#AM_Equality Tipsheet: August 9, 2017

by Allison Turner

Texas Senate Bill 3 is bad for business; Military leaders oppose Trump’s trans military ban; Congress to Sessions, Title VII protects LGBTQ workers.

CORPORATE LEADERS WARN TEXAS GOV -- ANTI-TRANSGENDER SB3 IS BAD FOR BUSINESS: In a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott, 10 major corporate leaders including those from Shell Oil Co., ExxonMobil Global Services Co. and Siemens joined the growing chorus of businesses calling out Texas’ SB3 as a threat to the state’s economy. They wrote, “We support diversity and inclusion, and we believe that any such bill risks harming Texas' reputation and impacting the state's economic growth and ability to create new jobs. We appreciate your leadership in Texas and urge you to avoid any actions, including the passage of any 'bathroom bill,' that would threaten our continued growth.” More from The Midland Reporter-Telegram.

  • Dallas Morning News columnist Mitchell Schnurman (@mitchschnurman) hypothesizes that Toyota, which is considering a new plant in Texas, may eliminate the state from consideration if it passes SB3. More from Dallas Morning News.

MILITARY LEADERS CONTINUE TO VOICE OPPOSITION TO TRUMP’S ANTI-TRANSGENDER MILITARY TWEETS: Retired Naval Officer Mark P. Lisa, who is the current CEO of Twin Cities Community Hospital, in a piece for The San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Tribune, writes: “In those 20 years in the military -- on two different Navy ships, three Marine Corps units, overseas and in staff positions -- I never once met any LGBTQ person who couldn’t do the job or wasn’t patriotic. When it comes down to it, every soldier, sailor, airman, Marine or Coast Guard member wants to know their colleagues in uniform are capable and part of the team — and so far as I know, being transgender has nothing to do with it.” Read Lisa’s full piece here.

  • Politico cartoonist Matt Wuerker (@Wuerker) weighs in on the growing military opposition to Trump’s dangerous actions in his latest cartoon. More from Politico.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY -- FINALLY A FAMILY MAN, BUT DENIED PARENTAL BENEFITS: Kipp Jarecke-Cheng was denied paid parental leave when he and his partner adopted their son. Congress must update the Family and Medical Leave Act to ensure all families -- including LGBTQ parents -- are protected. Watch from HRC.

  • Mary Beth Maxwell, HRC’s senior vice president for Programs, Research and Training writes powerfully and personally about the need for the Family and Medical Leave Act in the Washington Blade.

CONGRESS TO SESSIONS -- TITLE VII PROTECTS LGBTQ WORKERS: Congressmen Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and David N. Cicilline (D-RI), along with more than 60 Congressional colleagues, sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions condemning the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to file an amicus brief in Zarda v. Altitude Express -- a blatant effort to undermine the growing legal consensus that LGBTQ  people are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It would reverse former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s guidance that discrimination on the basis of gender identity is prohibited under Title VII. Read the letter here.

“ON CHECHNYA, SILENCE IS COMPLICITY”: HRC Global Director Ty Cobb (@TyWesleyCobb) expressed urgency against the human rights abuses in Chechnya in a new piece for the Advocate. He writes, “After four months, the White House’s silence on Chechnya is nothing less than complicity. The whole world is watching as it fails this early test of human rights and dignity. This administration will apparently turn a blind eye while autocrats and dictators torture and kill LGBTQ people, ethnic minorities, and other vulnerable groups, just as long as they don’t harm a narrowly defined set of U.S. interests. For shame.” Since news first broke in April, reports indicate that more than 100 gay and bisexual Chechen men have been arrested and detained without charge. While some have been freed, many remain in detention and have been beaten, tortured, and even killed. Read the full piece from the Advocate.

MICHIGAN CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION MAY ADD LGBTQ TO DEFINITION OF ‘SEX’: The commission is seeking public feedback on whether to include sexual orientation and gender identity in its definition of ‘sex discrimination’ in employment, housing and public accommodations. Comments will be accepted until Aug. 15. More from The Detroit News.

HORRIFYING REPORT -- MAN MURDERED FOR DEFENDING LGBTQ FRIENDS: Juan Javier Cruz was shot while defending friends who were being subjected to homophobic threats in Lake Worth, Fla. More from BuzzFeed.

POETRY READING FOCUSES ON ‘LA RESISTENCIA’: The Latino GLBT History Project recently celebrated local art and talent at an evening event -- La Resistencia -- featuring a poetry reading. Milagros Chirinos, HRC Bilingual Media Manager-Spanish, was a featured reader. More from HRC.

RECITAL DE POESÍAS SE CENTRA EN ‘LA RESISTENCIA’: El Latino GLBT History Project celebró recientemente La Resistencia, una noche dedicada al arte y talento locales. Milagros Chirinos, Directora de Prensa Bilingüe-Español de HRC, fue una de las presentadoras destacadas del evento. Lea más de HRC.

TONIGHT -- NEW TLC SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS TRANSGENDER YOUTH: TLC’s “Growing Up Evancho” will follow the lives of Jackie Evancho (@jackieevancho) -- of America's Got Talent fame -- and her transgender sister, Juliet (@J_Evancho_). More from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

TAIWANESE LGBTQ ADVOCATE SHARES STORY OF PROGRESS: Listen to HRC Global Innovator Jennifer Lu talked about the movement for marriage equality in Taiwan, changing attitudes in Taiwanese society and how Taiwan's LGBTQ movement and its legal victories resonate throughout Asia on Radio Free Qtopia.


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