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Human Rights Campaign Endorses Sen. Gary Peters for Reelection

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 12:06

HRC announced its endorsement of Sen. Gary Peters’ bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Peters has been a steadfast ally for the LGBTQ community throughout his time in public service and his tenure in the U.S. Senate. In 2018, Peters signed on as a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, crucial federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBTQ people under our nation's existing civil rights laws. Senator Peters has joined Senate and House colleagues in sending amicus briefs to the Supreme Court in support of marriage equality in both the DeBoer v. Snyder and Obergefell v. Hodges cases. In July 2019, he signed on to an amicus brief opposing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the cases of Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda, and R.G.& G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

“Senator Gary Peters has been one of our community's strongest advocates in the United States Senate, and we’re proud to stand by his side as he runs for reelection,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “As a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, Senator Peters’ demonstrated record of support for LGBTQ people and families stands in stark contrast with his opponent, who has refused to support non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. The Human Rights Campaign is committed to mobilizing the nearly 1.1 million Equality Voters across Michigan to send Gary Peters back to the U.S. Senate to continue moving equality forward for all Americans.”

“I'm so honored to have Human Rights Campaign's endorsement in this race,” said Sen. Gary Peters. “I'm proud of the progress we've made in advancing the rights of the LGBTQ community and will continue to fight any efforts to roll them back. We must reach full equality for all because no one should ever face discrimination for who they are or who they love.”

HRC has prioritized investments and organizing in Michigan for more than two years including multiple in-state staffers. In 2018, HRC made the most significant electoral investments in our history, mobilizing 1.1 million Equality Voters in Michigan to defeat John James and elect an entirely pro-LGBTQ slate to statewide office. Pro-equality candidates defeated anti-LGBTQ candidates in every single one of HRC’s targeted federal and statewide races in Michigan. 

John James, who is running for U.S. Senate again in 2020, has taken the support of anti-LGBTQ mega-donors with open arms. Last year, news broke that a Richard Uihlein funded PAC was launching a significant  TV buy against pro-equality Sen. Gary Peters. Uihlein has also donated tens of millions of dollars to anti-LGBTQ extremist groups across the country. 

Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC (www.hrc.org) and authorized by PETERS FOR MICHIGAN

Human Rights Campaign Endorses Sen. Gary Peters for Reelection

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 12:06

HRC announced its endorsement of Sen. Gary Peters’ bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Peters has been a steadfast ally for the LGBTQ community throughout his time in public service and his tenure in the U.S. Senate. In 2018, Peters signed on as a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, crucial federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBTQ people under our nation's existing civil rights laws. Senator Peters has joined Senate and House colleagues in sending amicus briefs to the Supreme Court in support of marriage equality in both the DeBoer v. Snyder and Obergefell v. Hodges cases. In July 2019, he signed on to an amicus brief opposing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the cases of Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda, and R.G.& G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

“Senator Gary Peters has been one of our community's strongest advocates in the United States Senate, and we’re proud to stand by his side as he runs for reelection,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “As a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, Senator Peters’ demonstrated record of support for LGBTQ people and families stands in stark contrast with his opponent, who has refused to support non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. The Human Rights Campaign is committed to mobilizing the nearly 1.1 million Equality Voters across Michigan to send Gary Peters back to the U.S. Senate to continue moving equality forward for all Americans.”

“I'm so honored to have Human Rights Campaign's endorsement in this race,” said Sen. Gary Peters. “I'm proud of the progress we've made in advancing the rights of the LGBTQ community and will continue to fight any efforts to roll them back. We must reach full equality for all because no one should ever face discrimination for who they are or who they love.”

HRC has prioritized investments and organizing in Michigan for more than two years including multiple in-state staffers. In 2018, HRC made the most significant electoral investments in our history, mobilizing 1.1 million Equality Voters in Michigan to defeat John James and elect an entirely pro-LGBTQ slate to statewide office. Pro-equality candidates defeated anti-LGBTQ candidates in every single one of HRC’s targeted federal and statewide races in Michigan. 

John James, who is running for U.S. Senate again in 2020, has taken the support of anti-LGBTQ mega-donors with open arms. Last year, news broke that a Richard Uihlein funded PAC was launching a significant  TV buy against pro-equality Sen. Gary Peters. Uihlein has also donated tens of millions of dollars to anti-LGBTQ extremist groups across the country. 

Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC (www.hrc.org) and authorized by PETERS FOR MICHIGAN

HRC Endorses Rep. Ben Ray Luján for U.S. Senate

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 11:44

Today, HRC announced its endorsement of Rep. Ben Ray Luján in his bid for the U.S. Senate.

Rep. Luján has been a steadfast ally for the LGBTQ community throughout his time in public service and his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2018, Luján signed on as a co-sponsor and voted in favor of the Equality Act, crucial federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit, protections for LGBTQ people under our nation's existing civil rights laws. Luján has demonstrated unprecedented leadership for transgender immigrants by standing up against Trump's draconian policies. These policies have disproportionately harmed transgender migrants, who have faced violence by being forced to live in facilities that do not provide services consistent with their gender identity.

“Congressman Luján has been one of our community's strongest advocates in the United States House of Representatives, and we’re proud to stand by his side as he runs for the Senate,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “As a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, Congressman Luján’s demonstrated record of support for LGBTQ people and families stands in stark contrast with his opponents, who have refused to support non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people despite over 73% of New Mexicans supporting those protections. The Human Rights Campaign is committed to mobilizing the nearly 439,000 Equality Voters across New Mexico to send Congressman Luján to the U.S. Senate to continue moving equality forward for all Americans.”

“I am deeply humbled to receive the support of the Human Rights Campaign - a venerable ally in the ongoing fight to achieve equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals,” said Congressman Ben Ray Luján. “The Human Rights Campaign was a critical partner during the 2018 cycle as we worked to secure a House Democratic majority that reflected the diversity of our country. When in the U.S. Senate, I will continue to advance legislation like the Equality Act that secures the innate civil rights of all people.”

 

Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC (www.hrc.org) and authorized by PEOPLE FOR BEN.  

HRC Endorses Jaime Harrison for U.S. Senate

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 11:22

Today, HRC announced its endorsement of Jaime Harrison in his bid for the U.S. Senate.

