HRC TURNS OUT, REGISTERS VOTERS IN FLORIDA: ​HRC President Chad Griffin, Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith​, other Latinx leaders and the University of Central Florida Student Council united on National Voter Registration Day to encourage LGBTQ and Latinx students to register and vote in the crucial upcoming midterm elections. The effort is part of HRC’s historic drive to register and turnout LGBTQ voters in key districts and cities across the country. Griffin also spoke to activists and staff at Orlando’s LGBTQ Center and joined a phone bank in Fort Lauderdale for pro-equality candidates. More from Spectrum News 13.

TRUMP (AGAIN) FAILS TO SPEAK OUT ON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AT THE UNITED NATIONS: Trump continues to ignore the crimes against humanity in Chechnya despite confirmed reports of abductions, detentions, enforced disappearances, torture and deaths targeting gay and bisexual men across the country.

CUYAHOGA COUNTY BECOMES FIRST IN OHIO TO PASS LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE NONDISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE: “Cuyahoga County leaders have taken an important step and we hope their leadership will build momentum in other communities that lack protections,” said HRC Ohio State Director Shawn Copeland. “But more must be done to move equality forward and end the unacceptable patchwork of non-discrimination laws across this state that leave LGBTQ Ohioans at risk. In November, we must elect a pro-equality governor and state legislature committed to passing the Ohio Fairness Act, and we must address the epidemic of violence facing Ohio’s transgender community -- particularly transgender women of color.” More from HRC.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY -- UNEXPECTED LGBTQ PLOTLINE ON VIETNAM’S ‘THE BACHELOR’ GOES VIRAL: In a recent episode, a woman competing for the heart of ‘The Bachelor’ left the show, asking another woman competitor to leave with her. More from The New York Times.

TOMORROW -- HRC PRESIDENT CHAD GRIFFIN JOINS JENNIFER WEXTON TO DISCUSS IMPORTANCE OF RACE: Wexton, a Democrat Virginia state senator and attorney, is vying to replace Republican U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Comstock to represent the people of Northern Virginia’s 10th District -- a race Politico identified as one of the top 10 House races to watch in 2018. Media interested in attending should contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

HRC ENDORSES ANN KIRKPATRICK FOR U.S. CONGRESS (AZ-2): “Ann Kirkpatrick is a proven leader who will fight for equality, fairness and Arizona families,” said HRC Arizona State Director Justin Unga. “Throughout her time in public service, she has consistently worked to move equality forward, fighting for every person’s right to work and live free from harassment and discrimination.” More from HRC.

HRC ENDORSES DAVID SHAPIRO FOR U.S. CONGRESS (FL-16): “For more than three decades as an attorney, David Shapiro has fought against discrimination and worked for justice and equality,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. “With the proven experience, dedication, and commitment needed to move LGBTQ equality forward, he will stand up in Congress for all of the hard-working families in his district.” More from HRC.

HORRIFYING NEW DATA -- HALF OF TRANS YOUTH IN HAWAII SUFFER FROM HOUSING INSECURITY: The findings are part of a larger state Department of Health report. More from Honolulu Civil Beat.

ILLINOIS PRIEST WHO BURNED RAINBOW FLAG REMOVED FROM POST BY ARCHBISHOP OF CHICAGO: More from CBS Chicago.

FERNDALE, MI, BUSINESS OWNERS RECEIVE ANONYOMOUS ANTI-LGBTQ HATE MAIL: The letters targeted businesses that flew rainbow flags. More from Oakland County Times.

MASSACHUSETTS’ FIRST LGBTQ CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LAUNCHES: More from WWLP.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

INFLUENTIAL SINGAPOREAN DIPLOMAT CALLS FOR REPEAL OF LAW CRIMINALIZING SAME-SEX RELATIONS BETWEEN CONSENTING ADULT MEN: More from South China Morning Post.

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Bankrate reports on the buying power of the LGBTQ community -- and its lack of protections against bias in lending; Arkansas Catholic interviews the founders of a new support group for LGBTQ faithful; The Mercury News profiles Fremont’s first woman and first openly gay police chief; Miami Herald shares that the Miami Dolphins have honored LGBTQ advocate Tony Lima with the Hispanic Legacy Leadership Prize

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