#AM_Equality Tipsheet: April 18, 2018

by Allison Turner

All eyes on OK & KS as other states reject anti-LGBTQ bills; top USCG official commits to protecting trans troops

AS OTHER STATES REJECT DISCRIMINATORY MEASURES, ALL EYES ON ANTI-LGBTQ LEGISLATION IN OKLAHOMA AND KANSAS:  “Being anti-equality is not considered good politics anymore,” said HRC State Legislative Director Cathryn Oakley. More from David Crary (@CraryAP) at The Associated Press.

TOP COAST GUARD OFFICIAL COMMITS TO PROTECTING TRANS SERVICE MEMBERS: During a House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft told lawmakers, “We are certainly committed to their continued service in the United States Coast Guard. We will make sure that there is a one policy for all service members.” More from Politico.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO WEDNESDAY -- CHICAGO’S LGBTQ-WELCOMING MOSQUE: NPR’s Leila Fadel (@LeilaFadel) speaks to the founders of Masjid al-Rabia. More from NPR.

STANDING ROOM ONLY AS NH SENATE COMMITTEE HEARS PRO-EQUALITY BILL:  It would protect transgender people from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. The five-hour hearing featured business leaders, healthcare experts, faith leaders, women’s safety advocates and the trans community sharing stories in support of HB 1319. More from Public News Service.

HRC GLOBAL SUMMIT BRINGS LGBTQ ACTIVISTS TOGETHER FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Last week, HRC hosted more than 30 global leaders for equality in Washington, D.C., for the third annual Global Innovative Advocacy Summit. More from Michael Lavers (@mklavers81) at Washington Blade.

NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS FOOD AND HOUSING NEEDS OF LGBTQ COLLEGE STUDENTS: The  alarming report finds that LGBTQ college students face a high risk of food and housing insecurities -- with one in five bisexual community college students reporting experiencing homelessness. More from HRC.

TODAY IS NATIONAL TRANS HIV TESTING DAY: HRC is proud to lift up the work of Jazzmun Crayton, founder of The Midnight Stroll, a monthly after-hours outreach and HIV testing program that provides resources and hope to trans sex workers and homeless LGBTQ youth in the Hollywood area. More from South Florida Gay News and HRC.

HRC IS TRAINING STAFF IN NATION'S LARGEST SCHOOL DISTRICT: HRC’s Welcoming Schools Program is in New York City this week training educators and staff on building more inclusive schools for all students. More from HRC.

COMMUNITY RALLIES BEHIND ILLINOIS TEACHER PUNISHED FOR -- GET THIS -- RECEIVING FLOWERS ON VALENTINE’S DAY FROM HIS HUSBAND: More from NBC Chicago.

EUROVISION WINNER CONCHITA WURST OPENS UP ABOUT HER HIV-POSITIVE STATUS: More from HuffPost.

MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY HOLDS LGBTQ “PROM” DESPITE ANTI-EQUALITY ACTIVISTS’ EFFORTS TO HAVE IT CANCELLED: The Milwaukee Catholic university held the event this weekend. More from NewNowNext.

FORMER MISS AMERICA DEIDRE DOWNS GUNN MARRIES ABBOTT JONES: The happy couple shared the exclusive with People.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

ISRAEL TO STOP KEEPING TRANS INMATES IN ISOLATION: More from Haaretz.

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY SAYS SHE “DEEPLY REGRETS” COUNTRY’S LEGACY OF ANTI-LGBTQ LAWS: More from The Guardian.

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

Washington Blade reports on the state of equality in Uganda; People interviews non-binary actor Ellie Desautels (@ohyouknowellie)

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