#AM_Equality Tipsheet: December 14, 2017

by Allison Turner

Roy Moore’s defeat is a watershed moment in the fight for equality; Front pages across the country feat. Doug Jones and Equality Voters

ROY MOORE’S DEFEAT IS A WATERSHED MOMENT IN THE FIGHT FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY: Said William Thomas, an Alabama native: “I think [Jones’ victory] proves that even in a conservative place like Alabama, that when there is an existential threat to LGBTQ people we will fight back and we will organize -- we will get boots on the ground and we will go out and defeat people like [Moore]... I think it’s becoming clearer and clearer that we’re here to stay and that the people that are trying to eliminate us and silence us, that they’re dying off and their message isn’t getting out there and it’s not resonating with people outside of their group.” More from HuffPost.

  • Morning Must Read: “‘Bigotry did not win’: LGBTQ advocates celebrate Roy Moore’s defeat in Alabama,” by Julie Moreau (@JEMoreau) of NBC.
  • Last night, HRC’s headquarters lit up with an enormous projected message celebrating the election of civil rights prosecutor Doug Jones, and the political power of the LGBTQ movement and our partners including the NAACP in helping to drive his win in Alabama over the bigoted, anti-LGBTQ Roy Moore.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Forty-four years ago, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) -- the largest psychiatric organization in the world -- made history by issuing a resolution stating that homosexuality was not a mental illness or sickness. This declaration helped shift public opinion, marking a major milestone for LGBTQ equality. The APA has continued to advocate for LGBTQ people, including forcefully opposing the dangerous practice of so-called “conversion therapy” and opposing the Trump-Pence Administration’s ban on qualified transgender people serving in the military.

#STOPJEFFMATEER -- ANTI-LGBTQ JUDICIAL NOM WON’T BE CONFIRMED FOLLOWING MONTHS OF OPPOSITION FROM HRC: HRC has claimed victory as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced that Mateer, a radical anti-LGBTQ judicial nominee, would not be confirmed for a seat on the federal bench. “Jeff Mateer’s extreme rhetoric and hateful comments are disqualifying for any public official and should have prevented Donald Trump from nominating him to begin with,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We thank the Senators who expressed concern about this dangerous nominee and the many supporters who joined us to #StopJeffMateer. We will continue to fight back against the Trump-Pence administration’s attempt to appoint extremists across our judicial system and roll back our progress towards equality.” More from The Associated Press, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News and HRC.

FIVE YEARS AFTER SANDY HOOK, TIME FOR GUN SAFETY REFORM: HRC President Chad Griffin issued the following statement on the fifth anniversary of the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut: “Five years ago today, 26 innocent people -- including 20 children -- were taken at Sandy Hook Elementary School in a horrific act of violence that shook the nation and the world. HRC remembers the lives lost that day and we hold their families in our thoughts and prayers. Whether in a school, a church, or a nightclub, gun violence affects every community across America and demands the attention of our lawmakers. On this solemn day, HRC stands with Giffords and Everytown for Gun Safety, as well as other gun safety advocates, in demanding Congress pass common-sense gun safety reform to curb the tide of hate violence.” More from HRC.

LOUISIANA GOVERNOR APPEALS RULING ON EO PROTECTING LGBTQ WORKERS: Last month, a three-judge panel of Louisiana’s First Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a District Court decision striking down Governor John Bel Edwards’ executive order protecting LGBTQ state workers and contractors from discrimination. More from The National Law Review.

BERMUDA SENATE VOTES TO REPEAL MARRIAGE EQUALITY: HRC is urging the Governor of Bermuda to veto legislation passed by the Bermuda Parliament repealing marriage equality. If Governor John Rankin signs the measure into law, the British overseas territory will become the first territory in the world to take away the existing right of same-sex couples to marry. The Bermuda Tourism Authority warned of severe consequences if the measure becomes law. “Bermuda’s international reputation will no doubt be severely harmed if Governor Rankin signs this measure into law, making the island the first territory in the world to take away the right of loving and committed same-sex couples to marry,” said Ty Cobb, director of HRC Global (@tywesleycobb). More from HRC.

SAG AWARD NOMINEES INCLUDE LGBTQ AND ALLIED ACTORS, TV SHOWS AND MOVIES: They include Ryan Murphy’s Feud: Bette & Joan; Sean Hayes (@SeanHayes) of Will & Grace; Jane Fonda (@JaneFonda) and Lily Tomlin (@LilyTomlin) of Grace and Frankie; Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba), Lea Delaria (@realleadelaria), Asia Kate Dillon (@AsiaKateDillon), Natasha Lyonne (@nlyonne), Taylor Schilling (@TaySchilling) and Yael Stone (@YaelStone) of Orange is the New Black; and Allison Janney (@AllisonBJanney) of I, Tonya. More from Variety.

FAITH LEADERS SHARE HOLIDAY STORIES TO INSPIRE LGBTQ AND ALLIED FAITH COMMUNITIES: This season, we celebrate with great joy the stories of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. To celebrate our shared traditions, HRC’s Religion and Faith Program asked four esteemed faith leaders, Rabbi Haim Ovadia, Rosa Manriquez, Rev. Darlene Garner and Rev. Candy Holmes, to contribute holiday stories as a gift of reflection and inspiration to the LGBTQ faith community and our allies. More form HRC.

BRAZIL IS FIRST LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRY TO ADOPT PrEP TO CURB RISE IN HIV: From 2006 to 2015, the rates of young men with AIDS in Brazil nearly tripped in 15-19 year olds and nearly doubled in 20-24 year olds. More from The New York Times.

INDONESIAN CONSTITUTIONAL COURT REJECTS ATTEMPT TO CRIMINALIZE SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS: The decision to reject the arguments brought by a conservative group was 5-4. More from The Associated Press.

MEET ONE OF THE FIRST SAME-SEX COUPLES TO MARRY IN AUSTRALIA: Megan Stapleton and Stephanie Dyball have been together for six years, and began planning a beautiful winter wedding long before knowing that their home country would allow the event to be legally binding. More from BuzzFeed.

TRANS WOMAN RUNNING FOR COLOMBIAN SENATE: Tatiana Piñeros could become the first openly transgender person elected to the Colombian congress. More from Washington Blade.

HARROWING STATISTICS -- ONLY 63 PERCENT OF AMERICAN SOCCER FANS WOULD BE COMFORTABLE IF A PLAYER WERE GAY OR BISEXUAL: The poll was conducted by the British LGBTQ organization Stonewall. By contrast, 80 percent of British soccer fans and 47 percent of Russian fans would be comfortable. The poll did not ask about transgender players. More from Forbes.


KCUR interviews Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, plaintiffs on the case that overturned Texas’ ban on marriage equality; Brit + Co reviews a bridal magazine for LGBTQ people

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