#AM_Equality Tipsheet: April 29, 2019

by HRC Staff

The Trump-Pence administration prepares to roll back protections for trans patients; Adam Rippon joins “Americans for the Equality Act”

TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION PREPARES PROPOSAL DESIGNED TO ROLL BACK PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER PATIENTS: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is preparing a rule change to interpretation of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to remove explicit protections for LGBTQ people in healthcare programs and activities. More from The Washington Post and Politico.

IT IS BEYOND TIME TO TAKE ACTION TO STOP THE EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE: More from Los Angeles Blade and The Washington Post.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- OLYMPIAN AND FIGURE SKATER ADAM RIPPON JOINS THE “AMERICANS FOR THE EQUALITY ACT” CAMPAIGN IN POWERFUL NEW VIDEO: "The message that this legislation really sends to young LGBTQ+ people is that your identity should never be something that you feel is gonna hold you back," 29-year-old Rippon said. "That's why we need to pass the Equality Act now." The Americans for the Equality Act series, filmed by award-winning directors Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) and Paris Barclay (@Harparbar), launched with a debut video featuring Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field (@sally_field) and her son Sam Greisman (@SAMGREIS). Additional videos have included Shea Diamond (@iamsheadiamond) and Justina Machado (@JustinaMachado). More from Reuters.

  • Rippon has also launched a YouTube channel. More from NewNowNext.

TEXANS -- JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST ANTI-LGBTQ LEGISLATION: SB 2485, SB2486 and SB 2487, three municipal preemption bills targeting non-discrimination ordinances, are scheduled for a hearing Wednesday, May 1, in the House State Affairs Committee. Find out three ways you can join the fight from HRC.

UNITED METHODIST COURT UPHOLD ITS BAN ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AND LGBTQ CLERGY: More from Religion News.

NEW STUDY SHOWS NUMBER OF AMERICANS WHO IDENTIFY AS BISEXUAL HAS TRIPLED IN PAST DECADE: “In recent years, progress on achieving LGBTQ equality, coupled with representation through celebrity coming out stories and positive bi characters in TV and film are giving people more comfort and safety in coming out as bisexual,” said Elliott Kozuch, HRC deputy press secretary (@ElliottKozuch). More from Daily Mail.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

RECENTLY RELEASED HONDURAN TRANS WOMAN DETAINED BY ICE AGAIN: Nicole García Aguilar, who was released last week after a year of incarceration in immigration centers, has been detained again by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. More from The Guardian.

MORE THAN 150 SAME-SEX COUPLES WED ON FIRST DAY OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN TAIWAN: More from Gay Star News.

ITALY SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF GAY MAN SEEKING ASYLUM: More from Pink News.

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