#AM_Equality Tipsheet: April 2, 2018

by Allison Turner

ICYMI -- Trans Day of Visibility; HRC supports Dreamers; Anchorage, Alaska -- vote NO on Prop 1

ICYMI -- TRANS DAY OF VISIBILITY: On Saturday, HRC joined the world in marking International Transgender Day of Visibility, a time to celebrate transgender people and acknowledge the courage it takes to live openly and authentically. Advocates also use the day to raise awareness around discrimination and violence that trans people still face.

“Every year, we join together for International Transgender Day of Visibility to celebrate the diversity, resilience, and progress of the trans community and rededicate ourselves to the unfinished work of equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “Increasingly, transgender kids growing up throughout America and around the world are seeing themselves reflected on stage and screen, in workplaces and politics. Unfortunately, for all of the advancements of the last several years, many transgender people, particularly transgender women of color, continue to face violence, discrimination, and an onslaught of political attacks from state legislatures to the highest levels of our government.” More from HRC.

  • Morning Must Read: Stella Keating, a 13-year-old transgender girl living in Washington state, explains what Transgender Day of Visibility means to her in Teen Vogue.
  • “People wonder why I would raise a transgender child in Texas, but I couldn't do it anywhere else,” from Equality Texas’ Rachel Gonzales --  a member of HRC’s Parents for Transgender Equality Council -- in The Dallas Morning News.
  • In Fayetteville, Arkansas, residents gathered to support the local transgender community. More from Arkansas Online.

HRC SUPPORTS DREAMERS: Yesterday, Trump reiterated his plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects Dreamers -- including approximately 75,000 LGBTQ Dreamers -- from deportation. Raul A. Reyes, in a piece for CNN, writes, “With his tweets, the President has displayed his ignorance of immigration laws, including those governing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. His social media outburst was as at best uninformed, and at worst blatantly misleading. In short, it was unpresidential.” More from CNN.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- ANCHORAGE DAD URGES NO VOTE ON DISCRIMINATORY PROP 1: David Lockard has joined his transgender teenage son, Col,  in speaking out eloquently about the real people that Proposition 1 would harm. HRC President Chad Griffin and HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse recently visited Anchorage, Alaska, to support local coalition efforts to defeat the ballot measure, which would rip away non-discrimination protections and enshrine discrimination into law by forcing transgender people to use facilities that are inconsistent with their gender identity. More from HRC.

HRC ENDORSES MINNESOTA SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR (DFL-MN) FOR RE-ELECTION: “Throughout her career, Amy Klobuchar has been a leading advocate for equality in the U.S. Senate,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Senator Klobuchar is fighting tirelessly on behalf of the LGBTQ community, Minnesota, and the American people. HRC is proud to endorse her for re-election, and we look forward to continuing to work with her to achieve full federal equality.” More from HRC.

NEW POLLING FINDS THAT YOUNG PEOPLE LESS LIKELY TO SUPPORT TRUMP: The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV additionally found that young people are more likely to believe Trump is racist and dishonest. More from The Associated Press.

CLAP BACK OF THE WEEK -- TENNESSEE APPEALS COURT TELLS LAWMAKERS TO BUTT OUT OF SAME-SEX DIVORCE CASE: Chief Judge D. Michael Swiney dismissed an attempt by 52 state representatives and 19 state senators to intervene in a Knox County divorce case involving two women. More from The Knoxville News Sentinel.

SO LONG AND THANK YOU -- ALABAMA’S FIRST OPENLY LGBTQ LEGISLATOR RETIRES: Representative Patricia Todd will not seek re-election after serving 12 years in the state House. More from Alabama Public Radio.


SINGER & DANCER ALYSON STONER COMES OUT AS LGBTQ IN POWERFUL TEEN VOGUE OPED: She (@AlysonStoner) writes, “I, Alyson, am attracted to men, women, and people who identify in other ways. I can love people of every gender identity and expression. It is the soul that captivates me. It is the love we can build and the goodness we can contribute to the world by supporting each other’s best journeys.” More from Teen Vogue.

WILL & GRACE SHOWRUNNER MAX MUTCHNICK DONATES MARLON BUNDO TO EVERY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN PENCE’S HOME STATE: John Oliver’s best-selling book, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, tells the story of Mike Pence’s pet rabbit falling in love with another boy rabbit and fighting for equality. More than 1,100 copies are on their way to Indiana. More from The Hollywood Reporter.


COSTA RICA RUNOFF ELECTION SIGNALS HOPE FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY: Carlos Alvarado Quesada, who won the election, campaigned on LGBTQ equality and marriage equality. More from The Guardian.

TEAM BEHIND GROUNDBREAKING LGBTQ SOUTH AFRICAN FILM GOES TO COURT TO FIGHT UNFAIR FILM RATING: The Wound, a coming-of-age story featuring two men falling in love, was assigned a rating often given to pornagraphic films. More from Gay Star News.

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