DANGEROUS AND DISGUSTING -- HUD SEC. BEN CARSON TARGETS TRANSGENDER PEOPLE WITH DISCRIMINATORY COMMENTS: Carson has a long history of dehumanizing LGBTQ people; his is just the latest attack on transgender Americans launched by the Trump-Pence administration. More from The Washington Post.

HRC RELEASES EARLY VOTER DATA “SNAPSHOT” SHOWING POWER OF LGBTQ & EQUALTIY VOTERS IN FOUR EARLY PREZ PRIMARY/CAUCUS STATES: Of the approximately 7.5 million registered voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, over 23% are Equality Voters and approximately 5% are LGBTQ voters. “With more than 11 million LGBTQ voters and 57 million Equality Voters nationwide, voters who prioritize LGBTQ rights have become a force to be reckoned with and a constituency to court,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). Check out the data here, and read more at HRC.

HRC TO HONOR DOMINIQUE JACKSON AND WELCOME RYAN RUSSELL AND JAKE CHOI TO THE 23RD ANNUAL NATIONAL DINNER: “Dominique Jackson has brought her one-of-a-kind charisma and talent to the hit FX series Pose, all while being a visible and forceful advocate for LGBTQ rights -- especially the rights of transgender women of color,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “We are also thrilled to welcome special guests Ryan Russell and Jake Choi, trailblazers in their respective worlds of sports and entertainment. Earlier this year, Russell became the only active NFL player to publicly come out as bisexual. Choi has received critical acclaim for his roles on the screen, bringing the often underrepresented identity of an LGBTQ Asian-American into the living rooms of families across the country.” More from HRC

PULSE SURVIVOR BRANDON WOLF (@BJOEWOLF) APPEARS BEFORE HOUSE COMMITTEE, SHARES POWERFUL TESTIMONY AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE: “The sad reality is that my story isn’t unique,” said Wolf. “Hatred and the violence it begets are on the rise -- and they have infected every corner of this country.” Watch the full testimony here

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- HRC CELEBRATES THE DIVERSITY OF THE LATINX COMMUNITY: More from HRC

CA APPEALS COURT RULES THAT TRANS MAN CAN FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST MEDICAL CENTER OVER CANCELLATION OF GENDER AFFIRMATION SURGERY: More from The Sacramento Bee

HRC’S CHARLOTTE CLYMER (@CMCLYMER), TRANS ADVOCATE RUBY CORADO (@CASARUBYDC) AMONG WASHINGTON BLADE’S ANNUAL BEST OF GAY D.C. WINNERS: More from Washington Blade

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

REFORM OF INDONESIA'S PENAL CODE THREATENS TO CRIMINALIZE LGBTQ PEOPLE: The Indonesian parliament is considering changes that would criminalize consensual sex outside of marriage, which would effectively criminalize same-sex relations, as well as restrict contraception and other changes. Read more at CNN.

MAURITIAN ADVOCATES TO CHALLENGE COUNTRY’S ANTI-LGBTQ LAW: A youth organization advocating for LGBTQ rights, the Queer Alliance is calling for an end to Mauritius' sodomy law that it describes as a colonial-era law that restricts the full rights of LGBTQ people. More from The Rustin Times.

BIANKA RODRÍGUEZ, UNA MUJER TRANSGÉNERO SALVADOREÑA, RECIBE EL PREMIO NANSEN DE LA OFICINA DEL ALTO COMISIONADO PARA LOS REFUGIADOS DE LAS NACIONES UNIDAS (ACNUR): Rodríguez (@BiankaR_odrguez), una activista transgénero, fue reconocida por la ACNUR por su liderazgo y esfuerzos de defensa de derechos LGBTQ en El Salvador. “Este premio lo recibo por aquellas personas de la comunidad LGBTI que se han visto forzadas a desplazarse internamente por la violencia y discriminación que sufren a causa de su orientación sexual o identidad de género y que han sufrido rechazo y marginación”, dijo Rodríguez. Más de El Mundo y UNHCR.   

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Sporting News highlights NBA star Dwyane Wade (@DwyaneWade), Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) and family launching t-shirt line in support of LGBTQ community; NBC spotlights how ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise (@BachParadise) made history with two LGBTQ proposals; HRC hosts panel about bi+ visibility in media with bi+ community members and advocates 

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