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This has been a difficult year for many in the transgender community. Across the country, transgender people, including students, faced an alarming onslaught of legislation and court cases targeting us for discrimination.

In every effort to bully us, lawmakers continued to utilize fear-mongering and scare tactics by claiming discriminatory policies keep people safe, when in reality their actions achieve the exact opposite. Political leaders like North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick have repeatedly claimed that they cannot define “transgender,” and that no clear definition exists.

That simply is not the case. People who are transgender have a gender identity different from our sex assigned at birth. It’s that simple.

We are siblings, parents, and children. We are neighbors, classmates, and colleagues. And most importantly, we are people, worthy of being treated with dignity and respect.

Fortunately, more and more people personally know transgender people -- more than one-third of Americans according to a recent HRC survey. This historic level of visibility is accompanied by increasing acceptance of transgender people.

But despite the increased visibility of transgender people in our daily lives and in society, including celebrities such as Laverne Cox, Caitlyn Jenner or Janet Mock, many in the trans community still face severe discrimination, stigma and violence on a daily basis.

Watch below as HRC supporters speak out and let lawmakers know that #ThisIsTransgender:

Whether you identify as transgender or as an ally, join HRC’s #ThisIsTransgender social media campaign to share your story. Tag HRC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and send your Snapchat snaps to WeAreHRC and include the hashtag #ThisIsTransgender. 


Author: Sarah McBride
Posted: August 30, 2016, 2:00 pm

Post submitted by Associate Director, HRC Global, Jordan Long.

The body of Hande Kader, a prominent LGBTI activist and transgender woman, was found mutilated and burned in a residential neighborhood in Turkey.

Kader was a dedicated advocate for the LGBTI community in Istanbul. When Istanbul Pride was canceled in 2015, Kader was at the forefront of demonstrations demanding protection of the LGBTI community through the historic pride celebration. According to the BBC, Kader was detained at least once as she demanded the right for her and her community to peacefully assemble in Taksim Square.

Chloe Schwenke, a human rights activist and longtime friend of HRC, reflected on Kader’s untimely death in a moving blog post:

“Life for transgender people is hard everywhere. We struggle to find and hold employment, to get access to health care, or to find adequate housing. We struggle to experience safety and to be treated with respect. It’s bad enough to be considered a non-person under the law, and hence unable to participate in the economy, travel, marry, or (in Houston, Texas and some U.S. states) use the public restrooms, but that’s only the surface of a much larger problem. The very presence of transgender people often triggers in those around us who aren’t transgender some deeply buried insecurities and biases about sexuality and gender. These unresolved demons remain entrenched in such people’s psyches, but they make themselves manifest through strident and often vicious stigmatization, humiliation, persecution, exclusion, violence, and even acts of murder targeted at transgender persons. Right here in the United States the levels of violence experienced by transgender women of color are at horrific levels, and are still rising.”

HRC Global has worked closely with activists in Turkey after hosting a fellow from Turkey as part of HRC Global’s Fellowship program. In partnership with the SPoD, an Istanbul-based LGBTI advocacy organization, HRC Global is supporting efforts to adapt HRC’s Municipal Equality Index for use in Turkey.

In recent years, the world has witnessed an increased crackdown on LGBTI organizing in Turkey, including the violent suppression of Istanbul Trans Pride this past June and the cancellation of Istanbul Pride a week later.

Learn more about HRC's work to strengthen the global LGBTQ equality movement through public education, advocacy, fellowships, partnerships and research by visiting www.hrc.org/global.

Read Schwenke’s full blog post and analysis here.


Author: HRC staff
Posted: August 30, 2016, 1:32 pm

HRC was honored to present Colton Haynes with our Visibility Award in Seattle this past weekend. His speech was truly touching and there wasn't a dry eye in the house!

Coming out matters -- especially for the countless LGBTQ kids who watch Colton's shows.

An objective truth remains, that we live in a country where people are sometimes treated differently because of who they are and who they love. When people like Colton use their voice to speak up on behalf of equality, it changes hearts and minds. Congrats again, Colton!

