#AM_Equality Tipsheet: April 5, 2019

by HRC Staff

#EyesOnBrunei -- Ellen DeGeneres calls against Brunei’s anti-LGBTQ laws; U.S. Senate must reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

NY REP. SEAN PATRICK MALONEY CALLS ON TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST BRUNEI’S ANTI-LGBTQ LAWS: With 38 of his House colleagues, Maloney (D-NY) (@RepSeanMaloney), a co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, calls on the Trump-Pence administration to address Brunei’s draconian anti-LGBTQ measures, which allow whipping and stoning LGBTQ people to death. Read the full letter here.

  • HRC launches #EyesOnBrunei -- Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) joins HRC to call on the Trump-Pence administration to speak out and act on Brunei’s draconian anti-LGBTQ law. Read more at HRC.

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS REVERSES CONTROVERSIAL ANTI-LGBTQ POLICY: “In this reversal, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has taken an important step forward,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “There’s still work to do but this policy reversal is a very welcome change that moves the church closer to a day where LGBTQ Mormons can see themselves affirmed and included within their faith community.” More from HRC, Salt Lake Tribune, Gay Star News and Washington Post.

  •  View HRC’s Coming Home to Mormonism and to Self guide, an important resource for LGBTQ Mormons who are on the journey toward living fully in their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and in their faith and its traditions.

THE U.S. SENATE MUST JOIN HOUSE IN REAUTHORIZING THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT (VAWA): “Despite the progress we’ve made, sexual and domestic violence remain an ongoing problem that requires continued action,” said David Stacy, HRC Government Affairs Director (@david_stacy). “That’s why it is shameful and bizarre for House Republican leadership to paint transgender women as dangerous in order to try to defeat this important legislation.” More from HRC.

NEW HRC VIDEO FEATURES SEN. KYRSTEN SINEMA (D-AZ) ON THE NEED TO PASS THE EQUALITY ACT NOW:

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- ON SHONDALAND.COM, HRC BOARD MEMBER JODIE PATTERSON WRITES ABOUT “HOW I FIGHT FOR MY TRANS CHILD”:

NY REP. SEAN PATRICK MALONEY’S BILL WOULD PROHIBIT USE OF TAXPAYER MONEY FOR SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: HRC calls on Congress to swiftly pass the measure. More from Metro Weekly.

TENNESSEAN REPORTS THAT LT. GOV. RANDY MCNALLY IS WORRIED ABOUT “BLOWBACK FROM BUSINESSES OVER ANTI-LGBTQ LEGISLATION”: According to a report by the Tennessean’s Joel Ebert (@joelebert), “McNally said the Senate also would be sensitive of the rights of individual people who would be affected by such legislation,” nothing that current laws are sufficient and “questioned the need for new legislation.” He also pointed to the negative business fallout in North Carolina after its legislature passed a measure targeting transgender people. Read more at the Tennessean.

  • Elizabeth Gedmark (@e.gedmark), director of the Southern office and senior staff attorney of A Better Balance expresses similar concerns, saying measures would push companies away and hurt job growth. More from Knox News.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

SPAIN HEALTH MINISTER CALLS FOR END TO SO-CALLED ‘CONVERSION THERAPY’: More from Reuters and Gay Star News.

AUSTRALIAN LGBTQ HEALTH ORGANIZATION LAUNCHES ACTION PLAN FOR TRANS AND GENDER EXPANSIVE COMMUNITY: More from Gay Star News.

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Crain’s New York shares new report outlining how health care providers and organizations can improve care for transgender people; The New York Times highlights gay artist Daniel Rycharski’s work featuring clothes from LGBTQ people in Poland; Los Angeles LGBT Center announces grand opening of its new Anita May Rosenstein Campus.

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