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97 DAYS: One of the main issues at stake for LGBTQ people in this November’s election? Access to healthcare for our community and so many others. Trump, Pence and their anti-equality allies like Senator Martha McSally are endangering our health and welfare -- and we must put a stop to their attacks by taking action at the ballot box.

  • McSally continues to put party over people: The vote to repeal the ACA would have threatened health care access for nearly 3 million Arizonans with pre-existing conditions. Now Senator Martha McSally is supporting a lawsuit that would eliminate the entire ACA.
  • Falling in line with Trump & Pence: Trump has consistently and repeatedly attacked the ACA, including having his Justice Department issue a legal filing arguing that the entirety of the ACA should be overturned. Unfortunately, this is one of an onslaught of attacks on LGBTQ people’s access to care.
  • Defending our community: HRC has fought these attacks every step of the way. In response to a recently published regulation by HHS which illegally aims to strip away critical anti-discrimination protections in the ACA, HRC and our co-counsel BakerHostetler filed a federal civil rights lawsuit. We brought this lawsuit on behalf of two transgender women of color who have experienced a lifetime of severe and pervasive discrimination from health care providers. Sign up here for email updates.

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN ENDORSES KATE SCHRODER FOR CONGRESS: “Kate Schroder will not just be an ally to our community but a true advocate,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “In 28 states across the country, including Ohio, LGBTQ people are at risk for discrimination in many areas of life. This patchwork of protections is completely untenable. Kate not only understands that, but has committed to making the change we need by passing the Equality Act.” More from HRC.

AN INSIDE LOOK AT RITCHIE TORRES’ HISTORIC VICTORY AND THE DEFEAT OF ANTI-LGBTQ DIAZ SR. IN THE NY-15 RACE: “We were looking at the candidates and where they stood on issues as they related to LGBTQ equality,” said HRC Director for Strategic Initiatives Ben Needham (@needhamb). “And we came to the decision that Ritchie Torres was just the best candidate, as it related to the issues that we want to advance like the Equality Act, and other LGBTQ issues in Congress, and so that led to us making a decision to endorse Ritchie.” More from Washington Blade.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- WOMEN UNDER PRESSURE, EXPLORING THE MENTAL STATE OF BLACK TRANS WOMEN: “As women of trans experience who are also Black, dealing with the constant killings of both Black folks and our trans sisters has placed us at a crossroads for liberation with little-to-no support system outside trans women to share our experience,” writes Hope Giselle (@hopedisguised), a national author, artist and activist. More from HRC.

HRC JOINS OVER 150+ ORGANIZATIONS TO CALL ON SENATE TO HONOR CIVIL RIGHTS GIANT REP. JOHN LEWIS, PASS THE JOHN LEWIS VOTING RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT ACT: More from HRC.

REP. JACKIE SPEIER OFFERS AMENDMENT TO NDAA THAT WOULD REVERSE BAN ON TRANSGENDER SERVICE MEMBERS AND ON LGBTQ PRIDE FLAG AT U.S. MILITARY BASES: More from Metro Weekly.

IN THE STATES

PENNSYLVANIA PROVIDES ‘X’ GENDER MARKER ON PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS: More from Ellwood City Ledger.

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CONGRATS TO ALL OUR LGBTQ AND ALLIED STARS FOR THEIR EMMY NOMINATIONS: The Emmy nominees include: Billy Porter (@theebillyporter); Catherine O’Hara; Eugene Levy (@realeugenelevy); Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox); Sandra Oh (@IAmSandraOh); Tituss Burgess (@Instatituss); Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) and the casts and crew of Euphoria (@euphoriaHBO); Hollywood (@hollywoodnetflix); Modern Family (@ModernFam); The Politician (@the_Politician); Pose (@PoseOnFX); Queer Eye (@QueerEye); RuPaul’s Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace); Will & Grace (@WillAndGrace); and HBO’s We’re Here.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

MEXICO CITY PROTECTS LGBTQ COMMUNITY FROM  “CONVERSION THERAPY”: Mexico City is the first jurisdiction in the country to ban this discredited practice. More from Openly.

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