#AM_Equality Tipsheet: April 4, 2019

by HRC Staff

Eyes on Brunei -- Brunei must immediately rescind inhumane anti-LGBTQ law; Chasten Buttigieg to speak at 22nd Annual HRC Houston Gala.

EYES ON BRUNEI -- BRUNEI MUST IMMEDIATELY RESCIND INHUMANE ANTI-LGBTQ LAW: “The eyes of the world are on Brunei today, and we must all speak with one voice against this draconian law that threatens LGBTQ people with death by stoning and torture,” said HRC Director of Global Partnerships Jean Freedberg (@FreedJean). “Given the urgency of this situation, it is increasingly crucial that the United States show moral leadership and join the international community in speaking out against these human rights abuses. We need to seize this moment and demand that Brunei repeal this law without delay.” More from HRC and CNN.

HRC ANNOUNCES CHASTEN BUTTIGIEG WILL SPEAK AT 22ND ANNUAL HRC HOUSTON GALA THIS SATURDAY: Buttigieg is the husband of presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the first openly LGBTQ elected official to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. “Buttigieg is a passionate advocate who is inspiring LGBTQ people across the country to live their truths and capturing the hearts of countless Americans,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “As a former teacher, he is a visible and positive role model who is using his influential platform to not only speak out about LGBTQ equality, but also to support and celebrate educators and LGBTQ young people in their schools and classrooms.” More from HRC and The Washington Examiner.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- NEW HRC VIDEO FEATURES REP. BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN (D-NJ) ON THE NEED TO PASS THE EQUALITY ACT NOW:

LGBTQ ADVOCATES PUSH BACK ON “THE SLATE OF HATE” ANTI-LGBTQ BILLS IN TENNESSSEE LEGISLATURE: More from WSMV.

  • One measure would give adoption and foster care agencies a license to discriminate against LGBTQ prospective parents. More from Tennessean.

“NO POPULATION WILL BE MORE ADVERSELY IMPACTED THAN LGBTQ YOUTH IN TEXAS IN NEEED OF CRITICAL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES”: Dangerous bill passed by Texas Senate would allow professionals to deny services to clients based on religious beliefs. Read more at Dallas News and Pink News.

NEW REPORT SHOWS NEARLY 4 MILLION LGBTQ AMERICANS LIVE IN RURAL AREAS: The report notes that this could be more than 20 percent of the overall LGBTQ American population. More from USA Today.

HORRIFYING -- TENNESSEE CIVIL RIGHTS CENTER BURNED TO GROUND, ‘WHITE POWER’ SYMBOL GRAFFITIED ON BUILDING: The Highlander Center in New Market has hosted countless civil rights leaders throughout history, including the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Stokely Carmichael. More from The Washington Post.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

AZERBAIJAN POLICE ILLEGALLY DETAIN AT LEAST 14 LGBTQ PEOPLE: More from Gay Star News and Eurasianet.

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

Star Tribune features Minnesota health care organization’s launch of a clinic for transgender and gender-expansive youth; Them highlights portraits of transmasculine Americans.

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