Jaime Harrison has been a steadfast ally for the LGBTQ community throughout his time in public service and his tenure as Associate Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Harrison has committed to co-sponsoring and voting for the Equality Act if elected, crucial federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit protections for LGBTQ people under our nation's existing civil rights laws. As Director of Floor Operations and Counsel of the U.S. House, Harrison guided the landmark Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act to its successful passage.

“Jaime Harrison has been among the strongest advocates for LGBTQ equality and we’re proud to stand by his side as he runs for Senate,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Harrison’s demonstrated record of support for LGBTQ people and families stands in stark contrast with his opponent, who has refused to support non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people despite over 58% of South Carolinians supporting those protections. The Human Rights Campaign is committed to mobilizing the nearly 289,000 Equality Voters across South Carolina to send Jaime Harrison to the U.S. Senate to continue moving equality forward for all Americans.”

“I am honored to receive Human Rights Campaign’s endorsement and look forward to working together to ensure equality for all, no matter your sexual orientation or gender identity,” Harrison said. “One of the greatest honors of my life was leading the effort to pass the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. As Senator, I will continue the fight to create a world where LGBTQIA+ students, service members and workers can be their true, authentic selves.”

 

 Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC (www.hrc.org) and authorized by JAIME HARRISON FOR US SENATE.  

HRC Endorses Sen. Doug Jones for Reelection

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 10:53

Today, HRC announced its endorsement of Sen. Doug Jones’ bid for reelection to the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Jones has been a steadfast ally for the LGBTQ community throughout his time in public service and his tenure in the U.S. Senate. In 2018, Jones signed on as a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, crucial federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit, protections for LGBTQ people under our nation's existing civil rights laws.

“Senator Doug Jones has been one of our community's strongest advocates in the United States Senate, and we’re proud to stand by his side as he runs for reelection,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “As a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, Senator Jones’ demonstrated record of support for LGBTQ people and families stands in stark contrast with his opponents, who have long histories of using their power and offices to attack LGBTQ people at every opportunity. The Human Rights Campaign is committed to mobilizing the nearly 200,000 Equality Voters across Alabama to send Doug Jones back to the U.S. Senate to continue our work moving equality forward for all Americans.”

“I am grateful for Human Rights Campaign’s endorsement and for the work they do to champion equality for all,” said Sen. Doug Jones. “I have fought for the rights of all Alabamians and all Americans my entire career, and as Alabama’s U.S. Senator I will continue to stand against hate and discrimination and work for One Alabama.”

In the Alabama special election for U.S. Senate in 2017, HRC organized more than 20 GOTV events — including phone banks, canvasses, and community events in the closing weeks of the campaign. For two months, more than 160 HRC volunteers and 11 HRC staff worked to reach the nearly 200,000 “Equality Voters” across Alabama — a voting bloc comprised of not only the 100,000 LGBTQ voters in the state but also the thousands of additional allies HRC has identified statewide. HRC also partnered with allied civil rights organizations, including the NAACP of Alabama and others, to increase voter turnout.

From attacking marriage equality, to denying a lesbian mother custody of her child, to calling for the criminalization of LGBTQ people, Roy Moore has made a career out of peddling hate and attacking LGBTQ Alabamians. During his first bid for the Senate in 2017, Moore took his extremism one step further by aligning himself with Vladimir Putin -- who initiated a brutal crackdown on LGBTQ Russians and is complicit in the torture and murder of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya -- specifically citing both of their views on LGBTQ rights.

Jeff Sessions was among the most vociferously anti-LGBTQ members of the Trump administration during his scandal-plagued tenure as Attorney General. While serving, Sessions supported giving citizens a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people solely because of who they are. He reversed Obama era rules banning discrimination against transgender people. He opposed including LGBTQ people in federal hate crime laws, despite numerous transgender people being killed in his own state due to anti-trans bias. For more on Sessions’ horrific LGBTQ record, go to HRC's “Sessions Report.

 

 Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC (www.hrc.org) and authorized by DOUG JONES FOR SENATE COMMITTEE.  

Human Rights Campaign Endorses Mark Kelly for U.S. Senate

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 10:46

HRC announced its endorsement of Mark Kelly in his bid for the U.S. Senate.

Mark Kelly has been a steadfast ally for the LGBTQ community throughout his life and in his work with Giffords helping protect Americans from gun violence. Kelly has committed that should he be elected, he would co-sponsor and vote in favor of the Equality Act, crucial federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit, protections for LGBTQ people under our nation's existing civil rights laws. 

“Mark Kelly has been one of our community’s strongest advocates and we’re proud to stand by his side as he runs for Senate,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Kelly’s demonstrated record and commitment of support for LGBTQ people and families stands in stark contrast with his opponent, who has refused to support non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people despite over 68% of Arizonans supporting those protections. The Human Rights Campaign is committed to mobilizing the 800,000 Equality Voters across Arizona to send Mark Kelly to the U.S. Senate to continue moving equality forward for all Americans.”

“I'm proud to earn the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign and the trust that comes along with it to be a voice for equality in the United States Senate,” said Mark Kelly. “Arizona is one of dozens of states where our LGBTQ neighbors aren't protected from discrimination because of who they are. It's wrong that LGBTQ Arizonans can be married one day and fired for that marriage the next. Together we'll fight to ensure that LGBTQ Arizonans have equal protections under the law and the opportunity to earn a living and raise a family without fear.”

HRC has prioritized investments and organizing in Arizona for more than two years, and had 18 staff on the ground in the state in the closing days of the 2018 election as part of the largest grassroots expansion in the organization’s history. In the final four days of GOTV in Arizona, HRC members and supporters completed over 450 volunteer shifts and knocked on over 12,000 doors for then-Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s successful bid to become the first openly bisexual U.S. Senator. HRC volunteers also sent over 43,000 text messages in the final weeks. Working with scores of partner organizations, HRC also led field organizing efforts around the state to mobilize voters in support of HRC-backed, pro-equality champions including Senator Sinema, Representatives Kirkpatrick and Stanton, and others who will fight for LGBTQ rights, and for the rights and welfare of all Arizonans.

 Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC (www.hrc.org) and authorized by MARK KELLY FOR SENATE

#AM_Equality Tipsheet: January 23, 2020

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 10:39

HRC ANNOUNCES U.S. SENATE ENDORSEMENTS IN PUSH FOR PRO-EQUALITY MAJORITY: “Across America, LGBTQ people are fired from jobs, refused essential services like health care, and vulnerable to violence because of Senator McConnell’s failure to bring the Equality Act up for a vote,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “When these candidates are elected as part of a pro-equality majority, the U.S. Senate can pick up where the House left off and finally pass the Equality Act.” HRC’s endorsements include these Senate candidates and incumbents: Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL); Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI); Jaime Harrison (D-SC); Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM). More from Politico.

