#AM_Equality Tipsheet: April 30, 2018

by Allison Turner

Apple, Google & GM among others oppose Kansas’ anti-LGBTQ legislation; NYT spits facts on Trump’s unconstitutional trans military ban

MAJOR NATIONAL CORPORATE LEADERS INCLUDING APPLE, GOOGLE AND GM OPPOSE KANSAS’ ANTI-LGBTQ LEGISLATION:  TechNet -- the national, bipartisan network of over 80 technology companies -- is urging Kansas lawmakers to oppose HB 2481,  warning that the discriminatory legislation could have dire consequences on the state’s economic development and business competitiveness. HB 2481, which is pending in the Kansas legislature, would create a license to discriminate for taxpayer-funded child placement agencies to refuse to place children with LGBTQ foster or adoptive parents, single parents, and other qualified families. More from The Wichita Eagle.

IN TODAY’S NEW YORK TIMES -- “A GROWING PROBLEM FOR THE MILITARY TRANSGENDER BAN -- FACTS”: The hard-hitting editorial lays bare the lies behind the discriminatory Trump-Pence ban on qualified transgender troops in the military, asserting that it simply “panders to right-wing zealots like Vice President Mike Pence and to regressive generals” behind the effort to overturn President Obama’s 2016 decision to protect gender identity in the Pentagon’s equal opportunity policy. The Times notes that federal courts, the heads of the four branches of the military and former surgeons general have asserted there are no facts -- military, medical or otherwise -- to justify the ban. “In the meantime,” the Times board writes, “a growing body of research and expert opinion supports the only fair and just solution: Repudiating Mr. Trump’s cruel decision and giving transgender people the same right to serve their country in a military uniform as any other citizens.” More from The New York Times.

  • Six former surgeons general say “no medially valid reason” for ban: “We underscore that transgender troops are as medically fit as their non-transgender peers and that there is no medically valid reason -- including a diagnosis of gender dysphoria -- to exclude them from military service or to limit their access to medically necessary care,” they write. More from the Palm Center.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- HRC RELEASES HARD-HITTING VIDEO HIGHLIGHTING MIKE PENCE’S DANGEROUS RECORD ON HIV AND AIDS: “Mike Pence has spent his career putting people in danger by denying them access to HIV prevention and treatment,” said Ashland Johnson, HRC’s Director of Public Education and Research (@ashlandj11). “Pence has been reckless with the health and lives of those he is sworn to serve, choosing to promote a dangerous ideology over making the right decisions for the American people.” The video is the latest in HRC's groundbreaking “Real Mike Pence” campaign exposing the vice president’s long history of anti-LGBTQ animus. More from HRC and Plus Magazine.

HRC ENDORSES GINA ORTIZ JONES FOR TEXAS CONGRESSIONAL SEAT: “Gina Ortiz Jones would be a consistent voice for equality in Congress and a trailblazing figure in Texas politics,” said Marty Rouse, HRC national field director. More from HRC.

IN USA TODAY, HRC’S ALLISON TURNER SHARES WHAT JANELLE MONÁE’S COMING OUT MEANS TO HER: Turner (@amturner1993) writes, “My hope is that this powerful moment of visibility starts an important conversation about these identities, and that we can take a cue from Monáe and say to pansexual, queer and bisexual people -- and especially young people -- “We see you.’” More from USA Today.

  • Merriam-Webster dictionary’s top search on its website was ‘pansexual’ for the two days following Monáe’s coming out. Reading is FUNDAMENTAL! More from Gay Star News.

ON THIS DATE IN 1997, ELLEN DEGENERES CAME OUT PUBLICLY: For 21 years,  Ellen DeGeneres has inspired our community, encouraging people to embrace their authentic selves.  Our visibility has been possible in large part because of her courage. 

ACTRESS SAMIRA WILEY’S MESSAGE TO LGBTQ YOUTH -- “WE NEED YOU”:  “There are just so many people, kids, LGBT kids that genuinely think that their existence is wrong. Nothing pulls on my heartstrings more,” Wiley told The New York Times.

MASSACHUSETTS UNVEILS LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE SCHOOL CURRICULUM: It will allow LGBTQ students to see themselves reflected in their history, English and health lessons. More from Boston Herald.

TEXAS SCHOOL BOARD RENEWS CONTRACT OF TEACHER PLACED ON LEAVE FOR ADVOCATING FOR LGBTQ-FRIENDLY POLICIES: Mansfield, Texas, teacher Stacy Bailey was placed on paid administrative leave after parents complained because she is LGBTQ.  More from Star-Telegram.

MIAMI BEACH HONORS GOOD SAMARITAN WHO STEPPED IN TO HELP SAME-SEX COUPLE BEING ATTACKED AT PRIDE PARADE: More from Towleroad.

ELLEN PAGE TO JOIN CAST OF NETFLIX’S “ARMISTEAD MAUPIN’S TALES OF THE CITY”: More from On Top Magazine.

SPELMAN STUDENT WITH TRANS PARTNER RECEIVES TRANSPHOBIC MESSAGES: Spelman has taken significant steps to make its campus trans-inclusive, including participating in HRC’s HBCU Leadership Summit. More from The Root.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

KENYA BANS LGBTQ LOVE STORY SET TO PREMIERE AT CANNES: More from Variety.

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Salon interviews HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride); The Daily Beast’s Samantha Allen (@SLAwrites) speaks to LGBTQ asylum seekers; Advocate shares research about LGBTQ equality’s positive correlation with economic performance

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