Almost 50 bills introduced in 20 states to protect youth from “conversion therapy”
USA TODAY DIVES DEEP INTO LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS TO PROTECT YOUTH FROM THE DANGERS OF SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: Almost 50 bills have been introduced in more than 20 states targeting conversion therapy this legislative session. Last year, a record four states enacted protections -- New Mexico, Connecticut, Nevada and Rhode Island. Municipal protections have been enacted in cities and counties in OH, PA, FL, WA, AZ, WI and NY. “Being LGBTQ is not an illness,” said Xavier Persad, legislative counsel for HRC. “It is false that being LGBTQ is wrong and a disorder.” Read more in this deep dive from Susan Miller (@susmiller) at USA Today.
MUST READ FROM LAWYER IN MASTERPIECE CASE -- “LAWS… CAN PROTECT US FROM GOING ABOUT OUR DAILY LIVES IN FEAR”: The ACLU’s Ria Tabacco Mar, counsel of record for the same-sex couple refused service in the Masterpiece cake case, writes eloquently about the daily discrimination faced by members of the LGBTQ community. “We stay hidden because when we don’t -- or can’t -- we know there may be consequences,” she writes, “ranging from a disapproving look to being denied service, fired from a job, followed, harassed or even arrested.” More from The Washington Post.
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SENATE DEMS TO HHS -- YOU CAN’T ERASE LGBTQ PEOPLE: In a letter led by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), 17 Senate Democrats expressed serious concern that Trump-Pence’s Department of Health and Human Services is removing LGBTQ health data from official government websites -- and called for the information to be restored. More from Washington Blade.
TWO MEN ATTACKED IN D.C., CALLED ANTI-LGBTQ SLURS: Local police are investigating the attack as “potentially being motivated by hate or bias,” according to WJLA.
CLEVELAND.COM ENDORSES OHIO STATE REP. NICKIE ANTONIO IN DEM PRIMARY: HRC-backed Rep. Antonio, sponsor of the Ohio Fairness Act, has been a fierce champion for equality and fairness for all Ohioans. More from Cleveland.com.
EQUALITY WINS AT THE PULITZER PRIZES: Congratulations to The Washington Post and AL.com’s John Archibald (@JohnArchibald) for winning Pulitzer Prizes for their coverage exposing allegations of sexual assault and harassment against anti-LGBTQ Roy Moore. And congrats also to the New Yorker's Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow), and The New York Times’ Jodi Kantor (@jodikantor) and Megan Twohey (@mega2e) for sharing the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service for their groundbreaking investigations into the sexual misconduct of Harvey Weinstein and reporting of the #MeToo movement. Openly gay writers Andrew Sean Greer (@agreer) and Frank Bidart were also honored. See all the winners here.
CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE CRESENT HARDY’S VIEWS ON LGBTQ PEOPLE IN THE MILITARY ARE OUT OF TOUCH WITH NEVADA VOTERS: Hardy wants to bring back the discriminatory ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (DADT) policy. Said HRC Nevada State Manager Briana Escamilla,“DADT was a dark stain on our nation’s history that damaged military readiness and undermined national security. No person bravely serving in our nation’s military should ever have to hide who they are.” More from Las Vegas Journal-Review.
CNN REPORTS ON THE BOSTON MARATHON’S HISTORY OF TRANS-INCLUSION EFFORTS: “Hopefully, one day we won't need these sports inclusion efforts to be broadcast in such a way,” Ashland Johnson, HRC Public Education & Research Director, told CNN’s Emanuella Grinberg (@grinsli). “But the reality is, until more institutions in sports update their policies or change their inclusion image, we'll need to highlight and celebrate every sports inclusion effort.” More from CNN.
“A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH” -- HRC MOURNS DEATH OF GROUNDBREAKING LGBTQ ADVOCATE DONNA RED WING: Red Wing once served as HRC’s National Field Director. She is survived by her wife and partner for more than 30 years, Sumitra, son Julian, grandson Jasper and twin brother David. More from Des Moines Register.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
PORTUGAL TO ALLOW TRANS PEOPLE TO CORRECT NAME AND GENDER ON GOV’T DOCUMENTS WITHOUT MEDICAL REPORT: More from EuroNews.
FOLLOWING GLOBAL OUTCRY, CHINESE SOCIAL MEDIA SITE REVERSES BAN ON LGBTQ CONTENT: Sina Weibo backed off a plan, announced Friday,to remove all content related to LGBTQ identity. More from BBC.
TORTURE IN PRIVATE IS STILL TORTURE: ANTI-LGBTQ CANINGS IN ACEH PROVINCE OF INDONESIA WILL BE HIDDEN FROM PUBLIC VIEW: In the past year, the international community has been alerted to a growing number of arrests and public canings of people suspected of being gay or bisexal. More from Gay Star News and The Associated Press.
NOT SO FAST -- MOROCCO OBSCURES ITS ANTI-LGBTQ LAW IN WORD CUP BID: “To remain in consideration for hosting the World Cup in 2026, Morocco must repeal this deeply discriminatory law directly threatening its LGBTQ citizens,” said Ashland Johnson, HRC Director of Public Education and Research (@ashlandj11). “Any nation hosting these games must be able to ensure that all fans, athletes, and employees -- including its own LGBTQ citizens -- are able to experience this inspiring event in a safe environment free from discrimination.” More from The Associated Press.
NEW VIDEO SERIES HIGHLIGHTS LGBTQ ACTIVISTS FROM MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA: More from Human Rights Watch.
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The (University of Washington) Daily covers a recent speech by Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox); The Guardian interviews Janet Mock (@janetmock); The State Press reports on a LGBTQ panel held in Phoenix; Pakistan Today tours a newly opened school for the local trans community; The New York Times shares a photo series of Cape Town’s LGBTQ community