GENRE BENDING ARTIST JANELLE MONÁE WILL BE HONORED WITH THE HRC EQUALITY AWARD AT HRC’S 2020 LOS ANGELES DINNER: “A highly celebrated and influential artist, Janelle Monáe (@JanelleMonae) is an icon who has used her global platform to share a message of celebrating authenticity and embracing all of who we are,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Through her activism on initiatives that work to inspire civic engagement and advance gender justice, Janelle has been a guiding force for positive change.” More from Washington Blade, Metro Weekly, The Advocate and HRC

  • Media interested in covering the 2020 Los Angeles Dinner please RSVP to Viet Tran at viet.tran@hrc.org

Janelle Monáe’s unapologetic realness and authenticity has encouraged all of us to embrace who we are.

We are proud to honor this icon with the HRC Equality Award at the 2020 @HRCLosAngeles Dinner.

�� Congratulations, @JanelleMonae! ��https://t.co/cRX82T1u7Y

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) January 23, 2020

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- UTAH BECOMES 19TH STATE TO PROTECT YOUTH FROM “CONVERSION THERAPY”: “This is a hopeful day for Utah’s LGBTQ youth, and we’re grateful to the leadership of Equality Utah and others on the ground who have been working tirelessly to make this day a reality,” said HRC President Alphonso David. More from The New York Times and HRC

HALLMARK CHANNEL CEO STEPS DOWN FOLLOWING BACKLASH OVER DECISION TO PULL AD FEATURING SAME-SEX COUPLE: Last month, after thousands expressed their outrage over Hallmark’s decision, the company issued an apology and reversed its decision. More than 70,000 people had joined HRC’s letter-writing campaign to condemn Hallmark’s anti-LGBTQ decision. More from Soaps, NBC and HRC.

Bill Abbott's departure from Hallmark just months after the disastrous and wrongheaded decision to censor an ad on their network featuring a loving, same-sex couple continues to make clear: opposing equality isn't just wrong, it's bad for business.

— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) January 22, 2020

SYRACUSE MAN SENTENCED FOR ANTI-LGBTQ MOTIVATED ATTACK ON SAME-SEX COUPLE: More from Syracuse.com.

HRC JOINED ADVOCATES AT THE 2020 NAESM CONFERENCE ON HEALTH DISPARITIES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: More from HRC

.@HRC was proud to attend the 2020 @naesm_inc African American MSM Leadership Conference on Health Disparities and Social Justice to hear more about the experience of gay Black men living HIV & AIDS. #naesm pic.twitter.com/ih2CqeBI6M

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) January 21, 2020

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APPLE TV DOCUMENTARY TRACKS EVOLUTION OF LGBTQ REPRESENTATION ON TV: “Visible: Out on Television,” a five-part documentary, will be released Feb. 14. More from Deadline and ABC News

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

SOUTH KOREAN MILITARY DISCHARGES SOLDIER FOR BEING OPENLY TRANSGENDER: In a press conference, the soldier vowed to appeal the decision. More from the BBC

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TooFab spotlights an interview with YouTube Star NikkieTutorials (@NikkieTutorials) on coming out, growing up transgender

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HRC Announces Senate Endorsements in Effort to Achieve Pro-Equality Majority

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 10:16

HRC announced multiple endorsements of candidates and incumbents in their bid for seats in the U.S. Senate.

Last year, the U.S. House passed the Equality Act, historic and crucial federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBTQ people under our nation's existing civil rights laws. But rather than giving LGBTQ people a fair shot, Sen. McConnell has blocked the bill from coming up for a vote. With a new pro-equality Senate majority, we have the opportunity not just to pass the Equality Act, but ensure access to quality, affordable health care is protected, common sense gun safety legislation can be considered, voting rights can be advanced, and anti-equality judges are not put on our federal courts and the Supreme Court.

HRC-Endorsed Candidates for U.S. Senate

  • Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL)
  • Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)
  • Jaime Harrison (D-SC)
  • Mark Kelly (D-AZ)
  • Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM)
  • Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN -- previously endorsed)

“Across America, LGBTQ people are fired from jobs, refused essential services like health care, and vulnerable to violence because of Senator McConnell’s failure to bring the Equality Act up for a vote,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “When these candidates are elected as part of a pro-equality majority, the U.S. Senate can pick up where the House left off and finally pass the Equality Act. HRC is working to mobilize 57 million Equality Voters nationwide to turn out this November and ensure our candidates win because lives are on the line.”

In the 2018 midterms, HRC helped register more than 32,000 voters and recruited more than 4,200 volunteers, who worked over 8,500 shifts and clocked more than 30,000 volunteer hours. In the critical final four days of the campaign, HRC staff and volunteers in get-out-the-vote efforts alone knocked on more than 80,000 doors, and held 36,400 conversations with voters at their doors and by phone on behalf of our endorsed candidates. HRC's unprecedented grassroots mobilization represented an investment of approximately $26 million to recruit volunteers, mobilize constituents, register voters and grow the organization's grassroots army in an all-out effort to pull the emergency brake on the hateful anti-LGBTQ agenda of the Trump-Pence administration and elect a Congress that would hold them accountable.

 

 Paid for by HRC PAC (www.hrc.org) and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee  

HRC to Honor Genre Bending Artist Janelle Monáe with the HRC Equality Award at the 2020 LA Dinner

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 08:55

Today, HRC announced that award-winning singer, actor, producer, performer, and activist Janelle Monáe will be honored with the HRC Equality Award at the 2020 HRC Los Angeles Dinner on Saturday, March 28 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. 

“A highly celebrated and influential artist, Janelle Monáe is an icon who has used her global platform to share a message of celebrating authenticity and embracing all of who we are,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Through her activism on initiatives that work to inspire civic engagement and advance gender justice, Janelle has been a guiding force for positive change. We are incredibly excited to honor Janelle Monáe with the HRC Equality Award at the 2020 Los Angeles Dinner.”

As a “queer Black woman in America,” Janelle Monáe has been a powerful voice on the importance of LGBTQ visibility and representation. In releasing her 2018 album “Dirty Computer”, which was nominated for two Grammy awards, she dedicated the album to young LGBTQ people struggling to live their authentic selves. “I want young girls, young boys, nonbinary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracized or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you,” Monáe told Rolling Stones.   

