#AM_Equality August 27, 2020

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC launches new video on Trump-Pence administration’s lies to voters; HRC marks 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment

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LIES AND LIES AND LIES: After claiming to be an ally, Trump and his administration have attacked LGBTQ rights at every opportunity. Now they’re trying to gaslight us again. But don’t worry, we aren’t fooled -- and neither are Equality Voters.

  • HRC launched a new video yesterday, just in time for Richard Grenell’s speech last night. The video, entitled “Liar, Liar,” focuses on the Trump-Pence administration’s abysmal record on LGBTQ rights and the Trump campaign’s attempt to lie to voters.
  • As Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) reports for The New York Times, Trump and Pence are trying to find any avenue possible to target LGBTQ voters, even by attempting to divide the community. “The Trump administration is looking to drive a wedge within the L.G.B.T.Q. community between L.G.B. and T.,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “We’re not taking the bait.”
  • Not even RNC senior advisor Richard Grenell can point to policy accomplishments to support their claim that Trump is the “most pro-gay president ever.” After his speech at the RNC last night, HRC President Alphonso David said, “‘Gaslight Grenell’ doesn’t speak for LGBTQ people or our movement… Trump and his campaign are attempting to win our allies’ votes while ignoring our community’s voices and disregarding the dignity of our lives.”
  • HRC has been keeping the receipts of Trump’s attacks on LGBTQ people since he took office. Take a look back here.

ALONGSIDE RICHARD GRENELL, SEVERAL ANTI-LGBTQ SPEAKERS WERE PRESENT AT THE RNC LAST NIGHT: Burgess Owens, Dan Crenshaw, Jack Brewer and Mike Pence all have anti-LGBTQ track records and spoke yesterday evening.

  • Mike Pence is the worst vice president for LGBTQ people in modern history. From his years in Congress to his time as Governor and his current role facilitating many of Trump’s anti-LGBTQ actions, Mike Pence has been a willing and eager participant in the campaign against LGBTQ equality.
  • Burgess Owens said LGBTQ organizations were “anti-God leftist groups.” Watch here.
  • Jack Brewer attacked Obama for normalizing “Black gay culture.” Read the tweets here.
  • Dan Crenshaw mocked non-binary people in a rant against identity politics earlier this month. This type of dehumanization is what has led to 2020 being on track to have the highest rate of deadly violence against trans and gender non-conforming people ever recorded by HRC. Watch here.

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID, 331 LGBTQ OFFICIALS PEN OP-ED DENOUNCING TRUMP, ANTI-LGBTQ POLICIES: “The next 67 days will be crucial to the future of our democracy,” write David and the more than 300 officials supporting the op-ed. “In Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, our path forward can be one of hope and progress again.” Read the full piece from USA Today.

THROWBACK THURSDAY -- YESTERDAY, HRC MARKED THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ADOPTION OF THE 19TH AMENDMENT: “By now, we should all be able to vote. By now, we should all be free,” writes HRC Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director Rebecca Hershey. “But the 19th Amendment was not enough to secure voting rights -- or freedom -- for all. And in communities across America right now, citizens are being denied the recognition of full citizenship: denied the right to vote and denied access to voting.” More from HRC.

📚 NON-PROFIT PRIDE AND LESS PREJUDICE ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN TO INCLUDE MORE LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE BOOKS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: Read more about the #ReadOutProud campaign here.

✏️ JENNIFER LOPEZ SHARES THAT HER NIBLING, BRENDON, WILL BE A FEATURED IN A SHORT FILM TITLED “DRAW WITH ME”: More from NBC Out.

VA. STATE DELEGATE DANICA ROEM SHARES HEARTWARMING STORY ABOUT JOE BIDEN: More from LGBTQ Nation.

🇺🇸 IN THE STATES

APPEALS COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF GAVIN GRIMM, SAYS SCHOOLS CANNOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST TRANS AND NON-BINARY STUDENTS: More from HRC.

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