Coming out – whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied – matters. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other.

Whether it's for the first time ever or the first time today, the experience of coming out and living openly covers the full spectrum of human emotion -- from fear to euphoria. Coming out -- whether it is as LGBTQ or allied -- is a deeply personal journey for each individual. Learn more at HRC’s Coming Out Center.

 

 


Author: Kat Skiles
Posted: August 29, 2016, 10:32 pm

Post submitted by Alec Thomson, HRC Regional Field Organizer

Last week, HRC members and supporters came together in Atlanta, Denver,  Las Vegas, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Orlando to plan voter mobilization efforts ahead of November’s election. Meeting participants strategized around building HRC’s volunteer base in their state and brainstormed ideas for supporting endorsed candidates in the weeks leading up to the election. These planning sessions were part of HRC’s unprecedented effort to mobilize pro-equality voters in key races up and down the ballot. HRC members nationwide are committed to this effort and to turning out the pro-equality vote in November.

In HRC’s western region, volunteers came together in Denver, Las Vegas and Phoenix to learn about HRC’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president and the candidates HRC has endorsed in their respective state’s for U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. Since all of these cities are in critical battleground states, the volunteers developed unique plans for strategic voter mobilization efforts.

In Philadelphia, the momentum of the Democratic National Convention carried into a lively meeting of local leaders to talk about mobilizing Philly’s pro-equality vote. Conversations centered around local energy for the election and plans for best utilizing that energy.

As advocates gathered in Orlando for a planning meeting last week, the memory of the tragedy at Pulse nightclub still weighed on everyone's mind. Local advocates was the outpouring of of support for LGBTQ people in the days after the attack on our community. The team brainstormed ideas to tap allies to get them to vote for pro-equality candidates. The spirit behind #OrlandoUnited and #OrlandoStrong can be a rallying cry for Florida voters which will be critical in a battleground state.

In Atlanta, dozens of HRC leaders and community activists gathered to discuss strategies for turning Georgia blue in the upcoming election. Recent polls show that Georgia has the potential to be a competitive battleground state in the November elections and pro-equality voters could make a real difference in the outcome. With a diverse and growing electorate, Georgia leaders are set to mobilize voters for pro-equality candidates. The workshop laid the groundwork for a powerful shift that may turn a historically red state like Georgia blue.

At HRC we know that elections matter. The stakes have never been higher for the LGBTQ community than this election - that's why HRC has aggressive plans to mobilize our members and supporters this fall and there is an important role for you in our effort. Click here to learn more about upcoming workshops in cities across the country.

For more information about our HRC Equality Votes workshops or volunteer opportunities in communities near you, contact Jonathan Shields at Jonathan.Shields@hrc.org.  

Paid for by Human Rights Campaign Equality Votes and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

Author: HRC staff
Posted: August 29, 2016, 9:34 pm

HRC Foundation’s All Children – All Families (ACAF) project is working with Maryland state officials to provide comprehensive staff training to better support LGBTQ youth.

According to The Washington Post, the trainings, which will start next month in Prince George’s county, will include guidance on how to recognize subconscious bias and using the proper language with LGBTQ youth.

“It comes down to education and talking to folks about what acceptance looks like,” Alison Delpercio, deputy director of ACAF, told The Washington Post. “When you talk to parents about that and help them understand even if they have the best interest of children in mind, expressing disgust or disapproval for a young person’s LGBTQ identity is harmful, and it’s the exact opposite of what they are trying to do.”

Research has shown that LGBTQ youth are over-represented in the foster care system. This means that the percentage of youth in foster care who are LGBTQ-identified is larger than the percentage of LGBTQ youth in the general youth population. LGBTQ youth in foster care also face disparities – differences in experiences in care or treatment by the system. Studies show they are more likely to be harassed or discriminated against and they have a higher number of placements (different places they have lived) during their time in care. LGBTQ youth of color are especially vulnerable to multiple forms of discrimination.

