Trump, allies out-of-step with U.S. Catholic Voters; LGBTQ helplines seeing surge in calls during COVID-19.
TRUMP, ALLIES OUT-OF-STEP WITH U.S. CATHOLIC VOTERS: Last week, Trump’s campaign announced its “Catholics for Trump” coalition -- elevating extremists and cementing Trump and his campaign as out of step with modern Catholic voters. U.S. Catholics are more likely to support LGBTQ rights than the average American largely due to Catholic values of inclusion and justice. More from HRC.
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND HRC CALL FOR STATEMENT ASSURING EQUAL TREATMENT AT FRANKLIN GRAHAM-BACKED COVID-19 FIELD HOSPITAL: “We call on Franklin Graham and Samaritan’s Purse to issue a public statement assuring LGBTQ+ New Yorkers that they will receive equal treatment and respect at this operation. Mount Sinai Hospital, one of many medical centers undertaking the herculean task of caring for our city’s sick, and the City of New York must continue to closely monitor the field hospital to ensure the rights of all New Yorkers being treated at the facility,” reads a statement by Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) (@RepEspaillat).
MONDAY MUST READ -- RACIAL DISPARITIES IN COVID-19 RESPONSE: The federal government is failing to address or even acknowledge the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color and the LGBTQ community. Instead, they have limited access to health care by refusing to reopen the ACA exchanges and spouted untruth after untruth about the crisis. Trump, Pence and our entire federal government are failing us. “We may be waiting for a racial time bomb to explode with this disease,” writes Charles Blow (@CharlesMBlow) in The New York Times.
When it comes to the coronavirus pandemic, "people like to say 'we’re all in this together,'" writes @CharlesMBlow. "Black people have every right to respond, 'but will we all emerge from it together?'" https://t.co/f0guX6Gewp— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) April 3, 2020
LGBTQ HELPLINES SEEING SURGE IN CALLS DURING COVID-19: More from Gay Star News.
COVID-19 STIMULUS PLAN EARMARKS $155 MILLION FOR HIV ORGANIZATIONS: More from The Advocate.
SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN (D-WI) ON THE NEED FOR MORE LGBTQ ELECTED OFFICIALS: “This upward cycle of representation and leadership builds the foundation of a political pipeline. When supplemented with sufficient financial resources, this pipeline, at its best, ensures that those often left outside of the decision-making room have a viable path in,” writes Senator Baldwin (@tammybaldwin). “And right now, there is an urgent need for a strong, inclusive pipeline for LGBTQ people.” More from The New York Times.
IN THE STATES
NEW YORK STATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS AND COUPLES, INCLUDING LGBTQ PEOPLE, WHO ARE BUILDING THEIR FAMILIES:
Today, New York passed the Child-Parent Security Act, important legislation that will support & protect individuals & couples who rely on medical advances to build their families. This is a crucial victory for LGBTQ New Yorkers seeking to have a child. https://t.co/nSiobMM4ix— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) April 2, 2020
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISC. WILL EXPAND ACCESS AND EASE OF ABSENTEE VOTING: “In the age of COVID-19, expanding access to absentee and mail-in voting is absolutely crucial to ensuring a safe and smooth voting process,” said HRC Wisconsin State Director Wendy Strout. “[This] decision strengthens our democracy and opens the door for more participation in the Wisconsin Spring Election. The Human Rights Campaign applauds the court for its inclusive decision as well as civil rights groups and leaders across Wisconsin for their advocacy to remove barriers to safe voting across the state.”
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
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The Randy Report interviews Justin Utley (@JustinUtley), an LGBTQ musician; Book Riot highlights 15 books for middle schoolers with LGBTQ themes; WMFE looks at a show of local LGBTQ performers to raise funds for non-profits during COVID-19