- October 12, 2018
THIS WEEKEND -- HRC ENGAGING VOTERS AT NEARLY 1,000 GOTV EVENTS ACROSS 69 KEY RACES DURING NATIONAL WEEKEND OF ACTION: With less than 25 days until Election Day, HRC is launching a National Weekend of Action to mobilize voters for the critically important midterms. Spearheaded by HRC’s on-the-ground staff and 32 local volunteer steering committees across the country, HRC will work to #TurnOUT the vote for HRC-endorsed candidates through phone banks, canvassing, early vote rallies, and more. With more than 140 staff deployed around the country, HRC has already:
- Had more than 2,600 volunteers complete nearly 14,500 volunteer hours;
- Trained more than 1,550 local advocates;
- And helped more than 33,400 people register to vote.
More from HRC.
“All across the nation, never before have Americans been more engaged, energized, or ready to turn resistance into action,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “For more than a year, HRC has been engaged in our largest grassroots expansion as we work to turn out millions of Equality Voters in crucial battleground states. Our National Weekend of Action builds on that unprecedented mobilization effort as we sprint toward the finish line and work to pull the emergency brake on the Trump-Pence administration this November.”
20 YEARS AFTER MATTHEW SHEPARD’S BRUTAL MURDER, LGBTQ PEOPLE ARE STILL FACING EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE: HRC joins the nation in remembering Matthew Shepard today, and calls on policymakers at all levels to act with urgency in addressing the ongoing epidemic of anti-LGBTQ violence, particularly targeting transgender women of color. “As we reflect on the last two decades of work in honor of our son Matt, we still grieve, but are thankful to partners like HRC for amplifying our voices,” said Judy Shepard (@WyoJudyShepard), mother of Matthew Shepard, President of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and a member of the HRC Foundation Board. “The work that we have coalesced around, catalyzed by our son's death, has changed the lives of so many in our country, and we are thankful for that. Said HRC President Chad Griffin: “The world will never forget Matthew Shepard.” Read more at HRC.
- Teen Vogue’s Danielle Corcione (@decorcione) recounts how Matthew Shepard’s murder inspired comprehensive hate crimes legislation. Read it here.
- HRC’s Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) joins a conversation on WNYC about the rise in violence targeting transgender people. Listen here.
HRC LAUNCHES MUNICIPAL EQUALITY INDEX IN MILWAUKEE: More from CBS Milwaukee.
Cities like Milwaukee are leading the way in advancing LGBTQ equality for their residents & visitors. Honored to join @MayorOfMKE, @Fair_Wisconsin, city and state leaders, and grassroots advocates to announce Milwaukee’s perfect 100 score on @HRC’s 2018 Municipal Equality Index! pic.twitter.com/tr00mXWcOD— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) October 11, 2018
- In Reno yesterday, HRC’s JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president for policy and political affairs, joined city officials and local advocates to celebrate the Nevada city’s MEI score of 100. More from ABC Channel 8.
IT’S THE VOTER SUPPRESSION REUNION TOUR! PENCE TO HIT CAMPAIGN TRAIL FOR KOBACH, ONLY KANSAS GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE WHO DOES NOT SUPPORT PROTECTIONS FOR LGBTQ STATE WORKERS: More from KWCH.
HRC PROMOTES WORKPLACE EQUALITY AT MAJOR LGBT BUSINESS SUMMIT IN JAPAN: During the Work with Pride summit in Tokyo this week, HRC announced a partnership with Good Aging Yells to promote LGBTQ inclusion across workplaces in Japan. “We are delighted to be working with Good Aging Yells as it continues the momentum for LGBTQ equality in Japan and generates interest among major corporations to invest in inclusion and take advantage of the benefits that translate into a better corporate culture,” said Deena Fidas, Director of the HRC Foundation’s Global Workplace Equality Program. Read more at HRC.
FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- STEPHANIE BEATRIZ TAKES OVER HRC’S TWITTER FOR NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY: Stephanie Beatriz -- an actress, proud Argentinian American immigrant and bisexual woman -- joined HRC for an #HRCTwitterTakeover during Latinx Heritage Month to mark the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day.
13/13 This #NationalComingOutDay know that I see you. ���� ������. Whether you’re out to everyone or just starting to come out to yourself, you’re not alone. Together we’re making a community where each of us can be our authentic selves. -@IAmStephBeatz #HRCTwitterTakeover pic.twitter.com/GgdtR9tWj1— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) October 11, 2018
HRC JOINS AMICUS BRIEF URGING 3RD CIRCUIT COURT TO UPLOAD PHILADELPHIA’S PRO-LGBTQ CHILD WELFARE POLICIES: More from Metro Weekly.
HRC ENDORSES PERRY GERSHON FOR U.S. CONGRESS (NY-1): “Perry Gershon is the clear choice for Long Island’s fair-minded voters who want a champion for equality in Congress,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse.More from HRC.
HRC ENDORSES TODD LITTON FOR U.S. CONGRESS (TX-2): “Todd Litton is the clear choice for fair-minded Texans who want a leader committed to restoring common sense and common decency by putting people ahead of politics,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. More from HRC.
EAU CLAIRE, WISC., BECOMES THIRD WISCONSIN CITY TO PROTECT LGBTQ YOUTH FROM DANGEROUS “CONVERSION THERAPY”: “In the face of anti-LGBTQ attacks from state and national politicians, cities and states are stepping up to move equality forward,” said HRC Wisconsin State Director Wendy Strout. More from HRC.
HORRIBLE -- ANTI-LGBTQ CALIFORNIA U.S. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE ATTACKS TRANS VET ON BILLBOARD: Tim Donnelly, candidate for the state’s 8th congressional district, used a photo of trans vet Allison Hannan without her permission. More from ThinkProgress.
- And in Nashville, 12 government employees are accused of posting unsolicited photos of a transgender woman on the internet and cruelly mocking her. More from Scoop Nashville.
WATCH NICOLE MAINES, FIRST OPENLY TRANS ACTRESS TO PLAY SUPERHERO, ON ELLEN: More from The Hollywood Reporter.
WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NEW YORK, UNAMIOUSLY VOTES TO PROTECT LGBTQ YOUTH FROM SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: More from Westchester Journal News.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
POLISH HIGH COURT RULES SAME-SEX COUPLE CAN BOTH REGISTER AS CHILD’S PARENTS: More from Reuters.
HRC TRAVELS TO INDONESIA TO DISCUSS EQUALITY WITH WORLD BANK: HRC joined Southeast Asian LGBTQ activists in a meeting to discuss advancing greater inclusion of LGBTQ people in World Bank-funded programs. More from HRC.
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