- July 3, 2019
151 CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS SIGN AMICUS BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF LGBTQ WORKERS: The “friend of the court” brief was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in a trio of cases that may determine whether LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination under existing federal civil rights laws -- which prohibit sex discrimination in contexts ranging from the employment to housing, health care and education. The brief was organized by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) (@davidcicilline) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) (@SenJeffMerkley), chief sponsors of the Equality Act. Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnson82) reports that signers noted at the top of the brief include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (@SpeakerPelosi), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) (@SenSchumer), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) (@SenFeinstein), Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) (@PattyMurray) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) (@RepJerryNadler) More at the Washington Blade.
- A group of current and former Republicans will also file a SCOTUS brief in support of LGBTQ workers. More from The New York Times.
- ICYMI: Yesterday, HRC, Lambda Legal, Out & Equal, Out Leadership, and Freedom for All Americans announced that 206 major corporations have signed a “friend of the court” brief in the same cases. More from HRC, PBS and Bloomberg.
- Many of these businesses took to Twitter to share their support. More from HRC.
#IBM is proud to join 200+ major companies and @HRC to send a message that everyone deserves to be protected from discrimination. LGBT+ individuals deserve equal civil rights protections, which is why we'll also continue to push for passage of the #EqualityAct. #InclusiveIBM https://t.co/xzGQ2yiS6v— IBMPolicy (@IBMpolicy) July 2, 2019
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY -- AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS ISSUES FIRST-EVER GUIDELINES ON CARING FOR TRANS PATIENTS: More from Stat News.
This historic announcement comes as a new proposal at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks to strip away explicit health care protections on the basis of gender identity, effectively targeting transgender and gender non-conforming people’s access to critical care. More from HRC.
ILLINOIS GOVERNOR JAY PRITZKER SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER TO SUPPORT TRANS STUDENTS: The order creates a task force to foster affirming and inclusive schools, and directs the state’s public school board to take action to better support trans, non-binary and gender non-confirming students. More from ABC.
CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY PASSES BILL TO PROTECT SEX WORKERS: Read the bill text here.
Our legislation to protect the health & safety of sex workers (#SB233) just passed the Assembly 54-13. It previously passed the Senate.— Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) July 1, 2019
The legislation protects sex workers from arrest when they report violent crimes & bans use of condoms as a basis to arrest sex workers.
LYFT TO DONATE $150,000 TO SUPPORT IMMIGRATION GROUPS INCLUDING RAICES OVER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS: RAICES is a Texas-based non-profit offering free and low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees. More from The Guardian.
TRANSGENDER YOUNG PEOPLE SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES LIVING WITH THEIR PARENTS: With estimates showing 40% of all homeless young people are LGBTQ, living with a less-than-accepting family is necessary for many to avoid poverty or homelessness. More from BuzzFeed.
MEGAN RAPINOE IS USING HER PLATFORM TO STAND UP FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY: When asked about the U.S. National Women’s Team’s win over France during Pride Month, Rapinoe (@mPinoe) said: “You can’t win a championship without gays on your team. It’s never been done before. Ever. That’s science right there... For me, to be gay and fabulous during Pride Month at the World Cup is nice.” We may not be scientists, but we’re inclined to agree! More from Slate.
TENNESSEE MAN CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME AFTER BREAKING INTO PRO-EQUALITY CHURCH: More from New Haven Register.
YOUTUBER AND ACTRESS KHADI (@KhadiDon) DON COMES OUT AS GAY IN NEW VIDEO:
AFTER ANTI-EQUALITY ACTIVISTS SHUT DOWN A FLORIDA LIBRARY’S PRIDE PROM, A LOCAL CHURCH STEPPED IN TO HOST: More from The Washington Post.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
U.N. EXPERTS URGE MORE PROTECTION FOR LGBTI REFUGEES: “Access to LGBTI-sensitive health care and reproductive rights services becomes particularly challenging for LGBTI refugees, in all stages and at all times during their journey,” said U.N. Independent Expert on SOGI Victor Madrigal-Borloz. More from UNHCR.
MEET THE HEROES WHO WORKED TO SAVE LGBTQ TARGETS OF ISIL: More from BuzzFeed.
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The New York Times interviews 10 New Yorkers on the language they use to describe their LGBTQ identity; Yahoo reports that Tom Daley is encouraging pro athletes to come out to create a more welcoming environment for LGBTQ young people; WBUR shares efforts by Brown University to archive LGBTQ pulp fiction; The New York Times takes a tour of the city’s LGBTQ landmarks.