#AM_Equality Tipsheet: April 30, 2019

by HRC Staff

TODAY -- Press Call on Equality Act; Brie Larson wants to see an LGBTQ superhero ASAP.

TODAY AT 1:30 PM ET -- PRESS CALL AHEAD OF HISTORIC EQUALITY ACT MARKUP: The coalition to pass the Equality Act -- including HRC, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the National Women’s Law Center and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights -- will hold a national press call highlighting the critical need and unprecedented support for The Equality Act today. The press call will take place ahead of Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee vote on the historic LGBTQ civil rights legislation, a crucial step toward passage of the law.

  • Morning must watch: Filmmaker and author Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) spoke in support of the Equality Act on Morning Joe today while discussing his new memoir, Mama’s Boy. Watch here.

HRC SENDS LETTER TO SENATE OPPOSING ROBERT DESTRO NOMINATION FOR ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND LABOR: Writes HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy (@david_stacy): “Throughout his career, Mr. Destro has focused a great deal of his writings on rejecting advances for LGBTQ human rights, a position which puts him at odds with the Secretary of State’s stated positions ‘affirming the dignity and equality of all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics.’” Read the full letter here.

TUESDAY TWEET -- ICYMI, HRC HOSTS GLOBAL SUMMIT OF LGBTQ ADVOCATES: More from HRC and Washington Blade.

DISGUSTING -- DAN PATRICK USES ANTI-LGBTQ LANGUGE TO ATTACK BETO O’ROURKE ON LAURA INGRAHAM’S SHOW: As if you needed more proof that Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick is a radical politician whose ideas and language would be better suited for the 1950s... His comments come ahead of a committee hearing on his own hand-crafted discriminatory legislation. The bills, Sb 2485, 2486 and 2487, will be heard in the Texas House State Affairs committee tomorrow and would gut enforcement of Texas cities’ employment non-discrimination ordinances. More from The Daily Beast.

  • Morning Must Read on Texas’ municipal preemption bill: “In a state in which 66% of Texans agree that LGBTQ people should be protected from discrimination, it is troubling to think that lawmakers might unnecessarily trade away these nondiscrimination ordinances -- popular with Texans from all walks of life -- for other political goals,” writes Jessica Shortall (@jessicashortall) of Texas Competes and Texas Competes Action. More from Texas Trib.

TREVOR PROJECT PENS POWERFUL LETTER TO LGBTQ YOUTH AS SCOTUS SET TO DECIDE IF TITLE VII PROTECTS LGBTQ PEOPLE: “Above all, remember that the court isn’t judging you as a person, and nothing they decide can change the fact that you and your identity deserve absolute equality, dignity, and love,” writes Casey Pick, The Trevor Project’s senior fellow for advocacy and government affairs. “And if ever you find yourself in crisis and needing somebody to listen, we at The Trevor Project are always here, 24/7, via lifeline, text, or chat.” More from Advocate.

  • Data from The Trevor Project shows crisis contacts to their offices increase and often double when the Trump-Pence administration attacks the LGBTQ community.

NPR INTERVIEWS SURVIVOR OF DANGEROUS “CONVERSION THERAPY” AS ADVOCATES WORK TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM ABUSIVE PRACTICE: Read and listen at NPR.

 BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY VALEDICTORIAN COMES OUT AS GAY IN POWERFUL GRADUATION SPEECH: “I am not broken. I am loved and important to the plan of our great creator. Each of us are,” said Matthew Easton. “Four years ago, it would have been impossible for me to imagine that I would come out to my entire college. It is a phenomenal feeling. And it is a victory for me in and of itself.” More from The Washington Post.

CAPTAIN MARVEL BRIE LARSON (@brielarson) CALLS ON HOLLYWOOD TO MOVE FASTER WITH LGBTQ REPRESENTATION IN SUPERHERO MOVIES: More from Vanity Fair.

TONY AWARDS NOMINATE LGBTQ AND ALLIED ACTORS, PRODUCTIONS: See who we’re most excited about on our Twitter. See the full list of nominations from The New York Times.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

ADVOCATES IN ISRAEL CALL ON EDUCATION MINISTRY TO PROTECT TRANSGENDER YOUTH: Advocates held a demonstration after news reports detailing a transgender girl who had not attended school in half a year due to bullying. More from The Jerusalem Post.

PRINCE HARRY’S CHARITY PARTNERS WITH ORGANIZATION FOR TRANSGENDER AND GENDER EXPANSIVE YOUTH: More from NBC.

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Tampa Bay Times profiles openly gay Mayor-elect Jane Castor; The Chronicle (Elyria, Ohio) interviews the founders of the Colors+ Youth Center in Fairview Park; Local 10 Miami previews an upcoming documentary on transgender inmate populations; Columbia Journalism Review sits down with The Daily Beast’s Samantha Allen (@SLAwrites); NewNowNext reviews a recent episode of “Wife Swap” where a two-dad couple confronts homophobia

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