- December 3, 2019
U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS ASSERTS TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN IS “UNDOING DECADES OF CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRESS”: The report cites multiple examples of Trump-Pence’s unrelenting attacks on the LGBTQ community. Said Commission Chair Catherine E. Lhamon (@CatherineLhamon), “the Trump administration has been as vocal as it is possible to be about its dismissal of LGBTQ rights as worth protecting. It will take us a very long time to dig out from under the damage this administration has caused to civil rights in this country.” Read the full report here, and more from NBC Out.
Sunday would have been Matthew Shepard’s 43rd birthday.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) December 3, 2019
On Monday, the Washington National Cathedral dedicated a plaque in his memory.
“Matt being there gives notice...that there is one place they can go to to be safe, welcomed and accepted.” https://t.co/2dz5m7W8ue
HRC EXPANDS PRESENCE IN CALIFORNIA TO WORK CLOSELY WITH FRIENDS AND PARTNERS TO ELECT PRO-EQUALITY CANDIDATES AND ADVANCE EQUALITY: Read more here.
I was so proud to be in LA with @HRC supporters and partners to celebrate our expanded presence and deepened work in this critically important center of entertainment, culture and technology. pic.twitter.com/nOglnRiDGj— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) December 3, 2019
CHECK OUT QUÉPASA’S PIECE ON HRC’S LGBTQ INCLUSION WORK IN CHILE: Beck Bailey, director del Programa de Igualdad en el Centro de Trabajo de HRC, estableció un acuerdo con Fundación Iguales para levantar el ranking Equidad CL, programa que certifica a las empresas 100% diversas e inclusivas. “Fue inspirador ver que en este primer año, hay participantes que están comprometidos en evaluar sus prácticas y políticas respecto a la inclusión LGBT,” dijo Bailey (@TheBeckBailey). Este 9 de diciembre se lanzará una nueva versión de Equidad CL, donde podrán participar, hasta el 31 de enero de 2020, todas las empresas que operen en Chile y así rankear los mejores lugares de trabajo para la comunidad LGBTQ. Más de QuéPasa.
UTAH TEACHER BERATES CHILD WHO SHARED WITH CLASS THAT THIS THANKSGIVING, HE IS THANKFUL HE’LL BE ADOPTED BY HIS TWO FOSTER DADS: The substitute teacher was removed from the school after three of the child’s fifth-grade classmates asked her to stop, and walked out to get the principal. “This situation really hurt him. This person really hurt us,” said one of the dads, Louis van Amstel (@LouisVanAmstel), who was on multiple seasons of “Dancing With the Stars.” More from USA Today and The Salt Lake Tribune.
BOSTON ACTIVISTS URGE THE CITY TO NAME A NEW GREEN SPACE AFTER RITA HESTER: Hester, a transgender woman, was killed in Boston more than 20 years ago. Hester’s death spurred activist Gwendolyn Ann Smith (@gwenners) to start the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20. Read more from WGBH.
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., WELCOMES A COUNTY JUDGE WHO WAS DENIED COMMUNION AT HER CHURCH BECAUSE SHE’S MARRIED TO A WOMAN: More from WOOD TV.
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ACTRESS ANNETTE BENING ABOUT HER TRANSGENDER SON STEPHEN IRA: “He's an articulate, thoughtful person, and I'm very, very proud of him,” Benning said. Read the full interview at AARP.
HRC ATTENDS PREMIERE OF THE L WORD: GENERATION Q: More here.
Great to be in LA for the premiere of @SHO_TheLWord. This groundbreaking show returns on Dec. 8 with the powerful stories of a new, diverse group of LGBTQ characters. Be sure to tune in. pic.twitter.com/F3BxaBL70L— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) December 3, 2019
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
TRANS PEOPLE AND ALLIES IN INDIA PROTEST A BILL, NOW PASSED BY PARLIAMENT: Intended to help protect the trans community, it fails to meet demands for “comprehensive anti-atrocities and anti-discrimination legislation.” Said Grace Banu (@thirunangai), founder of the Trans Rights Now collective, “it is not just problematic but regressive.” More from The Washington Post.
- More than one thousand people joined a Pride parade last week in New Delhi. More from The New York Times.
- Yesterday, Yokohama became the third city in Japan to recognize LGBTQ and common-law couples. More from The Japan Times.
AS ANTI-LGBTQ HATE CRIMES RISE IN BRAZIL, A WOMAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS FOR KILLING HER GAY SON: Read more from Out Magazine [warning -- disturbing descriptions at link].
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Outsports reports on Dwyane Wade’s (@DwyaneWade) eloquent support of his family -- and son -- after a Thanksgiving photo went viral; McKnight’s Senior Living contributor Mary Beth Mohn (@mbsweetzer) writes on the importance of inclusive care for LGBTQ elders