#AM_Equality Tipsheet: August 02, 2018

by Allison Turner

Stephen Colbert DID THAT; anti-LGBTQ Kavanaugh was creepily there

NEW HRC REPORT -- LAWMAKERS MUST ELIMINATE LOOPHOLES THAT ENABLE DISCRIMINATION BASED ON ‘MISPERCEPTIONS’: Discrimination Based on Perceived Characteristics, outlines how, in many jurisdictions, loopholes allow employees to be discriminated against if their harasser or employer has targeted them based on an incorrect assumption about their race, religion or other characteristic. District courts created the loopholes in non-discrimination protections by unconscionably ruling that discrimination based on misperceptions is not prohibited in federal non-discrimination law. The Equality Act would resolve the problem by ensuring that employees are clearly protected based on both “actual or perceived” characteristics. More from HRC.

HRC JOINS COALITION OF ORGANIZATIONS DEMANDING THAT THE SENATE #StopKavanaugh: HRC rallied alongside Planned Parenthood, Demand Justice, CPD Action, MoveOn.org, Health Care Voter, Tax March and others on Capitol Hill to fight for the rights of ALL people. We call on the U.S. Senate to #StopKavanaugh.  

THROWBACK THURSDAY -- HRC’S ROBIN MARIL BREAKS DOWN SCOTUS NOMINEE BRETT KAVANAUGH’S DIRTY LEGAL HISTORY: More on Kavanaugh from Talk Media News.

HRC ENDORSES REP. CONOR LAMB FOR RE-ELECTION FOR PA’S 17TH DISTRICT: “Conor Lamb has spent his career in service to our country. He is a tenacious fighter, who will continue to be a champion for Pennsylvania’s working families and a strong voice in the effort to move equality forward,” said HRC Pennsylvania State Director Allison VanKuiken. More from HRC.

CIVIL RIGHTS TRANSPARENCY ACT WOULD REQUIRE DEPARTMENT OF ED TO DISCLOSE SCHOOLS ACCUSED OF VIOLATING STUDENTS’ CIVIL RIGHTS: The legislation, backed by 21 House Democrats and organizations including HRC, would also require the department to disclose when it tosses out complaints, reaches agreements with schools to assess them or makes any changes to the manual for civil rights investigators. More from Andrew Ujifusa (@AndrewUjifusa) at Education Week.

MUST WATCH -- STEPHEN COLBERT PARODIES SESSIONS’ TAXPAYER-FUNDED ‘RELIGIOUS LIBERTY TASK FORCE’: The task force is part of the Trump-Pence administration’s ongoing campaign to license discrimination against LGBTQ people in the public square. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the task force alongside anti-LGBTQ extremists from Alliance Defending Freedom and the Colorado baker who refused to serve a same-sex couple in violation of the state’s nondiscrimination law. More from HRC and Georgia Voice.

CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING UNVEILS GAPS IN TRANSGENDER HEALTH CARE: More from Medpage Today.

MISSOURI STATE LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATE CLAIMS BEING LGBTQ IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN SMOKING: Yes… really. More from LGBTQ Nation.

LENA WAITHE TO PRODUCE NEW HBO SHOW WITH BLACK GAY PROTAGONIST: More from Colorlines.

‘ARROW’ STAR BEX TAYLOR-KLAUS COMES OUT AS NON-BINARY: More from NewNowNext.

BATAVIA, ILLINOIS, MAN ARRESTED FOR SENDING TARGETED ANTI-LGBTQ, ANTI-LATINX HATE MAIL: More from Windy City Times.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HOW A MALAYSIAN GAY ASYLUM SEEKER IS LEADING THE CHARGE FOR OTHERS: Hans How noted that his activism could lead to dire consequences if he is deported to his home country, but he will continue to fight for his fellow LGBTQ asylum seekers. More from The Daily Beast.

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Gay Star News reports on a new study showing that less than one percent of movie characters are LGBTQ; USA Today looks at media portrayals of the dangerous practice of “conversion therapy”; Roll Call interviews eight LGBTQ aides on the Hill; The New York Times remembers the nearly-lost film ‘Buddies,’ chronicling the HIV epidemic of the 1980s

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