#AM_Equality: August 14, 2020

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC endorses slate of pro-equality candidates across the country; Trump won’t fund USPS, blocking efforts to expand mail-in voting.

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HRC ENDORSES A SLATE OF PRO-EQUALITY CANDIDATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY: In addition to our expansive volunteer network, HRC will have at least 51 full-time staff in seven priority states (Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin) and an additional 26 staff focused on a second tier of states. While in person organizing has been limited by the COVID-19 pandemic, HRC has embraced digital organizing, launching a new tool called TEAM allowing our broad network of volunteers and steering committees to engage their networks personally and hundreds of virtual phone banks and text banks to engage pro-equality voters even without the ability to interact in person.

  • Decades of advocacy and hard work by LGBTQ advocates and elected leaders have made Nevada a national leader on LGBTQ equality. HRC’s endorsement of 39 candidates for the Nevada State Legislature marks the next step of our efforts to support continued progress and elect as many pro-equality allies as possible to ensure all LGBTQ Nevadans have full legal equality. More from HRC.
  • In Michigan, HRC announced its endorsement of 15 pro-equality candidates for the Michigan State Legislature as well as Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack’s re-election. More from HRC.
  • HRC’s endorsement of 12 candidates for the Colorado State Legislature marks the next step of our efforts to ensure the Colorado General Assembly remains a friend to the LGBTQ community and a national leader in advancing equality. More from HRC.
  • Arizona is one of 29 states that lack explicit state-level protections for LGBTQ people. HRC has endorsed 30 candidates in Arizona in hopes that the Arizona Legislature can finally send a bill to Gov. Ducey’s desk to ensure these protections. More from HRC.
  • HRC’s North Carolina endorsements mark the next step of our efforts to limit the power of our opponents and elect as many pro-equality allies as possible to ensure all LGBTQ North Carolinians have the protections they deserve. More from HRC.
  • Wisconsin is fortunate to have a pro-equality governor in Tony Evers, but progress enacting pro-LGBTQ laws has been stymied by legislative leadership. HRC is proud to endorse 10 champions for LGBTQ equality who have led the fight in their own communities and on the state level to advance equality and defend against attempts to roll back LGBTQ rights. More from HRC.
  • HRC has endorsed Mike Cooney for Governor of Montana as well as several candidates for the Montana State Legislature. More from HRC.
  • HRC’s work will not be finished until we have more elected leaders in Des Moines who believe in the rights and dignity of LGBTQ Iowans. We are proud to endorse 17 champions of LGTBQ equality who have led the fight in their own communities and on the state level to advance equality and defend against attempts to roll back LGBTQ rights. More from HRC.

TRUMP WON’T FUND U.S. POSTAL SERVICE, BLOCKING EFFORTS TO EXPAND MAIL-IN VOTING: The U.S. Postal Service must have the resources it needs to facilitate a safe and fair election amid a global pandemic. Voters across the country, especially those from marginalized communities, will be facing unprecedented challenges to safely make their voices heard in this pivotal election. As more Americans die of COVID-19, voters want and deserve safe voting options, the President’s attempts at voter suppression notwithstanding.

TODAY AT 3 P.M. ET -- HRC’S ALPHONSO DAVID AND MICHAEL VAZQUEZ TO APPEAR ON PANEL ADDRESSING ANTI-LGBTQ SENTIMENTS IN THE LATINX COMMUNITY: The panel will be hosted by the League of United Latin American Citizens. Please register here if you'd like to attend.

THE LEGACY OF LGBTQ PEOPLE IN THE AUTO AND TECH INDUSTRIES: Jeremy Alicandri (@JeremyAlicandri) writes for Forbes about the LGBTQ heroes in these industries, including Lynn Conway (@lynnconway), who bravely came out as transgender in the 1960s, and was fired soon after from IBM. "Lynn's story so clearly captures the business impact of failing to be an inclusive and welcoming employer through the loss of talent, innovation, and lucrative patents,” said HRC Workplace Equality Director Beck Bailey (@TheBeckBailey). “This cautionary tale extends to all workers and their contributions to the business -- engineers such as Lynn as well as store clerks, manufacturing line workers, and office personnel. No business can afford to lose talented and productive staff simply because they are LGBTQ. More from Forbes.

  • During the writing of this article, IBM expressed regret for their actions against Conway, and has apologized.
  • Over the last 20 years, IBM has become a leader in transgender inclusion in the workplace.

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA VOTES TO PROTECT LGBTQ PEOPLE FROM SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: They are the first state in Australia to make such a change. More from Reuters.

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