#AM_Equality Tipsheet: December 1, 2017

by Allison Turner

Today is the 30th anniversary of World AIDS day; Memo to House Speaker Paul Ryan -- Here are the facts on the Masterpiece case

TODAY IS THE 30th ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD AIDS DAY:  “On World AIDS Day we pause to remember those we have lost to AIDS-related illness, and recommit ourselves to ending the HIV epidemic and combating HIV-related stigma,” said Peter Cruz, Associate Director of the HIV and Health Equity Program. “These efforts include fighting against the continued attacks by Donald Trump and Republican leadership on the Affordable Care Act and critical HIV and AIDS programs. Today and every day, HRC stands united against all attempts to roll back our progress and hold firm in our belief that we are closer than ever to reaching an AIDS-free generation.” To mark World AIDS Day, HRC recognizes a few of our Global Innovators and Global Fellows who are working tirelessly on behalf of individuals living with and affected by HIV in their countries. More from HRC.

  • What’s the administration doing? Trump issued a proclamation for World AIDS Day, failing to mention high-risk communities, including the LGBTQ people and people of color. And, in keeping with the Trump-Pence Administration’s failure to lead on global health and human rights, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cancelled planned remarks about World AIDS Day amidst swirling rumors he is being ousted. More from The Daily Beast.

BREAKING -- FORMER TRUMP NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER MICHAEL FLYNN CHARGED WITH LYING TO THE FBI: He is scheduled to appear in court this morning and is the first Trump administration official charged in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Donald Trump and Russia. More from CNN.

MEMO TO HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN -- HERE ARE THE FACTS ON THE MASTERPIECE CASE: During a press briefing yesterday, @SpeakerRyan said he hadn’t  “given any thought to it” when asked about Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. We’re happy to provide a primer on one of the most significant rights cases in recent U.S. Supreme Court history:  On Tuesday, SCOTUS will hear arguments in the case, which could allow restaurants and shop owners to cite religion in order to legally deny service to LGBTQ people. The case was brought by a baker in Colorado who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple and was sued under a Colorado non-discrimination law. If the Supreme Court allows the First Amendment to be used as a tool of discrimination, it could open a pandora's box, enabling businesses and restaurants to deny service to people on virtually any basis. Additional questions, Mr. Speaker? Let us know. More from The Washington Blade.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Last night, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt spoke to Orlando Police Officer Adam Gruler, the first officer to respond to the deadly Pulse Nightclub shooting. The experience inspired Gruler and his wife, who had six children, to adopt three more. “From witnessing so much horror to sharing even more love,” commented NBC’s Rehema Ellis (@rehemaellis). Watch the full clip from NBC.

HRC TO LAUNCH FIRST INTERNATIONAL REPORT RECOGNIZING EMPLOYERS FOR LGBTQ INCLUSION: On Monday, the HRC Foundation will host the first international launch of HRC Equidad MX Report at PEMEX Auditorio in Mexico City at 6 pm CST. The groundbreaking HRC Equidad MX: Global Workplace Equality Program introduces a first-of-its-kind assessment designed to help promote LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices in workplaces across Mexico. HRC is proud to join with Accenture, Citibanamex, Google, Kellogg, MasterCard and other major companies to celebrate LGBTQ inclusion in the workplace. Thirty-two multinational employers earned top ratings in the inaugural report, reflecting a commitment to creating welcoming, inclusive work environments for LGBTQ employees. For information on the event, please contact milagros.chirinos@hrc.org.

HRC ENDORSES CONGRESSWOMAN JACKY ROSEN FOR THE U.S. SENATE: “Jacky Rosen has proven herself to be a stalwart supporter of equality who will fight tirelessly for everyday Nevadans,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “With so much at stake for the LGBTQ community in this election, we are proud to endorse Jacky Rosen and look forward to working with her in the U.S. Senate to advance full federal equality.” As a member of the House, she has been an outspoken critic of the Trump-Pence Administration's assault on LGBTQ equality. She is a co-sponsor of the Equality Act and the Global Respect Act. More from HRC.

IN DEADLY YEAR, 60 PERCENT OF RECORDED TRANSGENDER MURDERS OCCURRED IN THE SOUTH: HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) told Bustle’s Jessica Lahitou (@jesslahitou) that this violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color, and the South has a greater percentage of people of color living there. Said McBride, “when transphobia mixes with misogyny and racism, it can have oftentimes fatal consequences.” 2017 has been the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States. More from Bustle.

NEW YORK CITY PROTECTS LGBTQ PEOPLE FROM DANGEROUS “CONVERSION THERAPY”: The New York City Council passed a bill yesterday to protect LGBTQ people from the dangerous and debunked practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” The bill passed by a vote of 43-2. More from New York Daily News.

END OF THE WEEK POP QUIZ: Hey, did you know that Oregon Governor Kate Brown is the first openly LGBTQ candidate to be elected governor? The audience of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire did!

THE DENVER POST DIVES DEEP INTO NOTORIOUS ANTI-LGBTQ GROUP: Focus on the Family is one of the most well-funded anti-LGBTQ organizations in America. They funnel money into supporting the dangerous and debunked practice of so-called “conversion therapy,” holding conferences to disseminate false information and prey on LGBTQ people and their families. More from The Denver Post.

LET THIS SINK IN -- 90 PERCENT OF TRANSGENDER WORKERS REPORTED DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE: You read that right -- 90 percent, reports the the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Lawmakers must act on these harrowing harassment and mistreatment statistics by giving the LGBTQ community federal non-discrimination protections through the Equality Act. More from Newsweek.

JIM NABORS, FAMED SINGER AND ACTOR, DIES AT 87: Nabors was known for his role as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, USMC. In 2013, he bravely came out, marrying Stan Cadwallader, his partner of 38 years. More from The Hollywood Reporter.

SHAMEFUL -- NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY BANS LGBTQ GROUP FROM HOLIDAY PARADE: The local PFLAG group says that Rowan County organizers denied them a spot in the Holiday Caravan Parade. More from The Charlotte Observer.

INDIAN PARLIAMENT TO CONSIDER MEASURE TO PROTECT TRANSGENDER PEOPLE:  The bill would add transgender people to India’s nondiscrimination laws, and will be considered in the winter session of Parliament. More from The Hindu.

  • Some universities in India are offering free tuition to transgender students. More from NewNowNext.

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