Top LGBTQ Headlines You Might Have Missed This Week: Dec. 12-16, 2016

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  1. Inspiration
    Mama Dragons stand up for Mormon LGBTQ youth...Pittsburgh city council bans so-called “conversion therapy” for minors…LGBTQ workplace equality momentum...LGBTQ, allied actors shine in Golden Globe noms…”If a queer daughter of Mexican immigrants can be elected...the American dream is alive”...Home cooked meals for NYC’s LGBTQ community…16 inspirational voices for LGBTQ equality in 2016…Cherokee Nation recognizes marriage equality...Texas rep. pre-files bill to ban so-called “conversion therapy.”
  2. Transgender Equality
    Kentucky’s Republican Governor Matt Bevin slams anti-transgender laws...Transgender athlete granted refugee status...Transgender young people featured in NatGeo special edition…Anti-LGBTQ group withdraws lawsuit against Massachusetts measure protecting trans people…
  3. Around the Globe
    Marriage equality march in Taiwan...New Zealand’s prime minister now supports marriage equality...HRC honors global LGBTQ advocates on Human Rights Day.....Russia pressures U.N. Security Council to remove “LGBT” reference in tribute to outgoing Sec-Gen Ban Ki-Moon...2016 milestones -- one billion people live in places with marriage equality...Australia to recognize all overseas marriages equally....Leading anti-LGBTQ activist launches effort to export hate abroad.
  4. U.S. News
    United Against Hate in Mississippi...New HRC report: Equality opponents ramp up state efforts to sanction discrimination against LGBTQ people...Remembering Pulse nightclub tragedy 6 months later...“Anti-LGBTQ man attacks inclusive church--“Trump gave him permission”...NC Gov.-elect Roy Cooper slams NC GOP’s “ominous” power grab..Louisiana judge strikes down governor’s executive order protecting LGBTQ state workers...Roy Moore’s desperate attempt to undo his suspension from the AL Supreme Court
  5. Federal Headlines
    Senate must ensure Rex Tillerson is committed to global LGBTQ equality...Congress expands authority to deny visas and freeze assets of human rights violators...With Rick Perry pick, Trump adds yet another anti-LGBTQ cabinet appointee…HRC hails appointment of equality champions Catherine Lhamon and Debo Adegbile to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights…Federal appeals court in Atlanta to decide sexual orientation discrimination case…Five of Trump’s anti-LGBTQ picks you need to know about...