#AM_Equality Tipsheet: December 9, 2019

by HRC Staff

HRC urges Senate to reject anti-LGBTQ judicial nom Lawrence VanDyke; Rebekah Bruesehoff is Marvel’s first transgender hero

HRC URGES SENATE TO REJECT ANTI-LGBTQ JUDICIAL NOMINEE LAWRENCE VANDYKE: “Lawrence VanDyke has made clear that he has no intention of upholding the rights of LGBTQ people,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “From his college writings to his roles in government, VanDyke has spent his career consistently opposed to equality for all people, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Senate should not confirm a judicial nominee who has received a rare rating of ‘unqualified’ from the American Bar Association.” Read more from HRC.

CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS: THE “FAIRNESS FOR ALL” ACT IS AN AFFRONT TO EXISTING CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS: In a joint statement, the groups wrote: “The ‘Fairness for All’ Act is anything but fair, and it certainly does not serve all of us. It is wrong to put into law a different system of protections for LGBTQ people and their families. The Equality Act was passed through the House of Representatives with bipartisan support, and nearly 70% of Americans support comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. The ‘Fairness for All’ Act, on the other hand, was introduced by a small group of lawmakers. This legislation licenses discrimination while eroding the rights of people of faith.” Read more from HRC.

ON FRIDAY, THE U.S. HOUSE PASSED THE VOTING RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT ACT: This vital legislation would ensure that fair access to the ballot is protected for all Americans. More from HRC.

MONDAY MUST-READ FROM NYTIMES -- THE TRUMP-PENCE ATTACKS ON TRANSGENDER PEOPLE HAVE SPREAD THROUGH THE ENTIRE GOVERNMENT: “While socially conservative policies have been mainstays of the Trump White House, what distinguishes the transgender initiative is its sweep,” writes Lola Fadulu (@lfadulu). Said Mimi Lemay (@mimislemay), who has a transgender son: “I don’t think deep down most Americans agree with what the Trump administration is doing in regards to LGBT people. I think most people know what’s fair, and they have a sense of empathy.” Read more from The New York Times.

HRC FOUNDATION AND SAGE RELEASE NEW VIDEO HIGHLIGHTING IMPORTANCE OF LONG-TERM CARE EQUALITY INDEX: “The LEI now has 47 national, statewide, regional and local aging, senior services or LGBTQ membership or advocacy organizations that have endorsed the index and are encouraging residential long-term care facilities to take the Commitment to Caring Pledge,” writes Lois A. Bowers (@Lois_Bowers). “More than 60% of those responding to a 2018 national survey of LGBTQ older adults by AARP said they were concerned about how they would be treated in a long-term care setting. Now is the time to allay those fears and leave no doubt in the minds of current and prospective residents that they will be treated well.” Read more from McKnight’s Senior Living and HRC.

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID NAMED TO CITY & STATE’S “2019 POWER OF DIVERSITY: BLACK 100” LIST: Read more here.

NEW STUDY FINDS THAT A MAJORITY OF GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN UNDERSTAND THAT UNDETECTABLE EQUALS UNTRANSMITTABLE: U=U means that people living with HIV who achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load will not transmit HIV to others. Read more from the NIH.

  • In New Orleans, local LGBTQ bars including Good Friends are offering free HIV testing to patrons. Read more from Slate.

LGBTQ PEOPLE CAN FACE UNIQUE FORMS OF HOUSING DISCRIMINATION: More from Bustle.

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12-YEAR-OLD TRANS ACTIVIST REBEKAH BRUESEHOFF (@MightyRebekah) TALKS ABOUT HER ADVOCACY AND ROLE IN THE NEW DISNEY+ TV SHOW “MARVEL’S HERO PROJECT”: More from The Advocate.

CONGRATS TO THE LGBTQ AND ALLIED NOMINEES FOR THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS AND THE CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS: See more from HRC.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

STUDY FINDS THAT A MAJORITY OF SOUTH KOREANS SUPPORT NON-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE: More from The Williams Institute.

TEENS IN ARGENTINA ARE ADVOCATING TO MAKE SOME WORDS GENDER-NEUTRAL: More from the Washington Post.

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Connection Newspapers reports that Arlington will honor six human rights advocates, including HRC Youth Ambassador Sean Bender-Prouty.

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