An 8-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, performer, activist, actor and fashion icon, Janelle Monáe is one of the most celebrated artists of our time and is known worldwide for her inimitable style and visionary sound. This spring Monáe will star in her first leading role in the upcoming social thriller Antebellum. She will also lead her first television series as “Jackie” in season 2 of Amazon’s critically acclaimed series from Sam Esmail, Homecoming.  Later this year, Monáe will appear in upcoming Gloria Steinem biopic The Glorias: A Life on the Road, in which she plays Dorothy Pitman Hughes. She most recently appeared in Kasi Lemmon’s acclaimed film Harriet, for which she has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Her most recent album “Dirty Computer” was nominated for two Grammy awards in the categories of “Album of the Year” and “Best Music Video.” Monáe is currently a co-chair for When We All Vote, an organization dedicated to increase participation in every election and close the race and age gap by changing the culture around voting, and leads the Fem the Future initiative with her artist collective Wondaland, the initiative empowers female media creatives and filmmakers and furthers the conversation about opportunity for all those who identify as women within arts, music, and film.

Set to take place at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, the 2020 HRC Los Angeles Dinner, the first since HRC opened its Los Angeles office, brings together HRC’s most active members and supporters in the greater Los Angeles area to raise crucial funds in the fight for LGBTQ equality. Tickets and further information are available at http://www.hrcladinner.com/


HRC Lauds Adoption of Utah Regulations Protecting Youth from So-Called ‘Conversion Therapy’

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 13:11

Today, the Human Rights Campaign praised the adoption of Utah regulations that protect LGBTQ youth from the dangerous, debunked practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” Utah now becomes the 19th state (plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) to adopt a law or regulation against this harmful practice. 

“No child should be subjected to so-called ‘conversion therapy,’ which has been debunked and condemned by every major medical and mental health association,” said Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “This is a hopeful day for Utah’s LGBTQ youth, and we’re grateful to the leadership of Equality Utah and others on the ground who have been working tirelessly to make this day a reality. Now, we have to continue to push for laws and regulations in every state and jurisdiction in the United States, so that no youth will be forced to endure this dangerous practice anymore.” 

There is no credible evidence that conversion therapy can change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. To the contrary, research has clearly shown that these practices pose devastating health risks for LGBTQ young people resulting in depression, decreased self-esteem, substance abuse, homelessness, and suicidal behavior. The harmful practice is condemned by every major medical and mental health organization, including the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, and American Medical Association.

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico all have laws or regulations protecting youth from this harmful practice. A growing number of municipalities have also enacted similar protections, including over sixty cities and counties in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin.

According to a recent report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, an estimated 20,000 LGBTQ minors in states without protections will be subjected to conversion therapy by a licensed healthcare professional if state officials fail to act. Last year, national organizations representing millions of licensed medical and mental health care professionals, educators, and child welfare advocates declared their support for protections against conversion therapy.


#AM_Equality Tipsheet: January 22, 2020

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 10:27

BLACK GAY TEENAGER SHOT AND KILLED IN LOUISIANA, FAMILY WANTS FBI INVESTIGATION, CITING LOCAL SHERIFF’S CONFLICTS OF INTEREST: Ja’Quarius Taylor, 17, described as “loving, funny and full of life”, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head near a lake on Jan 12, reports Jade Cunningham (@Cunningham_JL) of 4WWL in New Orleans.  The family, from Washington Parish north of New Orleans, said in a statement issued by their attorney: “The family has a legal team to help ensure a full, fair, and just investigation is happening. We hope the FBI will get involved because of the perceived conflicts of interest and family relations the local sheriff may have. We're looking at this as a hate crime based on the race and sexual orientation of Ja'Quarius Taylor." Read and watch more at 4WWL.

A Washington Parish family wants answers after their 17-year-old son was shot and killed. What his classmates had to say coming up at 6 on @WWLTV pic.twitter.com/YHllZFAWoL

— Jade Cunningham (@Cunningham_JL) January 21, 2020

RECORD NUMBER OF FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES NOW PROTECT TRANS EMPLOYEES: HRC’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index reports that 91% of Fortune 500 companies have explicit gender identity non-discrimination protections in their company policies. In total, 98% of the companies HRC reviewed offer similar protections for transgender employees, up from 5% in 2002. Read more from Sam Manzella (@_sammanzella) at NewNowNext.  

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- HRC IN DAVOS TO ADVOCATE FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY: HRC is in Davos this week for the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting where government leaders, CEOs and other decision-makers gather to address the most pressing issues on the global agenda. HRC President Alphonso David, along with several HRC staffers, are on-the-ground to ensure that LGBTQ equality is at the forefront of that agenda. Also in Davos yesterday, HRC launched the 2020 Corporate Equality Index at an event hosted by the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality. More from HRC

NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY SIGNS LEGISLATION BANNING “LGBTQ PANIC” LEGAL DEFENSE: “We will always stand with our LGBTQ+ community and promote full equality for all our residents,” said Murphy (@GovMurphy). “‘LGBTQ panic’ defenses are rooted in homophobia and abhorrent excuses that should never be used to justify violence against vulnerable populations. With this new law, we are enacting critical measures to protect our friends and neighbors in the LGBTQ+ community.” More from NJ.gov.

HRC JOINS THOUSANDS OF LGBTQ ACTIVISTS FROM THE U.S. AND AROUND THE WORLD AT 2020 CREATING CHANGE CONFERENCE: More from Washington Blade

We had a great time at Creating Change #CC20
✔️ meeting advocates
✔️ sharing best practices
✔️ learning emerging trends
✔️ meeting you! pic.twitter.com/hEvywzzxHQ

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) January 21, 2020

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49ERS’ KATIE SOWERS TO MAKE HISTORY AS FIRST FEMALE AND OPENLY LGBTQ PERSON TO COACH AT A SUPER BOWL: "No matter what you do in life, one of the most important things is to be true to who you are," Sower (@KatieSowers) told Outsports in 2017 when she publicly came out. "There are so many people who identify as LGBT in the NFL, as in any business, that do not feel comfortable being public about their sexual orientation." Sower was the second woman hired as a full-time coach for an NFL team and the first openly LGBTQ coach in the league’s history. More from CBS.

