#AM_Equality Tipsheet: April 6, 2018

by Allison Turner

State lawmakers emphasize crucial need to pass PA Fairness Act; HRC closely monitoring results on Anchorage Prop 1

STATE LAWMAKERS EMPHASIZE CRUCIAL NEED TO PASS THE PENNSYLVANIA FAIRNESS ACT: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and state lawmakers reiterated the need to pass SB 613, the Pennsylvania Fairness Act. “We welcome these renewed calls to pass the Pennsylvania Fairness Act, which would extend equal and comprehensive non-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Pennsylvanians,” said HRC Pennsylvania State Manager Allison Van Kuiken. “But Governor Wolf and the bill’s cosponsors cannot drive progress alone. For too long, lawmakers in the General Assembly have refused to take action to protect the thousands of LGBTQ Pennsylvanians at risk of losing their jobs or being denied services simply because of who they are.” More from HRC.

COLORADO HOUSE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT LGBTQ YOUTH FROM “CONVERSION THERAPY”: The Colorado House of Representatives passed legislation to protect LGBTQ youth in the state from the dangerous and debunked practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” The crucially important bill now heads to the Senate for consideration. “No child should be subjected to this dangerous and debunked practice condemned by every major medical and mental health organization,” said HRC Legislative Counsel Xavier Persad. “Right now, it’s incredibly important that fair-minded voices across the state of Colorado speak out and demand the Senate pass this crucially important legislation. Young LGBTQ Coloradans deserve to live their lives authentically and should never be subjected to the abusive practice of so-called conversion therapy.” More from HRC.

HRC CLOSELY MONITORING RESULTS ON ANCHORAGE PROP 1: Mail-in voting on an effort to roll back the city’s non-discrimination protections for transgender people ended on Tuesday, and as the votes continue to come in, it’s looking more and more like this vicious ballot measure has failed. HRC was proud to work on the ground alongside our Fair Anchorage coalition partners, leading transgender advocates, and Equality Voters across Anchorage. A significant number of faith and business leaders also spoke out against this dangerous, anti-transgender ballot measure.

TOMORROW -- HRC TO HONOR KARAMO BROWN OF “QUEER EYE” AT HOUSTON GALA: Brown recently spoke at the HRC Equality Convention in Washington, DC, and joined Pulse Nightclub shooting survivors and family members to lead hundreds of HRC members and supporters in the #MarchforOurLives in the nation’s capital. Brown is a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and knew Aaron Feis — the football coach who was killed in the Parkland attack. Learn more about his advocacy in this profile from Marie Claire. More from The Houston Chronicle.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- MARC JACOBS AND CHARLY DEFRANCESCO ARE ENGAGED! Watch as the world-renowned fashion designer (@themarcjacobs) proposes to his partner (@CharDefrancesco) via a flashmob at a Chipotle restaurant. Talk about #goals. More from USA Today.

IN LEAD UP TO CRITICAL VOTE, MARYLAND LAWMAKER TELLS PAINFUL STORY ON “CONVERSION THERAPY”: Republican Delegate Meagan Simonaire spoke passionately about her family subjecting her to the dangerous practice after she came out as bisexual. Luckily, her colleagues listened, and voted to send the bill to protect LGBTQ youth to Governor Larry Hogan’s desk. More from The Baltimore Sun.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY: As legislative sessions continue in state capitols across the country, HRC is tracking more than 118 anti-LGBTQ bills and more than 178 pro-equality bills introduced in state legislatures. More from HRC.

APRIL IS SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH: April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual violence affects every demographic and every community – including a disproportionate number of LGBTQ people. More from HRC.

FRENCH OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST COMES OUT AS TRANSGENDER: Sandra Forgues, a member of the 1996 Summer Olympics French canoe team, came out as transgender in L’Equipe. More from NewNowNext.



MALAYSIAN TRANS WOMAN ALLEGEDLY DENIED JOB; TOLD TO “ACT LIKE A MAN”: Malaysian chef Shairazi Bahari reported the restaurant to the country’s human rights watchdog. More from The Guardian.

SINGAPOREAN COUPLE ARGUES AT HIGH COURT TO PRESERVE THEIR MARRIAGE: The government revoked their marriage license after one member of the couple transitioned. The country does not have marriage equality. More from Gay Star News.  

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Billboard reports on Ricky Martin’s (@ricky_martin) tweet in support of a law allowing transgender Puerto Ricans to update their birth certificates; NewNowNext interviews Thalia Almodovar (@ThaliaAlmodova), the openly transgender makeup artist on VH1’s “Beauty Bar”; Radio New Zealand follows openly transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard as she competes at the Commonwealth Games; Out Magazine unveils their latest cover, featuring olympians Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) and Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy)

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