- June 14, 2018
HRC PRESIDENT CHAD GRIFFIN (@CHADHGRIFFIN) ON THE GROUND IN ARIZONA, MEETS WITH LATINX LEADERS: The meeting addressed the issues affecting the latinx, immigrant and LGBTQ communities under the Trump-Pence administration, and was hosted by Univision. Griffin met with State Reps. Daniel Hernandez, Jr., Tony Navarrete, Cesar Chavez; local community leader Carmela Ramirez; Janey Pearl of the Mountain Park Health Center; Carlos Castaneda of Phoenix Pride; Geraldo Higginson of Univision and others.
A huge thank you to the Arizona Latinx leaders who joined @HRC and @UnivisionAZ to discuss the intersection of LGBTQ & Latinx issues. Together we're mobilizing and organizing two powerful voting blocs to achieve a more just and equal future for all members of our community. pic.twitter.com/zzaVzzmbAA— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) June 12, 2018
BETSY DEVOS COULD LEARN A THING OR TWO DURING HER VISIT TO THE U.K.: This week, Secretary of Education DeVos is scheduled to meet with U.K. Minister of Education, Culture and Science Ingrid van Engleshoven and Lord Theodore Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System to discuss “the individual needs of students, no matter their background.” Clearly, they’ve got their work cut out for them, as DeVos continues to attack LGBTQ, disabled students, sexual assault survivors and undocumented students.
Today, @BetsyDeVosED is in the U.K., touting their education system's dedication to diversity. If she wants U.S. schools to have that same dedication, perhaps she should end her attacks on #LGBTQ students, disabled students and sexual assault survivors. �� https://t.co/lA3hbV7PeC— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) June 13, 2018
THANKFUL THURSDAY -- AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ENDORSES TWO LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE POLICIES: The AMA has endorsed a policy on transgender prisoners urging correctional facilities to allow prisoners to be housed in facilities consistent with their gender identity and to cease the use of administrative segregation and solitary confinement based on transgender status. The policy regarding family and medical leave calls for a more inclusive definition of “family” in the application of family and medical leave laws, including the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), that would specifically include LGBTQ-led households. Said Mary Beth Maxwell, HRC Senior Vice President for Programs, Research and Training. “These policies would allow transgender prisoners to be treated with dignity and respect while incarcerated, and help to expand LGBTQ-led families’ access to family and medical leave.” More from HRC, Medscape and Advocate.
HRC ENDORSES GREG STANTON FOR THE U.S. HOUSE IN ARIZONA’S 9TH DISTRICT: “Greg Stanton’s commitment to equality and years of service to the people of Arizona make him the clear choice for voters come November,” said HRC Arizona State Manager Justin Unga. “We’ve been proud to work with him to advance equality in Phoenix over the last six years, and we look forward to working with him in the fight for full federal equality in the United States Congress. HRC is proud to endorse his candidacy to represent Arizona’s 9th Congressional District.” More from HRC.
MEET A TRANS TEEN WHO WILL BE HARMED IF MASSACHUSETTS REPEALS THEIR NONDISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS: Nicole Talbot is the face of who would be harmed if this law is repealed at the ballot this November. That’s why she is standing up to share her story and urge Massachusetts to say yes to upholding transgender protections. More from NBC Boston.
Nicole Talbot is the face of who would be harmed if #TransLawMA is repealed at the ballot this November. That’s why this brave teen from #Beverly is standing up to share her story and urge #Massachusetts to say YES to upholding #trans protections! https://t.co/po8MDGT9Hb #MAPoli— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) June 13, 2018
NEW POLLING FROM BUZZFEED SHOWS COMPREHENSIVE INFO ON HOW LGBTQ AMERICANS LIVE: The data affirms some known statistics, including that half of LGBTQ people identify as bisexual or queer and that younger generations identify as LGBTQ in greater numbers. The data also shows that most LGBTQ Americans identify as Christian and that bias against the LGBTQ community leads to higher at-risk behaviors. More from BuzzFeed.
SENATOR ORRIN HATCH (R-UT) GIVES MOVING SPEECH ON LGBTQ YOUTH, PRIDE MONTH ON SENATE FLOOR: HRC’s Director of Government Affairs David Stacy welcomed Senator Hatch’s remarks in a statement to the Salt Lake City Tribune: “Like many Americans, his views have evolved as he has learned more about what it means to be LGBTQ,” Stacy said, “and we hope more Senators reconsider their previous opposition to essential civil rights protections for LGBTQ Americans.” More from the Salt Lake City Tribune.
#METOO -- HRC’S SARAH MCBRIDE ON SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE TRANS COMMUNITY: Said McBride (@SarahEMcBride): “[T]here's this extra unique barrier that transgender people face around this notion that ... we are somehow so undesirable that people wouldn't sexually assault us, which is a fundamental misunderstanding of both who transgender people are and how sexual assault works.” Studies suggest that around half of transgender people will experience sexual violence at some point in their lifetimes. More from USA Today.
ARIZONA’S LGBTQ YOUTH ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY BULLIED, HARASSED AT SCHOOL: HRC and the University of Connecticut surveyed 330 LGBTQ teenagers from Arizona, and found that two-thirds of them received unwanted sexual comments, jokes and gestures in the past year. “There is a role that everyone can play -- whether you are a healthcare provider, a parent, a friend, an ally, a teacher or administrator -- to show you’re affirming support,” said HRC President Chad Griffin at an event unveiling these numbers. More from KTAR and Arizona PBS.
- Morning must read on Arizona’s LGBTQ foster youth from Yvette Jackson, assistant executive director at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona in Arizona Daily Star.
CALIFORNIA BILL TO DECLARE “CONVERSION THERAPY” A FRAUDULENT PRACTICE PASSES SENATE COMMITTEE: More from Your Central Valley.
HRC WELCOMING SCHOOLS CONDUCTS SOUTH FLORIDA DISTRICT-WIDE TRAINING: Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Broward County Schools, the fourth and sixth largest school districts in the nation, respectively, are the latest to make a system-wide commitment to implementing the Welcoming Schools approach to ensure safe, respectful and welcoming schools for all students to thrive. More from HRC.
UNITED STATES, CANADA, MEXICO TO CO-HOST WORLD CUP 2026: HRC was proud to work with the U.S. World Cup bid on their human rights strategy for LGBTQ inclusion. The 2026 World Cup selection is the first since FIFA implemented a new requirement for bidders to include human rights considerations. More from NBC.
PBS TAKES A DEEP DIVE INTO THE FIGHT FOR AN AIDS-FREE GENERATION IN RUSSIA, NIGERIA AND FLORIDA: More from PBS.
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