- August 8, 2018
WITH OH-12 TOO CLOSE TO CALL, 8,500 ABSENTEE AND PROVISIONAL BALLOTS TO BE COUNTED IN 10 DAYS: HRC staff and volunteers have been on the ground mobilizing thousands of Equality Voters in the district for Danny O’Connor. In Ohio, HRC has identified more than 1.8 million Equality Voters -- voters who support LGBTQ-inclusive policies including marriage equality, equitable family law, and laws that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
RECORD-BREAKING TURNOUT IN MICHIGAN PRIMARY: HRC is celebrating the victories of pro-equality candidates advancing to the November general election: Senator Debbie Stabenow; Rep. Dan Kildee, Gretchen Driskell, Elissa Slotkin, Rep. Debbie Dingell, and Rep. Brenda Lawrence for United States Congress; State Rep. Jeremy Moss for Michigan State Senate and Jennifer Suidan for Michigan State House. Anti-LGBTQ extremist Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette won the GOP nomination in the gubernatorial race, and HRC will continue to #TurnOUT to ensure he never sets foot in the governor’s mansion.
HRC SEEKS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT RECORDS REGARDING CREATION OF SO-CALLED ‘RELIGIOUS LIBERTY TASK FORCE’: The FOIA request calls for the release of all records related to the task force announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on July 30. HRC is demanding transparency from the DOJ, which has not provided details publicly on the activities of the task force, including how much it is spending, its mandate and scope, and its members. The FOIA request was sent ahead of Sessions’ speech tonight at an event sponsored by the anti-LGBTQ hate group, Alliance Defending Freedom. More from HRC.
WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- A MOTHER REFLECTS ONE YEAR AFTER HER DAUGHTER WAS KILLED BY A WHITE SUPREMACIST IN CHARLOTTESVILLE: “The anniversary of Heather’s death doesn’t really mean much of anything except that it’s been a year. And the truth is, very little actual change has taken place in that time period,” writes Susan Bro, mother Heather Heyer. “As for the country as a whole, that’s probably going to take another set of elections before anything starts to change… I will never stop calling out bigotry and injustice. I hope you won’t either.” More from Cosmopolitan.
Heather Heyer's mom, Susan Bro, on Cosmo: "If my daughter hadn’t died, nobody would have heard what I had to say ... We’re not all given a platform, and I wonder how many people out there have much more of value to say that we will never know." https://t.co/JRmApWe5lW— Lori Fradkin (@LoriFradkin) August 7, 2018
- Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker (@NikuyahWalkerCC), who advocated against the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville,spoke to Noel King (@NoelKing) about what’s happened since the rally. More from WAMU.
HRC ENDORSES PA REP. MATT CARTWRIGHT FOR RE-ELECTION: Said HRC Pennsylvania State Director Allison VanKuiken: “We need Matt Cartwright in the House to continue fighting for the civil rights of Pennsylvanians and all Americans. More from HRC.
MILWAUKEE COUNTY ACTING SHERIFF GOES ON ANTI-LGBTQ TIRADE: Richard Schmidt is out of touch with everyday Americans and his own constituents. More than two-thirds of Americans support marriage equality and that support grows every year as part of a clear, positive upward trend in support of equality for LGBTQ people. More from Wisconsin Gazette.
CLEVELAND ESTABLISHES CITY’S FIRST-EVER LGBTQ POLICE LIAISON: More from Cleveland.com.
MISSOURI MAN CHARGED WITH BIAS-MOTIVATED ASSAULT AFTER PUNCHING THREE PEOPLE BECAUSE HE BELIEVED THEY WERE GAY: More from Ozarks First.
GAIL AND MARK PRETENDED TO BE A COUPLE IN THE ROYAL AIR FORCE... AND THEY FINALLY MARRIED THE LOVES OF THEIR LIVES: The best friends, who were forced to stay in the closet while serving the Royal Air Force, married their same-sex partners in a double wedding for the ages. More from Pink News and Metro.
UK: Gay best friends, who pretended to be a straight couple in the Royal Air Force when it was illegal to be gay in the military, have married their real partners in a joint wedding https://t.co/NLb0Nc3WBo pic.twitter.com/UCcEEujNvk— LGBT+ News (@mondokoosh) August 6, 2018
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
WHAT DOES BREXIT MEAN FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY IN ENGLAND? More from Reuters.
FRANCE SAW A 15 PERCENT INCREASE IN ANTI-LGBTQ ATTACKS FROM 2016 TO 2017: This startling statistic is released as the country hosts the Gay Games. More from Reuters.
HORRIFYING -- MAN IN BRIGHTON, ENGLAND THREATENS TO STAB METRO RIDERS DURING PRIDE PARADE: The man, who was captured on camera also spewing hate speech, was arrested. More from Independent.
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covers a recent Black LGBTQ prom event; Houston Public Media interviews Black, gay, Catholic writer Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick); Variety reports that Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) has been cast as Batwoman for an upcoming show on CW; Lavender Magazine reviews a new play in Minneapolis with LGBTQ themes; into shares a heartwarming story of Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden showing off her makeup done by her gay son; HuffPost takes a look back at the historic gay character on ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’; HRC met with international LGBTQ advocates to discuss global equality.
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