- July 12, 2019
BREAKING -- U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL VOTES IN FAVOR OF INDEPENDENT EXPERT TO PROTECT LGBTQ PEOPLE WORLDWIDE: HRC celebrates the vote today in Geneva to renew for a second three-year term the mandate of the U.N. Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (IE SOGI). The resolution passed 27-12, with seven abstentions. “As LGBTQ people around the world face unprecedented challenges and the rolling back of previously secured protections -- including by the Trump-Pence administration in the U.S. -- it is heartening that the U.N. has taken this bold step once again to protect our communities from violence and discrimination, ” said HRC Director of Global Partnerships Jean Freedberg (@FreedJean). Read more at HRC.
As LGBTQ people around the world face unprecedented challenges & the rolling back of previously secured protections it’s heartening that @UNHumanRights has taken this vital step to protect our communities from violence & discrimination. #RenewIESOGI #HRC41 https://t.co/DwAJNjhEJr— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) July 12, 2019
HRC RESPONDS TO PASSAGE OF THE SPEIER AMENDMENT CODIFYING NON-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS FOR SERVICE MEMBERS:
“The Trump-Pence administration’s trans troop ban goes against medical experts, military leadership and budget analysts; it is unsound, unpopular, and unpatriotic. We are grateful to Congresswoman Speier and the strong, bipartisan majority of the House who voted for this amendment to ensure all transgender military service members have equal non-discrimination protections,” said Sarah McBride, HRC National Press Secretary (@SarahEMcBride). Read more from HRC, Advocate and The Hill.
NINTH CIRCUIT REFUSES TO BLOCK TITLE X GAG RULE: The gag rule threatens the health and welfare of millions, including LGBTQ people. More from HRC.
Title X provides reproductive care to millions, including women, LGBTQ people, people of color, people with a low income & more.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) July 11, 2019
We continue to join with @PPFA and others to #ProtectX. https://t.co/p18xOeW2bz
FRIDAY FEELING -- AMBER HIKES, EXEC DIRECTOR OF PHILLY MAYOR’S OFFICE OF LGBT AFFAIRS & ADVOCATE OF “MORE COLOR MORE PRIDE” FLAG, LEAVES FOR NEW POSITION: Hikes (@AmberHikes) leaves a “legacy of inclusion,” writes Anna Orso (@anna_orso) for The Philadelphia Inquirer. “Hikes, who is nationally known in LGBTQ circles for her activism, advocated to make Philadelphia’s Home Rule Charter more gender-neutral, and worked with the police department to develop a new policy for interacting with transgender and nonbinary people.” However, Hikes’ most well-known contribution is likely the Philadelphia Flag, or More Color More Pride flag, which adds black and brown stripes to the six-color rainbow flag to include LGBTQ people of color. Read the full piece here.
AWFUL -- TRANSGENDER CHILD TURNED AWAY FROM SUMMER CAMP: More from CBS Los Angeles.
WHILE MUCH POLITICAL PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY IN PUERTO RICO, CHALLENGES REMAIN: “We’ve done a lot with very few resources, and that tells you a lot about the strength of the Puerto Rico LGBT community,” said LGBTQ rights activist Pedro Julio Serrano (@PedroJulio).
"I am proud to be a co-sponsor of the #EqualityAct. It is not just something that we should do, it’s something that is the right thing to do and it’s time we move forward on that."@SenDougJones stopped by @HRC HQ to issue a call to action to pass— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) July 11, 2019
this vital legislation now. pic.twitter.com/CrvZWqzNlq
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL RELEASES NEW REPORT ON ANTI-LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION & HARASSMENT IN SOUTH KOREAN MILITARY: Read more here.
MULTIPLE POLISH COMMUNITIES DECLARE THEMSELVES “FREE OF LGBT IDEOLOGY”: More from France24.
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