#AM_Equality Tipsheet: August 29, 2018

by Allison Turner

HRC Nat’l Dinner -- Former AG Eric Holder to keynote, GA Gov. nom Stacey Abrams to address members; Sinema wins AZ Primary!

FORMER AG ERIC HOLDER TO KEYNOTE HRC NATIONAL DINNER, GEORGIA GOV. NOM STACEY ABRAMS TO ADDRESS HRC MEMBERS: Holder will deliver remarks in a program Sept. 15 that will also feature trailblazing Virginia Delegate Danica Roem and candidate for Nevada Secretary of State, Nelson Araujo. “As attorney general for the most pro-equality administration in history, Eric Holder has had a profound impact on the lives of countless Americans, and he played a crucial role in laying the groundwork for marriage equality and many of the rights LGBTQ people enjoy today,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “Now through his leadership of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, Eric Holder continues to be a champion of civil rights, helping to fight partisan gerrymandering and safeguard the fundamental right to vote.” Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia who is energizing statewide grassroots support, will address HRC leaders and members from across the country earlier in the day. More from HRC, Metro Weekly and Washington Blade.

HRC CELEBRATES PRO-EQUALITY CHAMPION KYRSTEN SINEMA’S PRIMARY WIN: “HRC proudly supports pro-equality champion Rep. Kyrsten Sinema -- a strong, effective leader who puts solutions first and fights to ensure every Arizonan has a shot at the American Dream,” said HRC Arizona State Director Justin Unga. “The stakes in November could not be clearer. In the coming weeks, HRC will continue mobilizing more than 800,000 Equality Voters and tens of thousands of members and supporters in the state to turn out for Sinema.” More from HRC.

  • Sinema will face Congresswoman Martha McSally  in the general election. McSally has long opposed marriage equality and consistently supported  discriminatory, anti-LGBTQ policies and proposals while in Congress, including an amendment that would allow discrimination against LGBTQ people by taxpayer-funded organizations.
  • New York Times editorial board member Michelle Cottle (@mcottle) celebrates the primary loss of “truly sadistic” Joe Arpaio. Convicted of criminal contempt, the former Arizona sheriff built his career on attacking nearly every marginalized community, including using anti-LGBTQ schemes to humiliate inmates at his ‘Tent City’ prison. More from NYT.

TODAY -- PENCE TO CAMPAIGN FOR ANTI-LGBTQ U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE JOHN JAMES: “John James has proven he has no place in the U.S. Senate,” said HRC State Director Amritha Venkataraman. “In a state with 1.1. Million Equality Voters, where a strong majority of citizens support marriage equality and fundamental civil rights, James has nonetheless perplexingly chosen to align with Mike Pence -- an extremist who has made virulent anti-LGBTQ activism the cornerstone of his political career.” More from HRC.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- TEEN VOGUE DETAILS ATTACKS ON OUR YOUTH BY BETSY DEVOS AND THE TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION:  “The Department of Education, led by DeVos, telegraphs unconcern for the well-being of LGBTQ students; of sexual assault survivors; of students of color; of any kid who might find themself navigating confrontations with armed officers. All this is not lost on students,” Claire Lampen (@claire_lampen) writes in the cover story. “Safety is not just about feeling safe from gun violence, it’s about feeling safe in your body, as the person you are and being treated equally no matter who you are.” Read the full piece from Teen Vogue.

 

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE ADOPTS NON-BINARY INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE IN ITS CHARTER AND RULES: The new language amends a requirement that all committees and like bodies must be divided equally between men and women to account for members who are non-binary. More from CNN.

FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS TO TREAT TRANS INMATE WITH DIGNITY: The ruling ensures that Reiyn Keohane, a trans woman, has access to medically-necessary care as well as women’s clothing and grooming items. More from Miami Herald.

RALLY AT FEDERAL COURTHOUSE IN ALBUQUERQUE FOR TRANS WOMAN FROM HONDURAS WHO DIED IN ICE CUSTODY: Last month, HRC sent a FOIA request to  the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol for records related to the detention and death of Roxsana Hernandez. More from KOAT.

TRIAL BEGINS IN MURDER OF HOUSTON TRANS WOMAN: Tariq Lackings, 32, is accused of murder in the 2016 shooting of Shante Isaac, 34. More from LMT Online.

AFTER REGRETTABLE INCIDENT, MISSOURI SCHOOL DISTRICT MOVES FORWARD WITH HELP FROM HRC’S WELCOMING SCHOOLS PROGRAM: More from HRC.

APPEALS COURT TOSSES RIDICULOUS LAWSUIT CHALLENGING CONGRESS MEMBER’S RIGHT TO DISPLAY RAINBOW PRIDE FLAG: More from Times of San Diego.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

ANTI-LGBTQ ACTIVISTS IN TAIWAN PROPOSE PUBLIC VOTE ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY: The move comes after Taiwan’s top court ruled last year that the ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional and it must be enacted within two years. More from Channel News Asia.

IRAQI MAN OUTED AS GAY BY AUSTRIAN IMMIGRATION OFFICERS, REFUSED ASYLUM: More from Independent.

FIVE CHARGED IN MURDER OF TRANS WOMAN IN FRANCE: More from BBC.

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

The (Raleigh) News & Observer interviews a former University of Alabama student who came out as gay while serving as a fraternity president; them reviews the first original series for the streaming network Crunchyroll, created by a trans man; Creative Review looks at a new exhibit at the London’s British Museum on resistance that includes a HRC button

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