- February 15, 2019
HRC FOUNDATION & UCONN SURVEY REVEALS BLACK LGBTQ YOUTH AT HEIGHTENED RISK FOR DISCRIMINATION AT HOME AND IN SCHOOL: The groundbreaking survey results will be detailed tonight by HRC President Chad Griffin at the opening of HRC’s 6th annual Time To THRIVE conference in Anaheim, California, where hundreds of youth-serving professionals are gathering to discuss best practices for working with and caring for LGBTQ youth and their families. The Black & African American LGBTQ Youth Report report analyzes responses from nearly 1,700 young people who participated in HRC’s online 2017 LGBTQ Teen Survey. Said Leslie Hall, Director of HRC’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program: “HRC is committed to ensuring this data is in the hands of teachers, school counselors, coaches, doctors and other youth-serving professionals across the country, including through the HRC Foundation’s HBCU Program.” Read the report at HRC.
- Honorees at HRC Foundation’s Time to THRIVE conference include actress Josie Totah; Olympic ice skating medalist Adam Rippon; advocate E.J. Johnson; advocates and allies Judy and Dennis Shepard; and American School Counselor Association 2019 Counselor of the Year Brian Coleman.
THERE IS NO NATIONAL EMERGENCY AT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER:
.@realDonaldTrump failed to convince Mexico, the American people, and Congress to pay for his wall. But now, after suffering yet another defeat, he’s ready to abuse his power to pay for it. There is no national emergency at the border, but there is one in the Oval Office.— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) February 14, 2019
ICYMI -- SENATE CONFIRMS WILLIAM BARR AS ATTORNEY GENERAL: “William Barr has made clear that as Attorney General he would not defend and uphold civil rights laws for all Americans — including LGBTQ people,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy (@david_stacy). More from the Washington Blade.
BREAKING: The Senate confirms William Barr as attorney general.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 14, 2019
Barr's disturbing opposition to non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people demonstrates he will not defend and uphold civil rights laws for ALL Americans. https://t.co/BPxtoDTNKM
FRIDAY FEELING -- TRANS SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETS CONTINUE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST TRANS TROOP BAN: In a new video for NowThis, trans service member Logan Ireland and trans veteran Tavion Dignard, as well as Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-1) and Rep. Jackie Speier (CA-14), speak out against the trans troop ban. “I’m just like any other service member that’s willing to give their life for their country,” says Ireland. Watch it here.
- Trans teen Dex Rumsey writes about his experience lobbying local lawmakers on the importance of having gender markers on ID documents match one’s gender identity and expression. Read his op-ed from The Salt Lake Tribune.
- Lawmakers in Minnesota moved forward with a bill to ban the practice of so-called “conversion therapy” on LGBTQ youth. More from KSTP.
NEW STUDY SHOWS BIAS MAY AFFECT HEALTH CARE PROVIDED TO TRANSGENDER PEOPLE: University of Michigan researchers found that increasing hours of education related to caring for transgender patients may not correlate to more competent care. Read more from M Health Lab and NewNowNext.
- And, in a study from the University of Connecticut, researchers found that young LGBTQ people may experience more bullying and harassment over their weight than their straight and cisgender peers. Read more from the New Haven Register.
ACTOR & SINGER BEN PLATT COMES OUT AS GAY IN NEW MUSIC VIDEO WITH CHARLIE CARVER: Read more from Towleroad.
“If I was going to write about people I loved, I wasn’t going to pretend they weren’t men just because I hadn’t talked about that before.”— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 14, 2019
Thank you @BenSPLATT for sharing your truth, inspiring #LGBTQ youth everywhere to be proud of their identities too. https://t.co/cmMEryyhzN
WASHINGTON CAPS & GOALIE BRADEN HOLTBY RAISE $18,300 FOR HRC FOUNDATION AT CAPITALS PRIDE NIGHT: Holtby (@Holts170) and his wife, Brandi (@bbholtby), have long been allies to the LGBTQ community. Holtby spoke at HRC’s 2018 National Dinner, where he introduced Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon. Read more from MSE Foundation and NBC Sports Washington.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT PASSES HISTORIC RESOLUTION UNDERSCORING NEED TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF INTERSEX PEOPLE: Read more from Gay Star News.
THE U.N. IS URGING RUSSIA TO PROTECT THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY IN CHECHNYA: Read more from Gay Star News.
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Podcast Planet Fútbol interviews openly gay U.S. soccer player Collin Martin, who opens up about coming out and speaking at HRC’s Minneapolis dinner; The Wichita Eagle reports a local library will keep children’s books with LGBTQ characters in the children’s section;