Top LGBTQ Headlines You Might Have Missed This Week: June 5 - 9, 2017

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  1. The Trump Administration 🏛️
    Federal courts moving to affirm LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections…Betsy DeVos again refuses to rule out giving taxpayer money to anti-LGBTQ private schools…Trump celebrates LGBTQ Pride with his closest anti-LGBTQ activist buddies…Well, Secretary Tillerson, it’s a start…HRC’s Chad Griffin to Ivanka Trump -- tweets don’t make you an ally.
  2. Global Equality 🌎
    Ireland makes history -- Varadkar poised to become first openly gay prime minister…#EyesOnChechnya--One of first Chechens to escape violence spoke with AFP about his experience…Bermuda registers first-ever same-sex marriage…Twitter town hall with all 5 Nordic U.S. ambassadors…Pulling U.S. from U.N. Human Rights Council could endanger lives around globe…Nigerian writer abducted for pro-equality essay released…Malta’s prime minister signals support for marriage equality.
  3. A Bit More Global Equality 🌎
    Extremists looking to export hate to Cuba…Warsaw holds biggest LGBTQ pride parade yet...HRC joins international coalition condemning Indonesia’s anti-LGBTQ abuses…U.S. man who helped write Uganda’s anti-LGBTQ measures violated international law, but can’t be sued here…U.N. expert reports on LGBTQ rights in Geneva…Germany grants visa to gay Chechen escaping violence...Scottish episcopal church will allow same-sex couples to marry...Romanian equality groups lobby parliament on marriage equality.
  4. Transgender Rights 💗💙
    Court dismisses lawsuit against gym’s transgender-inclusive locker room policies…United Methodist Church commissions nonbinary person as deacon…Trans woman writes love letter to her body…Retired generals write to Sec. Def. Mattis -- don’t delay accepting trans recruits…Illinois to simplify birth certificate changes for trans people…Laverne Cox blazes the trail for black transgender women.
  5. Equality from State to State 🇺🇸
    Ohio awards first-ever LGBTQ civil rights historic marker…The Wash Post profiles Rep. Scott Taylor, R-VA, newest co-sponsor of Equality Act…Texas Gov calls special session to discriminate against trans people…HRC endorses Ron Nirenberg for San Antonio mayor…HRC mourns Kenne McFadden, trans woman murdered in San Antonio…It is time for the Equality Act…“A big apple a day” -- NYC launches LGBTQ healthcare “bill of rights.”
  6. LGBTQ Equality in Entertainment 🌟
    Netflix buys documentary honoring Marsha P. Johnson…This week in ‘Huh?’ -- former world champ claims lesbians out to recruit with tennis…DJ GRiZ comes out as gay…Feel Good Friday -- MTV’s ‘Promposal’ features same-sex couple...Laverne Cox narrates video series honoring Pride.
  7. Healthcare & the LGBTQ Community🏥🌡
    HRC offers free webinars for social service providers with LGBTQ clients…HIV funding is critical if we want to achieve an HIV-free generation…New report -- bipartisan experts support paid family leave…PrEP is “Essential Medicine,” says World Health Organization.
  8. One Year Later: Remembering Pulse 🏳️‍🌈🕯
    A beacon of strength and hope…One year after Pulse, HRC president urges community to honor victims with action...The Advocate interviewed Pulse survivors, as well as LGBTQ celebrities...NPR’s Storycorps features Emily Addison, who lost her partner Deonka Drayton in the Pulse violence...HRC joins Everytown, Moms Demand Action and broad coalition marking #DisarmHate week June 12-18.