LGBTQ youth enter the foster care system for many of the same reasons as non-LGBTQ youth in care, including abuse, neglect, and parental substance abuse. Many LGBTQ youth have the added layer of trauma that comes with being rejected or mistreated because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

HRC’s expert training for child welfare professionals focuses on the knowledge and essential skills social workers need to create affirming and supportive environments for the diverse population of LGBTQ young people in care.

Currently, 21 states have policies or laws barring discrimination against foster youths based on sexual orientation. Only 14 extend those policies to transgender children.

Learn more about HRC’s work to promote LGBTQ cultural competency in adoption and foster care through our All Children–All Families project at hrc.org/acaf.

Click here to read HRC’s issue brief on LGBTQ youth in foster care.


Author: Hayley Miller
Posted: August 29, 2016, 9:00 pm

Post submitted by HRC Regional Field Organizer Hope Jackson

This year, HRC’s Vote Equality campaign is undertaking an unprecedented nationwide effort to mobilize pro-equality voters in key races across the nation. In North Carolina, HRC teamed up with Equality North Carolina (NC) to mobilize voters across the Tar Heel State.

When the North Carolina General Assembly shamefully adjourned without taking action to fully repeal the discriminatory HB2 in July, HRC and Equality NC pledged to elect legislators who would take action against this anti-LGBTQ law. Over the next 75 days, HRC and Equality NC will work together to mobilize pro-equality voters.

In Raleigh, more than 20 local activists and community members gathered just blocks from the General Assembly building and Governor Pat McCrory’s office. Fired up from the legislative battle against HB2, the local community in the Triangle region is ready to mobilize pro-equality voters ahead of the election. For example, two high school students came to learn what they can do to help to repeal HB2. Another two volunteers drove over an hour from the Mebane area to help turnout local pro-equality voters.

For volunteers attending the workshop in Charlotte, the stakes are high in this election. HB2 has directly cost the city of Charlotte millions of dollars. Most recently, the NBA moved the 2017 All Star Game out of Charlotte because of HB2. Residents of Charlotte have had enough and are ready to mobilize for the November election in support of pro-equality candidates.

Polling in North Carolina found that voters have consistently rejected HB2. An August Public Policy Polling survey found that a 58 percent majority think HB2 is hurting the state’s economy. Only 30 percent support HB2 while 43 percent oppose it.

Last week, HRC and Equality NC issued a joint endorsement of Roy Cooper, the Democrat running to replace Governor Pat McCrory.

At HRC we know that elections matter. We’ve come too far to go back now and the stakes could not be higher for the LGBTQ community this election. That's why we have aggressive plans to mobilize our members and supporters this fall and there is an important role for you in our effort. Click here to learn more about upcoming workshops in cities across the country.

For more information about our HRC Equality Votes workshops or volunteer opportunities in North Carolina, contact HRC’s Hope Jackson at hope.jackson@hrc.org.

Paid for by Human Rights Campaign Equality Votes and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

Author: HRC staff
Posted: August 29, 2016, 4:32 pm

1. What inspired you to speak out about your support for Hillary Clinton?

My primary motivation was that I think Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to the Republic and cannot be trusted as Commander in Chief. That said, I also had to look at the host of social issues upon which Secretary Clinton and I agree -- one of which is LGBTQ equality. LGBTQ equality is a red line for me. That doesn’t mean perfection necessarily. It means I need to assure myself that a candidate’s heart is in the right place -- that they either have no history of advocating for or even tolerating a system of second class citizenship, or if they, like me, have made mistakes in the past that they meaningfully owned them and have demonstrated a change of heart through action.    

 

2. You've mentioned reservations about Mr. Trump's vice presidential selection of Mike Pence, who has championed deplorable discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Can you elaborate?

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that Mike Pence signed as Governor of Indiana was a dangerously extreme and mean spirited piece of legislation. One need only look at the people in the room when Pence signed it -- a who’s who of the fringe anti-LGBTQ movement. Its entire purpose was to allow a narrow minded few to deny fundamental rights, like public accommodation to LGBTQ Hoosiers.. Mike Pence participated in a bold faced assault on the LGBTQ community to curry favor with a certain set of the far Christian right in furtherance of a potential presidential bid. As a Christian myself, I find what he did an affront to my faith, and I find it unconscionable.

