FEDERAL JUDGE TO HEAR ARGUMENTS ON BLOCKING HB2: This morning, a federal judge is holding a hearing in Winston-Salem to determine if HB2, North Carolina’s reprehensible anti-LGBTQ law, should be blocked until plaintiffs challenging the law can make their case in court. The plaintiffs, represented by Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union, are asserting that a recent ruling by United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirming the right of transgender Virginia student Gavin Grimm to use the restroom consistent with his gender identity should factor into the court’s decision on the discriminatory HB2 law. More from The Charlotte Observer and Reuters.
- Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, representing more than 2,400 consumer technology companies, writes in an op ed for The Charlotte Observer that HB2 is a “dangerous step backward,” and says CEOs of major NC companies are “horrified” by the discriminatory law. Shapiro is among the business leaders who have signed HRC’s open letter to Gov. McCrory calling for HB2’s repeal.
- “Constitution: 6, NC Legislature: 0”... The Editorial Board of the Capitol Broadcasting Company calls on NC Gov. Pat McCrory and other state leaders to settle costly legal battles including those challenging the discriminatory HB2. “We hope, and urge these drunk-with-power leaders to sober up and come to their senses. Their cases are hopeless. Settle these futile court battles,” the board writes.
LGBTQ EQUALITY AT THE DNC: The 2016 Democratic National Convention made history with a record number of openly-LGBTQ delegates, a host of pro-equality speakers and the first-ever openly transgender speaker on the main stage. More from HRC.
LOGO TV AIRS HRC’s STOP THE HATE VIDEO HONORING ORLANDO VICTIMS: On Sunday, Logo TV aired HRC’s Stop the Hate video in honor of the victims of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando last month. Sunday marked the 49-day anniversary of the tragedy that stole the lives of 49 LGBTQ and allied people, most of whom were young and Latinx, in an incredibly senseless act of violence. The 18-minute tribute – directed by Emmy Award-winners Ryan Murphy and Ned Martel, with the support of their colleagues at Ryan Murphy Television – features a diverse cast of 49 actors, directors and other entertainment leaders recounting individual stories of the people killed in our nation’s deadliest mass shooting. Watch the video here.
7TH CIRCUIT REJECTS SEXUAL ORIENTATION TITLE VII ARGUMENT: On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit rejected the argument that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation. In the case considered by the court, the plaintiff, Kimberly Hively, had argued that she was denied full-time employment and promotions based on her sexual orientation. More from HRC.
INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE: This month, HRC joined over 18,000 HIV and AIDS activists, advocates and researchers in Durban, South Africa to kick off the 21st International AIDS Conference. While the world has changed dramatically since Durban, South Africa hosted the International AIDS Conference 16 years ago, HIV awareness, research and activism continues around the globe. More from HRC.
HEALTH INSURANCE DISCRIMINATION CASE: A transgender man in Phoenix, represented by the ACLU, is suing his employer for denying him transition-related care under his health insurance policy. Listen at NPR.
LGBTI AUSTRALIANS OPPOSE PLEBISCITE: A new survey in Australia shows that most LGBTI Australians oppose a non-binding plebiscite on marriage equality, preferring to have Parliament take definitive action. More from The Guardian and The Sydney Morning Herald.
The Associated Press interviews a Guatemalan transgender man about LGBTQ progress in the country; KCUR explores Kansas City’s first Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Summit; iNews UK checks out Hari Nef, Elle UK’s first openly transgender cover girl; The Phnom Penh Post breaks down a study about the HIV rate among transgender Cambodian women; Good Magazine profiles LGBTQ people in the Middle East; The New Civil Rights Movement reports that Pepperdine University has dropped its exemption request from certain provisions of Title IX, including on the basis of sex, gender identity and sexual orientation; The Huffington Post talks with Joce Pritchett about the fight for marriage equality and the future of the LGBTQ movement.