#AM_Equality Tipsheet: August 14, 2018

by Allison Turner

PRIMARY DAY in WI, MN, CT and VT; 3rd MS city passes LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance.

PRIMARY DAY! WISCONSIN, MINNESOTA, CONNECTICUT AND VERMONT HEAD TO THE POLLS: HRC has been on the ground with more staff and resources than ever before to #TurnOUT millions of ‘Equality Voters’ in the lead up to the 2018 election. In Wisconsin, HRC has endorsed a slate of pro-equality candidates in the primary, including Senator Tammy Baldwin; Reps. Mark Pocan, Ron Kind, and Gwen Moore; and Josh Kaul for Attorney General. In Minnesota, HRC is endorsing Senator Amy Klobuchar for re-election and Tina Smith for U.S. Senate. More from ABC.

VICTORY! CLARKSDALE, MISS. BECOMES THIRD CITY IN STATE WITH LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE NONDISCRIM ORDINANCE: “Clarksdale’s leaders have taken an important step forward by passing a fully-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance,” said Rob Hill, HRC Mississippi state director. “Now, Clarksdale will join Jackson and Magnolia as the cities in Mississippi that have taken concrete steps to support their LGBTQ citizens. Now, it is time for other communities in our state to follow in their footsteps and pass policies to protect all Mississippians from bias and discrimination. Thank you to Mayor Chuck Espy, the Board of Commissioners for their work to introduce and pass this ordinance.” More from HRC.

TODAY -- PENCE CAMPAIGNS FOR ANTI-LGBTQ OHIO GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE MIKE DEWINE AND HIS RUNNING MADE JON HUSTED: Vice President Mike Pence will fundraise for Ohio gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine and his running mate Jon Husted today. Pence, DeWine and Husted have all crusaded against marriage equality and sought to undermine reproductive rights. As Attorney General, DeWine defended the state’s marriage ban, stating that LGBTQ people did not deserve ‘protected-class status.’ More from HRC.

  • For more on Pence’s record, HRC’s comprehensive “The Real Mike Pence” campaign includes a scathing report, microsite and a series of videos exposing the vice president’s long history of anti-LGBTQ animus.

TUESDAY TWEET -- MARTHA MCSALLY’S PAC GAVE $$ TO CAMPAIGN OF CONGRESSMAN WHO COMPARED LGBTQ AMERICANS TO RAPISTS: Rep. McSally donated $1,000 to the congressman at the center of of a national controversy over his racist, sexist, and homophobic slurs on his radio show. More from BuzzFeed.

HRC JOINS WISCONSIN ELECTED OFFICIALS, FAITH LEADERS TO DENOUNCE MILWAUKEE ACTING SHERIFF RICHARD SCHMIDT:

HRC ANNOUNCES HISTORIC SLATE OF ENDORSEMENTS IN PENNSYLVANIA STATE LEGISLATIVE RACES: In the Pennsylvania State Senate, HRC has endorsed Maria Collett; Lindsey Williams; Tarah Probst; and Kate Muth. In the Pennsylvania State House, HRC has endorsed Daniel Smith Jr.;  Perry Warren Jr.; Frank Dermody; Laura (Liz) Hanbidge; Wendy Ullman; Joseph Webster; Sara Johnson Rothman; Thomas Murt; Carolyn Comitta; Leanne Krueger-Braneky; Jennifer Omara; Kristin Seale; Helen Tai; Malcolm Kenyatta; and Brian Sims. More from HRC.

HOW THE TRUMP-PENCE “CONSCIENCE” DIVISION AT HHS IS PREVENTING PEOPLE FROM RECEIVING CARE: Every American deserves access to quality health care, and that should not be determined by the personal opinions of individual medical providers or administrative staff. More from The New York Times.

HRC JOINS SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER TO COMBAT HATRED IN SCHOOLS: This coalition is committed to providing resources and support so schools may effectively respond to hateful acts and create learning environments where every student feels welcome. More from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

NEW VIDEO FROM MEDIA MATTERS ON THE MOVEMENT TO PROTECT YOUTH FROM “CONVERSION THERAPY”: More from Media Matters.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HISTORIC COVER STORY ON NIGERIA’S LGBTQ COMMUNITY PUBLISHED IN COUNTRY’S LARGEST PAPER: Journalists Chidirim Ndeche and Urenna Ukiwe worked with former HRC Global Innovator Bisi Alimi (@bisialimi) on the story. More from The Guardian.

TERRIFYING -- TWO WOMEN IN MALAYSIA TO BE CANED ON SUSPICION OF BEING LGBTQ: More from Pink News.

GAY GAMES UPDATE:

  • Filipino dancers sweep the competition! More from ABS-CBN News.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

Teen Vogue asks trans folks how they chose their names; The Quint looks at the challenges of being LGBTQ and differently abled; Hot New Hip Hop shares Lena Waithe’s reasoning behind her new haircut; The Muse interviews Christopher Palma, believed to be the first person to transition at PricewaterhouseCoopers; Spectrum News sits down with Ames Simmons (@ames_simmons) about mental health struggles for LGBTQ youth

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