#AM_Equality Tipsheet: May 15, 2019

by HRC Staff

Jamie Lee Curtis, Billie Jean King, Faith leaders support of Equality Act; Anti-LGBTQ Dan Bishop wins NC-9 primary

ANTI-LGBTQ DAN BISHOP, CHIEF ARCHITECT OF HB 2, WINS NC-9 GOP PRIMARY: “Dan Bishop has attempted to make a career out of discrimination,” said Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeeLive). “He was a chief architect of HB2 -- one of the most radically anti-LGBTQ bills this country has seen. In his efforts to attack LGBTQ North Carolinians, he cost the state $3.7 billion dollars. Bishop has attacked our community, access to health care for hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians, and his own constituents. His dangerous agenda should have no place in the U.S. House.” More from The New York Times.

HRC JOINS COALITION ALLIES AND FAITH LEADERS ON CAPITOL HILL FOR AN INTERFAITH PRAYER VIGIL IN SUPPORT OF EQUALITY ACT: The group delivered the Faith for Equality statement in support of the Equality Act -- highlighting more than 5,000 people of faith who support the crucial legislation. The bill is supported by 7 in 10 Americans, and endorsed by more than 200 major corporations and more than 500 statewide and national organizations, including social justice, religious, medical and child welfare organizations.

  • Tennis legend Billie Jean King speaks in support of Equality Act:

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY -- ACTOR JAMIE LEE CURTIS JOINS THE “AMERICANS FOR THE EQUALITY ACT” CAMPAIGN IN POWERFUL NEW VIDEO: The Americans for the Equality Act series, filmed by award-winning directors Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) and Paris Barclay (@Harparbar), has featured several celebrities, members of Congress and advocates speaking to why we need full federal equality for the LGBTQ community. Watch all of the videos here. More from On Top Magazine.

WHY ARE TRUMP’S NOMINEES REFUSING TO AFFIRM THAT BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION WAS CORRECTLY DECIDED? Multiple nominees for the bench and senior positions at the Department of Justice have conspicuously avoided agreeing with the landmark school desegregation decision. Wendy Vitter, a nominee for a lifetime federal judgeship in Louisiana, refused to weigh in on Brown at her Senate hearing, tepidly saying that the Brown decision was “binding.” Neomi Rao, at her confirmation hearing to replace Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit, elusively said it was “not appropriate” for her to comment on the “correctness of particular precedents.” More from HRC.

FORTY-FIVE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CALL ON EDUCATION SEC. BETSY DEVOS TO REINSTATE GUIDANCE ON PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER STUDENTS: “As the U.S. Secretary of Education, your job is to protect the rights of all students,” the members wrote. “In light of your admission that you are aware of the ongoing discrimination of transgender youth, we urge you to commit to using Title IX to protect these students.” Read the full letter here.

POWERFUL MUST-WATCH -- FORMER NAVY SECRETARY RAY MABUS SPEAKS AGAINST THE TRANS MILITARY BAN: His comments were delivered at the American Military Partner Association gala last weekend.

  • Midshipman 2nd Class Benjamin Chiacchia writes in Navy Times about the need to protect trans troops. Read the full piece here.

TONIGHT -- HRC PRESIDENT CHAD GRIFFIN TO RECEIVE CHAIRPERSON’S AWARD FROM THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS: “Chad has been a strong and strategic leader in the fight for LGBTQ equality and a bridge-builder across movements,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference. “Under Chad’s leadership, HRC has grown into a powerhouse that has helped accelerate the pace of progress toward LGBTQ equality and fend off attacks on our fundamental civil rights.” More here.


ONE YEAR SINCE SOUTH CAROLINA TRANS WOMAN’S DEATH, ADVOCATES CALL FOR JUSTICE: Sasha Wall, a Black transgender woman, was fatally shot in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. More from The Post and Courier.



ANTI-LGBTQ PREACHER STEVEN ANDERSON BECOMES FIRST PERSON LEGALLY BANNED FROM IRELAND: This is not the first time a country has banned Anderson, who heads the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona, which is designated an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. More from BBC.

CHARGES FILED IN CASE OF MURDERED BANGLADESHI LGBTQ ADVOCATES: Police said eight members of an extremist group are accused of brutally murdering Xulhaz Mannan, 40, editor of Bangladesh’s first and only LGBTQ magazine, Roopbaan, and a colleague, Mahbub Tonoy, in April 2016. More from Gay Star News.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

Outside Online features a first-person narrative from a gay firefighter; Washington Blade shares a powerful message from a longtime reader on the publication’s 50th anniversary; The Daily Beast discusses the experience of being non-binary; The New York Times reports on an LGBTQ film festival in Tunisia; People shares that beloved children’s show Arthur revealed Mr. Ratburn is in a same-sex marriage

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