- April 23, 2018
TODAY -- SENATE MUST REJECT TRUMP-PENCE ANTI-LGBTQ JUDICIAL NOMINEE KYLE DUNCAN: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a vote for today in an effort to suspend debate over extremist judicial nominee Kyle Duncan and fast-track him to the federal bench despite his discriminatory record. This follows months of outcry over Duncan’s troubling history of anti-LGBTQ conduct. “Kyle Duncan poses a grave threat to the rights and safety of LGBTQ people throughout the country” said David Stacy, HRC Government Affairs Director. “His agenda to undermine LGBTQ equality makes him a dangerous choice to maintain law and order and is yet another instance of Donald Trump and Mike Pence attacking LGBTQ people from the federal bench.” More from HRC.
"Kyle Duncan poses a grave threat to the rights and safety of LGBTQ people." - David Stacy, HRC Government Affairs Directorhttps://t.co/FeUhWgogQd— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 22, 2018
TRUMP’S LATEST ATTACK ON TRANS PEOPLE -- HHS CONSIDERING ROLL BACK OF GROUNDBREAKING PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE: Regulations implementing section 1557 of the ACA, issued by the Obama Administration in 2016, expressly protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sex stereotyping. Now, the Trump administration claims they may have to modify the rule based on a ruling from a federal judge in Texas. More from Robert Pear at The New York Times.
"No health care provider should be able to turn someone away because of their gender identity. [Trump's] plans to eliminate the regulations spelling out these crucial non discrimination protections is unconscionable.” -- David Stacy, @HRC Gov. Affairs Dir. https://t.co/gizUsjZ3f8— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 23, 2018
MONDAY MUST READ -- “SCHOOLS STRUGGLE TO SUPPORT LGBTQ STUDENTS”: “Educators still have a tremendous amount of worry around LGBTQ inclusion—they fear parent or community pushback, and are uncertain if they’d be supported by school or district leadership if they took action,” said Vincent Pompei, Director of HRC's Youth Well-Being Project and Time to THRIVE Conference chair. “We say students need to see visible signs of a safe space, but educators also need to know that their administration supports them and will have their back if a parent or community member with anti-LGBTQ views complains.” More from Emelina Minero (@CommKr8veWriter) at Edutopia.
AWFUL -- SACRAMENTO TRANS WOMAN JAILED WITH MEN: “My humanity was stripped, I was searched by men, and they videotaped me, I began to cry because I didn’t feel comfortable being searched by a guy,” said Ebony Ava Harper. More from CBS Sacramento.
NEW STUDY FINDS THAT TRANS MEN LIVING WITH HIV ARE UNDERSERVED: The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) cites doctors’ lack of competence on transgender health care, and a lack of formal research on the efficacy of PrEP in trans men. More from Plus.
SENATE CONFIRMS ANTI-LGBTQ JIM BRIDENSTINE AS NASA CHIEF: In addition to scoring a zero on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard for the 114th Congress, Bridenstine doesn’t believe in climate change. More form The Washington Blade.
HORRIFYING -- GAY NORTH CAROLINIAN’S CAR SET ON FIRE IN POSSIBLE BIAS-MOTIVATED CRIME: Seth Headley noted that his car, parked in his driveway, had bumper stickers with LGBTQ themes. Jackson Tyler Brooks has been charged with burning personal property. More from The Charlotte Observer.
HEY OHIO, LGBTQ EQUALITY IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS: The Ohio Fairness Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in the areas of housing, employment, and housing, has the support of over 300 businesses. More from The Columbus Dispatch.
CHICAGO-AREA SCHOOL BOARD ENDORSES POLICY TO PROTECT TRANS STUDENTS: The Oak Park and River Forest High School Board is expected to formally adopt the policy this week. More from Chicago Tribune.
GLEE STAR KEVIN MCHALE COMES OUT AS GAY IN TWEET ABOUT ARIANA GRANDE: McHale has been open about his relationship with Austin McKenzie, but this is the first time he has publicly stated that he is gay. More from Just Jared.
GAY KANSAS TEACHER QUITS JOB AND LEAVES TOWN AFTER BEING SUBJECTED TO FRIGHTENING HOMOPHOBIC THREATS: More from Towleroad.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
.@HRC’s @DeenaFidas met with @SFP_mx officials to discuss the advancement of LGBT equality across Mexico. @DeenaFidas de @HRC se reunió con @SFP_mx para hablar sobre los avances de igualdad #LGBT en México. pic.twitter.com/X6PWZjvy8z— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 20, 2018
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME BANNED IN CHINA: More from Asia Media International.
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WCHM-TV Columbus interviews Jimmie Beall, who has turned her story of anti-LGBTQ discrimination into advocacy; The Washington Post profiles openly bisexual Maryland state lawmaker Meagan Simonaire, whose powerful speech moved her colleagues to protect youth from “conversion therapy”