- July 17, 2019
PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES ARE A FORMIDABLE VOTING BLOCK -- MORE THAN 14M TURNED OUT FOR THE MIDTERMS: According to TIME, that turnout surpassed the 11.7 million Latinx voters and came close to the 15.2 million Black people who cast ballots last year. HRC is highlighting their voting power during National Disability Voter Registration Week. More from HRC.
Issues important to people with disabilities MUST be part of the platform for any candidate running for public office -- that’s why we encourage you to join #REVUP and registering to vote 7.15–7.19. Let’s make the #DisabilityVote count: https://t.co/Y6oEdw1B3X— AAPD (@AAPD) July 16, 2019
AWFUL -- ALABAMA SENATE CANDIDATE JOHN MERRILL SAYS ‘HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVITIES’ RUINING MORAL FOUNDATION: "This attack on LGBTQ people and our values only further underscores the fact that the Alabama Senate Republican primary is becoming a race to the bottom and a competition for who is the most virulently anti-LGBTQ,” said HRC Project One America Director Meghan Kissell (@mkissell) . “Alabamians deserve a leader who fights for the equality of everyone and every community, not someone who would feel more comfortable in America’s oppressive past.” More from Advocate.
HRC REMEMBERS FORMER SUPREME COURT JUSTICE JOHN PAUL STEVENS, A POWERFUL VOICE FOR EQUALITY: More from The New York Times.
WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- FORTUNE LOOKS AT NEW EFFORT TO END WORKPLACE HARASSMENT OF LGBTQ EMPLOYEES: Inspired by the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, Ally Coll (@allyrosecoll), co-founder of the anti-harassment organization the Purple Campaign (@campaign_purple), is developing a certification that will recognize companies taking appropriate steps to address workplace harassment. More from Fortune.
CONGRATULATIONS TO LGBTQ AND ALLIED CASTS AND CREW ON THEIR EMMY NOMINATIONS: Those nominated include FX’s Pose (@PoseOnFx), Billy Porter (@thebillyporter), Hannah Gadsby (@Hannahgadsby), Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch), Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox), Natasha Lyonne (@nylonne), Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette), Queer Eye (@QueerEye) and cast, RuPaul (@RuPaul) and RuPaul’s Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace), and Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes). More from HRC.
- Pose’s Billy Porter makes history as the first openly gay Black man to receive an Emmy nomination for Lead Actor in Drama. More from People.
PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANS GATHER AT 8TH ANNUAL WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL, ORGANIZING AROUND ACTIVISM AND SPIRITUAL REVIVAL: More from Religion News Service.
JURY FINDS THAT NOW-FORMER IOWA GOV. TERRY BRANSTAD DISCRIMINATED AGAINST A STATE OFFICIAL BECAUSE HE IS GAY: The jury awarded $1.5 million to Chris Godfrey, who said that members of the jury “made the determination that [the state and Branstad] discriminated and retaliated against me and violated my constitutional rights.” More from the Des Moines Register.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
CITIGROUP INC. EXTENDS HEALTH CARE COVERAGE, EMPLOYEE BENEFITS TO LGBTQ STAFF AND LIVE-IN PARTNERS IN INDIA: More from Economic Times.
INDIA LAWMAKERS REVISE TRANSGENDER RIGHTS BILL AMID BACKLASH FROM THE TRANS COMMUNITY: They removed a provision from a transgender rights bill that would have required transgender people to gain certification from a screening committee before being acknowledged as transgender. Transgender advocates remain skeptical as the government has yet to release the final draft of the bill. More from Gay Star News and The Telegraph India.
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