

D.C.-BASED SMYAL TO OPEN SECOND RESIDENTIAL FACILITY FOR HOMELESS LGBTQ YOUTH: SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) (@SMYALDC) supports and empowers LGBTQ youth in the D.C. region. More from Washington Blade.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

“AFRAID FOR OUR LIVES” -- BRAZILIAN TRANSGENDER ACTIVISTS SPEAK OUT AGAINST ANTI-TRANS VIOLENCE AND PREJUDICE UNDER PRESIDENT BOLSONARO: Trans activists Bruna Benevides (@BrunaMarx) and Alessandra Ramos recently spoke in D.C., and Benevides highlighted a report that noted 163 trans people were reported murdered in Brazil in 2018. More from Washington Blade.

MURDER OF LGBTQ ACTIVIST YELENA GRIGORYEVA CONTINUES TO RATTLE RUSSIAN LGBTQ COMMUNITY: The death of the activist came after she had received numerous threats against her life and spent years campaigning against Putin and right-wing forces. Other activists in Russia are expressing deep doubt about officials’ new story of her murder. More from RadioFreeEurope.

PROTESTAN EN CONTRA DE UN PROYECTO DE LEY ANTIABORTO Y ANTI-MATRIMONIO IGUALITARIO EN GUATEMALA: La llamada “ley para la protección de la vida y la familia” endurecería las penas contra el aborto y prohibiría cualquier intento de legislar matrimonio igualitario. Más de TV Noticias.

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ABC reports that actress Laverne Cox (@lavernecox) could make history as the first transgender actress to win an Emmy;  U.S. Soccer announced that openly lesbian athlete and champion Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach) to enter National Soccer Hall of Fame

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