#AM_Equality Tipsheet: August 01, 2018

by Allison Turner

It’s time that LGBTQ people count in the census

MEET WESTON, JUST THE KIND OF KID WHO HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO HARM WITH THEIR  ANTI-LGBTQ CHILD WELFARE AMENDMENT: NBC’s Julie Compton (@julieallmighty) reports that Weston Charles-Gallo entered the foster care system at age 14 after facing abuse from his parents for being gay. After several placements, he found his forever family with two dads and six siblings. But a discriminatory, anti-LGBTQ “license to discriminate” amendment to the FY 2019 funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education could make it harder for youth like Weston to find a loving home. More from NBC.

  • The Williams Institute recently released data that same-sex couples are more likely to raise adopted or foster youth. Read the full study here.

SENATORS HARRIS (D-CA) AND CARPER (D-DE) INTRODUCE CENSUS EQUALITY ACT TO ADD SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY QUESTIONS TO SURVEY: Said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. “It's absolutely critical that we have the hard data needed to find solutions and address the unique challenges Americans face based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Census and American Community Survey are crucial tools to meet these needs.” More from Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnson82) at The Washington Blade and from Bustle.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY FROM HRC’S BRIANA ESCAMILLA ON TRUMP SCOTUS NOMINEE BRETT KAVANAUGH: Escamilla, HRC’s Nevada state director, writes, “Kavanaugh poses a real and direct threat to the well-being and safety of Nevada’s LGBT community. His track record leaves no room for doubt that he would radically undermine LGBT equality, reproductive rights and access to affordable health care.” More from The Las Vegas Sun.

 

HRC ENDORSES MADELEINE DEAN FOR U.S. HOUSE FOR PENNSYLVANIA’S 4TH DISTRICT: “State Rep. Madeleine Dean is a proven leader who will stand up for Pennsylvania’s working families in Congress,” said HRC Pennsylvania State Director Allison VanKuiken. “In the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Madeleine Dean has worked to advance fairness and equality.” More from HRC.

HORRIFYING -- TRANS WOMAN ASSAULTED IN PORTLAND: Keara Mosby, 25, was walking with friends when allegedly punched by Timothy Emmett Walsh, who spewed anti-LGBTQ slurs. He has been arrested. Brandon Voss (@BrandonVoss) reports that “earlier this month a man in Portland was caught on camera harassing a married lesbian couple. A trans woman in Portland, Gigi Pierce, was fatally shot in May.” More from NewNowNext.

HRC JOINS CHORUS OF ADVOCACY GROUPS CALLING ON CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS TO RESOLVE CRISIS OF FAMILY SEPARATION AT THE BORDER: Read the letter here.

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HRC ON THE GROUND, DOUBLING STAFF, IN WISCONSIN: More from Wisconsin Gazette.

ICYMI -- HRC PANEL DISCUSSION FOR MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH MONTH: The event was livestreamed on HRC’s Facebook.

NEW DATA SHOWS HEALTH DISPARITIES BETWEEN LGBQ AND NON-LGBQ YOUTH: The study from Northwestern Medicine did not include data based on gender identity. More from Advocate.

NATIONALS’ PITCHER SEAN DOOLITTLE CALLS OUT ANTI-LGBTQ RHETORIC BY FELLOW MLB PLAYERS: Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) tweeted, “It’s been a tough couple of weeks for baseball on twitter. It sucks to see racist and homophobic language coming from inside our league -- a league I’m so proud to be a part of that I’ve worked really hard to make a more accepting and inclusive place for all our fans to enjoy.” More from NBC Sports.

GET INSPIRED -- NEW HRC VIDEO ASKS FAITH VOTERS AT THE RECENT WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL ABOUT THE POWER OF VOTING: Watch here.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

LATIN AMERICAN ASYLUM SEEKERS LIVE IN FEAR OF TRUMP-PENCE IMMIGRATION POLICIES: Advocates report that requests by many Latinx LGBTQ asylum seekers are being rejected. More from Al Día.

 SWEDISH ARMY LAUNCHES AD CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT LGBTQ EQUALITY: More from Hornet.

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KUTV interviews local LGBTQ activist Lilan Bowden; The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on how local enforcement agencies protect LGBTQ people riding in taxis or ride-shares; Playbill profiles Sir Ian McKellen; The Georgia Voice previews the upcoming Gay Games in Paris; BuzzFeed catches up with Nathan Mathis, whose video protesting Roy Moore on behalf of his gay daughter went viral

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