#AM_Equality September 4, 2020

by HRC staff

#AM_Equality: Profile of plaintiffs in HRC 1557 suit; new data shows reopening’s negative economic impact on LGBTQ people

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FIGHTING TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY: Cecilia Gentili (@CeciliaGentili) and Tanya Walker are the plaintiffs in the Human Rights Campaign’s and BakerHostetler’s lawsuit challenging the Trump-Pence administration’s attempt to illegally strip away anti-discrimination protections under the Affordable Care Act. These women are storied leaders in the fight to protect the rights and welfare of the LGBTQ community.

  • A new, in-depth story in the New York Times dives into the discrimination Gentili and Walker have faced as transgender women simply seeking health care, and examines how the Trump-Pence administration’s rule flies in the face of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton, which affirmed that federal law prohibiting sex discrimination also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • “The government failed to take into account the implications of the Supreme Court decision,” said Jason Starr (@jasonestarr), HRC’s director of litigation.
  • “I’m an honorably discharged veteran and to go to the hospital and be mistreated — it’s violence,” Walker said.
  • Earlier this week, LambdaLegal was granted a preliminary injunction in their case challenging the same rule, and last month, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction as part of HRC’s lawsuit, blocking this regulation from taking effect.

NEW DATA SHOWS REOPENING’S NEGATIVE ECONOMIC IMPACT ON LGBTQ PEOPLE: Today, in partnership with PSB Insights, the HRC Foundation released new data outlining how the first phases of reopening have mostly failed to mend the devastating economic impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ community while giving rise to new economic problems.

Said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid): “As some communities start to go back to work, many times in fear and without choice, we’re seeing that LGBTQ people, especially LGBTQ people of color and transgender people, are being left behind.” More from Forbes and Reuters.

FRIDAY FEATURE: REPRESENTATIVE JENNIFER WEXTON PENS POWERFUL OP-ED CONDEMNING PROPOSED HUD RULE: “Now, at a time when access to safe housing is absolutely vital, HUD is advancing a rule change that would enshrine anti-trans discrimination in federal regulations,” writes Representative Wexton (@RepWexton). “This senseless policy needlessly puts lives at risk, and it’s critical that the American people speak out about why this rule change is dangerous and contrary to our values.” More in The Washington Blade.

HRC SVP JAY BROWN JOINS LYFT’S SAFETY ADVISORY COUNCIL: More from Lyft.

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IIONA VERLEY (@IlonaVerley) TALKS TO THEM ABOUT BRINGING INDIGENOUS, TWO-SPIRIT REPRESENTATION TO CANADA’S DRAG RACE: More from them.

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