 

3. Mr. Trump has built his campaign upon false objectives that aim to elicit anger and fear. What are the dangers and consequences of this approach -- of pitting Americans against one another?

Donald’s no fool. He realized all along that he’d never be able to win on his merits. He exploited a vulnerability in the conservative base no other candidate would. Donald simply took the genie out of the bottle and normalized the far right fringe. These are not all bad people. Many of them just don’t know any better and they have been programmed to believe people that don’t look like them are responsible for their problems. When it comes to the LGBTQ community, conservative media has yielded to bigots thinly cloaked as theologians and conditioned to believe that the gay rights movement is an attack on their faith itself. Now that the tide has turned and equal rights for the LGB communities are less controversial, we see the same forces double down on attacking the trans community. The danger of Donald’s strategy is that it normalizes anger, resentment, even bigotry that was previously not socially acceptable. It turned out to be a great strategy to win the primary, and I think it’s a HUGE mistake for those of us who want to see his defeat at all costs to become complacent. People like Donald will do anything to win, and it’s a huge mistake to assume his certain defeat.

 

4. After what may come to be the most divisive presidential election our nation's history -- how do we move forward post-election and why is Hillary Clinton uniquely qualified to lead the way?

She’s shown a willingness to reach out to conservative minded independents and sane Republicans, and that’s what it takes. A great example is when she met with major leaders in law enforcement to hear their concerns – that may not be popular with some, but it was the right thing to do. In taking this meeting, she showed she has the maturity to do what’s necessary to navigate difficult issues, even when doing so is unpopular. That’s what this will take – reaching out to the (sane) right and standing up from time to time to progressives who can sometimes be as unreasonable as the conservative base.

 

5. You've described LGBTQ equality as an issue of morality for you. What's at stake for the progress of civil rights in this election?

The notion of today’s Republican party controlling both houses of Congress and the White House is scary – they’ve simply become way too extreme. It’s not just about LGBTQ equality -- it’s about the right to vote, the right of my daughters (and all women) to determine the course of their own medical care based on their values, not values held by some imposed on all. It’s about who and what we are as a country.  

 

6. You said in your USA Today op-ed that after the withdrawal of your preferred candidate, Gov. John Kasich, your initial instinct was to keep silent. What inspired you to speak out about your support of Hillary Clinton?

Honestly, it was being at the Republican Convention. I went to speak at an event highlighting pro-LGBTQ Republicans, and I’m glad I did. But the content of that convention was as heartbreaking for me as a conservative as it was scary to me as an American, much less a black American. That convention’s theme was “The sky is falling. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Oh, and really be afraid of the Muslims, the Mexicans, the Blacks. And, oh by the way the, Gays are out to take over your churches and take away your guns.” Then when I saw Trump attack the Khan family? It was just too much. I had to say something.

 

7. What are the costs of sitting this Election out?

A country like we haven’t seen since the Civil War. This isn’t an election -- this is an existential battle for the heart and soul of America. Voting isn’t optional. It’s life or death (as to the future of this country as we know it), especially for the LGBTQ Community. I understand that people of my political persuasion have treated the LGBTQ community badly, and it’s inexcusable. Remember, I myself have had to face the reality that I processed a lot of sailors out of the Navy for being gay while I was serving. And that’s a burden I have to carry, but I’ve changed. My heart has changed. Part of the reason my heart has changed is the many guides I had from within the LGBTQ community who were patient with me when I got a letter or a word wrong, who were always there to answer my questions and realized that my effort and intentions were genuine even if imperfect. That’s the standard you should hold conservatives to. Are they on the right path? If so, how can we help get further along? Please, be patient with those of us whose hearts are in the right place when we get a word or a letter wrong. Have some faith that I’m prepared to put my vote, my time and my mouth where my heart is, and that nothing short of full equality for you is acceptable to me.


Paid for by Human Rights Campaign Equality Votes and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.


