- October 30, 2017
#HRCNATIONALDINNER: The 21st annual HRC National Dinner took place Saturday in Washington, D.C., bringing together more than 3,500 LGBTQ advocates and allies. Hillary Rodham Clinton (@HillaryClinton), Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos), two-time Emmy Award-winning actress Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) and U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (@KamalaHarris) joined trailblazing activist and athlete Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing), multi-platinum selling band DNCE (@DNCE), Gold Star father Khizr Khan, and many more at the sold-out event. More from HRC and Metro Weekly.
- Check out videos from the night at HRC’s YouTube.
“I WON’T BE SILENCED, AND I HOPE YOU WON’T EITHER” -- HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON AT THE HRC NATIONAL DINNER: “We have to stay engaged at every level,” Clinton said. “It is just wrong that in 2017 you can lose your job, or lose your home, or, if this administration gets its way, be denied a wedding cake simply because of who you are or who you love. And the laws that we’re seeing in places like North Carolina and Mississippi that give states and businesses a license to discriminate underscore how urgent this is.” More from Bustle, HuffPost and Newsweek.
HAPPENING TODAY -- AMICUS BRIEFS TO BE FILED IN SCOTUS CASE INVOLVING CAKE BAKER WHO WANTS TO DISCRIMINATE: Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission is a case pending at the Supreme Court of the United States involving a baker who in 2012 refused to provide a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Last year, the Colorado Supreme Court upheld a ruling by the Colorado Court of Appeals that bakery owner Jack Phillips cannot cite religious beliefs or free speech in order to discriminate against same-sex couples. Amicus briefs in support of the same-sex couple and the the Colorado Civil Rights Commission must be filed at the Supreme Court of the United States today. Oral arguments will be heard by the Court on December 5.
MONDAY MUST WATCH -- MULTILINGUAL AD CELEBRATES SUPPORTIVE ASIAN PARENTS: The advertisement, by the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance and Asian Pride Project, has versions in Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese Tagalog and Hindi. Watch all nine videos here. More from PrideSource.
TRANSGENDER TEEN ACTIVIST TRINITY NEAL TALKS ABOUT HER JOURNEY: Trinity Neal, daughter of founding member of HRC Parents for Transgender Equality Council member DeShanna Neal, came out as transgender in kindergarten several years ago. But when her school rejected Trinity, her mother, DeShanna, was forced to quit her job to homeschool her daughter and sons. Learn more about this family’s touching story from Essence.
NEW REPORT SHOWS HEALTH DISPARITIES AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST TRANSGENDER LATINX COMMUNITY: The report from the National Center for Transgender Equality and TransLatin@ Coalition finds that transgender Latinx people suffer from poverty, health issues and discrimination at disproportionate rates. More from NBC.
RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION CONSIDERING STATEWIDE PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER STUDENTS: All but nine Rhode Island school districts have policies in place to protect transgender students from discrimination, but a petition from the local ACLU has inspired discussions to create a statewide policy. More from WPRI.
FAITH LEADERS LEADING THE FIGHT FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY: These leaders are LGBTQ advocates who use their faith as the very foundation to spread equality and acceptance. They inspire us to lift up our own voices, confident in the knowledge that the love and compassion that defines the LGBTQ community will always provide a spiritual home. Check out profiles of nine leaders from HRC.
SCOTTISH PRIEST PUBLICLY SUPPORTS LGBTQ STUDENTS BY JOINING ANTI-BULLYING INITIATIVE: Father Paul Morton of St. Bride's Parish (Catholic) Church said anti-LGBTQ bullying should be a “thing of the past,” and has teamed up with Scotland’s “Time for Inclusive Education” program to fight anti-LGBTQ bullying. More from Evening Times and The Scotsman.
SEE YA, WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA! ANTI-LGBTQ JUDGE TO RESIGN FOLLOWING ETHICS INQUIRY: Judge W. Mitchell Nance, a family court judge in Kentucky, refused to hear adoption cases involving same-sex parents. His outrageous reasoning was that he does not believe same-sex parents are in the “best interests” of a child. His request to avoid cases involving adoptions by same-sex couples was subsequently denied. More from The Washington Post.
SINGER-SONGWRITER TEDDY GEIGER ANNOUNCES TRANSITION: “Love it or hate this is who i have been for a looooong time,” wrote Geiger (@TeddyGeiger) in an Instagram comment to a fan. Thank you for living your truth! More from People.
HORRIFYING -- GAY MOROCCAN ASYLUM SEEKER’S CLAIM DENIED IN UNITED KINGDOM: Abderrahim, who is also living with HIV, had his claim for asylum rejected. In Morocco, same-sex intimate relationships are punishable by up to three years in prison. More from The Guardian.
MORNING MUST-READ -- NYT, “WHY IS THE EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT SO AFRAID OF A RAINBOW FLAG?”: Writes The New York Times’ Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy): “Morality crusades unite military regimes and religious zealots alike. [Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi], a former army general who became president after forcing out Mohamed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood, understands the potency of connecting the catchall ‘national security’ to ‘inciting debauchery’ as a deliberate reminder that the Islamists do not hold the copyright on piety.” More from The New York Times.