- May 14, 2019
SHAME -- TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN OPPOSES CIVIL RIGHTS LEGISLATION SUPPORTED BY 7 IN 10 AMERICANS, 200+ MAJOR COMPANIES & HUNDREDS OF ORGS: The Equality Act would provide clear, nationwide protections from discrimination for LGBTQ throughout daily life while expanding protections for people of color, women and people of faith. “We’re disgusted, but certainly not surprised, by Donald Trump’s announcement that he opposes the Equality Act,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “By opposing this common sense civil rights legislation, Donald Trump is ensuring that LGBTQ people remain at risk of being fired or denied housing in a majority of states.” Read more at HRC and The Washington Blade.
- More than 200 major corporations have joined HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act, and more than 500 statewide and national organizations have endorsed the legislation, including social justice, religious, medical and child welfare organizations.
TUESDAY TWEET -- CIVIL RIGHTS ICON REP. JOHN LEWIS SPEAKS OUT ON THE IMPORTANCE OF PASSING THE FEDERAL EQUALITY ACT: Rep. Lewis (@repjohnlewis) is an American hero. He has spent his life fighting for justice and equality. Now he is urging his colleagues in Congress to take the next step in that long march toward full equality by passing the Equality Act.
“It is a must that we do what is right, what is fair and what is just. This is the time to pass the #EqualityAct. We need it to set all of our people free.” - Civil rights leader @RepJohnLewis pic.twitter.com/x6s1bxV33n— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) May 12, 2019
JUSTICE FOR ROXSANA -- ONE YEAR SINCE TRANS ASYLUM SEEKER ENTERED U.S., ONLY TO DIE IN ICE CUSTODY:
Nearly a year ago, Roxsana Hernandez died while detained by @ICEgov.— TransgenderLawCenter (@TransLawCenter) April 9, 2019
Now, ICE continues to shirk responsibility by withholding records and neglecting to conduct a comprehensive investigation into her death.
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“IS THIS THE STATE MISSOURI WANTS TO BE?” -- THE KANSAS CITY STAR ON ANTI-LGBTQ ACTIVIST WHO TESTIFIED BEFORE HOUSE COMMITTEE THAT DISCRIMINATION IS OK: The Star’s editorial board, responding to Ron Calzone’s testimony that “we have a God-given right to discriminate,” wrote: “[Calzone’s] testimony was a clarifying moment: In some parts of the state, in some minds, private business signs that say ‘whites only’ or ‘no Irish need apply’ or ‘no women allowed’ are still acceptable, even laudable… The legislature should add gender and sexual orientation protections to state law this year and send the long overdue message that discrimination will not be tolerated in this state.” More from The Kansas City Star.
COULD MINNESOTA BECOME THE LATEST STATE TO PROTECT LGBTQ YOUTH FROM DANGEROUS “CONVERSION THERAPY?”: More from Star Tribune.
NEW STUDY -- WHEN LGBTQ EQUALITY IS PUBLICLY DEBATED, STUDENTS SUFFER FROM INCREASED RATES OF ANTI-LGBTQ BULLYING: “This research provides some of the first empirical evidence that public campaigns that promote stigma may confer risk for bias-based bullying among youth,” the study’s authors wrote. More from Newsweek.
SUPER DAD FIGHTS TO ENSURE HIS TRANS SON WILL NOT BE MISNAMED AT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION: Brian Thomas is the definition of a parent-advocate, launching a petition and working with Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on behalf of his son. More from NewNowNext.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
LGBTQ TAIWANESE ADVOCATES RALLY FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY AHEAD OF VOTE: On Friday, Taiwan’s legislature will vote on a bill to bring marriage equality to the island. More from Reuters.
ILGA-EUROPE REPORT WARNS THAT LGBTQ RIGHTS IN EUROPE ARE REGRESSING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A DECADE: More from PinkNews.
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The Washington Post interviews Virginia State Delegate Danica Roem; The Verge reviews the video game “Last Day of Spring,” which has a transgender main character; Queerty interviews Zach Zimmerman (@zzdoublezz), a gay comedian; Raymond Braun (@raymondbraun) unveils the trailer for his upcoming series “State of Pride”