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Photo: Sarah Rice for The Washington Post/Getty Images

On the first day of LGBTQ Pride month commemorating the Stonewall Riots, 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) released her LGBTQ rights agenda.

Why it matters: Gillibrand used the policy outline to juxtapose herself against President Trump and his administration when it comes to LGBTQ rights.

Equal Rights:

  • Vowed to sign the Equality Act if elected.
  • Plans to ask the Department of Justice to consider gender identity and sexual orientation as a protected class.
  • Remove Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the military and work to end discrimination against service members with HIV.
  • Federally recognize third gender in identification documents: "X."

Families and kids:

  • Codify marriage equality, ensuring that Obergefell v. Hodges cannot be overturned.
  • Per the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, she wants to make sure taxpayer-funded adoption and child welfare agencies cannot discriminate against foster or adoptive families. Gillibrand also wants to eradicate discrimination against LGBTQ children in the foster care system.
  • Require insurance companies to cover fertility treatments for LGBTQ couples. Hospitals would also offer gender neutral parental forms in every state.
  • Address and increase funding for mental health and suicide among LGBTQ kids, and have the Department of Education issue anti-bullying guidelines.
  • Expand protection for LGBTQ students under Title IX.
  • A nationwide ban on "conversion therapy."
  • Allow students to use bathrooms and lockers that match their gender identity.

Health care:

  • Ensure funding for Planned Parenthood and Title X. Eliminate Trump's gag rule on Title IX.
  • Require insurance companies to cover hormone therapy for transgender patients.
  • Encourage the Food and Drug Administration to repeal a blood donation ban against LGBTQ Americans.
  • Propose an increase in funding for HIV/AIDs research and treatment.

Safety:

  • Task the DOJ with prosecuting hate crimes against LGTBQ people and people of color.
  • Fully fund the programs under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
  • Speak about LGBTQ rights internationally and take the matter up with nations who are persecuting people.
  • Focus on homelessness among LGBTQ people.

Go deeper: Kirsten Gillibrand on the issues, in under 500 words

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Parkland shooting victims' families settle suit with school district

A makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2020. Photo: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Families and survivors of a 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., reached a $25 million settlement in their lawsuit against the Broward County school district Monday, per the South Florida SunSentinel.

Why it matters: The deal was reached in the suit over the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High after the school district won a Florida Supreme Court ruling that could have capped damages at $300,000 in total without approval from the state legislature, AP notes.

Texas Republicans pass new congressional maps in their favor

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The Texas House voted 84-59 late Monday to approve new congressional district maps that reduce the number of districts with Black and Hispanic majorities, per the Texas Tribune.

Why it matters: The legislation comes after recent census figures found Texas' growing diverse population doesn't bode well for Republicans, who then worked to protect incumbents with the redrawn maps.

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North Korea's military fires another ballistic missile into sea

A woman in Seoul, South Korea, walks past a television image if North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty Images

North Korea's military fired at least one ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, per multiple reports.

Why it matters: Pyongyang's latest in a series of recent missile launches happened hours after U.S. officials emphasized their commitment to restart negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which have stalled since talks broke down during the Trump administration, AP notes.