- September 24, 2018
Senate should halt confirmation process of Kavanaugh until allegations of sexual assault from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford & Deborah Ramirez are fully investigated. Rushing process does a great disservice to these brave women — as well as to our country and SCOTUS. #BelieveSurvivors https://t.co/qiJKIOUiAR— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) September 24, 2018
HRC CALLS ON DHS TO ADDRESS ALARMING RATE OF SEXUAL ABUSE FACED BY LGBTQ PEOPLE IN ICE DETENTION: “The dangerous levels of reported sexual abuse that LGBTQ people face while in immigration detention indicate that ICE is failing to adequately prioritize their safety and well-being,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy (@david_stacy) in the letter to Secretary Nielsen. “I urge you to address these deficiencies immediately and ensure that all detainees are treated with the respect and dignity all people deserve, no matter who they are or whom they love.” LGBTQ people make up less than one percent of people in immigration detention, but account for a shocking 12 percent of the reported victims of sexual abuse and assault in ICE detention. More from HRC.
MUST WATCH MONDAY -- MIKE PENCE JOINED “CONVERSION THERAPY” ADVOCATES AND OTHER ANTI-LGBTQ EXTREMISTS OVER THE WEEKEND: On Saturday, Pence spoke at the so-called Values Voters Summit following an execrable panel featuring Elizabeth Johnston, who has threatened violence against transgender people and promotes the dangerous and abusive practice of conversion therapy on children, and Paul McHugh, a doctor who has slurred and denied the existence of transgender people. Seb Gorka, former advisor to Donald Trump and notable white supremacist, was also featured. Said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy: “Once again, Mike Pence is making clear that he stands with many organizations and leaders who promote hate and fear. We know those are not true American values.” More from HRC and Los Angeles Blade.
Here's who @mike_pence joined at #VVS18:— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) September 23, 2018
❌Nazi-allied Sebastian Gorka: Has ties to the alt-right
❌”Conversion therapy” advocate Elizabeth Johnston: Said being gay is an "abomination"
❌Junk scientist Paul McHugh: Said trans people have a "mental disorder" #NotOurValues pic.twitter.com/mnxVzl5fEc
TODAY -- RALLY IN MIAMI TO SUPPORT FLORIDA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE ANDREW GILLUM: HRC, SAVE and Equality Florida will rally in support of the candidate. More from CBS 12.
HRC ENDORSES KATIE HILL FOR U.S. CONGRESS (CA-25): “Katie Hill is the clear choice for voters who believe in fairness, justice, and equality for all,” said HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “The hard-working families of California’s 25th Congressional District deserve a representative who is committed to defending their values, standing up to this administration’s attacks on equality, and fighting to secure a stronger future for every American.” More from HRC.
HRC ANNOUNCES SLATE OF ENDORSEMENTS IN MICHIGAN STATE LEGISLATIVE RACES: “As we face ongoing attacks at from the Trump-Pence Administration and the threat of anti-LGBTQ extremist Bill Schuette in the governor’s office, investing in races up and down the ballot has never been more important,” said HRC Michigan State Director Amritha Venkataraman. “With a pro-equality majority, we can finally pass state level non-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and make Michigan a welcoming and inclusive place for all.” More from HRC.
- HRC is heartened that Grand Rapids businesses and business leaders are supporting the LGBTQ community, and standing up for equality. That makes the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s endorsement of anti-LGBTQ gubnatorial candidate Bill Schuette all the more disappointing and out of step. More from Detroit Free Press.
WEST HOLLYWOOD HOLDS BISEXUAL+ PRIDE EVENT: More from Los Angeles Blade.
TWO ARRESTED IN OKLAHOMA FOR ALLEGEDLY USING LGBTQ DATING APP TO LURE, KIDNAP AND ROB PEOPLE: More from OUT Magazine.
OHIO TEACHER SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY FOR ALLEGEDLY ADVOCATING ON BEHALF OF HER TRANS STUDENTS: During a school board meeting, Lakota Schools teacher Emilly Osterling spoke in support of a policy protecting trans students. More from WCPO.
TEXAS TEACHER PLACED ON LEAVE IS SUING FOR ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION: Mansfield, Texas, teacher Stacy Bailey was placed on paid administrative leave after parents complained because she is LGBTQ. More from Star-Telegram.
FORMER NURSING ASSISTANT SUES FORMER EMPLOYER, ALLEGING SHE WAS FIRED FOR BEING TRANSGENDER: More from Lehigh Valley Live.
COLLEGE SOCCER PLAYER FILES TITLE IX COMPLAINT AFTER BEING HECKLED, SUBJECTED TO ANTI-LGBTQ SLURS BY FANS: More from NewNowNext.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER REJECTS NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION’S PRO-EQUALITY RECOMMENDATIONS: More from Free Malaysia Today.
KENYAN JUDGE LIFTS BAN ON FILM WITH SAME-SEX COUPLE, ALLOWING IT TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE OSCARS: More from Gay Star News.
HRC SPEAKS TO COSTA RICAN LGBTQ ADVOCATE ON COUNTRY’S JOURNEY TO MARRIAGE EQUALITY: More from HRC.
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