HAPPENING TODAY -- HHS PUBLISHING PROPOSED RULE CHANGE TO REMOVE SEXUAL ORIENTATION DATA COLLECTION FROM FED CHILD WELFARE REPORTING SYSTEM & PUBLIC HAS 60 DAYS TO COMMENT: Read more from HRC.
The Trump-Pence administration wants to stop collecting data vital to protecting and supporting LGBTQ youth in foster care. Why? First of all this change will make it harder for Americans to hold them accountable. https://t.co/1jUVzXeKhj— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) April 18, 2019
OP-ED DISMANTLES ARGUMENTS TO EXCLUDE TRANS PEOPLE FROM LGBTQ AND FEMINIST MOVEMENTS: Writes Jessica Stern of OutRight Action International (@OutRightIntl), “Every individual has a different experience of their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. And that variety is wonderful. It adds to the diversity of the LGBT+ community and society as a whole.” Read the op-ed from Openly.
FEEL-GOOD FRIDAY -- HRC MARKS NATIONAL TRANS HIV TESTING DAY WITH US HELPING US AND CASA RUBY: More from HRC.
- AIDSVu also released updated data and interactive maps illustrating impact of HIV in cities across the U.S. View the maps here.
.@HRC is visiting @UsHelpingUs & @CasaRubyDC, two organizations in Washington, D.C. providing the transgender community with accessible services and resources, to mark National Trans HIV Testing Day.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 18, 2019
Follow HRC on Instagram to learn more. #NTHTD #TransHIV https://t.co/MBXf8ChszW pic.twitter.com/95YHNaeC8z
- Several anti-LGBTQ bills are still being considered in the Texas legislature, writes Bill McCann, including a “license to discriminate” measure. More from Austin American-Statesman.
- Ohio State Senator Tina Maharath (D-Columbus) introduced a bill this week that would protect youth from so-called “conversion therapy.” More from Spectrum News 1.
ACTRESS AND TENNESSEE NATIVE MEGAN FOX SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ANTI-LGBTQ “SLATE OF HATE” BILLS IN HER HOME STATE: More here.
Thank you to actor Megan Fox for supporting the rights of LGBTQ Tennesseans. We need your voice! Join @HRC and @tnequality in telling your representatives that hate is not a Tennessee value.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 18, 2019
Text HRCTN to 472472 NOW to stop these anti-LGBTQ bills from becoming law. pic.twitter.com/5h3A4Gebjb
LGBTQ DELEGATION TRAVELS TO SOUTHERN BORDER, MEETS WITH LGBTQ ASYLUM SEEKERS: The delegation included more than 30 elected officials, artists, athletes and activists. Read more from the Los Angeles Blade.
HRC MARKS DEATHS OF LGBTQ JOURNALIST, LYRA MCKEE; AND PSYCHIATRIST, RICHARD GREEN, WHO DEBUNKED MYTH THAT BEING LGBTQ IS “DISORDER”:
- Journalist Lyra McKee, 29, was killed last night while covering riots in Northern Ireland. Read more at PinkNews.
- Psychiatrist Richard Green, 82, who also earned a law degree and worked to advance LGBTQ equality, died of cancer at his home in London. Read more at the Advocate.
TODAY -- SINGER-SONGWRITER TREY PEARSON PARTNERS WITH HRC FOR A TWITTER TAKEOVER: Pearson (@treypearson) will talk about how we can create inclusive spaces to welcome and support LGBTQ people of faith. More from HRC.
HRC MARKS NATIONAL IMMIGRANT RESILIENCE DAY: More from HRC.
An estimated 75,000 #DREAMers are part of the LGBTQ community.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 18, 2019
On National Immigrant Resilience Day, @HRC is proud to support them and @UNITEDWEDREAM. #EducationNotDeportation #NIRD pic.twitter.com/d7CkMYeOMh
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT CONDEMNS BRUNEI FOR DRACONIAN ANTI-LGBTQ LAW: Lawmakers also asked the EU to consider freezing the country’s assets and banning visas. Read more from Business Times.
- LGBTQ Bruneins continue to speak out against the country’s anti-LGBTQ law. More from Washington Blade.
LGBTQ ACTIVISTS ARRESTED IN RUSSIA DURING PROTEST: Read more from Gay Star News.
THIS WEEK, HRC WELCOMED REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EMBASSY OF ARGENTINA AND MUSIC ARTIST CALENNA GARBÄ: More from HRC.
Esta semana tuve el agrado de reunirme con @CalennaGarba, el equipo global de @HRC y amigos de @ARGinUSA para hablar de la música e historia personal de la artista: un ejemplo de perseverancia���� #Argentina pic.twitter.com/85Big0BL5x— Milly Chirinos (@MChirinos84) April 18, 2019
READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!
Alex Marzano-Lesnevich (@alexmlwrites) writes for The New York Times about their experiences “flying while transgender;” HuffPost covers openly transgender actor Ian Alexander’s (@ianaIexander) appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”