- January 11, 2019
HRC & UCONN SURVEY REVEALS CALIFORNIA LGBTQ STUDENTS NOT RECEIVING ADEQUATE SUPPORT: “This groundbreaking data reveals that the cards remain stacked against LGBTQ youth in California -- and especially so for LGBTQ youth of color and transgender and gender-expansive youth,” said Ellen Kahn, HRC Foundation Director of the Children, Youth & Families Program. “However, despite these challenges, many LGBTQ students are taking action and advocating for inclusivity and equality in schools. As advocates, parents, teachers, school administrators and school board members, we must follow their lead by implementing recommendations in this report, including ensuring curricula are LGBTQ-inclusive and supporting LGBTQ student clubs, to create safe, affirming and welcoming schools.” More from HRC.
REUTERS EXCLUSIVE -- FOUR SENIOR RETIRED U.S. MILITARY OFFICERS OPPOSE TRUMP-PENCE TRANS MILITARY BAN: “Since long before Donald Trump's first impulsive tweets, military leaders and national security experts have made clear that there is simply no legitimate reason to ban transgender people from serving the country they love,” said HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride). “The reality is that this discriminatory ban is the result of a small group of anti-LGBTQ zealots, and not a thorough, diverse and objective cross-section of military leaders.” More from Reuters.
HRC TO HOST U.S. REP. DONNA SHALALA, ANDREW GILLUM & JOSH GAD AT INAUGURAL HRC SOUTH FLORIDA DINNER: Actor, producer, singer, and comedian Josh Gad will receive the HRC Ally for Equality Award at the event Saturday in Fort Lauderdale. Gillum, the former Tallahassee Mayor and Florida Democratic Gubernatorial candidate, and Rep. Shalala will also deliver remarks. Openly gay Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis will deliver opening remarks. More from HRC.
NETFLIX WILL NOT FILM UPCOMING SHOW IN NORTH CAROLINA DUE TO ANTI-LGBTQ LAW: More from Advocate.
Good on @netflix for taking seriously the impact of this disgraceful law on their LGBTQ talent & employees. It's been nearly 3 years since NC passed #HB2, and it's long past time for this hateful bill to be fully repealed.https://t.co/6Ix9iDopQJ— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) January 10, 2019
HRC JOINS 150+ CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS TO OPPOSE TRUMP-PENCE ASYLUM BAN: This order is a shameful abdication of the United States’ obligation to serve as a haven for those individuals seeking refuge from violence and persecution. More from the National Immigrant Justice Center.
- Morning must read: UnidosUS president and chief executive Janet Murguía (@JMurguia_Unidos) writes “It is time for Republicans in Congress and the president to finally get real on finding a solution that also provides a long-overdue lifeline to dreamers, TPS recipients and their families who have long called this country home.” More from The Washington Post.
FLASHBACK FRIDAY -- BOULDER COUNTY (COLO.) COURTHOUSE ADDED TO NATIONAL PARK SERVICE’S NATIONAL REGISTER FOR ITS ROLE IN LGBTQ HISTORY: The honor highlights Clela Rorex, the county clerk and recorder in 1975, who issued six marriage licenses to same-sex couples before ordered to stop by then-Colorado Attorney General J.D. MacFarlane. More on this incredible story from NBC.
In 1975, Colorado's Boulder County Clerk Clela Rorex issued six marriage licenses for same-sex couples before the state's AG ordered her to stop.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) January 9, 2019
Now, the courthouse is being recognized by the federal government for its contribution to LGBTQ history. https://t.co/Xw5My2bkkW pic.twitter.com/dgewRrQPEI
LANSING STATE JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD -- “IT’S TIME TO PROTECT MICHIGAN’S LGBTQ POPULATION WITH ELLIOTT-LARSEN”: “Legislators must pass an update to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, which currently provides Michigan residents protection from discrimination based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status and marital status,” the board writes. “This Legislature must put this part of Michigan’s history -- the part where people can be fired or evicted from their homes simply because of their sexual orientation or identity -- in the past.” Michigan law does not expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. More from Lansing State Journal.
CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS WILL NOT SEAT ANTI-LGBTQ MARK HARRIS UNTIL ELECTION FRAUD INVESTIGATION CONCLUDES: Remember when Mike Pence chaired a “voter suppression” commission that investigated bogus claims of voter fraud? Seems his partisan passion for democracy faded now that his pal is facing credible allegations of vote tampering. Forty-eight percent of North Carolinians surveyed by Public Policy Polling say there should be a new election for the state’s 9th District; just 28 percent believe Harris should be certified as the winner. More from Roll Call.
1/ Remember when @mike_pence chaired a voter suppression commission that investigated bogus claims of voter fraud?— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) January 8, 2019
It turns out he's doesn't have the same passion for democracy when his friend @MarkHarrisNC9 is facing credible allegations of vote tampering. #NC09
PROGRESS TOWARD LGBTQ INCLUSION IN SCHOOLS HAS SLOWED, SAYS GLSEN: More from NewNowNext.
IL. STATE REP. GREG HARRIS NAMED FIRST OPENLY GAY HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER IN STATE’S HISTORY: More from Chicago Sun Times.
NEW STUDY -- 20 PERCENT OF NON-BINARY PEOPLE ARE DENIED MEDICAL TREATMENT BASED ON THEIR IDENTITY: The New England Journal of Medicine cites struggles such as patients being forced to choose an incorrect gender on forms, and patients not seeking necessary medical care out of fear of discrimination. More from The Daily Beast.
- A new report from the Campaign for Southern Equality and Western NC Community Health Services examines the barriers faced by transgender people in the South. More from WUNC.
IDAHO TO APPEAL DECISION REQUIRING THEM TO PROVIDE MEDICALLY NECESSARY CARE TO TRANS INMATE: More from The Associated Press.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
EXINNOVADOR GLOBAL DE HRC ESTRENA CENTRO DE REFERENCIA EN QUITO: Diálogo Diverso estrenó un centro de referencia para apoyar a inmigrantes LGBTQ y proporcionarles información útil para acceder a servicios básicos en Ecuador y ayuda psicológica. Más de Pichincha Universal y Teleamazonas.
FORMER HRC GLOBAL INNOVATOR LAUNCHES REFERRAL CENTER IN QUITO FOR LGBTQ MIGRANTS: Diálogo Diverso’s effort provides information to help people access basic services and mental health assistance in Ecuador. More from Pichincha Universal and Teleamazonas.
READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!
Bustle offers tips on how to be a better ally to your trans coworkers; OutSports reports that the Boston Celtics will hold their first LGBTQ Pride night; The Dallas Morning News reports on a Texas parent-advocate who requested a state flag be flown over the state Capitol in honor of the trans community; The New York Review details the fight to combat defining LGBTQ identity as an “illness”