#AM_Equality Tipsheet: August 21, 2017

by Allison Turner

Bye-Bye Bannon - but bigotry remains in the White House; New Video -- Pence stands w/ Trump & his neo-Nazi supporters.

BYE-BYE BANNON -- BUT BIGOTRY REMAINS IN THE WHITE HOUSE: Since Day One, Donald Trump and Mike Pence have filled their White House with advisors whose rhetoric and beliefs are in line with the white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville. “A radical white nationalist like Steve Bannon should never have been put in a position of public trust in any White House,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC's Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “His removal was necessary, but make no mistake, the bigotry in the White House goes far beyond one person. President Trump and Vice President Pence continue to push forward the same dangerous and hateful vision for America and the world that Steve Bannon embodies.” Steve Bannon -- with ties to these very same racist extremists -- served as Trump and Pence’s dog-whistle to this neo-Nazi base. His removal doesn’t excise the cancer of bigotry from this White House. More from HRC.

  • #RESIST -- The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigns in response to Trump’s unconscionable remarks on Charlottesville, saying, “Reproach and censure in the strongest possible terms are necessary following your support of the hate groups and terrorists who killed and injured fellow Americans in Charlottesville.” Read the full letter -- and pay attention to the first letter of each paragraph -- here.
  • More and more corporate leaders are coming out against Donald Trump and his neo-Nazi, anti-Semite, white nationalist supporters -- using their influence for good. More from The New York Times.

NEW HRC VIDEO HAMMERS PENCE FOR STANDING WITH TRUMP AND HIS NEO-NAZI, RACIST, HOMOPHOBIC, ANTI-SEMITIC SUPPORTERS: Mike Pence has now indisputably aligned himself with Donald Trump and his neo-Nazi, racist, anti-Semitic supporters, saying to reporters during an appearance in Chile last week,  “I stand with the president and I stand by those words.” Pence was responding to a question about Trump’s comments this week on the events in Charlottesville, including his unhinged assertions that there were “fine people” in the mob of white supremacists and anti-Semites who gathered there last weekend. To stand with the President is to stand with white supremacy. Watch here.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- KKK LEADER THREATENS TO BURN UNIVISION ANCHOR: In a shocking and horrifying display of hatred, KKK Leader Christopher Barker threatened Univision anchor Ilia Calderon (@iliacalderon) on air, saying, “[W]e’re going to burn you out… We killed six million Jews last time. Eleven million is nothing.” He also called her racist slurs. More from Univision.

NO SE LO PIERDA -- EL LÍDER DEL KKK AMENAZA CON QUEMAR A PRESENTADORA DE UNIVISIÓN: En una impactante exhibición de odio, el líder del KKK, Christopher Barker amenazó a Ilia Calderón (@iliacalderon), presentadora de Univision, diciendo: "Vamos a quemarte ...matamos a seis millones de judíos la última vez. 11 millones no es nada ". También la ofendió con insultos raciales. Vea más en Univision.

U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS CONDEMNS TRUMP’S TWEETED TRANS MILITARY BAN: The commission, by majority vote, has condemned Trump’s all-out assault on the thousands of brave transgender troops already serving our country with valor, and those who wish to serve. Trump not only declared via Twitter that he would ban transgender people from serving “in any capacity,” but heartlessly referred to them as “burdens” and “disruptions” to our military. Read the full statement here.

THAT BIGOTED FRESNO SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT? TURNS OUT HE HAS A HISTORY OF ANTI-LGBTQ REMARKS: HRC has called for the resignation of Fresno School Board President Brooke Ashjian’s for his anti-LGBTQ remarks regarding California’s LGBTQ-inclusive comprehensive sex education laws. This wasn’t the first time Ashjian has made inflammatory statements about the LGBTQ community. While being deposed in a 2011 libel lawsuit, Ashjian revealed he anonymously (#ProfilesInCourage) posted anti-LGBTQ comments about a local LGBTQ organization. He is unfit to have any role involving the safety and education of Fresno’s children. More from The Fresno Bee.

BROOKLYN JUDGE FINDS CITY LIABLE IN POLICE BEATING OF BLACK MAN AT LGBTQ PRIDE PARTY: The decision in the 2013 crime came before the civil trial was scheduled to begin. Jabbar Campbell was beaten by police and called anti-LGBTQ slurs. Campbell has had to undergo multiple surgeries and has long term-neck pain associated with the brutal attack. More from New York Daily News.

SIGN OF HOPE -- LDS CHURCH OFFERS ENDORSEMENT OF LGBTQ MUSIC FESTIVAL: In a statement, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said, “We applaud the LoveLoud Festival for LGBT youth's aim to bring people together to address teen safety and to express respect and love for all of God’s children.” More from Advocate.

CALL IT OUT -- RESTAURANT WRITES HOMOPHOBIC SLUR ON MAN’S SANDWICH WRAPPER: When the man’s partner called the North Carolina Jimmy John’s to complain, the store manager admitted that she wrote the slur, and called it “funny.” More from NewNowNext.

WHAT DO YOU SAY TO ‘THAT’S SO GAY?’: HRC Welcoming Schools is sharing resources for educators just in time for back to school. Check out this one on how to respond if anti-LGBTQ comments are heard in the classroom, at HRC.

VICTORY IN PAKISTAN FOR TRANSGENDER & INTERSEX COMMUNITY: The country’s Parliament may soon pass non-discrimination protections based on gender identity and expression and for the intersex community. More from The New York Times.

ADVOCACY GROUP IN INDIA DANCES FOR VISIBILITY AND EQUALITY: For the last 14 years, Dancing Queens -- a dance troupe made up of transgender and other LGBTQ people in Mumbai, India -- has created magic on stage through dance and drama to advocate for LGBTQ equality and visibility. More from HRC.


Miami Herald interviews a gay Baptist minister helping the local LGBTQ community; Pink News highlights celebrities who give to LGBTQ organizations; The New York Times reviews a student film about China’s transgender community; The Huffington Post reports that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marched in the Montreal Pride parade with openly gay Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

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