FROM THE WASHINGTON BLADE -- “NEW HRC PRESIDENT LIGHTS UP CROWD AT NATIONAL DINNER”: Reports Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnson82), “Alphonso David energized the room at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual national dinner Saturday night, receiving thunderous applause as he announced new initiatives for LGBTQ people facing challenging times. As much of Washington reels from the Ukraine-call scandal that has landed President Trump at the center of an impeachment inquiry in Congress, the new president of the Human Rights Campaign made himself a beacon of hope for the estimated 3,500 people in attendance at the 23rd national dinner.” Read more at the Washington Blade and watch David’s speech here.

  • Also on stage Saturday at the HRC National Dinner were featured speaker Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer); actress Dominique Jackson (@tyraaross), who received the HRC National Equality Award; global superstar Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin), who received the HRC National Visibility Award; and special guests Jake Choi (@TheJakeChoi) and Ryan Russell. More from HRC.
  • Awwww!! Ricky Martin announced from the stage that he and husband Jwan Yosef are expecting their fourth child. "Alright!" he said, drawing cheers. "I love big families." More from ENews.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- HRC ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH STACEY ABRAMS AND FAIR FIGHT TO COMBAT VOTER SUPPRESSION: Through the partnership, HRC will make a six-figure investment in Fair Fight’s crucial work and leverage HRC’s existing resources and staff power. Founded by Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams), Fair Fight promotes fair elections in Georgia and around the country, encourages voter participation in elections and educates voters about elections and their voting rights. More from HRC and The Washington Post.

HRC JOINED THOUSANDS OF ADVOCATES AND ALLIES AT NATIONAL TRANS VISIBILITY MARCH: HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) and HRC Foundation Co-Chair Jodie Patterson (@jodie_GeorgiaNY) delivered remarks, and HRC staff, supporters and volunteers marched and rallied alongside national and local civil rights organizations, and thousands of registered attendees. More from HRC, Washington Blade and WAMU.

HRC SUPPORTS FORMAL IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY OF DONALD TRUMP AND  INVESTIGATION OF OTHERS, INCLUDING MIKE PENCE, IN UKRAINE SCANDAL:  “These are serious allegations that, if true, thoroughly compromise the national security of the United States, the constitutional process, and the integrity of our electoral framework. The safety and well-being of our democracy is at stake,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). More from HRC.

HEARTBREAKING -- BISEXUAL TEEN DIES BY SUICIDE AFTER BEING OUTED ONLINE: The family of Channing Smith told local Nashville station WTVF that he was outed online after confiding in a few friends that he was bisexual. More from The Advocate.

POLICE IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, ARREST MAN IN BRUTAL ATTACK FRIDAY ON PERSON BELIEVED TO BE LGBTQ: Eric Shaun Bridges is charged with attempted murder in connection with the attack on the person, who was severely beaten and “tied to the bumper of a minivan and dragged for two blocks before the rope was cut and the victim was left lying in the street,” reports News4Jax. The horrific crime came just days after police made an arrest in one of three fatal attacks on transgender women in Jacksonville last year. More from CBS47 and News4Jax.

ICYMI -- AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION DECLARES VIOLENCE AGAINST TRANS PEOPLE AN EPIDEMIC: So far in 2019, advocates have tracked at least 18 violent deaths of transgender people; 17 of these victims have been Black transgender women. More from Axios.

  • Arrest made in case of trans violence in Washington, D.C.: Besufikad Beshanu Tujuba, 23, has been charged with robbery and simple assault after attacking two transgender women, making transphobic comments and stealing one of the victims’ purses. More from Washington Blade.
  • Texas leads the nation in highlight number of transgender murders. In the past five years, more transgender people have been killed in Texas than any other state. More from Dallas News.

STACEY ABRAMS, JANET MOCK, ZACH STAFFORD, OTHER LGBTQ ADVOCATES AND ALLIES MAKE THE ROOT 100 LIST: Additional honorees include Steven Canals, Janelle Monáe, Blair Imani, Lena Waithe, Ritchie Torres, Angelica Ross, Maya Rupert, Naomi Washington-Leapheart and Raniyah Copeland. More from The Root.

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NEW ESPN SHORT FILM “MACK WRESTLES” TELLS STORY OF TRANS ATHLETE MACK BEGGS: Watch here.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
POLISH POLICE PROTECT PRIDE MARCHERS, ARREST 30 ANTI-LGBTQ PROTESTERS AT LUBLIN PRIDE AS TENSIONS RISE AHEAD OF THE COUNTRY’S UPCOMING ELECTION: More from Reuters.

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