Top LGBTQ Headlines You Might Have Missed This Week: May 15-19 2017

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  1. The Trump Administration 🏛️
    Trump leaks classified info to Russians, while failing to condemn failure to stop torture & murder of gay men in Chechnya...Notre Dame students plan walkout of Pence’s commencement speech over anti-LGBTQ views...HRC calls for investigation into Trump Campaign ties to Russia…Legislation to protect LGBTQ people from credit discrimination reintroduced in Congress…Trump is proposing a backdoor Muslim ban -- again...Trump expands ‘Global Gag Rule’ putting millions at risk worldwide.
  2. Global Equality 🌎
    Inspiring story of a gay couple forced to flee Iraq...Singapore blocks LGBTQ visitors from participating in equality rally...Indian city transit reserves jobs for trans community...New polling shows growing acceptance of LGBTQ Nigerians...Global Respect Act reintroduced in Congress…Lithuania becomes first country to grant asylum to gay/bi men fleeing violence in Chechnya…Political leaders in the Gambia support repeal of anti-LGBTQ law…Canada to issue apology for past anti-LGBTQ discrimination.
  3. Transgender Rights 💗💙
    HRC files amicus brief with major companies supporting Gavin Grimm...First federal hate crime conviction for murder of transgender person…HRC & NEA support trans youth with National Day of Reading of children’s book “I Am Jazz”…New report highlights behavioral health disparities of gender expansive youth…Rep. Jackie Speier reads “I Am Jazz” on House floor to support transgender youth...17 states & DC join ‘friend of the court’ brief supporting Gavin Grimm.
  4. LGBTQ Public Figures🏳️‍🌈🎬
    Janet Mock & Carson Kressley judge Miss USA Pageant...Actress Alia Shawkat comes out as bisexual...Jim Parsons marries longtime partner Todd Spiewak...HRC to honor ABC News’ Robin Roberts with visibility award...Actor Keiynan Lonsdale comes out in powerful instagram post.
  5. Equality from State to State 🇺🇸
    HRC Youth Ambassador fighting to end bullying in schools/legislature...Gallup: Support for marriage equality hits new high...Assault on LGBTQ rights in TX legislature...Midwest conference focuses on LGBTQ indigenous communities...NC Gov Cooper calls for LGBTQ protections, after signing law banning them...National Latinx orgs oppose TX anti-LGBTQ bill...NV gov signs bill banning “conversion therapy”...LA sheriff’s dept. enacts policy protecting LGBTQ community.