- February 13, 2018
U.S. DEPT OF EDUCATION ADMITS TO FLAT-OUT REJECTING CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINTS BY TRANS STUDENTS: Said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow: “While civil rights advocates have suspected that the Department of Education was not acting on complaints brought forward by transgender students, reports that these violations are completely being ignored are reprehensible. The department’s failure to act conflicts with the law in multiple jurisdictions, including federal circuits, and further emboldens those who seek to discriminate against transgender students. Once again, Secretary DeVos proves she is not interested in protecting transgender students and instead is choosing to advance the dangerous Trump-Pence anti-LGBTQ agenda.” More from HRC, Metro Weekly and The Hill.
TUESDAY TWEET: In a powerful video oped for Mic, HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) says of Devos’ actions: “It sends a message that once again Betsy DeVos, Mike Pence and Donald Trump are turning their backs on thousands of trans youth across this country.”
In an exclusive video op-ed for @Mic, @SarahEMcBride, the first out trans person to give a speech at the #DNC, explains how the Trump administration’s latest action on trans bathrooms fails to #protecttranskids: https://t.co/LQbudbp70g pic.twitter.com/HjdwOZmy5E— Mic (@mic) February 13, 2018
TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN RELEASES DANGEROUS AND IRRESPONSIBLE ANTI-LGBTQ BUDGET: Said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy: “Budgets reflect your values. The Trump-Pence budget released today shows a callous disregard for critical programs that impact LGBTQ Americans. The elimination or slashing of programs related to the Affordable Care Act, HIV/AIDS, and international humanitarian projects are a direct threat to the safety and well-being of LGBTQ people here and around the world. Congress must reject these harmful proposals.” More from HRC.
OPENLY LGBTQ ATHLETES TAKING THE WINTER OLYMPICS BY STORM:
- Check out this moving piece -- “The Bittersweet Beauty of Adam Rippon (@adaripp)” by Richard Lawson (@rilaws) -- in Vanity Fair.
- Gus Kenworthy (@GusKenworthy) tells columnist Jerry Brewer (@JerryBrewer),“I’m here at the Olympics. Not many people get to say that. And doing so as a gay man makes me feel amazing.” More in The Washington Post.
HEARING SET FOR MARCH 27 IN CASE CHALLENGING CONSTITUTIONALITY OF TRUMP-PENCE TRANS TROOP BAN: HRC is a proud co-plaintiff in the case brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN. #ProtectTransTroops
MEET KEHINDE WILEY, THE BLACK GAY MAN WHO PAINTED PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PORTRAIT:
CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY PROPOSES RESOLUTION APOLOGIZING FOR STATE’S PAST LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION: Assemblymember Evan Low, who put forth the resolution, said, “It’s only right that we recognize the painful hardship suffered by the LGBT community throughout our state’s history.” More from San Diego Gay & Lesbian News.
HRC NAMES NICOLE GREENIDGE-HOSKINS AS SVP, GENERAL COUNSEL; JAY BROWN AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS, RESEARCH AND TRAINING FOR HRC FOUNDATION: More from HRC.
CATHOLIC SCHOOL TEACHER FIRED FOR MARRYING SAME-SEX PARTNER: Jocelyn Morfi was fired from Miami’s Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School, where she’d been a first-grade teacher for seven years, days after marrying Natasha Hass. More from Cleve R. Wootson Jr. (@CleveWootson) and Moriah Balingit (@ByMoriah) in The Washington Post.
HEARTWARMING STORY OF MASSACHUSETTS PRINCIPAL COMING OUT AS TRANS TO HER STUDENTS: More from USA Today.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
#ColorsRNotShame -- SEC. OF STATE TILLERSON MUST CALL ON EGYPTIAN LEADERS TO END BRUTAL ANTI-LGBTQ CRACKDOWN: More from HRC.
DISGUSTING -- MALAYSIAN NEWSPAPER PUBLISHES ARTICLE ON “HOW TO SPOT” AN LGBTQ PERSON: More from The Guardian.
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