#AM_Equality Tipsheet: April 3, 2019

by HRC Staff

Historic! Lori Lightfoot elected as Chicago’s first openly LGBTQ & Black female mayor; Anti-LGBTQ bills on the move in Indiana & Texas.

 HISTORY MAKING! LORI LIGHTFOOT ELECTED AS CHICAGO’S FIRST OPENLY LGBTQ AND BLACK FEMALE MAYOR: “HRC was proud to endorse Mayor-elect Lightfoot and help turn out the vote for her historic candidacy,” said HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive). “We look forward to working closely with her as the first openly LGBTQ and Black female mayor of Chicago to ensure the city moves forward to be an inclusive and welcoming place for everyone.” More from HRC, Advocate and NBC.

AS BRUNEI IMPLEMENTS BRUTAL ANTI-LGBTQ MEASURES, U.S. LAWMAKERS REINTRODUCE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENSE ACT: “With the awful news from Brunei and the silence once again from this White House, we are grateful that human rights champions in Congress are stepping up to demonstrate that our nation should be better than this,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy (@david_stacy). More from HRC and Washington Blade.

  • Brunei’s LGBTQ community fleeing as nation imposes laws sanctioning torture and murder of LGBTQ people. More from BBC and CNN.
  • “Barbaric to the core”: The world weighs in on the laws  sanctioning whipping and stoning to death LGBTQ people -- including “children and foreigners”. Read Annabelle Liang’s report for the Associated Press.

HRC URGES INDIANA GOV TO VETO HATE CRIMES BILL THAT EXCLUDES TRANSGENDER HOOSIERS: “HRC will not support any proposal that is not fully-inclusive of the LGBTQ community and our allies, full stop,” said HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive). “All LGBTQ Hoosiers are deserving of protection, and leaders in Indiana must act to protect all of us from bias-based crimes. We ask Gov. Eric Holcomb to reject this bill.” More from HRC.

TEXAS SENATE PASSES CRUEL AND DISCRIMINATORY ANTI-LGBTQ BILLS: “Today’s vote on SB 17 marks a dark moment for Texas: the passage of one of the most broadly discriminatory bills under consideration across the country,” said Rebecca Marques, HRC Texas state director (@_RebeccaMarques). “We implore the House of Representatives to not take up this harmful bill.” More from HRC.

  • Five anti-equality bills are scheduled for action in the Texas legislature this week. More from HRC.      

VICTORY FOR ERIC GENRICH, HRC-BACKED CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR OF GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN: “Eric Genrich has been a vocal and supportive ally of LGBTQ people during his time in the state legislature, and we look forward to working with him to continue moving LGBTQ rights forward in the great city of Green Bay,” said HRC Wisconsin State Director Wendy Strout. More from HRC and Green Bay Press Gazette.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- GET TO KNOW FLORIDA’S FIRST LGBTQ CONSUMER ADVOCATE: Nik Harris, an HRC Board of Governors member, was appointed by Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried (@nikkifried), who said: “It’s paramount that LGBTQ Floridians have a voice in defending their safety, economic security, and well-being.” More from HRC.

ICYMI: HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HELD HISTORIC HEARING ON BIPARTISAN EQUALITY ACT: More from HRC, The Hill and Bustle.

IT’S TIME FOR EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK:

  • Trans women, women of color and non-binary people are disproportionately impacted by the pay gap. More from Bustle.

MARYLAND VIGIL HELD IN REMEMBRANCE OF MURDERED TRANSGENDER WOMAN: Ashanti Carmon, a Black trans woman, was killed last Saturday in Prince George’s County, Maryland. More from WUSA9.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

 BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA TO HOST FIRST-EVER LGBTQ PRIDE: More from PinkNews.

HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP CALL ON LEBANON TO DECRIMINALIZE SAME-SEX RELATIONS: More from The Washington Post.

 READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

OutSportsDawn Ennis (@lifeafterdawn) highlights a 15-year old transgender athlete being honored by San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks); NBC looks at how affirming mosques could help LGBTQ Muslims reconcile faith and sexuality; HRC’s Nicole Greenidge-Hoskins was the recipient of the 2019 BU Law (@BU_Law) DC Public Service Award.

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