- August 9, 2018
HRC ENDORSES SLATE OF PRO-EQUALITY CANDIDATES IN MASSACHUSETTS: Endorsements include U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, U.S. Representatives Richard E. Neal (D-MA-1), James P. McGovern (D-MA-2), Joseph Kennedy (D-MA-4), Katherine M. Clark (D-MA-5), Seth Moulton (D-MA-6), Michael E. Capuano (D-MA-7), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-8), and Bill Keating (D-MA-9). As part of the Freedom for All Massachusetts coalition, HRC is also working to turn out millions of pro-equality voters to uphold the Commonwealth’s transgender non-discrimination law at the ballot in November. More from HRC and MassLive.
REP. JASON LEWIS (R-MN) ONCE COMPARED LGBTQ PEOPLE TO RAPISTS: Recently unearthed radio shows reveal that the odious Rep. Lewis -- one of Trump’s earliest backers in the 2016 election -- claimed LGBTQ advocates were “shredding the Constitution.” He also attacked same-sex parents. More from BuzzFeed.
.@RepJasonLewis your comments are reprehensible. LGBTQ people are not 'rapists, criminals, or polygamists.' They are, however, your constituents. If the people of #MN2 needed one more reason to elect @AngieCraigMN, this hate from @jason2cd is it. #turnOUT https://t.co/bqNPbNrQc0— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) August 8, 2018
ICYMI -- NEW HRC REPORT DETAILS THREAT TRUMP’S SCOTUS PICK POSES TO MILLIONS OF LGBTQ AMERICANS: HRC is urging the Senate Judiciary Committee not to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination without a full review of his record and time in the White House -- and urging the full Senate to reject his nomination on the basis of his anti-LGBTQ record and other concerning decisions. More from Pink News and The Hill.
THANKFUL THURSDAY -- THESE TWO FILMS ARE CONTINUING TO DEBUNK THE DANGEROUS PRACTICE OF SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: Complementing historic progress on protecting youth from this abusive practice at the state level, two major films -- The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Boy Erased -- are being released this year, both telling the stories of young people subjected to this dangerous practice. These films offer a powerful entry point for audiences of all backgrounds to gain a deeper understanding of the devastating effects of this form of abuse. More from Teen Vogue.
FEDERAL JUDGE GRANTS PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION ALLOWING INDIANA TRANS STUDENT TO USE FACILITIES ALIGNED WITH GENDER IDENTITY: Judge William Lawrence signed an injunction just days before the start of the school year. More from Associated Press and the Evansville Courier and Press.
THESE MOMS ARE SUING AN OHIO JUDGE WHO REFUSED TO ALLOW TRANS TEEN TO LEGALLY CHANGE HIS NAME: Warren County Judge Joseph Kirby blocked Elliott Whitaker from legally changing his name, despite having the support of his parents. His mom, and two other mothers of trans teens, are suing. More from The Associated Press.
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION HOUSE OF DELEGATES ISSUES RESOLUTION CONDEMNING TRUMP-PENCE BAN ON TRANS SERVICE MEMBERS: Read the resolution here.
ACLU AND LAMBDA LEGAL URGE EIGHTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS TO HEAR SEXUAL ORIENTATION BIAS CLAIM IN DEATH SENTENCING: More from ACLU.
COLUMBUS POSTAL SERVICE EMPLOYEE CAUGHT ON CAMERA YELLING SLUR AT SAME-SEX COUPLE: The Postal Service says it’s investigating. More from TV 10.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
COALITION OF 575 RABBIS SIGN OPEN LETTER CALLING ON ISRAEL TO CHANGE LAW THAT BANS SAME-SEX COUPLES FROM ACCESSING SURROGACY: More from The Jerusalem Post.
MALAYSIAN RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS MINISTER ORDERS REMOVAL OF LGBTQ PORTRAITS FROM ARTS FESTIVAL: More from Straits Times.
20,000 SIGNATURES DELIVERED TO NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT CALLING TO PROTECT YOUTH FROM DANGEROUS “CONVERSION THERAPY”: More from Radio New Zealand.
GAY GAMES UPDATES -- QUE LES JEUX COMMENCENT!
We did it y’all!!! On Day 1 of the competition we got the gold for our free team combo routine!!! We’d like to thank the other amazing teams and #GayGames2018 staff and volunteers for showing us the love and solidarity of the GayGames spirit. #subversivesirenslife pic.twitter.com/kzgGkVn5sP— The Subversive Sirens (@SubverseSirens) August 8, 2018
- Check out this photo series on the games from Reuters.
- Twin Cities synchronized swim team -- the Subversive Sirens, performing to Prince, natch -- wins gold! The team says it is committed to “black liberation, equity in swimming/ aquatic arts, body positivity in athleticism & queer visibility.” See their winning routine at Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
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HuffPost reports that the 1999 LGBTQ film ‘Trick’ is getting a sequel; Pink News profiles Nigerian LGBTQ advocate and HRC Global Innovator Bisi Alimi (@bisialimi); Pittsburgh Courier looks at efforts encouraging LGBTQ acceptance in faith communities; Forbes interviews Todd Sears (@toddsears) of Out Leadership about the importance of LGBTQ visibility in the C-suite; The Guardian shares one man’s horrifying experience with the dangerous and debunked practice of so-called “conversion therapy”; Wish HRC National Press Secretary and resident Royal Family expert Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) a happy birthday!
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