1. “I will not forget what happened at Stonewall or what happened at Pulse — or any of the countless physical assaults, emotional taunts, and bullying endured by homosexual fellow citizens over the generations. I will not forget North Carolina’s passage of House Bill 2 or the trickle-down of hateful rhetoric inspired by these laws that causes children to take their own lives rather than continue to face the torment of bullies at school. I will not forget the 24 transgender Americans murdered this year alone.” Sen. Chuck Schumer was named Senate Minority Leader on Wednesday morning, succeeding the retiring Sen. Harry Reid. Here’s a powerful op-ed Schumer wrote in The Advocate yesterday on his vow to keep fighting for LGBT equality in the face of last week’s election letdown.
2. Buzzfeed reports that tech companies, led by Salesforce and Paypal, are holding a national summit of business and LGBT leaders today to discuss strategies to defeat anti-LGBT bills before state legislatures convene in January.