#AM_Equality Tipsheet: April 19, 2018

by Allison Turner

HRC launches “THE REAL MIKE PENCE” campaign that exposes his history of anti-LGBTQ fanaticism and stealth extremism

TODAY -- HRC LAUNCHES “THE REAL MIKE PENCE” CAMPAIGN THAT EXPOSES HIS HISTORY OF ANTI-LGBTQ FANATICISM AND STEALTH EXTREMISM: HRC’s new, comprehensive “The Real Mike Pence” campaign includes a scathing report, microsite and a series of videos exposing the vice president’s long history of anti-LGBTQ animus and shining a spotlight on the inordinate influence he and his extremist inner circle wield in the Trump-Pence administration. See the first video in “The Real Mike Pence” series here. Said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin), “With the world distracted by Donald Trump’s scandal-ridden White House, Mike Pence’s nefarious agenda has been allowed to fly under the radar for too long. He has become not only the most powerful vice president in American history, but also the least scrutinized. No more. With this comprehensive new report, HRC is exposing the extent of Pence’s extremism, the threat he poses to equality, and all that we’re doing to combat his hateful agenda.” Today, we pull back the curtain on the dangerous mystery man who is just a heartbeat away from the presidency.

More from HRC, the IndyStar, The Washington Blade and Politico.

LOUD AND CLEAR -- ANCHORAGE SENDS A MESSAGE TO ANTI-TRANSGENDER EXTREMISTS: In a powerful oped published in The Hill, HRC President Chad Griffin writes that a recent victory for transgender rights in Anchorage, Alaska, highlights how smear campaigns “designed to scare voters into taking away protections from transgender Americans” are failing. “Change is taking hold across this country,” he writes. “Americans are using their vote as a voice for equality. Last week, Anchorage voters showed us just how far we’ve come.” Griffin says advocates must continue to lift up voices of transgender people and their families to inoculate voters against ugly lies, adding: “We have to organize and mobilize. We have to build coalitions and stand together. If we do that, we can win. And as we continue to prove -- from North Carolina, to Virginia, to Alaska -- if you come for us, we will come for you on Election Day.” More from Metro Weekly and The Hill.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- MORNING MUST-LISTEN FROM NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE FUND’S SHERRILYN IFILL ON ENDING RACIAL BIAS: More from NPR.

SENATORS SPEAK OUT AGAINST POMPEO, CITING ANTI-LGBTQ COMMENTS: Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) both spoke out earlier this week in opposition of Mike Pompeo, the Trump-Pence Administration’s nominee for Secretary of State, citing his anti-LGBTQ statements. Pompeo opposes marriage equality, and, while in Congress, co-sponsored legislation to allow states to not recognize same-sex marriage and to allow businesses and organizations using taxpayer dollars a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people. Read more from The Washington Blade.

HRC JOINS 188 CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS ORGS CALLING ON HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN TO BRING THE DREAM ACT TO A VOTE: The letter states, “A majority of the House -- and by extension, a majority of the American people -- agree we need a vote on the Dream Act now. Congress must also reject Rep. Goodlatte’s bill, which would criminalize immigrant  communities and fail to offer permanent protections for Dreamers.” Read the full text here.

HRC ENDORSES CALIFORNIA SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN FOR RE-ELECTION: “From the earliest days of her career as one of California’s most devoted public servants, Senator Feinstein has been a stalwart supporter of the LGBTQ community,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “As Donald Trump and Mike Pence attempt to undo our progress and drag our country backwards, Senator Feinstein is standing up to this administration’s dangerous attacks on LGBTQ people and fighting for the equal dignity of all Americans.” More from HRC and Metro Weekly.

HRC ENDORSES REP. RUBEN GALLEGO (D-AZ) FOR RE-ELECTION: “Throughout his time in public service, Rep. Gallego has proven himself to be a stalwart champion for the LGBTQ community,” said HRC Arizona State Manager Justin Unga. “He has stood by us in the fight for full federal equality and HRC is proud to endorse him for re-election.” More from HRC.

JUDGE DENIES MOTION TO HALT DISCOVERY IN GLAD AND NCLR’S CASE AGAINST TRUMP-PENCE’S TRANSGENDER TROOPS BAN:

EQUALITY ON THE BALLOT IN MASSACHUSETTS: This November, Bay Staters will vote on an initiative that could strip away statewide protections for transgender people. HRC is a leading partner in the Freedom for All Massachusetts campaign working to defeat the measure. More from The Boston Globe.

  • The Editorial Board of Boston University’s student paper writes: “The decision on these anti-discrimination laws comes at a time when we’re increasingly reliant on state laws to be the voice for the oppressed and marginalized. While the current administration continues to pass policies that undermine groups based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, state laws are the only device we have to resist these hateful measures.” More from The Daily Free Press.

ADVOCATES SPEAK OUT AGAINST ANTI-TRANSGENDER MONTANA BILL: State Rep. Kathy Kelker joined local advocates and faith leaders opposing the bill, which would bar transgender people from using facilities consistent with their gender identity. More from Helena Independent Record.

NEW DIRECTOR OF TERRE HAUTE HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION SETS GOALS TO WORK TOWARD LGBTQ EQUALITY: The city received a score of 41 out of 100 on HRC’s most recent Municipal Equality Index. More from Tribune Star.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

ANTI-EQUALITY ACTIVISTS IN TAIWAN WANT TO PUT MARRIAGE EQUALITY ON THE BALLOT: More from Taiwan News.

NEW RESEARCH SHOWS 51 PERCENT OF BRITISH PEOPLE SAY MORE SHOULD BE DONE TO TACKLE ANTI-TRANS DISCRIMINATION: More from Gay Times.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO ADVOCATES SHOW SUPPORT FOR SPRINTER MICHELLE-LEE AHYE: A local newspaper published an article attempting to smear her for allegedly being a member of the LGBTQ community. Her fellow athletes, LGBTQ advocates and others have condemned the newspapers actions. More from Telesur.

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NewNowNext reports that anti-equality activists are attacking Iowa’s 4-H program for adopting LGBTQ-inclusive guidelines; OutSports follows high school football star Jake Bain and Hunter Sigmund, a same-sex couple, as they attend prom; them. profiles four LGBTQ women working for global equality

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