- August 10, 2017
GET TRUMP A CALCULATOR -- HIS TRANS MILITARY BAN WOULD COST 100 TIMES MORE THAN HEALTH CARE FOR TRANS TROOPS: Trump’s tweeted pledge to discharge transgender troops would cost $960 million -- more than 100 times the cost of providing health care for transgender troops (an estimated $8.4 million), according to a report by the Palm Center. “If President Trump is truly concerned about the financial costs of transgender service, his announced ban has it exactly backwards,” said Aaron Belkin, Palm Center director and co-author of the new report. “American taxpayers should ask the president, who is proud of his business savvy, why he’s spending a dollar to buy a dime.” Read the report here.
- GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) have filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia challenging Trump’s tweeted ban. More from Reuters.
WOMEN’S GROUPS, SPORTS GROUPS OPPOSE TEXAS SB3: Women business and community leaders rallied this week at the Texas Capitol to oppose SB3 -- anti-transgender legislation currently being considered during the state’s special session. And yesterday, the Women’s Sports Foundation, TransAthlete and HRC issued a letter to Texas legislators calling out the legislation, writing, “The belief that transgender women and girls should be barred from participating in women’s sports is rooted in discriminatory gender-based assumptions and stereotypes that have been widely rejected by the majority of sports research and policy experts.” More from the American-Statesman and HRC.
- HRC Board Member Liz Baskin joined women business and community leaders at the Capitol. Read about her experience from HRC.
- The Dallas Stars hockey team spoke out against SB3 yesterday, becoming the first professional sports franchise to do so. More from The Dallas Morning News.
- The Texas Impact Coalition, a statewide interfaith group, has created a PSA against SB3. More from the Houston Chronicle.
THANKFUL THURSDAY -- THIS COMMUNITY SHOWED UP AFTER FAMILY’S HOME VANDALIZED WITH ANTI-GAY MESSAGE: When Brett Alford-Jones and his husband, Paul, saw a homophobic threat spray-painted on their home, they feared for their safety and that of their young daughter. However, they experienced an outpouring of support from their neighbors and friends, who have been working in shifts to watch the family’s property day and night to ensure the vandals aren’t able to follow up on their threats. More from BuzzFeed.
“I WAS AN INTERSEX CHILD WHO HAD SURGERY. DON’T PUT OTHER KIDS THROUGH THIS.” These are the words of Kimberly Mascott Zieselman, Executive Director of interACT. A new report from Human Rights Watch and interACT says such surgeries can cause permanent harm to intersex people. Read the full piece in USA Today.
MAJOR CATHOLIC NEWSPAPER CALLS FOR OPEN DIALOGUE ON LGBTQ ACCEPTANCE: The National Catholic Reporter editorial board published a monumental piece calling for more dialogue on LGBTQ issues. “Until the church is willing to engage in a deep re-examination of its doctrine on sexuality and sexual relationships, any dialogue around LGBT inclusion or divorce and remarriage will only be stymied,” the board writes. More from the National Catholic Reporter.
FRESNO SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT MAKES ANTI-LGBTQ REMARKS, BLOCKS DISCUSSION: School Board President Brooke Ashjian made anti-LGBTQ remarks regarding California’s LGBTQ-inclusive comprehensive sex education laws. At a recent meeting, Ashjian refused to allow discussion of his discriminatory remarks. While the school district issued a statement of inclusion, many are saying the statement was not enough. More from The Fresno Bee.
VIRGINIA LGBTQ CENTER OPENS CLINIC TO FOCUS ON HIV: The LGBT Life Center in Hampton Roads estimates that 8,000 people in the area are living with HIV. The center’s new clinic, to open in December, will offer PrEP, becoming only the third area clinic to offer the once-daily pill regimen that can prevent HIV. More from Wavy TV 10.
HATEFUL -- TUCSON RAINBOW CROSSWALK VANDALIZED: Ahead of the city’s dedication ceremony, the crosswalk -- symbolizing the city’s committment to the LGBTQ community -- was splattered with white paint. More from The Associated Press.
AUSTRALIAN EQUALITY ADVOCATES CHALLENGE MAIL BALLOT: Advocates say the government’s “mail ballot” plan to poll the country on marriage equality is costly and an “unscientific gauge of public opinion.” The majority party has dragged its feet on marriage equality despite broad public support. More from The New York Times and The Associated Press.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel interviews Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jason Rae (@JasonRRae); The San Francisco Chronicle asks, “Can transgender TV characters help bridge an ideological divide?”; Forbes discusses the unique needs of LGBTQ elders