- June 29, 2018
TOMORROW -- ACROSS THE COUNTRY, HRC MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS WILL JOIN FAIR-MINDED AMERICANS AND RALLY TO OPPOSE TRUMP-PENCE’S UNCONSCIONABLE CHOICE TO RIP APART IMMIGRANT FAMILIES: Despite Trump’s late and incomplete retreat from his cruel and dangerous policy, thousands of families have already paid the price and will continue to suffer because of his actions. As the National Immigration Law Center notes: “This executive order would have the effect of jailing, for months or even years, immigrant families seeking safety in the U.S.” On Saturday, June 30 in Washington DC, there will be a rally in Lafayette Square at 11 a.m. More from Washington Blade.
FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- HRC HONORS “CHAMPIONS” ACTOR J.J. TOTAH WITH HRC VISIBILITY AWARD: “My entire life I’ve challenged the idea of gender,” said Totah, speaking at HRC’s recent Salt Lake City dinner. “What we need to is channel our adversity and shoot back love and compassion -- with a teensy bit of shade, ok -- but love!”
.@HRC was proud to present actor J.J. Totah with the HRC Visibility Award at the 2018 HRC Salt Lake Gala. Thank you, @JJTotah, for sharing your story and encouraging us to do the same. pic.twitter.com/PoAqNLfL8P— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) June 27, 2018
ICYMI -- STARTLING HRC DATA REVEALS HALF OF LGBTQ EMPLOYEES IN THE U.S. REMAIN CLOSETED AT WORK -- UNCHANGED FOR NEARLY A DECADE: A Workplace Divided: Understanding the Climate for LGBTQ Workers Nationwide found that even with historic progress in LGBTQ equality, many barriers to full inclusion remain -- particularly within interpersonal workplace connections, including non-work conversations or outings among coworkers. More from HRC and check out these great pieces by Kari Paul (@kari_paul) in Marketwatch, Josh Ocampo in Mic and Rachel Siegel (@rachsieg) in The Washington Post.
50% of LGBTQ people remain closeted at work: For this story, I spoke to a bisexual woman in Colorado, a queer woman in Missouri, a gay man in NYC, and a nonbinary person in NYC about what it means to be "out" in the workplace https://t.co/DhdcjS6idR— Kari Paul (@kari_paul) June 27, 2018
DISGUSTING -- MAN ARRESTED FOR MURDERING GIRLFRIEND’S 10-YEAR-OLD SON WHO HAD RECENTLY COME OUT: Police arrested Kareem Leiva for the horrifying murder of Anthony Avalos, who appeared malnourished and severely beaten at the time of his death. Levia’s murder underscores the urgent need for family services, foster care and child welfare agencies to be better prepared to protect and serve all youth, including LGBTQ kids. More from USA Today and NBC.
The tragic murder of a 10-year-old who had recently come out underscores the urgent need for family services, foster care and child welfare agencies to be better prepared to protect all youth, including #LGBTQ kids. Our hearts break for Anthony Avalos.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) June 28, 2018
TOPEKA SAME-SEX COUPLE FORCED TO PRODUCE MARRIAGE LICENSE TO RECEIVE FAMILY GYM PLAN: The couple, Shelley Fisher and Shannon Donaldson, claim they were asked for proof of marriage before they were even asked their name. After going home and returning with their license, they were told by the staff that “they could have it rejected at any time.” More from The Topeka Capital-Journal.
NEARLY 75 PERCENT OF LGBTQ PEOPLE IN NORTHWEST FLORIDA EXPERIENCE “EVERYDAY DISCRIMINATION” according to a new survey. The results come after reports of Cathalina Christina James’ murder -- the third transgender woman murdered in Jacksonville this year. More from WJCT.
GAY PA STATE LAWMAKER RECEIVES HORRIFYING THREAT: The letter was sent to Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims’ (@BrianSimsPA) office, and was littered with anti-LGBTQ slurs and threats on the lawmaker’s life. More from Philly Voice.
PRIDE MONTH ROUNDUP
HRC NATIONAL PRESS SECRETARY SARAH MCBRIDE PENS OPED ABOUT PRIDE FOR MAKERS: Read the full piece here.
"[Pride] is a month about our power: the redemptive power of self-love, the singular power of our presence, and the fact that no matter the challenges that come our way, our voices will always matter."— Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) June 28, 2018
I discuss pride month in @MAKERSwomen today: https://t.co/pV5HQ5pv9a
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
CANADIAN COURT DISMISSES REQUEST FOR INJUNCTION IN CASE CHALLENGING LAW TO PROTECT LGBTQ YOUTH: An anti-equality coalition sought a temporary injunction against a law that prevents schools from informing parents if their child joined a LGBTQ school club. More from CBC.
JAPANESE CITY OF OSAKA TO BEGIN ISSUING DOCUMENTS TO RECOGNIZE SAME-SEX PARTNERSHIPS: More from Kyodo News.
HONG KONG PUBLIC LIBRARIES REMOVING LGBTQ-THEMED BOOKS FROM SHELVES: Local activists are protesting the policy, which requires a child to have parental supervision to access the books. More from Vox.
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Vanity Fair interviews François Clemmons, the openly gay actor who played Officer Clemmons on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; Patch New York City reports that the Gay Men’s Health Crisis is opening a new headquarters in Midtown; ABC sits down with Janet Mock (@janetmock), activist and writer for the hit series ‘Pose’