#AM_Equality Tipsheet: August 15, 2018

by Allison Turner

Victory in Wisconsin!; Trump-Pence directive encouraging discrimination against LGBTQ people

HRC CELEBRATES VICTORIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY: “HRC is proud to work on behalf of pro-equality candidates in these crucial races up and down the ballot, and will continue to mobilize our hundreds of thousands of members and supporters in Wisconsin to turn out for equality in the general election,” said HRC Wisconsin State Director Wendy Strout. “The choice for fair-minded Wisconsinites couldn’t be clearer this November. We can either support pro-equality champions like Senator Tammy Baldwin, who have spent their careers fighting to ensure that every Wisconsinite can live a life free from discrimination and harassment, or side with anti-equality candidates like Leah Vukmir who, time and time again, has worked to undermine equality for the LGBTQ community.” More from HRC.

  • Anti-LGBTQ Acting Milwaukee County Sheriff Richard Schmidt was ousted last night, again proving that using LGBTQ for cheap political gain costs at the ballot box.
  • And in Vermont, Christine Hallquist made history as the first transgender person to win a major party primary for governor. More from The New York Times and NPR.

DEPT OF LABOR ISSUES DIRECTIVE ENCOURAGING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LGBTQ PEOPLE: Said David Stacy (@david_stacy), HRC Government Affairs Director: “This is another attempt by the Trump-Pence Administration to implement a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people by providing unsound guidance in implementing Obama-era regulations. The erroneous application of the Supreme Court's narrow ruling in Masterpiece and recent Trump executive orders is meant to aggressively marginalize hardworking Americans because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The American people will not tolerate discrimination, and LGBTQ people will not be erased." Read more from the New Civil Rights Movement and Pink News.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY: Beck Bailey, HRC deputy director of workplace equality, tells CNN’s Julia Carpenter (@juliaccarpenter): “Non-binary people have always existed, but the idea of openly discussing and making space for welcoming non-binary people is something that's really happening only the last couple of years.” Check out HRC’s employer toolkit on trans and non-binary inclusion in the workplace here. More from CNN.

ACCURATE REPORTING OF TRANS VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE IS CRUCIAL: NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly (@NPRKelly) speaks with ProPublica reporter Lucas Waldron (@lhwaldron) about his report on the epidemic of violence against transgender women in Jacksonville, Florida, and the failure of police to properly investigate the crimes. Three transgender women of color -- Cathalina Christina James, Antash’a English and Celine Walker -- have been shot dead in the city, and a fourth injured, in the first six months of 2018. They have been routinely misgendered and misnamed by local law enforcement. Jacksonville officials must do more to address this deadly violence, find justice for the murdered women and strengthen local law enforcement’s relationship with the LGBTQ community. More from NPR.

REP. JIM RENACCI (R-OH) SPEAKS TO ANTI-LGBTQ HATE GROUP, THE FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL: Yesterday, the anti-LGBTQ Senate-hopeful spoke to the hate group run by Tony Perkins. Renacci opposes marriage equality, supports a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people, and doesn’t support the Equality Act.

HORRIFYING -- OKLAHOMA SCHOOL DISTRICT CANCELS CLASSES AFTER EXTREMISTS THREATEN TRANS STUDENT WITH VIOLENCE: Screenshots from a parent Facebook group for the Achille school district revealed gruesome, violent and disgusting threats against a trans student. The child’s parents have filed a restraining order. More from The Washington Post.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

MICHELLE BACHELET (@mbachelet) NAMED NEXT U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF: Bachelet was the first woman president of Chile, a strong supporter of marriage equality and, during her presidency, signed a bill to allow LGBTQ couples to adopt. More from The New York Times.

ITALIAN DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER GOES ON ANTI-LGBTQ RANT AGAINST SAME-SEX PARENTS: More from Pink News.

POLISH DEFENSE MINISTER CALLS LGBTQ PRIDE EVENT “PARADE OF SODOMITES”: More from The Washington Post.

RUSSIAN TEEN CHARGED UNDER ANTI-LGBTQ SO-CALLED “PROPAGANDA” LAW VOWS TO CONTINUE PROTESTING: More from NBC.

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FleetOwner interviews LGBTQ truckers about their work experiences; KQED sits down with HRC’s Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) to talk about her memoir and the state of LGBTQ equality; HuffPost interviews Justin Hiltner (@hiltnerj) about LGBTQ bluegrass music

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