Author: Kat Skiles
Posted: August 29, 2016, 1:35 pm

Today, HRC and Equality NC, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians, hailed the decision by a federal judge to suspend enforcement of one of the discriminatory provisions of North Carolina’s HB2 law until plaintiffs have an opportunity to fully make their case in court. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder blocked the University of North Carolina (UNC) from enforcing the provision which prevents transgender people from using restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity on UNC property.

“Even though UNC had already stated its intention not to enforce HB2, Judge Schroeder’s decision to block the deeply discriminatory provision guarantees that the student plaintiffs will not face negative consequences when exercising their right to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Instead of wasting tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars trying to defend the indefensible, Governor McCrory and state lawmakers should be working towards fully repealing HB2. They should be spending time working on improving education and growing jobs, not defending HB2 and inflicting further harm on the people, reputation, and economy of North Carolina.”

"Today's decision is an important step towards rectifying the harm HB2 has done to North Carolina -- specifically the LGBTQ people that call North Carolina home,” said Equality NC Director of Advancement Matt Hirschy. “Judge Schroeder's decision confirms that HB2 is a blatant attack on the transgender community. The preliminary injunction will provide much-needed relief to the brave plaintiffs, and we are confident that this is just the beginning in an unfortunately long journey towards a full repeal of the worst anti-LGBTQ law in the nation."

While the University had declared that they did not intend to enforce the provisions of HB2 that would put UNC in violation of its own non-discrimination policies as well as federal civil rights law, they then faced flagrant violation of state law, which could have adverse consequences on precisely the students the University was trying to protect.

In the reasoning for issuing the injunction, Judge Schroeder wrote, “Unless and until UNC openly defies the law, the signs that UNC posts on its bathrooms, showers, and other similar facilities render transgender individuals who use facilities that match their gender identities trespassers, thus exposing them to potential punishment (certainly by other authorities, if not by UNC). In addition, if the trespasser is a student, he or she is subject to discipline under one of UNC’s student codes of conduct, which generally prohibit students from violating federal, State, or local laws."

This preliminary injunction is an early step in a complex case that brings equal protection claims and due process claims, in addition to the allegations that HB2 violates Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

In the more than five months since Governor McCrory and state lawmakers rammed HB2 into law, the economic fallout has continued to grow as companies concerned with protecting their consumers and employees have moved conventions, trainings, operations, productions, and other events out of state. With a recent decision by the NBA to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of the state due to the hostile environment created by HB2, the Tar Heel State lost out on an estimated 100 million dollars in All-Star Game related profits, on top of the at least $329.9 million already lost in business and taxpayer funds used to defend the discriminatory measure. The economic consequences of HB2 continue to mount, and more than 200 major CEOs and business leaders have signed an open letter calling for full repeal of HB2, including many of North Carolina’s largest employers.

Despite the widespread opposition to HB2, the North Carolina General Assembly adjourned its short session in July after refusing to repeal the law, and it is not scheduled to reconvene until January -- leaving tens of thousands of people at risk of discrimination and harm over the months to come. Making only one tweak to the law, the General Assembly has been unwilling to even consider repealing the substance of HB2, including its provision targeting transgender people, and its removal of municipalities’ ability to pass LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination laws and minimum wage ordinances.

To date, there are five separate legal cases surrounding HB2. In May, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed its own suit in federal court, stating that HB2’s state-mandated discrimination against transgender people, including government workers and students, violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1965, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Violence Against Women Act of 2011. Joined by 68 major companies, HRC filed an amicus brief in support of DOJ’s effort to block some of the most egregious and discriminatory components of HB2.


Author: Stephen Peters
Posted: August 26, 2016, 10:42 pm

At the invitation of the U.S. State Department, HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse spent a week in Kathmandu supporting ongoing efforts of LGBTQ Nepali activists and allies to ensure that last year’s LGBTQ-inclusive constitution is transformed into supportive laws and policies. While in Nepal, Rouse was able to share experiences from the American LGBTQ movement and ideas on how advocates can work with government leaders to advance the commitments contained in the country's new constitution.

