#AM_Equality Tipsheet: August 07, 2018

by Allison Turner

Will the real Brett Kavanaugh please stand up?

WHERE ARE THE RECORDS? NEW HRC REPORT DETAILS THREAT TRUMP’S SCOTUS PICK POSES TO MILLIONS OF LGBTQ AMERICANS: HRC is urging the Senate Judiciary Committee not to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination without a full review of his record and time in the White House -- and urging the full Senate to reject his nomination on the basis of his anti-LGBTQ record and other concerning decisions. The years of 2001 to 2006, when Kavanaugh served in the Bush White House, was an consequential period for the LGBTQ rights and marriage equality movement. Yet, with these records cloaked from public review, we know troublingly little about Kavanaugh’s position or role in these matters. More from HRC.

REP. KATHLEEN RICE (D-NY) RE-INTRODUCES TSA “SCREENING WITH DIGNITY” ACT TO PROTECT TRANS AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING PEOPLE: Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride), HRC national press secretary, said of the bill: “Transgender people should not have to face constant fear of discrimination as we go about our lives, especially in vulnerable spaces like security screenings at the airport. HRC thanks Rep. Kathleen Rice for re-introducing the ‘Screening With Dignity’ Act today and for standing for the safety and dignity of trans and gender non-conforming people.” Get the exclusive from Mary Emily O’Hara (@MaryEmilyOHara) at them.

TUESDAY TWEET -- TODAY IS OHIO’S SPECIAL ELECTION, TIME TO #TurnOUT FOR DANNY O’CONNOR: In Ohio, HRC has identified more than 1.8 million “Equality Voters” -- voters who support LGBTQ-inclusive policies including marriage equality, equitable family law, and laws that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. More from HRC.

PENNSYLVANIA GOV. TOM WOLF SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER CREATING STATE COMMISSION ON LGBTQ AFFAIRS: It is the only commission of its kind in the nation. HRC has endorsed Governor Wolf in his re-election campaign.

U.S. COURT RULES -- ONCE AGAIN -- THAT TRUMP CANNOT ENFORCE UNCONSTITUTIONAL TRANS TROOPS BAN: Despite a year long string of court victories for transgender troops and recruits, the Trump-Pence administration continues their crusade to force their extreme anti-LGBTQ agenda on the U.S. military. This is the eighth federal court to bar the Trump-Pence Administration from implementing the ban. More from Reuters.

HRC ENDORSES RECORD 13 PRO-EQUALITY CANDIDATES IN NEVADA STATE LEGISLATURE: “As we face ongoing attacks at the federal level and the threat of anti-LGBTQ extremist Adam Laxalt in the governor’s office, investing in races up and down the ballot and defending our pro-equality majority in the Legislature has never been more important,” said HRC Nevada State Director Briana Escamilla (@escamillabriana). More from HRC.

GAY COLLEGE STUDENT MURDERED IN CALIFORNIA IN SUSPECTED HATE CRIME: Samuel Woodward has been charged with a hate crime sentencing enhancement for the murder of 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student Blaze Bernstein. Bernstein’s body was found in a shallow grave near his parent’s California home. Woodward was a high school classmate of the victim. More from USA Today.

BIDEN FOUNDATION LAUNCHES ‘AS YOU ARE’ CAMPAIGN FOR LGBTQ YOUTH:

ICYMI -- NEW HRC REPORT ON 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. More from LGBTQ Nation.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

“WORST ATTACK AGAINST LGBTQ ARMENIANS IN MEMORY”: Nine activists targeted. More from Advocate.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO HOLDS ITS FIRST EVER LGBTQ PRIDE PARADE: More from Caribbean Life.

OPENLY GAY IRISH PRIME MINISTER LEO VARADKAR SAYS HE’LL BRING UP LGBTQ EQUALITY IN CONVERSATION WITH THE POPE: Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Ireland later this month. More from Pink News.

LGBTQ POLITICAL PARTY FORMS IN ISRAEL: More from The Jerusalem Post.

JAPANESE LGBTQ ADVOCATES CALL FOR RESIGNATION OF EXTREMIST LAWMAKER MIO SUGITA: Sugita recently went on a tirade against the LGBTQ community. More from The Mainichi.

NEW ZEALAND MAN BECOMES FIRST OPENLY GAY ANGLICAN PRIEST: More from Radio NZ.

HEARTBREAKING PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES HIGHLIGHTS FAMILY REJECTION OF LGBTQ BRAZILIANS: More from BBC.

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Pink News reports that a radical anti-marriage equality group is encouraging members to boycott Britney Spears; Gay Star News shares that transgender athletes will be able to compete according to their gender identity at the 2018 CrossFit Games; WESA visits a Pennsylvania summit on LGBTQ elders; HRC joined celebs and Broadway stars to rally against the Trump-Pence administration

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