Congratulations to @49ers assistant coach @KatieSowers, who will become the first female and first openly gay coach to compete in the #SuperBowl! ��️‍����

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) January 21, 2020

POSE CO-CREATOR STEVEN CANALS TO PARTNER WITH 20TH CENTURY FOX TV: “I’m grateful to be partnering with 20th to continue creating original content that centers diverse voices and moves the industry’s needle toward more inclusion and equity,” Canals (@StevenCanals) told Deadline. Pose made history for featuring the largest number of trans actors ever cast in regular roles for a scripted series. More from Deadline

BROADWAY POWER COUPLE RICHIE JACKSON AND JORDAN ROTH ON TRUMP ATTENDING THEIR WEDDING AND RAISING A GAY SON: Richie shares with The Daily Beast the experience of Trump attending his 2012 wedding as a friend of his new father-in-law, and writing Gay Like Me for his son, who is growing up the era of Trump-Pence.It has been very painful,” Richie wrote, looking back at Trump’s attendance at the wedding. “It is a complete betrayal that some people in our family continue to support him.” More from Tim Teeman (@TimeTeeman) from The Daily Beast

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

KOSOVO BASIC COURT OF PRISHTINA AFFIRMS TRANSGENDER RIGHTS IN LANDMARK DECISION: In December, the court affirmed the right of transgender citizen Blert Morina to change his name and sex marker on personal identification documents. More from Kosovo 2.0

OTTAWA TO BE HOME TO CANADA’S NEW LGBTQ NATIONAL MONUMENT: More from Ottawa Citizen

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Entertainment Weekly reports that RuPaul’s Drag Race icon and superstar RuPaul (@RuPaul) to host SNL for the first time; Iowa Democrats shares a special message from LGBTQ and Deaf advocate Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) to Iowa voters

For the first time in #IACaucus history, we are offering people who need an accommodation a chance to request one for their caucus site. Just one more way these will be our most accessible caucuses in @iowademocrats history. Thank you @NyleDiMarco for helping to spread the word! https://t.co/knB0pxOm8M

— Troy Price (@troymprice) January 21, 2020

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HRC Heads to Davos to Advocate for LGBTQ Equality

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 17:04

HRC is in Davos for the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting where government leaders, CEOs and other decision-makers gather to address the most pressing issues on the global agenda. HRC President Alphonso David, along with several HRC staffers, will be on-the-ground to ensure that LGBTQ equality is at the forefront of that agenda.

This week, HRC launched the 2020 Corporate Equality Index at an event hosted by the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality. David will also join leadership from Clifford Chance to discuss our joint efforts to promote LGBTQ equality through global impact litigation. Throughout the week, the HRC team will be meeting with other key influencers to press on issues of equality, including the importance of paid leave for members of the LGBTQ community, and releasing a white paper on the topic.

Follow @AlphonsoDavid, @TheBeckBailey and @tywesleycobb on Twitter for live updates and stay tuned to this blog post to learn more about LGBTQ rights discourse at #WEF20.

Glad to sit down with @jchatterleyCNN in Davos during the @wef annual meeting to launch the @HRC Corporate Equality Index. #LGBTQ #WEF2020 pic.twitter.com/2Oe8zi8C9K

— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) January 21, 2020

#AM_Equality Tipsheet: January 21, 2020

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 10:07

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID RELEASES  RECORD-BREAKING CORPORATE EQUALITY INDEX AT WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM IN DAVOS: At an event hosted by the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality, David (@AlphonsoDavid) announced that a record 686 of America’s leading companies and law firms are continuing to advance vital and rigorous policies and practices to protect their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workers -- both at home and abroad, according to the HRC Foundation’s newly-released 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). “From supporting LGBTQ civil rights protections in the U.S. through HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act, to featuring transgender and non-binary people in an ad in Argentina, to advocating for marriage equality in Taiwan -- businesses understand their LGBTQ employees and customers deserve to be seen, valued and respected not only at work, but in every aspect of daily life,” said David. More from HRC.

Glad to sit down with @jchatterleyCNN in Davos during the @wef annual meeting to launch the @HRC Corporate Equality Index. #LGBTQ #WEF2020 pic.twitter.com/2Oe8zi8C9K

— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) January 21, 2020

TUESDAY TWEET -- HRC HONORED LIFE AND LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WITH DAY OF SERVICE: “More than half a century ago, our nation was moved by a preacher who stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and shared his dream of a day when his children would be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Since the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke those words in 1963, we as a nation have made great progress in our journey toward full equality, but we know that we have much further to go.” More from KUSI and HRC.

As Americans across the country come together for a day of service to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we must recommit ourselves to making his dream of justice and equality a reality for all. #MLKDay pic.twitter.com/jMjvTfTexY

— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) January 20, 2020

GET CULTURED - Entertainment, arts and sports news!

LAVERNE COX (@Lavernecox) TO STAR IN UPCOMING COMEDY SERIES CLEAN SLATE: More from On Top Magazine.

PRIOR MEMBERS OF HRC PARENTS FOR TRANSGENDER EQUALITY NATIONAL COUNCIL TO PUBLISH CHILDREN’S BOOK: Calvin, was written by JR (@MrJRFord) and Vanessa Ford (@VanessaFordDC). More information here

FORTUNE FEIMSTER ON BECOMING THE LGBTQ REPRESENTATION SHE NEEDED IN THE WORLD: “There was no representation, no seeing yourself out there in the world,” Feimster (@fortunefunny) on the lack of LGBTQ representation in pop culture. “I think if I had had a platform like that to watch when I was young where you see people like you, I think I probably would have come out sooner.” Read more from Matt Wilstein (@mattwilstein) at The Daily Beast

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

SWEDISH PRINCESS MAKES HISTORY WITH FIRST VISIT TO LGBTQ ORGANIZATION: More from PinkNews.

SOUTH KOREA TO DECIDE STATUS OF SERVICE FOR AN OPENLY TRANSGENDER SOLDIER: South Korea currently bans transgender people from joining its military but has no specific regulations on individuals who transition during their time in service. More from Hyung-jin Kim (@hyungjin1972)  at the Associated Press.

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The Advocate spotlights Los Angeles LGBT Center (@LALGBTCenter) opening a new community center to serve LGBTQ people of color

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HRC President Alphonso David Releases Corporate Equality Index at World Economic Forum in Davos

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 09:00

At an event hosted by the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, HRC President Alphonso David today announced that a record 686 of America’s leading companies and law firms are continuing to advance vital and rigorous policies and practices to protect their LGBTQ workers -- both at home and abroad, according to the HRC Foundation’s newly-released 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI).

