- February 6, 2019
HRC AND LGBTQ COMMUNITY -- HERE’S THE REAL STATE OF THE UNION: “For more than two years, Donald Trump and Mike Pence have made attacking LGBTQ people and other marginalized communities a top priority of their administration,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “From undermining protections for transgender youth, to threatening to deport Dreamers, to attempting to ban transgender service members from the military, to working to eviscerate health care coverage for those most vulnerable -- this is a presidency rooted in prejudice and fear. But at every turn, we have put up roadblocks on this administration’s path of destruction and discrimination, uniting with our allies across movements. Now, with a pro-equality majority in the House of Representatives poised to pass the Equality Act and tackle other critical issues, we continue to demonstrate that when we stand together we are a force to be reckoned with.” More from HRC.
- What a contrast: Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) didn't just give a rebuttal to Trump, she presented the nation with a vision of the future that is grounded in hope, justice, and progress for all Americans. From addressing gun violence to voter suppression, immigration, LGBTQ equality and racism in our country, she outlined the REAL State Of The Union. Read more at Rolling Stone.
- Check out Logo’s LGBTQ State of the Union featuring the legendary Billy Porter (@thebillyporter). Watch here.
Trump & Pence have made attacking LGBTQ people and other marginalized communities a top priority of their administration. Tonight, @HRC and the LGBTQ community responded with the real state of our union. #SOTU https://t.co/MwxoEQfSN5— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) February 6, 2019
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY -- THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR TRANSGENDER YOUTH: Watch as some of the incredible members of HRC Foundation’s Parents for Trans Equality Council discuss the “State of Our Trans Youth” and issue an urgent call to support transgender and non-binary young people.
As you watch tonight’s #SOTU, don’t forget about the state of our transgender youth, who are too often used as political pawns to advance the Trump-Pence agenda of hatred and discrimination. pic.twitter.com/y0EVDQGovg— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 5, 2019
STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- MISSISSIPPI LAWMAKERS KILL HATE CRIMES LEGISLATION: Mississippi Senate and House leadership -- including Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, his appointed committee chairs and leaders in the House of Representatives -- refused to bring up for a vote commonsense bills that would update Mississippi’s hate crimes law to include sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. Notably, SB 2163 passed unanimously out of the Senate Judiciary A Committee yesterday before being scuttled in the Corrections Committee. A twin bill, HB 1494, similarly died on the House side in the House Judiciary B Committee. This crucial update to Mississippi’s hate crimes law would simply bring it up to the federal standard. More from HRC.
- A Kansas bill to protect LGBTQ workers was introduced this week by State Reps. Brandon Woodard and Susan Ruiz -- the state’s first-ever openly LGBTQ state lawmakers. More from The Wichita Eagle.
- ICYMI -- HRC joined Texas’ first-ever LGBT Caucus at a press conference yesterday in support of pro-equality legislation. More from KXAN.
WHITMAN-WALKER TO PARTICIPATE IN NEW ADVISORY NETWORK ON TRANSGENDER AND NON-BINARY HEALTH CARE: More from Metro Weekly.
HATE ISN’T A JOKE -- MAN IN FLORIDA MADE BOMB THREAT TO LGBTQ BAR, CLAIMED IT WAS A PRANK: Randolph Goodwin faces felony charges for the fake bomb threat. More from Miami Herald.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
OPENLY GAY TEACHER IN MEXICO FOUND STABBED TO DEATH, POLICE INVESTIGATING AS HATE CRIME: More from Gay Star News.
NEW STUDY DETAILS HORRIFYING CONDITIONS FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE INCARCERATED IN JAMAICA: Among the abuses: so-called “corrective rape” and isolation from their peers. More from The Jamaica Gleaner.
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