Trump impeached; HRC mourns Nikki Kuhnhausen, trans girl murdered in Washington; The fight for LGBTQ equality in the 2010s
U.S. HOUSE VOTES TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: “The United States of America is a nation of laws, built upon the Constitutional promise that no one is beyond accountability -- especially those elected to serve the American public. Donald Trump has proven time and again that he believes he is above the law and not beholden to the United States Constitution,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Trump’s ongoing efforts to undermine the 2020 election by soliciting foreign interference is unacceptable, deeply dangerous and an affront to the fundamental democratic principle of free and fair elections. Because of these troubling facts, the Human Rights Campaign supports the impeachment of Donald Trump.” More from HRC.
HRC MOURNS NIKKI KUHNHAUSEN, 17-YEAR-OLD TRANS GIRL MURDERED IN WASHINGTON: Kuhnhausen, 17, was last seen in June and her body was only found this month. David Bogdanov has been arrested and charged with her murder. Kuhnhausen’s cause of death is unknown at this time. She is at least the 24th known transgender or gender non-conforming person killed this year. She enjoyed sharing videos of her dancing and singing on her Facebook, and she often posted memes to entertain her friends. More from HRC.
This is horrific. Nikki Kuhnhausen was only 17 years old. She is at least the 24th transgender or gender non-conforming person killed this year in this country. https://t.co/7npld0Mecn— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) December 18, 2019
THROWBACK THURSDAY -- HOW MARRIAGE EQUALITY EVOLVED OVER THE DECADE: At the start of 2010, five states and D.C. had marriage equality. Now, it’s the law of the land -- largely due to the hard, dedicated work of LGBTQ advocates and pro-equality lawmakers who know that love is love. Learn more about this history from Vox.
From marriage equality to trans visibility, this is how far LGBTQ+ rights have come this decade pic.twitter.com/6H0avvG8GA— NowThis (@nowthisnews) December 18, 2019
TRANS NURSE SETTLES DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT AGAINST WASHINGTON HOSPITAL: Kaia Rasmussen, 49, alleges she was placed on “retaliatory administrative reassignment” when her supervisor told her that her transition was “no longer therapeutic to patients.” More from The News Tribune.
NEW DATA SHOWS SAN DIEGO POLICE MORE LIKELY TO STOP LGBTQ PEOPLE: The research comes from Voice of San Diego and the UC San Diego Extension Center for Research. More from Voice of San Diego.
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FIGURE SKATER AMBER GLENN COMMS OUT AS BI/PAN: Team USA is now Team USA’s only openly LGBTQ female member. More from Advocate.
APPLE TV ANNOUNCES LGBTQ DOCUMENTARY TO PREMIERE ON VALENTINE’S DAY: The five-part series will feature interviews from Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow), Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah), Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper), Billy Porter (@theebillyporter), Rachel Maddow (@maddow), Don Lemon (@donlemon), Sara Ramirez (@SaraRamirez), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) and more. More from Mac Observer.
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ZAMBIAN PRESIDENT WANTS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO LEAVE DUE TO HIS DEFENSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE: Ambassador Daniel Foote said he was “personally horrified” by the harsh sentence imposed on a same-sex couple. More from Pink News.
GERMAN CABINET APPROVES BILL TO PROTECT LGBTQ ADULTS, INCLUDING YOUNG ADULTS, FROM SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: More from DW.
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