- May 3, 2018
HISTORIC -- NEW HAMPSHIRE APPROVES TRANS NON-DISCRIM BILL: Yesterday, the New Hampshire Senate passed HB 1319, legislation that would update the state’s laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and public spaces to explicitly include the state’s transgender residents. HB 1319 was approved by a bipartisan vote of 14-10 and now heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature. “No person should be fired, evicted, or denied service just because of who they are, and it is far beyond time that New Hampshire’s non-discrimination protections include transgender people,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. “Inclusive non-discrimination protections are now one step closer to becoming law, and we urge Governor Sununu to continue this momentum by signing HB 1319.” Yesterday’s victory marks the first statewide proactive win on LGBTQ non-discrimination in any state since 2016. More from HRC, WMUR and The Daily Beast.
The New Hampshire Senate passed #HB1319, which would update the state’s laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing & public spaces to explicitly include the state’s transgender residents, by a bipartisan vote of 14-10. #TransBillNH #nhpolitics https://t.co/URsbhTsoca pic.twitter.com/n74UfTWGFr— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) May 2, 2018
- In 2016, soon after a bill to add gender identity to the state’s nondiscrimination laws passed in the state legislature with bipartisan supermajorities in both chambers, opponents of the law confirmed they had gathered enough signatures to bring it to the November 2018 ballot for repeal. If repeal occurs, this would officially position Massachusetts as the first and only statewide voter initiative to revoke legal protections for transgender people in the country.
OUTRAGE BUILDS OVER ANTI-LGBTQ ADOPTION BILL IN KANSAS: Leading national child welfare organizations are urging Kansas lawmakers to oppose the discriminatory bill, which would allow child welfare organizations -- including adoption and foster care agencies -- to use taxpayer dollars to turn away qualified Kansans seeking to care for a child in need. More from Fox Kansas City.
THANKFUL THURSDAY -- BLACK LGBTQ PEOPLE SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES COMING OUT TO THEIR FAMILY: Get out your tissues, y’all. In a new video from them, three Black LGBTQ people sit down with their family members to talk honestly about coming out. “All we wanted was for our child to be healthy and happy -- period. And I got upset knowing you had that struggle, because I thought of all that pain,” said them Editor Tyler Ford’s father, of his child’s coming out. “Your journey is my journey, and as long as I look to you and keep learning, it can help others. That’s why I’m so proud of you; you make me a bigger person.” More from The Scene.
SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN (D-WI) CALLS ON TRUMP TO WITHDRAW JUDICIAL NOMINATION OF ANTI-LGBTQ GORDON GIAMPIETRO: Giampietro has referred to birth control as “an assault on nature,” said marriage equality is “against God’s plan” and LGBTQ people are “troubled” and unfit to be parents. In online writings, Giampietro attacks a woman’s right to choose and criticized the Civil Rights Act of 1964, asserting that “calls for diversity” are “code for relaxed standards.” More from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
HRC PRESENTS AT CHILD WELFARE LEAGUE OF AMERICA NATIONAL CONFERENCE: Alison Delpercio, deputy director of HRC Foundation’s Children, Youth & Families Program, and leader of the foundation’s All Children - All Families program, guided attendees on how to improve services for LGBTQ children, youth and families. More from HRC.
NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS ECONOMIC DISPARITY IN THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: The LGBTQ Poverty Collaborative report shines a light on economic disparity including food insecurity, housing instability, low-wage earning potential, and unemployment and under-employment faced by LGBTQ people. More here.
FOLLOWING ANTI-TRANS MESSAGES, SPELMAN UNIVERSITY’S PRESIDENT REITERATES SUPPORT FOR TRANS STUDENTS: Prior to the incidents targeting the partner of a trans student, Spelman took significant steps to make its campus trans-inclusive, including participating in HRC’s HBCU Leadership Summit. More from 11 Alive.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
MUST READ -- LEGAL CHALLENGES FOR JAPAN’S TRANS COMMUNITY: HRC Global Innovator Fumino Sugiyama (@fumino810) cannot legally marry his partner under the country’s current laws because he is a transgender man. Human Rights Watch is calling on the country to reform laws affecting the LGBTQ community in anticipation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. More from NBC.
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Qnotes reports that Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, a gay-owned company with a history of donating to LGBTQ causes, is searching for a new CEO due to growth; Windy City Times reviews HRC’s Sarah McBride’s (@SarahEMcBride) memoir; Gay Times reports on a recent speech Lance Bass gave explaining why he didn’t come out while with NSYNC; WPSD (Paducah, KY) takes a look back at the HIV epidemic through the eyes of a local family