REP. JOE KENNEDY, III (D-MA) INTRODUCES RESOLUTION SUPPORTING TRANSGENDER TROOPS: “The majority of Americans, a bipartisan coalition in Congress and military leadership from all branches have stood up for the basic principle that all qualified troops and recruits should be able to serve,” said HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride). “This resolution sends a powerful signal to brave transgender patriots that their service to this nation is respected and should be protected, and we thank Representative Kennedy for his leadership on this issue and on behalf of transgender people.” Read more from the Washington Blade, Advocate and The Hill.

STATE ROUNDUP:

  • Nashville Mayor David Briley signed an executive order yesterday to support LGBTQ-owned businesses. Read more from The Associated Press.
  • Chronicle of Social Change gives a rundown of potential license to discriminate in child welfare services  that, in allowing discrimination against LGBTQ people and others, make it harder for kids to find forever families. Read the full piece here.

TUESDAY TWEET -- STATE BILLS ADVANCING LGBTQ EQUALITY OUTNUMBERED ANTI-LGBTQ LAWS IN 2018: NBC Out’s Julie Moreau (@JEMoreau) reports on HRC’s State Equality Index, which details statewide laws and policies that affect LGBTQ people and their families, and assesses how well states are protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination. Writes Moreau, “In order to do away with this ‘patchwork’ [of state laws] and ensure LGBTQ people across the U.S. have the same rights and protections, HRC and other advocacy groups are calling for the passage of the Equality Act, a proposed federal law that would provide explicit nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQ people.” Read the full piece here.

HORRIFYING -- ICE IS HOLDING MORE THAN 100 TRANS PEOPLE IN FACILITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY: Read more from Gay Star News.

“DISCRIMINATION AGAINST FOSTER PARENTS WILL HURT LGBTQ YOUTH,” WRITES CEO OF NY FOSTER CARE AGENCY: A Trump administration waiver opens the door to federally-funded discrimination justified by religious belief against any number of prospective parents. By denying certain potential foster parents in South Carolina the equal protection of our laws, the federal government is not protecting young people, but directly discriminating against them, eviscerating their identities and undermining their right to an affirming home,” writes Judge Ronald Richter (@RichterJCCACEO). Read the full op-ed from The Hill.

WYOMING STATE SENATOR MAKES HATEFUL ANTI-LGBTQ COMMENTS TO STUDENTS; WYOMING DEMOCRATIC PARTY CALLS ON HIM TO RESIGN: Read more from KGAB.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

OPENLY GAY ASYLUM SEEKER TRIES TO BEGIN NEW LIFE IN CANADA: More from Montreal Gazette.

ANTI-LGBTQ BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT JAIR BOLSONARO PLEDGES TO REMOVE LGBTQ CONTENT FROM SCHOOLS: References to feminism and violence against women will also be removed. Read more from PinkNews.

 READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

Refinery29’s Thatiana Diaz (@thatianadiaz_) chats with openly gay NFL cheerleader Napoleon Jinnies (@NapoleonJinnies)

Have news? Send us your news and tips at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Click here to subscribe to #AM_Equality and follow @HRC for all the latest news. Thanks for reading!


Filed under: A.M. Equality, Community

Don't miss a post

Sign up for RSS feeds

Have a news tip?

Share it with us

Community discussion

Read the guidelines