#AM_Equality Tipsheet: April 16, 2019

by HRC Staff

HRC & local advocates launch Equality Act month; HRC’s Jay Brown & SAGE’s Michael Adams write on why we must support LGBTQ older adults.

HRC AND LOCAL ADVOCATES LAUNCH EQUALITY ACT MONTH: Over the next several weeks HRC is joining with coalition partners and local advocates for in-district organizing events in support of the Equality Act, including phone banking, lobbying training, door-to-door canvassing and in-district meetings with Members of Congress. More from HRC.

“THE LGBTQ MOVEMENT STANDS ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS… NOW IT IS OUR TIME TO FIGHT FOR THEM”: In a powerful op-ed for the Advocate, Jay Brown, HRC Senior Vice President of Programs, Research and Training, (@ThisIsJayBrown) and Michael Adams, CEO of SAGE, write about the importance of caring for our LGBTQ elders. Yesterday, HRC and SAGE announced the Long-Term Care Equality Index (LEI), the first-ever assessment of care facilities serving older LGBTQ people. Read the op-ed here.

TUESDAY TWEET -- “WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THIS IS YOUR BODY, AND YOU SHOULD FEEL COMFORTABLE TALKING ABOUT IT”: Parents Stephanie and Eric Lohman spoke with CNN’s Daniella Emanuel (@DaniellaEmanue1) about raising their intersex child, Rosie. Read the full piece from CNN.

BBC’S BEN HUNTE (@BenInLDN) DIGS INTO UNCONSTITUTIONAL TRANSGENDER MILITARY BAN IN VIDEO FEATURING HRC’S CHARLOTTE CLYMER (@cmclymer): Watch the video here.

U.S. SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO HEAR A CASE CHALLENGING JURY DECISION SENTENCING GAY MAN TO DEATH: During the case, jurors made disparaging remarks about the man’s sexual orientation and claimed he could not mix with inmate populations. More from Washington Blade.

  • Previously, the Los Angeles Times Ed Board called on the Supreme Court to hear the case. More from Los Angeles Times.

MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS, SCHOOL COUNSELORS AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS SPEAK OUT AGAINST ANTI-LGBTQ BILL IN TEXAS: In a letter, they articulated their opposition to SB 17, which would create a “license to discriminate” for state-licensed professionals. Read the letter here.

HRC MARKS SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH IN APRIL: Within the LGBTQ community, transgender people of color and bisexual women face especially alarming rates of sexual violence, which often begins during childhood. Read more from HRC.

NEW REPORTS SURFACE THAT SUSPECT, EDWARD THOMAS, ATTACKED TRANSGENDER WOMAN IN DALLAS AFTER HE WAS OFFERED $200: More from Dallas News.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, N.Y., ORDERED TO PAY $25,000 TO SAME-SEX COUPLE DENIED MARRIAGE LICENSE: Lambda Legal represented Dylan Toften and Thomas Hurd in the case. More from Albany Times Union.

ACLU FILES SUIT ON BEHALF OF NICOLE GARCIA AGUILAR, A TRANSGENDER MIGRANT: Aguilar was granted asylum in October 2018, but ICE has refused to release her from custody. More from CBS 4 News.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

UNACCEPTABLE -- BEIJING HIGH COURT REJECTS APPEAL CHALLENGING CHINA’S BAN ON LGBTQ INTERNET CONTENT: More from Gay Star News.

  • Also troubling is the removal of LGBTQ content from China’s largest social media platform over the last few days. Read more here.

JAPANESE COURT HEARS FIRST ORAL ARGUMENTS CHALLENGING THE COUNTRY’S BAN ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY: More from Japan Times.

HORRIBLE -- GAY MAN MURDERED IN PARIS: Identified only as Daniel in a funeral fundraising page set up by his friend Nicolas, Nicolas remembered Daniel as “very kind, funny and festive.” More from Gay Star News.

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

HRC celebrates LGBTQ poets who inspire for National Poetry Month 

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