MORNING MUST READ FROM THE GUARDIAN ON TRUMP-PENCE’S ESCALATING ATTACKS ON LGBTQ PEOPLE: “The Trump administration has attacked LGBT rights in healthcare, employment, housing, education, commerce, the military, prisons and sports. These efforts, it turns out, were just the beginning,” writes Guardian’s Sam Levin (@SamTLevin). In the coming months, the Supreme Court will hear three cases on anti-LGBTQ employee discrimination, which several federal courts have previously held violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Trump-Pence administration, however, has asked the Supreme Court to reverse course and strip LGBTQ people of their right to be free from discrimination under federal nondiscrimination law. More from The Guardian.

WHAT THE WHAT? WEDNESDAY -- LUNCH ≠ ACCEPTANCE: The latest talking point from the White House makes the absurd suggestion that by having lunch with a same-sex couple, Mike Pence is somehow relieved of his long, ugly history of anti-LGBTQ animus. In fact, if lunchmates make the man -- remember that just last month, Pence met with three different anti-LGBTQ extremists in five days. More from Business Insider, Metro Weekly and HuffPost.

  • From WaPo’s Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott): “So [Deputy White House press secretary Judd] Deere is either showing how low the bar is for this administration to clear in signaling it’s not hostile to the LGBT community, or he’s throwing supporters who want it a shallow rationale to argue that their standard-bearers aren’t anti-gay.” More from The Washington Post.
  • For more on Pence’s LGBTQ record, check out our report detailing how he’s made attacks on LGBTQ people a centerpiece of his political career.

TRANS WOMAN TO BE MOVED TO WOMEN’S FACILITY AFTER BEING SUBJECTED TO ABUSE BY INMATES, OFFICERS AND OTHER STAFF: The plaintiff, referred to as Sonia Doe in court documents, is represented by the ACLU of New Jersey. More from NBC.

  • And in Idaho, a trans inmate is fighting for live-saving health care while incarcerated: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that failure to provide her transition-related care violates the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits “cruel and unusual punishments.” More from The Washington Post.

JUDGES SAY NORTH CAROLINA’S PARTISAN STATE LEGISLATIVE MAPS ARE UNLAWFUL : More from The Hill.

MTV’s “ARE YOU THE ONE” GIVES HISTORIC REPRESENTATION TO BI+ COMMUNITY, EXPLORES NEEDS AND STRUGGLES OF COMMUNITY: More from Variety.

IN MASSACHUSETTS, EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR INNOVATIVE WAYS TO WELCOME LGBTQ EMPLOYEES: More from The Boston Globe.

ACTOR MALIK YOBA OPENS UP ABOUT DATING TRANS WOMEN, AND THE NEED TO NORMALIZE AND SUPPORT LOVE OF TRANS PEOPLE: “Trans people deserve love and respect as do those who love them!” the actor wrote in a social media post. More from Vibe.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

THE PHILIPPINES’ HIGHEST COURT REJECTS CASE THAT SOUGHT TO LEGALIZE MARRIAGE EQUALITY -- BUT URGES CONGRESS TO ADDRESS: In rejecting the case on technical grounds, the court noted the “constitution does not define, or restrict, marriage on the basis of... sexual orientation, or gender identity,” and that marriage equality “should be addressed to Congress.” More from France 24.

DOCUMENTS REVEAL UK HOME OFFICE HAS REFUSED THOUSANDS OF LGBTQ ASYLUM CLAIMS: At least 3,100 of the claims came from people living in countries that criminalize consensual same-sex relationships. More from The Guardian.

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