This year, the highest number of companies in the CEI’s 18-year history earned top scores of 100 in the survey, the nation’s premier measure of LGBTQ workplace inclusion, besting last year’s total of 572 by more than 100. These companies -- including 214 Fortune 500 companies and 123 of the nation’s top 200 law firms -- have been designated a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality. Their efforts on behalf of their LGBTQ workers come at a time when the Trump-Pence administration is continuing its sustained attack on LGBTQ people -- from a “license to discriminate” order targeting LGBTQ people as they go about their daily lives to proposing federal regulations to remove protections for LGBTQ employees of federal contractors. These companies have additionally weighed in on global equality and paid family leave.

“These companies know that protecting their LGBTQ employees and customers from discrimination is not just the right thing to do -- it is also the best business decision. In addition, many of these leaders are also advocating for the LGBTQ community and equality under the law in the public square,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “From supporting LGBTQ civil rights protections in the U.S. through HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act, to featuring transgender and non-binary people in an ad in Argentina, to advocating for marriage equality in Taiwan -- businesses understand their LGBTQ employees and customers deserve to be seen, valued and respected not only at work, but in every aspect of daily life.”

For the first time, HRC this year is giving special recognition to the 11 companies that earned top marks on all three of HRC’s workplace equality assessments: the CEI, as well as Equidad MX and Equidad CL. HRC’s groundbreaking Equidad program recognizes Latin American companies and U.S. multinational companies for their work in Mexico and Chile. 

“Transforming industry and society takes more than any one organization alone. It takes consistent and sustained effort to overcome longstanding injustices that are codified in bodies of law or embedded in dominant cultural norms,” said Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, Microsoft Chief Diversity Officer. “The Corporate Equality Index sets forth a common standard that I hope all organizations embrace -- challenging us to constructively disrupt systems, drive change within our business and the places where we do business --to be more fair, more caring and more human.”

More than 260 top businesses -- including 191 that earned top scores on the CEI -- are also corporate supporters on the Equality Act, critically important bipartisan legislation that would finally add clear, comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people to our nation's civil rights laws. While the Supreme Court decides whether LGBTQ people are protected by federal employment non-discrimination law, these companies are holding the line for their employees and their families. 

Other key findings revealed in the 2020 CEI:

  • The 686 companies who earned a 100 on the CEI represent 12.4 million employees nationally, 11.9 million globally and earn a combined estimate of $12.9 trillion in revenue. 
  • Eighty-three companies participated in the CEI for the first time in 2020 with 36 debuting at a score of 100 -- including Etsy Inc., Peloton Interactive Inc. and Stop & Shop, and Warner Music Group.
  • Of all Fortune 500 companies, 93% have sexual orientation in their U.S. non-discrimination policy, and 91% have gender identity.
  • The average CEI score for all Fortune 500 companies increased from 67 to 71 in the past year -- with actively participating Fortune 500 companies having an average score of 90, up from 88 last year.

Over the last several years, CEI-rated companies have dramatically expanded their support for transgender workers. This year 89% percent of companies participating in the CEI offer at least one health care policy that is inclusive of their transgender workers, and 85% percent met stringent criteria that requires all blanket exclusions of medically-necessary care for transgender workers be removed from all health policies the company offers -- up from 73% last year.

The CEI rates companies and top law firms on detailed criteria in four broad categories:

  • Non-discrimination policies
  • Employment benefits
  • Supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility including public commitment to LGBTQ equality
  • Responsible citizenship

The full report is available online at www.hrc.org/cei.


HRC Honors Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With Day of Service

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 07:46

Today, HRC announced that hundreds of HRC volunteers will take part in nearly 30 community service events across the nation in a day of service and action honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“More than half a century ago, our nation was moved by a preacher who stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and shared his dream of a day when his children would be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Since the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke those words in 1963, we as a nation have made great progress in our journey toward full equality, but we know that we have much further to go.”

“Today, as Americans across the country come together in a day of service to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King, we must all recommit ourselves to making his dream of justice and equality a reality for all,” David said. “At the Human Rights Campaign, we are fighting for a future where every LGBTQ person is able to live up to their full potential without fear of discrimination. It was Dr. King who said that ‘human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability.’As our community faces some of our toughest battles yet, let us keep Martin Luther King’s vision at the center of all that we do as we continue our efforts to make his dream a reality for all.”

Joining national movement partners such as the NAACP, the National Black Justice Coalition, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and organizations across the country, HRC is proud to celebrate this day of service that honors the powerful legacy and transformative vision of Dr. King. 

With the support and involvement of HRC members and supporters, volunteers nationwide will be giving back to their communities through a range of service projects and amplifying the work that local organizations and leaders are undertaking for the most marginalized groups of the LGBTQ community. Efforts include organizing clothing and toiletries donation drives; assembling and distributing care packages of travel-size hygiene items, school supplies and winter accessories; and participating in beautification and small renovation projects.

HRC will partner with over 30 service providers and local organizations across 27 cities and regions in living out the values of justice and equality that Dr. King so tirelessly championed. 

As we honor his legacy of service, HRC is also working to carry forward Dr. King’s vital work for justice and access at the ballot box. Ahead of the critically important upcoming 2020 election, HRC and Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight are partnering to help combat voter suppression. This partnership is bringing together the organizations’ expertise in voter protection and voter mobilization to ensure fair and open elections in 2020 and beyond.

For more information about service projects around the country, visit hrc.org/MLKDayOfService.


#AM_Equality Tipsheet: January 17, 2020

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 10:05

HRC -- NEW TRUMP-PENCE REGULATIONS UNDERMINE LGBTQ RIGHTS: Yesterday, the Trump-Pence White House announced the publication of proposed rules revising the regulations that guide the participation of faith-based organizations as service providers of federally funded programs. Said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid): “The right to believe and to exercise one’s faith is a core American value. The right to discriminate with taxpayer dollars is not. These regulations would dismantle meaningful protections for beneficiaries of these federally funded programs and strip away basic notice requirements designed to ensure that beneficiaries know their rights to be free from discrimination and their right to an alternative, non-religious provider. Taxpayer funds should not be used to allow discrimination.” More from HRC and Advocate.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- POSE ACTOR AND SINGER DYLLÓN BURNSIDE RECEIVES HRC VISIBILITY AWARD AT SOUTH FLORIDA DINNER: In remarks at the dinner, he shared a (super) powerful message to LGBTQ people everywhere. Watch Burnside’s (@dyllonburnside) acceptance speech here. More from South Florida Gay News.

