#AM_Equality August 18, 2020

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: Trump admin rule stripping anti-discrimination protections WILL NOT go into effect; District Court blocks Idaho’s anti-trans HB 500

77 DAYS

BREAKING -- TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN RULE TO STRIP HEALTH CARE PROTECTIONS FROM TRANSGENDER AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING PEOPLE WILL NOT GO INTO EFFECT: Thanks to our lawsuit, the Trump-Pence administration’s recently published regulation, which would illegally strip away critical anti-discrimination protections in the Affordable Care Act, is halted due to a preliminary injunction. More from HRC, Bloomberg Law, CNN and The Washington Post.

The 2020 Democratic National Convention kicked off last night as we heard from national and state leaders, community advocates, frontline workers fighting COVID-19 and first-time voters -- all engaged around electing Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and pro-equality candidates this fall. We saw Danica Roem and Megan Rapinoe shining on screen for LGBTQ representation; Milkwaukee’s Rep. Gwen Moore energized to elect Biden and Harris; Eva Longoria underscoring how COVID-19 disproportionately impacts people of color across the country; leaders such as Govs. Andrew Cuomo, Gretchen Whitmer, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, Sens. Cortez-Masto and Bernie Sanders reminding us what is at stake this election; a fiery performance from LGBTQ icon Billy Porter; and a powerful message from former First Lady Michelle Obama on the power of empathy and why we must vote like never before to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

VOTO LATINO CEO MARIA TERESA (@MariaTeresa1) KUMAR DISCUSSES ON ENGAGING WITH LATINX VOTERS TO REGISTER TO VOTE: Watch at MSNBC.

U.S. ASYLUM SHUTDOWN LEAVES LGBTQ PEOPLE DISPLACED AND AT RISK DANGER IN MEXICO: More from The New Humanitarian.

POLAND THREATENS TO CHALLENGE EUROPEAN UNION’S DECISION TO WITHHOLD FUND TO TOWNS ACCUSED OF SETTING UP SO-CALLED “LGBTQ-FREE ZONES”: More from Openly.

🇺🇸 IN THE STATES

VICTORY -- U.S. DISTRICT COURT GRANTS INJUNCTION AGAINST ENFORCEMENT OF IDAHO’S DISCRIMINATORY, ANTI-TRANS HB 500: U.S. District Judge David Nye has granted a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of Idaho’s discriminatory anti-transgender law, HB 500, finding that the state’s interest was not justifiable but rather “an invalid interest of excluding transgender women and girls from women’s sports entirely.” “Today’s decision is a huge, positive step forward for transgender athletes in Idaho and around the country,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Everyone should be able to play sports, and gender identity should not be a barrier to participation.” HRC is grateful to the leadership of groups and activists, including ACLU, on the ground that have been fighting against the spate of anti-LGBTQ legislation in Idaho. More from HRC.

  • Banning trans women from athletics hurts all women: “[Idaho’s] HB 500 does not support women,” writes opinion writer Morgan Barron. “Instead, it plays into the cultural trope that women need to be protected and ignorantly labels trans women as other.” More from the Daily Utah Chronicle.

ENERGIZING THE BLACK LGBTQ VOTE IN MICHIGAN: LGBT Detroit was awarded a grant to combat voter suppression and expand efforts to engage with Black LGBTQ voters. More from The Advocate.

Have news? Send us your news and tips at AMEquality@hrc.org. Click here to subscribe to #AM_Equality and follow @HRC for all the latest news. Thanks for reading!

Topics:
A.M. Equality