#AM_Equality Tipsheet: April 26, 2019

by HRC Staff

Victory! MN House passes bill protecting LGBTQ youth from “conversion therapy”; Justina Machado comes out in support of the Equality Act.

VICTORY! MINNESOTA HOUSE PASSES LEGISLATION PROTECTING LGBTQ YOUTH FROM SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”:  “All children deserve to live authentically and free from fear of this dangerous and discredited practice with potentially life-threatening consequences,” said HRC Field Director Marty Rouse. The bill now heads to the Minnesota Senate as an amendment on an omnibus funding bill. More from HRC.  

ACTRESS JUSTINA MACHADO JOINS THE “AMERICANS FOR THE EQUALITY ACT” CAMPAIGN IN POWERFUL NEW VIDEO:

REP. LUCY MCBATH, CYNTHIA ERIVO & RYAN O’CONNELL TO HEADLINE HRC’s 2019 ATLANTA GALA DINNER: Rep. Lucy McBath, who is the first Black woman to represent Georgia’s 6th District, will speak at the 32nd annual Atlanta Gala Dinner on Saturday, May 4. Erivo will receive the HRC Ally for Equality Award and O’Connell will be honored with the HRC Visibility Award. More from HRC and Georgia Voice.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- AIDS UNITED CEO (@JESSEMILANJR)  SHARES IMPORTANT MESSAGE IN SUPPORT OF THE EQUALITY ACT:

IN THE 11TH HOUR, IOWA LAWMAKERS CONSIDER DISCRIMINATORY BILL: As the Iowa legislature finalizes its budget for the state’s Health and Human Services Department, lawmakers are considering new ways to discriminate against LGBTQ Iowans, up to and including stripping gender identity from the state’s civil rights act. JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive), HRC senior vice president for policy and political affairs said, “As a native Iowan, it’s disturbing to see lawmakers in my home state trying to roll back the clock on progress and discriminate against transgender people at the eleventh legislative hour. We will continue to closely watch these developments out of the legislature and fight against any attempt to target transgender Iowans.”

HRC FOUNDATION SPOTLIGHTS YOUTH AMBASSADOR  ZIMAR BATISTA: “Growing up in the Dominican Republic, LGBT groups were treated as non-existent and considered a disgrace within our country,” shared Batista (@Lahudelina). “Seeing the lack of support for embracing your true self gave me the initiative to get involved.” More from HRC.

DIRECTOR WANURI KAHIU JOINS HRC GLOBAL INNOVATORS TO DISCUSS STORYTELLING, LGBTQ RIGHTS IN AFRICA:

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

PAKISTAN’S SINDH PROVINCE TO OPEN UP REGULAR DUTY POLICE JOBS TO TRANS APPLICANTS: More from Reuters.    

LONDON TO HOST FIRST-EVER TRANS PRIDE ON SEPT. 14: More from Gay Star News.

DANGEROUS -- POLISH LEADER SAYS LGBTQ RIGHTS THREATEN COUNTRY: More from ABC News.

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Austin Chronicle features Class Transitions, Austin’s fitness class empowering trans and non-binary individuals through movement; Religion News Service profiles seminary student Spencer Collum (@SpencerCullom), who is putting her calling to be ordained in the United Methodist Church on hold because of their anti-LGBTQ policies; Charlotte Observer Editorial Board responds to the hypocrisy of Franklin Graham.

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