- April 11, 2019
HRC AND PARTNERS SPEAK OUT AGAINST TRUMP-PENCE UNCONSTITUTIONAL BAN ON TRANSGENDER SERVICE MEMBERS: Yesterday, just two days before Donald Trump and Mike Pence's transgender troop ban goes into effect, HRC joined movement partners at the “Fight The Ban Against Open and Equal Military Service Rally” on Capitol Hill. HRC Press Secretary Charlotte Clymer (@cmcylmer) spoke alongside currently-serving trans service members, advocates and members of congress. Watch Clymer’s speech here.
- The U.S. Navy has released guidance that sailors may “live socially” as their gender identity when not on duty. More from Military.com.
- Necko L. Fanning (@neckofanning) writes about the struggles he faced as an openly gay man in the Army for The New York Times Magazine.
- Samantha Allen (@SLAwrites) interviews transgender service members and their families about the chaos caused by this ban. More from The Daily Beast.
"I carried caskets in Arlington Cemetery. I folded American flags for loved ones..I never knew their religion or education or birthplace...No one asked if those we buried were secretly trans. It didn't matter then, and it certainly doesn’t matter now."-@cmclymer #TransMilitaryBan pic.twitter.com/Oni4YId12Y— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 10, 2019
IN WASHPOST -- HRC PRESIDENT CHAD GRIFFIN CALLS OUT TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN FOR SILENCE ON BRUNEI’S DRACONIAN LAW TARGETING LGBTQ PEOPLE: “This week, Brunei has begun implementing a draconian new law that, among other brutal punishments, imposes the death penalty for LGBTQ sex and adultery,” writes Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) for The Washington Post. “Around the world, governments, international institutions, human rights organizations, celebrities and many others have spoken with one voice to condemn the new penal code that violates international human rights standards and imposes one of the most heinous of punishments -- death by stoning. Yet in the face of this crisis, the White House has remained unconscionably silent.” More from WaPo.
- Meanwhile, the administration is attacking immigrants who may be escaping countries with anti-LGBTQ laws. A bill introduced yesterday would curb these shameful attacks on immigrants, especially Muslim immigrants. More from Newsweek and HelloGiggles.
WE’VE ASKED BEFORE, AND WE’LL ASK AGAIN -- BETSY DEVOS, HOW DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT?: Thank you Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) for pressing Education Secretary DeVos on the Trump-Pence administration's unconscionable rollback of Title IX guidance protecting transgender students. More from The Hill, Newsweek and Talking Points Memo.
.@RepBonamici to Sec. DeVos: When you rolled back guidance protecting rights of transgender students, did you know that the stress of harassment and discrimination can lead to lower attendance/grades as well as depression for transgender students?— Committee on Education & Labor (@EdLaborCmte) April 10, 2019
Sec. DeVos: I do know that... pic.twitter.com/KhzISXJayf
THANKFUL THURSDAY -- LESBIAN WOMEN CAPTURING MAYORAL OFFICES ACROSS THE COUNTRY: To paraphrase the one-and-only Beyoncé: Who run a record number of large U.S. cities? Lesbian women. Lori Lightfoot’s (@LightfootForChi) win in Chicago was just the most recent in this exciting trend. More from Governing Magazine.
HOW A MISSOURI COURT RULING GRANTING A TRANS STUDENT ACCESS TO GENDER-SEGREGATED FACILITIES GIVES HOPE TO TRANS STUDENTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE: More from St. Louis Public Radio.
WE’RE NOT CRYING; YOU’RE CRYING! GABRIELLE UNION AND DWYANE WADE SUPPORT THEIR SON AT MIAMI PRIDE: More from NBC.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
IN HISTORIC DECISION, RUSSIA COURT RULES TRANS WOMAN FIRED ILLEGALLY: Anna Grigoryeva’s lawyer described it as “the first time in Russia, a transgender person has managed to defend her labor rights in court.” More from RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty.
TASMANIA LOWER HOUSE PASSES BILL TO CREATE EASIER PATH FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE TO UPDATE THEIR IDENTITY DOCUMENTS: More from ABC AU.
LUXEMBOURG PM SPEAKS TO MEXICAN SENATE, CALLS ON COUNTRY TO ADVANCE LGBTQ EQUALITY: More from Reuters.
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