#AM_Equality Tipsheet: April 27, 2018

by Allison Turner

Leading child welfare orgs oppose anti-LGBTQ legislation in KS; Meanwhile, OK House passes similar bill to harm youth

LEADING CHILD WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS OPPOSE DANGEROUS ANTI-LGBTQ LEGISLATION IN KS: They joined HRC in a letter to Kansas House members about the discriminatory measure, which would allow child welfare organizations -- including adoption and foster care agencies -- to turn away qualified Kansans, including LGBTQ couples. Said Ellen Kahn, Director of the HRC Foundation's Children, Youth & Families Program: “This bill is patently discriminatory and opposed by organizations working in the child welfare space. HRC and the signatories on this letter urge the Kansas House of Representatives to listen to the voices of the people working on these issues, not those who would seek to discriminate against potential parents based on who they are.” More from HRC.

  • Yesterday, HRC President Chad Griffin joined Equality Kansas, ACLU of Kansas, child welfare advocates and business leaders at a press conference calling on the Kansas House of Representatives to reject HB 2481. Watch here. More from WIBW, Lawrence Journal-World and Topeka Capital-Journal.

MEANWHILE, OKLAHOMA HOUSE PASSES SIMILAR BILL TO HARM YOUTH: “SB1140 is a deeply discriminatory bill rooted in animus toward the LGBTQ community that would harm children in need and discriminate against loving families who want to open their hearts and homes,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “We should be making it easier -- not harder -- for children to find loving homes, and limiting the pool of parents for discriminatory reasons harms the very children these lawmakers are entrusted to protect. If SB1140 becomes law, it could prove catastrophic for Oklahoma’s economy and reputation.” More from HRC and Oklahoma City Fox.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: It’s prom season -- and you know what that means! We’re tearing up over these adorable LGBTQ teens living their best lives, and looking dapper while doing it! More from Gay Star News.

HRC RESPONDS TO SENATE CONFIRMATION OF 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. “The State Department has a crucial role to play in advancing human rights -- a role which was already significantly eroding under Rex Tillerson. Now that he has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate, LGBTQ people around the world will need him to stand up for LGBTQ human rights.” More from HRC and Metro Weekly.

HRC CALLS ON CONGRESS TO PROTECT CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE REAUTHORIZATION OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT: HRC other civil rights group in a letter to Congress calling on members to protect students from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin (including religion, language, ethnic characteristics, and immigration status), sex (including pregnancy status, family status, sexual orientation, and gender identity), disability, or age. Read the full letter here.

PENTAGON’S OWN DATA CONTRADICTS RECOMMENDATIONS ON TRANS TROOPS: According to The Hill’s Rebecca Kheel (@Rebecca_H_K), “The Pentagon’s own data contradicts its report that recommends banning most transgender people from military service.” The review of internal Defense Department data comes from three former military surgeons general who found that, “transgender troops are no less deployable than their cisgender -- that is, not transgender -- counterparts despite the assertion otherwise in the Pentagon’s report last month.” More from The Hill.

TODAY -- OLYMPIANS REJECT INVITATION TO WHITE HOUSE: Those skipping the visit to the White House include openly gay olympians Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy, alongside Lindsey Vonn, Erin Hamlin, Chloe Kim, Jessie Diggins and David Wise. More from People.

ANDROIDS REJOICE! JANELLE MONAE COMES OUT AS QUEER IN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ROLLING STONE: “I want young girls, young boys, nonbinary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracized or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you,” Monáe tells Rolling Stone’s Brittany Spanos (@ohheybrittany). “This album is for you. Be proud,” she says of her upcoming album, Dirty Computer. Read the full exclusive from Rolling Stone.

MISSOURI SUPREME COURT HEARS CASES TO DETERMINE IF SEX DISCRIMINATION ENCOMPASSES SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY: The two cases involve a transgender student blocked from using a locker room consistent with his gender identity, and a gay man who alleges he was discriminated against as a state employee. The Missouri Human Rights Act does not explicitly protect people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. More from The Associated Press.

MORE THAN 80 PENNSYLVANIA BUSINESSES SIGN PLEDGE COMMITTING TO LGBTQ EQUALITY: The state does not have clear, comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. More from The Morning Call.

HORRIFYING -- CONNECTICUT TRANS WOMAN SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES: The victim is recovering, and police investigating the heinous crime. More from News 12 Connecticut.

LGBTQ DREAMER GRANTED ASYLUM BY FEDERAL JUDGE: Lulu Martinez faced possible deportation, but Judge Eva Saltzman granted the Dreamer asylum because of her status as a queer woman and LGBTQ advocate. More from Chicago Sun Times.

THE OHIO SOCIETY OF CPA’S JOINS BUSINESS COALITION IN SUPPORT OF OHIO FAIRNESS ACT: The Ohio Fairness Act would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s civil rights law. More from The Business Journal.

JOIN HRC IN CHEERING ON AMERICAN IDOL’S LGBTQ CONTESTANTS DURING SUNDAY’S EPISODE: While both Jurnee and Ada Vox delivered show-stopping performances this week on “American Idol.”, neither was voted into the top 10. Instead, Jurnee and Vox, both LGBTQ people of color, had to be saved by the judges to move on to the next round. More from HRC.



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Los Angeles Blade reflects on the unique issues faced by LGBTQ Muslim Americans; Los Angeles Times memorializes queer Chicana photographer Laura Aguilar; The New York Times discusses how some LGBTQ parents are creating new terms for “mom” and “dad”; Fox Denver and The Arizona Republic report on local plans to turn crosswalks rainbow in support of the LGBTQ community; Los Angeles Blade shares that the LA Dodgers will host an LGBTQ Pride night with Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy)

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