#AM_Equality Tipsheet: April 26, 2018

by Allison Turner

TODAY -- HRC in Kansas to fight anti-LGBTQ adoption bill; Trump’s Muslim ban argued at SCOTUS

TODAY -- CHILD WELFARE ADVOCATES AND CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS CALL ON KANSAS LAWMAKERS TO REJECT ANTI-LGBTQ ADOPTION BILL: HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin), will join Equality Kansas, the ACLU of Kansas, child welfare advocates and business leaders for a press conference at 1 p.m. today at the Kansas State Capitol calling on lawmakers to reject HB 2481 -- an anti-LGBTQ proposal that would allow taxpayer-funded child welfare organizations to turn away qualified Kansans seeking to care for a child in need. The legislation would enable discrimination against LGBTQ couples, interfaith couples, single parents, married couples in which one prospective parent has previously been divorced, or other qualified parents to whom the agency has an objection. For more information, email stephen.peters@hrc.org.

#NoMuslimBanEver -- TRUMP’S MUSLIM TRAVEL BAN ARGUED AT SCOTUS: HRC rallied at the Supreme Court of the United States yesterday to stand up against all forms of Islamophobia and call out the danger this travel ban creates for LGBTQ people abroad. The Trump-Pence travel ban poses a serious threat to individuals trying to get to the U.S. to claim asylum -- including LGBTQ Muslims and immigrants seeking to escape violence and persecution. More from The Washington Post and The New York Times.

  • The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) led an amicus brief in the case highlighting the history of U.S. travel bans motivated by anti-LGBTQ extremism and racism. More from Advocate.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- HEARTWARMING STORY OF DC-AREA DENTIST WHO DONATED HIS SERVICES TO VICTIM OF BRUTAL ANTI-LGBTQ ASSAULT: Said Dr. Christopher Banks: “Without knowing the depth, breadth and expense of Zach’s injuries, I reached out and offered full care because we are all members of a powerful loving LGBTQ community before anything else. It is through these acts of love in the face of hate that we will persist, thrive, and succeed in showing the world we want to be ‘one.’” More from Fox 5 DC.

TRUMP’S LATEST ATTACK ON TRANS PEOPLE -- HHS CONSIDERS ROLLING BACK GROUNDBREAKING PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE:  The Trump-Pence administration claims it may have to modify regulations implementing section 1557 of the ACA, which expressly protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sex stereotyping. “Nothing about HHS’s actions take those rights away,” said Robin Maril, HRC associate legal director. “It really signals an unwillingness on behalf of the federal government to enforce the law.” More from Kate Sosin Oeser (@KateSOeser) at Into.

  • Trump-Pence’s HHS guidelines for teen pregnancy erase LGBTQ people: Said Ellen Kahn, director of HRC’s Children, Youth and Families Programs, “There's no explicit effort in this current administration to addressing the needs of LGBTQ folks at all.” More from Andrea González-Ramírez (@andreagonram) at Refinery29.

EXCLUSIVE LOS ANGELES BLADE INTERVIEW WITH REP. ADAM SCHIFF (D-CA): Karen Ocamb (@KarenOcamb) sits down with Rep. Schiff to discuss the Trump-Pence administration, with a focus on Mike Pence. With Donald Trump mired in lurid scandals and investigations that threaten his presidency, Pence has flown under the radar, quietly spearheading a charge to radically undermine the rights of LGBTQ people and women, attack voting rights, undercut sound science, and enable the greatest assault on American institutions in modern history. More from Los Angeles Blade.

HOBOKEN, NJ, PASSES BILL TO MAKE CITY-OWNED, SINGLE-OCCUPANCY RESTROOMS GENDER NEUTRAL: Said Xavier Persad, HRC Legislative Counsel: “This new policy and the proposed ordinance reflect best practices being adopted in a growing number of municipalities across the country and send a clear message that Hoboken is open for all. We thank Mayor Bhalla for his leadership in updating city policies and for his support of the proposed ordinance.” More from NPR and Pix 11.

HRC PARENTS FOR TRANSGENDER EQUALITY COUNCIL MEMBER JOANNE LEE OF WISCONSIN SPEAKS ABOUT LEARNING TO BE AN ALLY: At first Joanne did not accept her transgender sons.  But after one took his own life due to depression, her life changed. Now she advocates for better treatment of LGBTQ youth, transgender healthcare, mental health and a better future for all children. More from Baraboo (Wisc.) News Republic.


HRC JOINS LETTER URGING CONGRESS TO “TELL A MORE INCLUSIVE STORY” ON PUBLIC LANDS: The letter, signed by 122 organizations, says, “National monuments in particular have helped make our public lands more inclusive by commemorating the fights for civil rights and racial justice, women’s suffrage, LGBTQ equality, workers’ rights, tribal recognition and traditions, and so many other pivotal moments, individuals, and movements that continue to take our country forward.” More from Sierra Sun Times.

TRANS MAN WHO DREAMT OF MILITARY CAREER FINALLY ABLE TO ENLIST: After months of waiting, Nicolas Talbott can continue pursuing his five-year dream. He tells NPR’s Martha Bebinger (@mbebinger), “There's nothing about being transgender that makes you any less capable than anybody else of military service,” More from NPR.

TRANS TEACHER IN WICHITA NAMED GLSEN’S NATIONAL EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR: Stephanie Byers, a band and orchestra teacher at North High School, came out to her students in 2014. More from The Wichita Eagle.


UNACCEPTABLE -- TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN GIVES MONEY TO SOUTH AFRICAN GROUP AFFILIATED WITH KNOWN HATE GROUP: The grant to Focus on the Family  from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief was awarded for an abstinence-based program. More from Washington Blade.



EL SALVADOR’S MINISTRY OF JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SERVICE RELEASES NEW POLICY ON LGBTQ PEOPLE: While details haven’t been shared with LGBTQ advocates in the country, they believe the policy to be good -- though worry about how strictly it will be implemented. More from Washington Blade.

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Los Angeles Blade reports on the opening of the Los Angeles Trans Wellness Center -- believed to be the first of its kind; Forward reflects on the unique issues faced by Jewish LGBTQ people;  HJnews.com shares the journey of an LDS Church member becoming an ally to the LGBTQ community

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