- November 8, 2019
JEFF SESSIONS IS A DANGEROUS OPPONENT OF EQUALITY: Sessions yesterday announced a bid for the U.S. Senate. “At every point in his career, Jeff Sessions has used his power to discriminate against LGBTQ people, people of color and anyone who doesn’t look or think like him,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “From his time as Alabama Attorney General to the Senate to his horrific leadership at the Department of Justice, Sessions has systematically worked the levers of government to deny the rights of others.” More from HRC.
HRC URGES U.S. SENATE TO REJECT ANTI-LGBTQ EXTREMIST STEVEN MENASHI: The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12 to 10 to advance Menashi, a nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. “Steven Menashi has made a career of promoting anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, and has used whatever platform he’s handed -- from his college newspaper, to legal publications, to a seat at the table at the White House -- to undermine our community’s fight for equality,” said HRC President Alphonso David. More from HRC.
HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID ON THE LATEST ANTI-LGBTQ ATTACK BY TRUMP-PENCE — “THIS IS A BLANKET LICENSE TO DISCRIMINATE”: More from The Hill TV.
FEEL-GOOD FRIDAY — CAPT. AMERICA SUPPORTS EQUALITY! During an appearance on the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Chris Evans and his gay brother, Scott, shared childhood memories and little-known facts about each other. More from Pink News.
PA MOM OF TRANS SON URGES SCOTUS TO PROVIDE CLARITY THAT DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEX IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL: “I’ve been moved to tears by the support that a growing majority of Americans have shown for Aidan and other transgender young people in recent years,” writes Melissa DeStefano of Boyertown, Pennsylvania. “Understanding and affirmation is growing for LGBTQ protections, and that’s a critical piece in ensuring that everyone feels welcome and respected in our country.” More from The Morning Call.
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC. ENDORSES USE OF SINGULAR PRONOUN “THEY”: The APA joins AP Style, Merriam-Webster and a host of other style guides and dictionaries that support using a person’s pronouns and respecting a person’s gender identity. More from Out.
RESEARCHERS PUSHING TO MAKE STUDIES MORE DETAILED WHEN IT COMES TO GENDER IDENTITY: The move underscores the importance of disaggregating data on trans populations. More from STAT.
IOWA MAN CONVICTED OF HATE CRIME FOR TEARING DOWN, BURNING CHURCH’S LGBTQ PRIDE BANNER: Adolfo Martinez admitted to a local TV station that he targeted the Ames United Church of Christ because of its LGBTQ acceptance. More from Ames Tribune.
PALANA BELKEN BECOMES FIRST OPENLY TRANS PERSON ELECTED TO A CITY COUNCIL IN NEW HAMPSHIRE: More from Fosters.
DECEMBER 2 — NATIONAL CATHEDRAL TO DEDICATE PLAQUE TO MATTHEW SHEPARD: Shepard, brutally murdered in a hate crime in 1998, was interred at the Cathedral last year. More from Washingtonian.
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THE BALLROOM SCENE IN PHOTOS — HOW DANCE, ART AND FASHION COMBINES TO CREATE COMMUNITY FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE OF COLOR: More from The Atlantic.
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MALAYSIA COURT SENTENCES FIVE MEN TO JAIL, CANING BECAUSE THEY ARE LGBTQ: More from Reuters.
ANTI-LGBTQ ACTIVISTS ARE ATTEMPTING TO BLOCK THE PREMIERE OF A GEORGIAN FILM: The film centers on the love story of Merab and Irakli, two men in a Georgian ballet company. More from Reuters.
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NPR talks to gay Black writer and author of the memoir How We Fight for our Lives Saeed Jones (@theferocity); Boston.com interviews Mimi Lemay (@mimislemay), a member of HRC’s Parents for Transgender Equality Council, about her new memoir; Culture Map Dallas reports on the local Black Tie Gala, which benefited the Human Rights Campaign Foundation; The Good Men Project sits down with Adrian Miller, a gay man from Jamacia who received asylum in the U.S.