WATCH: Pose star Dyllón Burnside faced rejection after coming out, but he says that his LGBTQ identity is one of his greatest strengths.

Watch @DyllonBurnside talk about his superpower and the power of visibility and community. pic.twitter.com/GjHVCujEZ6

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) January 16, 2020

FAST COMPANY ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR ‘QUEER 50’ -- CELEBRATING LGBTQ WOMEN AND NON-BINARY PEOPLE IN BUSINESS: More from Fast Company.

AT CREATING CHANGE CONFERENCE IN DALLAS -- ADVOCATES HOLD RALLY TO CALL ATTENTION TO EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE AGAINST TRANS AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING COMMUNITY: More from Dallas Morning News.

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MEXICO AND MONTERREY SOCCER PLAYER JESUS GALLARDO SUSPENDED FOR TWO GAMES FOR ANTI-LGBTQ CHANTS: More from ESPN.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS FINDS LITHUANIA VIOLATED CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS BY FAILING TO INVESTIGATE ANTI-LGBTQ HARASSMENT: More from ILGA Europe.

CHILEAN SENATE VOTES TO MOVE FORWARD WITH BILL TO LEGALIZE MARRIAGE EQUALITY: More from Telesur.

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DW interviews openly gay Guatemalan Congressman, Aldo Davila (@AldoDavilagt); Reuters profiles the “Unnie Choir,” a Korean LGBTQ choir that uses song to advocate for equality

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New Trump-Pence Regulations Undermine LGBTQ Rights

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 18:35

HRC responded to the Trump-Pence White House announcing the publication of eight proposed rules revising the regulations that guide the participation of faith-based organizations as service providers of federally funded programs.

“Today’s new regulations proposed by the Trump-Pence White House roll back existing protections for LGBTQ and other people seeking government services and benefits,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “The right to believe and to exercise one’s faith is a core American value. The right to discriminate with taxpayer dollars is not. These regulations would dismantle meaningful protections for beneficiaries of these federally funded programs and strip away basic notice requirements designed to ensure that beneficiaries know their rights to be free from discrimination and their right to an alternative, non-religious provider. Taxpayer funds should not be used to allow discrimination.”

Today’s announcement is the latest effort in a three-year campaign by the Trump-Pence administration to sanction discrimination against LGBTQ people under the guise of religion. In 2017, Donald Trump issued an Executive Order directing Jeff Sessions to look across the federal government and assess ways in which the administration could license discrimination in federal programs. In early 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the creation of a so-called “Conscience” Division and accompanying regulation. This rule empowers health care providers--doctors, nurses, and even non-medical support staff like receptionists--to deny even potentially life-saving care to LGBTQ people, women and other vulnerable communities on the basis of the worker’s personal beliefs, as well as a regulation to permit HHS to continue supporting federally-funded programs that discriminate against those groups.

HRC has been chronicling the Trump-Pence administration’s onslaught of attacks on the LGBTQ community here: http://www.hrc.org/timelines/trump.


#AM_Equality Tipsheet: January 16, 2020

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 10:19

HRC -- SENATE MUST ENSURE THOROUGH, FAIR IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF TRUMP: “This is a nation of laws, built on a promise in the Constitution that no one is above accountability -- especially those elected to serve the American public,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “The Senate’s constitutional role in adjudicating the President’s actions is vital in preserving this accountability. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and all Senators have a duty to ensure this trial is conducted with full transparency and includes all witnesses and presentation of other evidence necessary to uncover the truth. The American people deserve leaders who uphold the rule of law, and that includes the president of the United States.” More from HRC.

The Senate has a duty to ensure this trial is conducted with full transparency & includes all witnesses & presentation of other evidence. The American people deserve nothing less. https://t.co/QE3SAFoHt8

— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) January 15, 2020

CRITICAL NEW HIRES EXPAND HRC’S IMPACT: HRC has hired Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1) as Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative, Michael Vazquez (@mvsebastian) as Director of HRC Foundation's Religion and Faith Program, Jason Starr (@jasonestarr) as Litigation Director and Elizabeth Bibi (@elizlbibi) as Senior Advisor for Communications, New York.  Starr and Bibi will work out of HRC’s newly-launched office in New York. Said HRC President Alphonso David: “These talented advocates will dramatically enhance the Human Rights Campaign’s impact in the courts, our communities, in houses of worship and throughout the media.” More from Politico Playbook

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...Some ~personal news.~ Really excited to be a part of the @HRC team. pic.twitter.com/3XE3vIe3Lt

— Elizabeth Bibi (@elizlbibi) January 16, 2020

TRUMP ROUNDUP

“CORRUPT BACK CHANNEL” -- ANTI-LGBTQ GROUP “CATHOLIC VOTES” HOSTS RECEPTION AT TRUMP HOTEL: “The reality is Catholic voters overwhelmingly support full non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people,” HRC President Alphonso David said in comments to the Washington Post. “[T]he fact that this corrupt back channel exists in the first place is the deeper problem.” More from Jonathan O'Connell (@OConnellPostbiz) at The Washington Post.

STEPHEN MILLER IS STILL A WHITE NATIONALIST: In leaked emails, Trump’s senior White House adviser used several white nationalist talking points, claiming, for example, that immigrants would “replace existing demographics” and showing continued support of birthright citizenship. More from HuffPost.

  • You hate to see it -- Trump campaign hire has suuuuuper anti-LGBTQ history: Jenna Ellis, Trump’s new senior legal advisor for his re-election campaign, called the Stonewall Inn’s designation as a national monument a “celebration of sin” and testified in support of the dangerous practices of so-called “conversion therapy.” More from NBC

THIRD ARREST MADE IN CHRISTMAS EVE KILLING OF BRONX GAY MAN: The victim, Juan Fresnada, 60, was killed on Christmas Eve after leaving a McDonald’s with his partner. More from Gay City News.

CHICAGO MAYOR’S OFFICE TO BEGIN YEAR-LONG STUDY INTO SETTING ASIDE CONTRACTS FOR LGBTQ-OWNED BUSINESSES: In a speech, Lori Lightfoot shared her experience as a Black lesbian, and said the “pie is big enough to slice it in lots of other ways.” The city has similar programs for minority- and women- owned businesses. More from the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun Times.

