- June 11, 2018
NEW HAMPSHIRE GOVERNOR SIGNS LEGISLATION PROTECTING TRANSGENDER PEOPLE FROM DISCRIMINATION: Republican Governor Chris Sununu last week signed bipartisan legislation making New Hampshire the 19th state with explicit protections for transgender people. “New Hampshire just took a giant step forward for LGBTQ equality by ensuring transgender people are explicitly protected under state law from unfair and unjust discrimination,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “No one should be fired, evicted, or denied services simply because of who they are. HRC was proud to work alongside Freedom New Hampshire and local advocates in fighting for this incredibly important victory, and we are thankful for the bipartisan group of lawmakers who took action to ensure this measure became law.” More from HRC, Metro Weekly, Advocate and Public News Service.
- Governor Sununu also signed a law protecting LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and debunked practice of so-called “conversion therapy.”
ANTI-LGBTQ KEN MARCUS CONFIRMED TO LEAD U.S. DEPT. OF ED’S OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS: During his confirmation hearing, Marcus said he couldn’t identify any Trump administration civil rights decision that he doesn’t agree with -- despite the Department of Education’s ongoing and well-documented efforts to undermine civil rights protections for marginalized students. Marcus has also refused to commit to investigating complaints of anti-LGBTQ discrimination in schools, and hasn’t acknowledged that Title IX protects LGBTQ students from discrimination, despite several circuit court rulings that sex non-discrimination protections cover LGBTQ people. More from HRC.
MUST WATCH MONDAY -- HIGH SCHOOLERS ACROSS THE U.S. ARE STANDING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY: More than 200 student leaders and valedictorians across the nation so far have used their commencement speeches to pledge to use the power of their voice and their vote to combat the epidemic of gun violence, sexism and attacks on the LGBTQ community, and to protect the environment. Learn more about this powerful pledge from Donate:60.
HRC JOINS COALITION OF CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS CALLING ON TRUMP TO END CRUEL SEPARATION OF FAMILIES AT THE BORDER: The coalition partners in a letter to President Trump denounced his administration’s policy, which barbarically separates immigrant children from their parents. Read the full letter here.
ONE YEAR AFTER THE HISTORIC EQUALITY MARCH, LGBTQ ADVOCATES AND EQUALITY VOTERS ARE AS MOTIVATED AS EVER: Said Stephen Peters (@stephenpeters2), HRC national press secretary and spokesperson: “Over the past year, HRC has been working to harness the momentum from these marches to focus on action and turning out the vote.” HRC recently launched a program aimed at mobilizing 10 million LGBTQ voters and allies across America to turn out and vote this November and help ensure it holds the Trump-Pence administration accountable by electing a pro-equality majority to Congress. More from Washington Blade.
HRC PRESIDENT CHAD GRIFFIN, HRC VOLUNTEERS JOIN NEVADA DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO MOBILIZE EQUALITY VOTERS:
Great day in Reno joining @nvdems as we organize and mobilize the more than 108,000 LGBTQ Voters & 568,000 #EqualityVoters across NV. Together we’re fighting to elect pro-equality leaders who will pull the emergency brake on the Trump-Pence agenda and move equality forward. pic.twitter.com/fqidrRLcSy— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) June 11, 2018
TWO WISCONSIN SCHOOLS RECEIVE HRC FOUNDATION’S WELCOMING SCHOOLS SEAL OF EXCELLENCE: Nuestro Mundo Community School and Herbert Schenk Elementary School of the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin received the Seal of Excellence for demonstrating outstanding dedication to creating and sustaining welcoming and inclusive school environments by meeting stated benchmarks and doing innovative work to further equity and diversity. Read Pamela Cotant’s piece in the Wisconsin State Journal. More from HRC.
ANTI-EQUALITY MICHIGAN LAWMAKERS ATTEMPTING TO REVERSE RULING PROTECTING LGBTQ COMMUNITY: A group of conservative state lawmakers have asked Attorney General Bill Schuette to challenge the ruling. In May, Michigan’s Civil Rights Commission became the first commission of its kind to determine that laws prohibiting sex discrimination also prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. More from Detroit Free Press.
LOOKING AT LAWS PROTECTING LGBTQ PEOPLE IN MARYLAND, DC AND VIRGINIA: Washington Business Journal’s Carolyn Proctor (@WBJBookofLists) dives deep into the laws affecting the LGBTQ community, drawing on HRC’s State Equality Index and speaking to HRC State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel Cathryn Oakley about the steps these areas can take. More from Washington Business Journal.
TONY AWARDS HONOR LGBTQ AND ALLIED STARS: Last night, HRC supporter Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) and Josh Groban (@joshgroban) hosted the magical evening. Congratulations to the cast and crew of Angels in America (@angelsbway) for taking home three Tony Awards last night -- including openly gay actor Nathan Lane for his win for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role. This powerful story is as poignant today as it was in its debut more than 20 years ago.
- Andrew Garfield dedicated his win to the LGBTQ community, saying “I dedicate this award to the countless LGBTQ who have fought and died to protect that spirit. To protect that message for the right to live and love as we are created to.” He also mentioned Masterpiece decision, standing on the side of being #OpenToAll. More from BBC.
NOVI CITY, MICH., COUNCIL PASSES ORDINANCE TO PROTECT CITY EMPLOYEES ON THE BASIS OF GENDER IDENTITY AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION: More from Daily Tribune.
MISSISSIPPI STUDENT MAKES HISTORY AS FIRST OPENLY TRANS STUDENT TO GRADUATE FROM PASS CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL: Jorden Blosser described the support he received from his classmates in Clarion Ledger.
PRIDE MONTH ROUNDUP
HAPPY PRIDE -- HRC ON-THE-GROUND ACROSS THE COUNTRY: This weekend, HRC staff and volunteers fanned out across the country to celebrate LGBTQ Pride in the District of Columbia, Boston, Detroit, Milwaukee and more. Find your nearest pride at hrc.org/pride.
BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH LED MORE THAN 100 MAYORS IN CITY’S PRIDE PARADE: The coalition of Massachusetts mayors have come together to support the state’s nondiscrimination protections for transgender citizens. More from The Boston Globe.
What a way to celebrate #Pride2018! Yesterday, Boston Mayor @marty_walsh led more than 100 mayors from across the country yesterday in the city's parade, and launched a coalition of 320 Mayors in support of protecting MA's nondiscrimination law! https://t.co/5uhgRkn8Jl— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) June 10, 2018
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
UK FOREIGN OFFICE WARNS LGBTQ WORLD CUP FANS: The official warning to British fans traveling to Russia for the World Cup says that LGBTQ people “not only face the risk of violence from vigilante groups, but lack adequate protection from the state.” More from CNN.
DENMARK ANNOUNCES 42 INITIATIVES AS PART OF LGBT ACTION PLAN: The plan, spearheaded by Equality Minister Eva Kjer Hansen (@EvaKjerHansen), aims to prevent discrimination and promote equal opportunities for LGBTQ people. More from The Copenhagen Post.
INDIAN PSYCHIATRIC SOCIETY DECLARES THAT ‘HOMOSEXUALITY SHOULD NOT BE TREATED AS AN ILLNESS’: The group is the largest body of mental health professionals in the country. More from Gay Star News.
DESPICABLE -- ITALIAN MINISTER OF FAMILIES AND DISABILITIES CLAIMS LGBTQ FAMILES “DON’T EXIST”: More from Advocate.
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