#AM_Equality Tipsheet: August 5, 2019

by HRC Staff

Enough is enough -- HRC responds to horrific epidemic of gun violence in El Paso & Dayton.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH -- HRC RESPONDS TO THE DEATHS OF AT LEAST 29 PEOPLE IN HORRIFIC EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE IN EL PASO AND DAYTON: Mass shootings this past weekend left at least nine dead and 27 wounded at the Oregon District of Dayton, Ohio, and at least 20 dead and more than two dozen wounded at the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso. More from HRC

  • “Team HRC Texas is horrified by the violence and tragic loss in our community last night. Texans and all Americans deserve so much more. We need our legislators to take action. We need commonsense gun violence prevention now,” said Rebecca Marquez, HRC Texas State Director (@_RebeccaMarquez).
  • “The entire HRC Ohio team is mourning Dayton and the families and loved ones of those who were murdered today in the second mass shooting in 24 hours. Leaders in Ohio and across the nation must act NOW with commonsense gun violence prevention legislation,” said Shawn Copeland, HRC Ohio State Director (@Sdcopeland3).
  • “It’s about life and death.” Celebrities join in to demand for commonsense gun safety measures amidst mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso. More from Variety

IN USA TODAY, FORMER OPM DIRECTOR KATHERINE ARCHULETA WARNS OF TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN’S DANGEROUS PROPOSAL TO REMOVE LGBTQ PROTECTIONS FROM ACA: Archuleta (@Archuleta2012), a founding partner at Dimension Strategies and the director of the Office of Personnel Management during the Obama Administration, writes: “This proposed regulation callously puts lives at risk, and it’s imperative the American people make their voices heard on why this it is dangerous and unacceptable.” Read the op-ed from USA Today.

  • Join HRC in submitting a comment urging the Trump-Pence admin and HHS to abandon the proposed regulation

EXECUTIVE ORDER ISSUED IN NORTH CAROLINA AIMED AT PROTECTING YOUTH FROM SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: “The executive action, signed by Governor Cooper, restricting the use of public funds to support the dangerous, debunked practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy’ is an important step forward in North Carolina, and we are grateful to the Protect Our Youth NC Coalition -- led by Equality North Carolina and the Campaign for Southern Equality -- for pursuing this important campaign to protect LGBTQ youth,” said JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive), HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. More from HRC.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- OPENLY GAY COLORADO GOV. JARED POLIS SPEAKS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Said Polis (@GovofCO), “Live the life that you want to live… Love the people or person that you want to love. Follow your own rules. Follow your heart. Just be authentic and be yourself.” Watch here.

PEAS IN AN ANTI-LGBTQ POD -- VP PENCE APPEARS WITH ANTI-LGBTQ EXTREMIST ERICK ERICKSON AT CONFERENCE: Given Erickson’s history of horrifically anti-LGBTQ views (including comparing LGBTQ people to child rapists and Nazis, saying non-discrimination bills like the Equality Act will “ban Christianity” and attacking and misgendering transgender people), Pence should have felt right at home -- after all, his own anti-LGBTQ record is second to none.

HRC YOUTH AMBASSADOR NICOLE TALBOT SHARES HER EXPERIENCES AND ADVICE FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: Read more from HRC.

SAN ANTONIO ART MUSEUM COMMEMORATES STONEWALL WITH EXHIBIT EXPLORING GENDER IDENTITY: More from Texas Public Radio.

UTAH SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN PORTION OF LAW THAT BANNED SAME-SEX COUPLES FROM ENTERING INTO SURROGACY AGREEMENTS: More from Fox 13.

MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SEND LETTER URGING ICE TO IMPROVE TREATMENT OF TRANSGENDER DETAINEES: More from Washington Blade.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

CATHOLIC CHURCH IN POLAND DOUBLES DOWN ON ANTI-LGBTQ RHETORIC: More from Reuters.

  • Polish advocates push for LGBTQ equality ahead of fall election. “Over the past few days, the hashtag #jestemLGBT (“I am LGBT”) has taken Twitter by storm, resulting in a mass coming out,” writes Zselyke Csaky (@zecsaky), research director for Europe & Eurasia at Freedom House. More from Politico

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