THIS WEEKEND -- MIKE PENCE TO ADDRESS GATHERING OF NATION’S MOST EXTREME ANTI-LGBTQ POLITICIANS, CANDIDATES AND ACTIVISTS: The so-called “Values Voters Summit” in Washington, D.C., is sponsored by the Family Research Council, an organization that has been designated a hate group for its anti-LGBTQ agenda by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Pence will share billing with anti-equality extremists including Paul McHugh, a peddler of anti-LGBTQ junk science, and Elizabeth Johnston, who supports the dangerous, debunked practice of “conversion therapy”. Like past summits, this year’s lineup features a  cavalcade of radical speakers who have attacked marriage equality and transgender people, advocated criminal sanctions against LGBTQ people, compared LGBTQ people to pedophiles and promoted “conversion therapy.” #NotOurValues More from Right Wing Watch and Pink News.

 

PROTECT TRANS TROOPS -- FURTHER PROOF THAT TRUMP RECKLESSLY TWEETED BAN WITHOUT CONSULTING MILITARY: These emails show the White House lied to the public. Sarah Sanders said “the president’s national security team was part of this discussion” and “this was a military decision.” That is false. Trump impulsively tweeted a ban on thousands of transgender troops around the globe, some serving in war zones, without consulting the military. That is why HRC joined as a co-plaintiff along with the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) and Gender Justice League in a case filed by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN. More from BuzzFeed.

LISTEN TO NPR’S 1A -- HRC’S ELLEN KAHN AND HRC YOUTH AMBASSADOR ADRIANA IBANEZ DISCUSS ANTI-LGBTQ BULLYING, AND HOW TO BUILD SAFE, INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS: Check out their illuminating discussion with host Joshua Johnson (@jejohnson332) here.

TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION DIVERTS HIV & AIDS FUNDING TO BOLSTER CRUEL ATTACKS AT THE BORDER: The Trump-Pence administration said it was committed to ending the HIV epidemic. That was a lie. They are allocating millions of crucial funds for HIV treatment and cancer research to fund their unconscionable family separation policy. More from CNN.

HRC MOURNS NIKKI ENRIQUEZ, TRANS LATINA MURDERED BY BORDER AGENT: “The targeted murder of four women, and the kidnapping of a fifth woman, is horrific and alarming,” said HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride). “Nikki's death appears to be the direct result of the toxic combination of misogyny, racism, xenophobia and transphobia.” More from NBC.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY -- MOVING REFLECTION ON THE 1980s AIDS EPIDEMIC SHARED IN POWERFUL TWITTER THREAD: After overhearing two young men casually discussing the effects of the epidemic, writer and food editor Tucker Shaw (@tucker_shaw) shared his experience losing loved ones to AIDS. More from Advocate.

HRC ENDORSES JOE RADINOVICH FOR U.S. CONGRESS (MN-8): “Joe Radinovich is a champion of equality who will fight for all of Minnesota’s hard-working families,” said HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “His commitment to justice and equality make him the clear choice for Minnesota’s fair-minded voters. As a state legislator, Joe stood firmly on the right side of history in a vote for marriage equality because he knew it was the right thing to do -- even though he faced backlash from some vocal opponents.” More from HRC.

HRC ENDORSES DAN KOHL FOR U.S. CONGRESS (WI-6): “Dan Kohl is a proven leader who will fight every day in Congress for the hard working families in Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District,” said HRC Wisconsin State Director Wendy Stout. “His leadership will be crucial in the fight to move equality forward and the Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse his candidacy. We look forward to mobilizing our thousands of members and supporters across the Badger State to turn out for equality in November.” More from HRC.

FEDERAL JUDGE RULES STATE DEPARTMENT CANNOT DENY PASSPORTS TO INTERSEX AMERICANS: Dana Zzyym, a U.S. Navy veteran who is intersex and non-binary, was denied a passport because they could not accurately indicate a “male” or “female” gender on their passport application. More from Lambda Legal.

RALLY TO SUPPORT LGBTQ COMMUNITY IN CHICAGO AFTER PRIEST BURNS RAINBOW FLAG IN ACT OF HATRED: More from Chicago Sun Times.

DC’S LGBTQ FLAG FOOTBALL TEAM WINS ‘GAY BOWL’ TITLE: More from The Washington Post.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO HIGH COURT OVERTURNS LAW CRIMINALIZING SAME-SEX RELATIONS BETWEEN CONSENTING ADULTS: In March 2017, LGBTQ advocate Jason Jones filed suit against the government of Trinidad and Tobago to nullify Section 13 and Section 16 of the penal code, claiming that the provisions were unconstitutional and a violation of his right to privacy and freedom of expression. More from Loop.

AUSTRALIAN SENATOR FRASER ANNING GOES ON ANTI-LGBTQ RANT ON SENATE FLOOR: More from Pink News.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

The New York Times reviews the documentary “Call Her Ganda,” detailing the murder of a trans woman; WBUR interviews trans artist Tuesday Smillie on her work highlighting the history of the movement; The Guardian explores the LGBTQ punk movement as captured in a new documentary; Los Angeles Blade previews the LGBTQ entries of the LA Film Festival

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