A Dreamer traveled to Mexico. Now he can’t come home to his husband; Senate should reject Mike Pompeo as SecState.
TODAY, IN THE WASH POST -- “A ‘DREAMER’ TRAVELED TO MEXICO. NOW HE CAN’T GET HOME TO HIS HUSBAND”: The Post’s Catherine Rampell (@crampell) tells the heartbreaking story of Dreamer Marco Villada Garibay, 34, who has lived in the U.S. since age six and “left the country on the U.S. government’s promise of a possible green card. Now he’s trapped in Mexico and might never be allowed to return.” Writes Rampell: “This is where he went to school; where he worked and paid taxes; and, most significantly, where he met his husband, Israel Serrato.” Read Rampell’s piece in The Washington Post.
HRC URGES SENATE TO REJECT NOMINATION OF MIKE POMPEO AS SECRETARY OF STATE: In a letter to the Senate, HRC joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and partner organizations in calling on senators to reject the nomination of Pompeo based on his “troubling history of statements and policy positions that have alienated marginalized communities.” Said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin): “Mike Pompeo's record demonstrates a grave threat to the safety and dignity of women, LGBTQ people and Muslims. His time in Congress was spent fighting to dismantle crucial reproductive healthcare access. He opposed the repeal of ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell’ and sought to block non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. He called the landmark Obergefell decision an ‘abuse of power.’ He has a history of disturbing Islamophobic comments. We urge the Senate to oppose Pompeo and reject this effort by Donald Trump and Mike Pence to appoint an extremist as our nation’s chief diplomat.” More from The Washington Blade.
UPDATE: @HRC, @PFLAG, @MattShepardFDN among #LGBT organizations that signed @civilrightsorg letter that urges senators to oppose #MikePompeo's nomination to become next secretary of state https://t.co/Z2FiLTD1by @WashBlade— Michael K. Lavers (@mklavers81) April 9, 2018
HRC RELEASES GUIDE FOR HIV PREVENTION, TREATMENT AND CARE ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES: The release coincides with National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day. “The path toward ending the HIV and AIDS epidemic goes right through America’s colleges and universities,” said Mary Beth Maxwell, HRC’s Senior Vice President for Programs, Research and Training. “By taking the steps necessary to provide equitable treatment, expand access to care and offer educational resources on HIV, students and administrators alike can help bring our world one step closer to an AIDS-free generation.” Eighty percent of new diagnoses in youth ages 14 to 24 occur in those between the ages of 20 and 24. The Centers for Disease Control reports a staggering 51 percent of young people living with HIV do not know their status. More from HRC.
BBC REPORT -- ANTI-LGBTQ EXTREMIST LEADS WHITE HOUSE BIBLE STUDY GROUP: Ten cabinet secretaries, along with Vice President Mike Pence, sponsor a White House Bible study group led by Ralph Drollinger, an extremist who says LGBTQ people are “illegitimate.” BBC’s Owen Amos (@OwenAmos) also reports that Pence specifically sought to put “strong believers” in cabinet roles. More from BBC.
HRC ON THE GROUND TO FIGHT ANTI-TRANS BILL IN TENNESSEE: HB 2620 and SB 2480 could require the Tennessee Attorney General to either defend or pay for the defense of discriminatory school policies that deny transgender K-12 students access to bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. Tennessee is the only state this session where an anti-transgender bill has advanced out of committee. More from HRC.
HRC’S SARAH MCBRIDE HELPS KICK OFF NATIONAL CULTURE WEEK AT STOMP OUT BULLYING EVENT: Today, McBride (@SarahEMcBride), HRC’s national press secretary, will be joining Nick Cannon (@NickCannon), NBC’s Champions’ star JJ Totah (@jjtotah), and Logan Browning (@LoganLaurice) from Netflix’s Dear White People for STOMP Out Bullying’s live-streamed panel discussion for students nationwide. More from STOMP Out Bullying.
SENATOR LISA MURKOWSKI (R-AK) VOTED AGAINST ANCHORAGE’S ANTI-TRANS PROP 1: Last week, voters -- including Murkowski -- soundly rejected Proposition 1, the dangerous ballot measure that sought to eliminate existing municipal non-discrimination protections for transgender people. More from INTO.
PHOTO SERIES -- CENTRAL AMERICAN TRANS MIGRANTS ESCAPE PERSECUTION BY TRAVELING TO MEXICO, UNITED STATES: More from The Arizona Republic.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DOLORES HUERTA: Happy birthday to former HRC Board Member and LGBTQ Activist Dolores Huerta (@DoloresHuerta), President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
BOSTON MARATHON WILL ALLOW TRANS RUNNERS TO COMPETE USING CORRECT GENDER IDENTITY: More from The Associated Press.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
RULING IN MURDER OF TRANS WOMAN IN BRAZIL: Five men arrested for the brutal murder of a trans woman in Brazil last year have been sentenced to a collective prison term of 83 years, Shannon Power (@shannonjpower) of Gay Star News reports. Thirty-five trans people have been murdered in Brazil this year. More from Gay Star News.
MEET HRC’S GLOBAL INNOVATORS: These leading global advocates for LGBTQ equality are attending HRC’s Global Innovative Advocacy Summit. They were selected from hundreds of applicants based on the creative, inspiring and impactful work they do to advance equality around the globe. More from HRC.
NEW POLL -- 76 PERCENT OF NORTHERN IRELANDERS SUPPORT MARRIAGE EQUALITY: More from Gay Times.
A FANTASTIC WOMAN’S DANIELA VEGA REQUESTS MEETING WITH CHILEAN CARDINAL TO DISCUSS TRANS EQUALITY: Vega (@danivega) has requested the meeting to discuss Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati’s opposition to legislation supporting trans rights. More from Washington Blade.
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