#AM_Equality Tipsheet: April 24, 2018

by Allison Turner

Senate must reject anti-LGBTQ extremist judicial nom Kyle Duncan; Montevallo becomes 2nd Alabama city to pass LGBTQ-inclusive NDO

HRC -- ANTI-LGBTQ EXTREMIST JUDICIAL NOM KYLE DUNCAN IS UNFIT TO SERVE: Said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy: “Amid a slew of anti-LGBTQ nominees put forward by the Trump-Pence Administration, Kyle Duncan stands out for his long career fighting to limit the legal protections for LGBTQ Americans. The Senate must not give this dangerous extremist a lifetime appointment to the federal bench. Americans deserve judges we can trust to apply our laws faithfully and administer equal justice under those laws. Kyle Duncan is an extremist whose career of attacks on LGBTQ people makes clear he is incapable of this fundamental responsibility. He is unfit to serve and the Senate must reject his nomination.” More from HRC.

MONTEVALLO, ALA. BECOMES SECOND CITY IN ALABAMA TO PASS COMPREHENSIVE LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE NONDISCRIM ORDINANCE: The City Council yesterday passed city-wide non-discrimination protections that include sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, public accommodations and employment.“Today, Montevallo’s elected leaders have sent a strong message that they will support their LGBTQ constituents -- not just with words, but also with policy,” said Eva Kendrick, HRC Alabama state director. “Now that Montevallo has joined Birmingham in passing a comprehensive LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance, it is time for other cities in Alabama to follow these communities’ lead in protecting all people from bias and discrimination.” More from HRC.

NATION’S TOP ENLISTED SOLDIER CONFIRMS -- “NO CONCERNS” WITH TRANSGENDER SERVICE MEMBERS: Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Friday, Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey said, “I agree with the chief we haven't heard any issues or concerns, and I personally have not had any issues or concerns.” In the past two weeks, Secretary of the Army Mark Esper, Chief of Staff of Army Gen. Mark Milley, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson reported no issues with morale or unit cohesion with trans troops. More from The Daily Beast and CNN.

HRC CALLS ON SENATE TO REJECT ANTI-LGBTQ SECRETARY OF STATE NOMINEE MIKE POMPEO: “Mike Pompeo’s long-standing opposition to LGBTQ equality and lack of diplomatic experience makes him a poor choice to lead our nation’s diplomatic efforts,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “Senate confirmation of anti-LGBTQ Mike Pompeo could have serious consequences for the United States and LGBTQ people around the globe. The State Department has a crucial role to play in advancing human rights -- a role which was already significantly eroding under Rex Tillerson. This decision has the potential to make a dire situation even worse. The Senate should reject Pompeo’s nomination.” More from HRC, Pink News and Washington Blade.

TUESDAY TWEETS FROM HRC’S CHARLOTTE CLYMER (@CMCLYMER) -- “I’M TRANSGENDER, AND EVANGELICALS TRIED TO PRAY FOR ME. I PRAYED FOR THEM INSTEAD.”: More from The Washington Post.

TRUMP-PENCE HHS GUIDELINES FOR TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION ERASES LGBTQ PEOPLE: “Effective sexual health education programs must reflect the full diversity of our communities,” Ellen Kahn, director of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Children, Youth and Families Programs. “LGBTQ people are too often denied crucial information on sexual health that everyone needs to live healthy, safe and whole lives. This is yet another instance of the Trump-Pence Administration seeking to erase the reality of LGBTQ people.” More from Lauren Holter (@laurenholter) at Bustle.

MUST READ FROM OHIO TEACHER FIRED FOR BEING GAY: Jimmie Baell was allegedly fired because her employer suspected that she was a lesbian. Ohio must pass the Ohio Fairness Act to protect LGBTQ people in housing, employment and public accommodations. More from InsideSources.

IN UNHINGED TIRADE, ANTI-LGBTQ PENNSYLVANIA STATE REP. DARYL METCALFE ATTACKS COLLEAGUE AS A “LYING HOMOSEXUAL”: More from Philly Voice.

LADON HENRY WOULD BE NEVADA’S FIRST OPENLY TRANS STATE LEGISLATOR: “I think it’s so important to be able to see yourself in the people who represent you,” said HRC Nevada Director Briana Escamilla, about Henry’s candidacy. “It could be a lifesaving message to a transgender kid who is struggling and afraid to come out.” More from Las Vegas Review-Journal.

NBA STAR REGGIE BULLOCK DREAMS OF NBA WITH RAINBOW JERSEYS: Bullock (@ReggieBullock35) is a long-time supporter of equality. In 2014, his transgender sister, Mia Henderson, was brutally murdered. More from Detroit Free Press.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

INDONESIA TEMPORARILY HOLDS BACK ON BILL THAT WOULD CRIMINALIZE SAME-SEX SEXUAL ACTIVITY: Legislators are giving more time "for the public to provide feedback on the bill." More from Bangkok Post.

LGBTQ RUSSIAN ADVOCATES TO OPEN “PRIDE HOUSE” FOR VISITORS DURING FIFA WORLD CUP: The move is “in defiance of Vladimir Putin's controversial anti-gay legislation,” reports Martin Rogers (@RogersJourno). More from USA Today.

OUTBERMUDA ADVOCATE ON THE FIGHT FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY: HRC spoke with OUTBermuda Board of Directors Deputy Chairperson Zakiya Johnson Lord about the country’s recent repeal of marriage equality and the battles ahead. More from HRC.

NUMBER OF TRANSGENDER PEOPLE REGISTERED TO VOTE IN INDIA DOUBLES: More from The Hindu.

SCHOOLS FOR TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY OPEN IN KARACHI AND ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN: More from The Nation.

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