Top LGBTQ Headlines You Might Have Missed This Week: June 12-16, 2017

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  1. The Trump Administration 🏛️
    DeVos’ comments signal Dept of Ed will not follow federal law…The LGBT Pride Act would combat violence, suicide…Reuters exposes atrocities inflicted by Chechen officials on gay and bisexual men -- Trump administration continues to turn blind eye…Commerce Dept. Removes LGBTQ protections from EEO statement -- then restores them after blowback in media, from HRC.
  2. Global Equality 🌎
    First-hand accounts from gay Chechens on NPR...British labour party to Theresa May -- don’t abandon LGBTQ equality...South Korean military using dating apps to target LGBTQ soldiers…Cambodia to teach students about LGBTQ issues...Leo Varadkar becomes Ireland’s first openly gay PM…Brunei LGBTQ advocates discuss anti-LGBTQ laws...Despicable -- Putin claims his ‘duty’ is to stop marriage equality…Serbia could name first openly lesbian prime minister.
  3. Transgender Rights 💗💙
    AMA officially opposes policies that harm transgender people…Danica Roem could become only openly trans state legislator…Jazz Jennings hopes her show will change hearts and minds…HRC mourns Kendra Adams, trans woman murdered in Ithaca, N.Y…New report -- ‘Tackling Transphobia in the Heartland’.
  4. Equality from State to State 🇺🇸
    HRC-endorsed Ron Nirenberg elected mayor of San Antonio…Anti-trans bill jeopardizes NFL draft in TX…Sen. Kaine introduces legislation to protect LGBTQ people from housing discrimination…Jared Polis announces gubernatorial run…HRC supports conference in MS focusing on Black LGBTQ health…Openly gay Atlanta firefighter changing hearts and minds…TX Gov. Greg Abbott signs discrimination into law…Savannah, GA to open LGBTQ center…Same-sex couples are still fighting for equality on birth certificates.
  5. LGBTQ Equality in Entertainment 🌟
    Janet Mock releases newest book...Leann Rimes debuts ‘Love is Love is Love’ music video…Lambda Literary Awards announces winners…New novel explores horrors of so-called “conversion therapy.”
  6. Healthcare & the LGBTQ Community🏥🌡
    Game changer -- FDA approves generic to treat and prevent HIV…NYU using trans actors to train medical students…ICYMI -- Politico ad urges senators to vote no on AHCA…More than 60 orgs join HRC to oppose American Health Care Act.
  7. #UniteResistEnlist 👊 ✊ 💪
    HRC kicks off Summer of Action with Weekend of Action across the nation...HRC President Chad Griffin urges massive #ResistMarch crowd in LA to transform passion to “defend and advance equality for all”...HRC turns out in force for National Equality March in D.C...Gay N.J. police officer honored at Pride after facing discrimination.
  8. One Year Later: Remembering Pulse 🏳️‍🌈🕯
    Remembering those lost on June 12, 2016, in the Pulse tragedy...Across the country -- communities honor those lost on June 12, 2016 in the Pulse tragedy…Addressing gun violence against the LGBTQ community…New video from HRC and Everytown -- It’s Time to Disarm Hate.