Nepal's new constitution includes provisions that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender or sexual minority status. Despite this recent victory, LGBTQ people in Nepal face a range of challenges, including a lack of visibility, lack of official recognition of same-sex relationships and the challenges in accessing health and HIV services for transgender people. Nepali LGBTQ rights groups such as Blue Diamond Society and CORE Nepal are working to change this by engaging with government officials, the judiciary, the media and other civil society groups.

“Nepal is a beautiful country filled with caring people,” Rouse said. “It was both an honor to share perspectives and a privilege to meet face-to-face with Nepal’s leaders and especially with LGBTQ Nepalis. While geographically a great distance away, I felt so connected to Nepal and its people. We are one human family.”

U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Alaina Teplitz hosted a dinner reception for Rouse at her residence. The Attorney General, Home Secretary and a variety of civil society and LGBTQ leaders attended the dinner.

Senior staff and board members from Nepal’s largest LGBTI organization, Blue Diamond Society, met with Rouse and briefed him on their work and successes, including the Supreme Court verdict in 2007 that granted LGBTQ people wide protections and rights. Rouse also met with board members at CORE Nepal, an organization working on LGBTI rights, with a focus on lesbian and trans men issues.

Rouse met with officers at Nepal Police Headquarters to discuss bias-motivated crimes, a former attorney general to discuss LGBTQ constitutional rights, members of the youth councils of various political parties, representatives from 14 South and Central Asian countries at a model U.N. conference and attended a presentation by Search for Common Ground/USAID of "Singha Durbar," a 13-part TV series that included an openly gay character.

The trip ended with Rouse marching at the head of the annual Gaijatra Nepal Pride Parade. He marched alongside former Nepali first lady and member of parliament Hisila Yami, U.S. Ambassador Teplitz, LGBTQ activists, diplomats and allies. About 1,000 people participated in the march which started in the tourist district of Thamel and ended in the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Basantapur Square which was damaged by last year's devastating earthquakes.

HRC's trip to Nepal is part of HRC Global's ongoing work across the world to support local activists in their efforts to improve the lives of LGBTQ people. For more information on our work, visit hrc.org/Global.

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Author: Saurav Jung Thapa
Posted: August 26, 2016, 9:15 pm

HRC will participate in a rally at the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., this weekend on behalf of refugees entitled the DC Rally 4 Refugees.

HRC Global Director Ty Cobb will deliver remarks at the rally, and will focus on helping LGBTQ refugees flee dangerous areas and find freedom and safety in the United States. HRC members and supporters are welcomed and encouraged to join.

"Our support for refugees is crucial at this moment in our history," said Cobb. "It seems that the forces trying to close our doors are growing stronger every day, and it is so important that we raise our voices in support of keeping those doors open to LGBTQ people and others who face persecution and violence abroad. We have always served as a refuge and a beacon for oppressed people and we cannot abandon that now."

According to the event organizers, the the rally will "raise awareness about the global refugee crisis, and urge U.S. action -- at home and overseas -- to alleviate suffering through relief efforts and refugee resettlement."

Events this week served as a gruesome reminder of the grim reality facing LGBTQ people in some parts of the world when four men were reportedly thrown from buildings in ISIL-controlled areas in Iraq, after having been accused of homosexuality. 

HRC recently released a document providing background on the situation facing LGBTQ Iraqis and Syrians under ISIL control, which included a series of recommendations for the U.S. government, the United Nations and others. The primary focus of those recommendations is helping LGBTQ people flee the most dangerous areas and find refuge in more LGBTQ-friendly places.

HRC also hosted a summit in June to focus attention on the issue, and issued recommendations for the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program in May.

Organizers are spreading the word on social media using the hashtags #DCRally4Refugees and #StandForHumanity. More than 50 organizations are supporting the event, including HRC, HIAS, the International Rescue Committee, the International Refugee Assistance Program, Amnesty International USA, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.


Author: Jeremy Kadden
Posted: August 26, 2016, 8:30 pm

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Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:14 am
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Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:03 am
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