Following epidemic of anti-trans violence, Jacksonville, FL, creates LGBTQ police liaison team
WASHINGTON BLADE’S CHRIS JOHNSON (@chrisjohnson82) PROVIDES THE DEETS ON HRC’S MASSIVE 2018 #TurnOUT CAMPAIGN: HRC is more than doubling its on-the-ground staff -- for a total of 130 -- in key states and races across the country to mobilize its 3 million members, 10 million LGBTQ voters and millions more allies across the nation ahead of the November midterms. “I’ve referred to some of them as the cavalry,” said Geoff Wetrosky (@gwetrosky), Campaign Director at HRC. “They go where the fight needs to be fought at any given moment … they’re responsible for several states, and if there’s a legislative battle or particular election that’s competitive, then they go to that state and work on that race.” Said Chris Sgro (@cristoferosgro), HRC Communications Director, “The road to pulling an emergency break on Trump and Pence runs through the six HRC Rising states.” Read the full piece from Washington Blade.
The road to a pro-equality Congress runs directly through six @HRC Rising states. We're organizing, mobilizing, and on Election Day we're going to pull the emergency brake on Trump-Pence. https://t.co/tEhAjmeNj0— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) August 2, 2018
FRIDAY FEELING -- NO ONE SHOULD EXPERIENCE DISCRIMINATION BECAUSE OF WHO THEY ARE OR WHO THEY LOVE. Read more from News 10.
FOLLOWING MURDERS OF THREE TRANSGENDER WOMEN, JACKSONVILLE SHERIFF’S OFFICE CREATES LGBTQ LIAISON TEAM: “It shouldn’t take a crisis like this, but because of this crisis, I think the team is an absolute necessity today,” Sheriff Mike Williams said at last night’s forum to address anti-transgender violence that has plagued the Florida city. WJCT’s Lindsey Kilbride (@lindskilbride) reports that since February “four transgender women have been shot in Jacksonville, three of them fatally. They account for about a fifth of the 16 transgender murders nationwide this year, as tracked by the Human Rights Campaign.” Wilson scheduled the forum after more than five months of vigils and protests surrounding the violence, Kilbride reports. Read more from WJCT.
HRC JOINS MORE THAN 140 CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS ASKING COMMERCE DEPT. TO REMOVE CITIZENSHIP Q FROM CENSUS: More here.
HRC REMEMBERS OPENLY GAY AUTHOR JAMES BALDWIN: He would have turned 94 on Thursday.
Today we honor the life and legacy of James Baldwin on what would have been his 94th birthday. His powerful words about race and the importance of intersectionality remain as poignant as ever. pic.twitter.com/36zEhp0nDV— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) August 2, 2018
STUDY FINDS LGBTQ YOUTH WHO ARE FIRST-TIME OFFENDERS AT HIGHER RISK FOR HEALTH ISSUES: The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found these youth at higher risk for mental health issues and substance abuse, and more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors. “We’re seeing a dually vulnerable group that’s subjected to stressors of court but also have historically marginalized identity,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Matt Hirschtritt. Read more from ABC News.
NEVADA CONSIDERS ADOPTING TRANSGENDER-INCLUSIVE SCHOOL POLICY: The Las Vegas Sun profiles four students who would directly benefit from the policy. Read more here.
#CALLITOUT -- HRC IS CALLING OUT FOX & FRIENDS AND JORDAN PETERSON, AN ANTI-LGBTQ EXTREMIST: Peterson uses his platform as a media pundit to spread misinformation that stokes dangerous hatred. Read more from HRC.
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.@HRC's Ianthe Metzger (@IAnTheWalrus) joined Amber Goodwin (@Goodwin4Texas), Eddie Vale (@evale72), Keauna Gregory and Erica Sackin (@EricaJanes) for a panel at @Netroots_Nation on creative grassroots campaigning. #NN18 pic.twitter.com/NF7VgYKiEm— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) August 3, 2018
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