HRC FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES HISTORIC LGBTQ LEADERSHIP SUMMITS ON HBCU CAMPUSES: The first HRC 2019 Regional HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Leadership Summit took place at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, this past weekend, and the second will be held Oct. 4-6 at Dillard University in New Orleans. Said Leslie Hall (@MrLeslieHall), Director of HRC’s HBCU Program: “By engaging students, administrators, staff and faculty on their home turf, we hope to move the needle for LGBTQ inclusion and equity on HBCU campuses by shaping the way these important institutions provide support, services and resources to all of their students.” More from HRC.

INSIDE ANTI-LGBTQ EFFORTS TO GIVE EMPLOYERS AND BUSINESSES A LICENSE TO DISCRIMINATE: “It’s long been clear that the government has the right to make sure that businesses refrain from discriminating in their business practices,” writes The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin (@JeffreyToobin). “But the use of religious freedom as a tool to enable discrimination has become a bedrock principle of the modern conservative movement -- and of the Trump Administration.” More from The New Yorker.

  • Must read on upcoming Title VII LGBTQ court cases: In the three cases, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC and Aimee Stephens and Bostock v. Clayton County, consolidated with Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether anti-LGBTQ discrimination is a form of sex discrimination that violates federal law. The court is set to hear the cases on Oct. 8. More from Sacramento Bee.

ICYMI -- HRC FANS OUT ACROSS VIRGINIA FOR WEEKEND OF ACTION: HRC staff and volunteers knocked on nearly 2,100 doors and made over 650 calls -- following up on a 27-candidate, $250,000 investment in flipping both the Virginia State Senate and Virginia House of Delegates to pro-equality control. 

TUESDAY TWEETS -- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES RECOGNIZE BI+ VISIBILITY DAY: Candidates including Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Tom Steyer, Julián Castro, Beto O'Rourke, Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg used their platforms to affirm the bi pan queer and fluid community.

HORRIFYING -- TRANS WOMEN IN DC ALLEGEDLY ROBBED, ATTACKED BY ASSAILANT WHO USED TRANSPHOBIC LANGUAGE: After the initial attack, one woman was approached by the same man just a few days later. This time, he had a gun -- and threatened her by pointing it at her head. The investigation is ongoing. More from WUSA.

TODAY IS NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY: Check your voter registration status and get important election reminders before tuning in for HRC’s #PowerOfOurPride Presidential Town Hall on Oct. 10. hrc.org/VOTE

BIPARTISAN COALITION OF BUSINESS LEADERS, ELECTED OFFICIALS PUSH FOR FLORIDA TO PASS LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE NON-DISCRIMINATION LAW: More from South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

HRC YOUTH AMBASSADOR ZOEY LUNA JOINS THE CAST OF “THE CRAFT” REBOOT: More from The Hollywood Reporter.

AS THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY AGES, THERE IS A GROWING NEED FOR LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE SENIOR HOUSING: “LGBTQ older adults worry about how they will be treated not only by staff [within senior homes] but also by their neighbors in these communities,” said Kathleen LaTosch who works with SAGE Metro Detroit (@sageusa), a group that supports the need of LGBTQ elders. More from Pride Source

NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS EXPERIENCES OF LGBTQ PEOPLE OF COLOR LIVING IN RURAL AMERICA: “LGBTQ people of color in rural areas are especially vulnerable to discrimination,” writes Logan Casey (@loganscasey) and Darren Arquero of the Movement Advancement Project. “Rural states are less likely than majority urban states to have vital nondiscrimination protections and are more likely to have harmful, discriminatory laws.” More from The Advocate.

MEGAN RAPINOE AWARDED “BEST WOMEN’S PLAYER IN THE WORLD” BY FIFA: More from Sports Illustrated.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

BRAZIL PROSECUTOR GENERAL ORDERS FIVE INDICTMENTS IN MURDER OF GAY, BLACK COUNCILWOMAN MARIELLE FRANCO: More from Pink News.

IMPIDEN PARTICIPACIÓN A ACTIVISTA LGBT EN LA CUMBRE DE LOS NOBEL DE LA PAZ EN MÉRIDA, MX: Según Alex Orué, el incidente se trató de un acto de discriminación, que refleja el gobierno conservador de un estado que ha rehusado aprobar el matrimonio igualitario a diferencia de muchas otras regiones de México. Más de EL PAÍS

SECURITY CONCERNS FORCE JAMAICAN ADVOCATES TO CANCEL MONTEGO BAY PRIDE EVENT: More from Washington Blade.

INDONESIAN SINGER GEBBY VESTA COMES OUT AS TRANS IN POWERFUL VIDEO: More from Asian One.

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