- January 6, 2020
YOU CANNOT ERASE US. TRUMP-PENCE REMOVING LGBTQ PEOPLE FROM FEDERAL PROGRAMS AND PROTECTIONS: “Departmental mission statements and guidance documents do set a tone for employees and for overall operations,” said HRC Associate Legal Director Robin Maril. “Removing these protections sends a dangerous signal to workers and supervisors that non-discrimination protections are no longer a priority.” More from HuffPost and NBC.
��Yet again, the Trump-Pence administration is attempting to erase LGBTQ people from federal programs and protections.��— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) January 2, 2020
Our message is this: You cannot erase us.https://t.co/Tavh2Tab5C
THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ANNOUNCES SPLIT OVER ACCEPTANCE OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AND LGBTQ CLERGY: “The United Methodist Church’s decision to split, while a result of the denomination’s anti-LGBTQ posture, is an opportunity for the Church to make amends and reconcile with its LGBTQ family,” said HRC Religion and Faith Program Director Michael Vazquez (@mvsebastian). “We honor the work of LGBTQ Methodists who have fought and worked for reform. Ultimately, the Church’s decision to split leaves many LGBTQ Methodists who want to be fully included in the life of the Church in limbo, trying to determine their place in a Church that has still not embraced them.” More from Washington Blade and CNN.
The United Methodist Church's decision to split leaves out LGBTQ Methodists who want to be fully included in the Church.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) January 3, 2020
But it's clear that LGBTQ Methodists and allies will continue to work for inclusion–not in spite of their faith but because of it. https://t.co/1vt9TgrC2B
MONDAY MUST-READ -- NEW WILLIAMS INSTITUTE STUDY FINDS THAT LGBTQ PEOPLE EXPERIENCE HIGHER RATES OF POVERTY THAN STRAIGHT, CISGENDER PEOPLE IN A MAJORITY OF U.S. STATES: In the South, 24% of LGBT adults are living in poverty, followed by the Midwest (23%), the West (22%), and the Northeast (18%). The study looked at data from the 35 states that collect data about LGBTQ people. Read more from The Williams Institute and Dawn Ennis (@lifeafterdawn) at Forbes.
PROCESS FOR UPDATING BIRTH CERTIFICATES IN COLORADO SIMPLIFIED THANKS TO JUDE’S LAW: The law, which went into effect last week, removes costly barriers from the process, including required surgery and appearing before a judge. More from Colorado Politics.
HRC MOURNS YAHIRA NESBY, BLACK TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN BROOKLYN: Nesby was a loved member of the New York ball scene, and a member of the House of Chanel. Her friends and family called Nesby “a good spirit,” “genuinely good people,” and said “Every time [Nesby was] around [she] put a smile on my face and others.” More from HRC.
HRC MOURNS DUSTIN PARKER, TRANS MAN KILLED IN OKLAHOMA: Parker, a father and husband, was a founding member of Oklahomans for Equality-McAlester Chapter: Southeastern Equality, a local LGBTQ organization. The community gathered at a vigil to celebrate his life on Friday, Jan. 3. More from HRC.
- HRC is also closely monitoring the death of a transgender woman in Washington, D.C. on December 29. Police have not released her name, as they are waiting to notify the next of kin.
FOUR MEN WHO ATTACKED SAME-SEX COUPLE WHO WERE HOLDING HANDS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN WASHINGTON STATE: More from LGBTQ Nation.
- Lesbian LGBTQ activist Tammie Willis was also reportedly attacked in her home earlier in December. More from Metro Weekly.
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CONGRATS TO THE LGBTQ AND ALLIED GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD WINNERS: HRC congratulates Elton John (@eltonofficial), Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) and Awkwafina (@awkwafina) on their awards! See the full list of winners here.
- Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) also received the Carol Burnett Award at the Golden Globes last night. More from HRC.
NETFLIX PICKS UP SECOND SEASON OF RYAN O’CONNELL’S (@ryanoconn) GROUNDBREAKING SERIES “SPECIAL”: It's vital that we continue to lift up the voices of LGBTQ people and those living with disabilities. More from the Washington Blade.
INDYA MOORE VOICES NEW “STEVEN UNIVERSE” CHARACTER, SHEP: More from Out Magazine.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
Powerful meeting in Accra today with leaders from @LGBTRightsGhana and @deray as we learned more about the struggles facing LGBTQ people in Ghana and discussed ways we can work together to advance our global movement for full equality. pic.twitter.com/eLMJKcIesu— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) December 31, 2019
.S. RECALLS ZAMBIAN AMBASSADOR DANIEL FOOTE AFTER HIS DEFENSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE: Foote had said he was “personally horrified” by the harsh sentence imposed on a same-sex couple. More from The New York Times and Metro Weekly.
CHILE’S NEW TRANSGENDER RIGHTS LAW CAME INTO EFFECT LAST MONTH: Read more from the Washington Blade.
CANADIAN TRANSGENDER ACTIVIST JULIE BERMAN WAS KILLED IN TORONTO LAST MONTH: More from CNN.
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