2020 STATEHOUSE ROUNDUP

VIRGINIA TRANS WOMAN DESCRIBES HOW PROPOSED NONDISCRIM PROTECTIONS WOULD CHANGE HER LIFE: The Virginia Values Act would modernize the state’s human rights laws and provide nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people in public employment and housing and also create nondiscrimination protections in private employment and public accommodations for all Virginians. More from WTVR.

NEW JERSEY LEGISLATURE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES BILL TO BAN ANTI-LGBTQ “PANIC DEFENSE”: It now heads to Gov. Phil Murphy to sign into law. More from NJ.com

BIPARTISAN KENTUCKY BILL TO PROTECT YOUTH FROM DANGEROUS “CONVERSION THERAPY”: More from Lexington Herald Leader.

TRANSPHOBIC BILL IN SOUTH DAKOTA WOULD BLOCK MINORS FROM LIVE-SAVING CARE: “(Transgender) kids and families should be given the opportunity to thrive in South Dakota," Libby Skarin, policy director for the ACLU of South, said in a statement. “This legislation only stands to harm them and make their lives harder.” More from The Associated Press.

ANTI-LGBTQ MISSOURI LAWMAKERS SEEK TO BAN TRANS STUDENTS FROM PARTICIPATING IN SPORTS: The bill would force trans students to participate in sports based on the gender listed on their birth certificate. More from St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

DC COUNCIL PROPOSAL WOULD UPDATE DISTRICT CODE WITH GENDER-NEUTRAL LANGUAGE: More from Fox 5 DC.

OPENLY TRANS VA DELEGATE DANICA ROEM TALKS ABOUT HER VOTE TO RATIFY THE ERA: The Virginia Assembly voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment yesterday. More from WFIR.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

SHOCKING NEW REPORT FINDS THAT MORE THAN 300 HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES WERE KILLED IN 2019: More from The Guardian.

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South Florida Gay News interviews LGBTQ advocates helping relief efforts following Puerto Rico’s recent earthquake; The Bay Area Reporter reviews ChoirMaster, a new book with LGBTQ themes; them. previews upcoming Netflix shows and movies with LGBTQ temes

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HRC Expands Impact With Critical New Hires

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 08:45

Today, HRC announced the hiring of four accomplished advocates to fill key roles as the organization deepens and broadens the scope of its work nationally. HRC has hired Tori Cooper as Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative, Michael Vazquez as Director of HRC Foundation's Religion and Faith Program, Jason Starr as Litigation Director and Elizabeth Bibi as Senior Advisor for Communications, New York.  Starr and Bibi will work out of HRC’s newly-launched office in New York.

These dynamic leaders are part of the expanded initiatives recently announced by HRC’s new president Alphonso David, including the creation of an impact litigation department and the deepening of the organization’s work on transgender and racial justice.

“Tori, Jason, Michael and Elizabeth all bring significant experience and clear commitment to their work at this pivotal time for our movement,” said Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “These talented advocates will dramatically enhance the Human Rights Campaign’s impact in the courts, our communities, in houses of worship and throughout the media. With the LGBTQ community facing discriminatory attacks and the most important election of our lifetime this November, we are privileged to welcome them to the HRC team and look forward to their central role in our work in 2020 and beyond.”

In his first official act as HRC’s president, David embarked on a national tour of seven key cities to meet with and rally HRC members, advocates, voters and pro-equality candidates.

This tour, as well as ongoing conversations with community leaders, members and partners, led to the launch of several initiatives to advance equality, empower and support our community’s most marginalized members, protect foundational rights and institutions of our democracy and expand our national footprint. To advance David’s priorities, HRC will be:

  • Deepening and expanding HRC’s work dedicated to seeking justice for transgender people with new initiatives that address their urgent needs, specifically in communities deeply affected by racism, sexism and transphobia. This major effort will be rooted in collaborative, community-based work focused on economic empowerment; capacity-building programs; targeted task forces in many of the communities hardest hit by the epidemic of anti-trans violence; and expanded public education campaigns.
  • Expanding HRC’s legal efforts by joining with seven of the nation’s top law firms to bring strategic impact litigation challenging anti-LGBTQ legislative and policy actions domestically and internationally, including the relentless attacks on LGBTQ equality by the Trump-Pence administration.
  • Recommitting the organization to deepening its racial justice work and releasing a statement of principles on racial equity and inclusion.
  • Expanding HRC’s national footprint and engagement by opening offices in New York and Los Angeles.

The four new members of HRC’s team collectively represent decades of experience in community organizing and progressive advocacy.

Tori Cooper is a health and equity advocate, community organizer, educator, published author and leader in the transgender and HIV communities. She brings more than 30 years of experience at all levels of HIV service, from volunteer roles to her service as executive director and founder of Advocates for Better Care Atlanta, LLC. In the 1980s, Tori began her volunteer work in HIV at a hospice facility. For the last several years, Tori has led capacity-building training and lent expertise to community-based organizations serving the transgender community and those impacted by HIV and AIDS.

Jason Starr is a human rights advocate with over a decade of experience as an attorney, policy innovator, organizer, and educator. Most recently, he served as Assistant Counsel to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for Civil Rights and Federal Affairs. Jason was formerly the Director of the Long Island Chapters at the New York Civil Liberties Union leading the organization's policy initiatives in the region, including a spearheading a grassroots campaign to end discriminatory policing on Long Island and working to end discrimination in public education for immigrant youth. His work has been featured in outlets including NPR, the Huffington Post, Newsday, and The New York Times, and he has spoken extensively on issues at the intersection of race and public policy.

Michael Vazquez is an intersectional faith leader and advocate. Michael previously served as a fellow at Faith in Public Life; founded Brave Commons, an intersectional advocacy organization that supports and trains LGBTQ+ students at Christian colleges and universities; and served as a program director at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Weber State University, served in the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps and is completing his Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) at Duke Divinity School.

Elizabeth Bibi is a political and non-profit communications professional with a career that has spanned the public and private sectors. She previously managed executive and policy communications at Oscar Health, served as Deputy Director of Media Relations for Governor Andrew Cuomo, and ran press advance for Senator Tim Kaine on the Hillary for America Campaign. She began her career on the press team of the Clinton Foundation and on the government relations team at Scholastic, Inc. A lifelong New Yorker, she holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Barnard College.


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