- September 23, 2019
REP. JENNIFER WEXTON, AYANNA PRESSLEY LEAD EFFORTS TO STOP HUD’S DISCRIMINATORY PROPOSED RULE TO STRIP TRANSGENDER PROTECTIONS: More from HRC.
Today, @RepPressley and I wrote to @SecretaryCarson, along with 59 of our colleagues, to demand LGBTQ protections be reinstated in HUD's grant making process.— Rep. Jennifer Wexton (@RepWexton) September 19, 2019
HUD should not allow housing providers to discriminate—and I can’t believe we have to say that. pic.twitter.com/iXdzzhm8fk
TODAY IS CELEBRATE BISEXUAL VISIBILITY DAY:
Too often bisexual people are excluded from LGBTQ spaces and are invisible to each other—all things that can make the journey of living authentically incredibly daunting.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) September 23, 2019
This #BiVisibilityDay, know that your experiences are valid and you are seen. https://t.co/f4nAvLDPZN pic.twitter.com/jvGfTRXANN
MUST READ MONDAY -- WE’RE STILL FIGHTING A NEW “DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL”: Eight years since DADT was repealed, Modern Military Association of America’s Stephen Peters (@stephenpeters2) writes in The Advocate about the latest battle for equality in the military -- ending the discriminatory Trump-Pence administration ban on transgender servicemembers. More from The Advocate.
TRANSGENDER WOMAN SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES IN HATE CRIME FRIDAY, DALLAS POLICE SAY: According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, police said a man pulled alongside the victim and yelled "a number of slurs about her gender identity," then fired multiple shots, striking her in the chest and arm. Read more at the Dallas Morning News.
ANTI-LGBTQ ROBERT DESTRO CONFIRMED AS STATE DEPT ASS. SEC OF STATE FOR DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND LABOR: “Throughout his career, Mr. Destro has focused a great deal of his writings on rejecting advances for LGBTQ human rights,” reads a letter from HRC Government Affairs David Stacy to the U.S. Senate in opposition to Destro’s nomination. More from Washington Blade.
AT EMMY’S, LAVERNE COX AND ACLU’S CHASE STRANGIO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT UPCOMING SCOTUS ARGUMENTS ON LEGAL PROTECTIONS FOR LGBTQ EMPLOYEES:
- Category is… history in the making! Billy Porter (@TheBillyPorter) became the first ever gay Black man to be nominated for, and also win, an Emmy for Lead Actor in a Drama Series, for his role as Pray Tell in Pose. More from Variety.
- While on stage accepting an Emmy for her work in The Act, Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) paid tribute to her late trans sister: "I'm in mourning every day of my life, Alexis, and I will be the rest of my life for you "until we just change the world so that trans people aren't persecuted." Read more at ABC.
- Other LGBTQ and allied winners included Ben Whishaw and RuPaul’s Drag Race. See the full list at The New York Times.
HOW MAJOR CORPORATIONS ARE STANDING UP TO END GUN VIOLENCE: More from Axios.
QUEER EYE’S JONATHAN VAN NESS (@JVN) BRAVELY OPENS UP ABOUT SURVIVING SEXUAL ABUSE AND LIVING WITH HIV: Thank you to Van Ness for sharing his story and working to end the stigma facing people living with HIV. More from The New York Times.
SHAWNEE MISSION, KS. SCHOOL DISTRICT VOTES TO ADD LGBTQ PROTECTIONS TO ITS NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY: More from AP.
THE ADVOCATE SPOTLIGHTS LGBTQ RIGHTS RECORD OF DEM PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES: Read the piece in The Advocate.
I MADE YOU PICKLES, IN SOLIDARITY -- A SYMBOL FOR TRANS EQUALITY: In her regular column for the New York Times, trans activist and writer Jennifer Finney Boylan (@JennyBoylan) writes about how the pickle is a symbol for transgender equality, and says she receives a lot of them from her readers. While thankful for the gifts, she writes: “But if given a choice between a pickle, and say, justice, I’d have to go with the latter,” pointing to the ongoing epidemic of violence against transgender women -- most women of color -- and how trans individuals are still at risk of being fired in 26 states. Read her full oped in The New York Times.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
REPORTED ANTI-LGBTQ MOTIVATED HATE CRIMES ON THE RISE IN THE UK: A BBC 5 Live investigation found the number of hate crime reports across the UK more than doubled in the last five years, to over 13,000. More from BBC.
READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!
Vice highlights female pastors who are working to create a welcoming and supportive space for LGBTQ Christians to express their faith