#AM_Equality Tipsheet: August 03, 2018

by Allison Turner

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.

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.

  • Victims and advocates provide emotional, wrenching accounts at the forum. More from Dan Scanlan (@scanlan_dan) at the Florida Times Union.
  • Mulan Montrese Williams, an Atlanta-based trans activist, is fighting for the right of trans people to have dignity in death. More from Jason Rhode at The Georgia Voice.

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.

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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KOMO News reports that Kaiser Foundation Health Plans of Washington will cover gender affirmation surgery for transgender women; News & Observer describes a new United Methodist Church report on LGBTQ inclusion; The New York Times reports on a decision by the Freemasons of England to include transgender members; Shondaland interviews singer and actress Mila Jam (@MILAJAM); Harper’s Bazaar interviews rising pop star King Princess (@KingPrincess69); Follow HRC’s Twitter for updates on our events at Netroots!

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