#AM_Equality Tipsheet: February 12, 2020

by HRC Staff

Dwyane Wade open arms to Zaya, his 12 y/o transgender daughter; 2020 HRC Youth Ambassador Sam Moehlig on giving LGBTQ youth a voice

WE’RE NOT CRYING, YOU ARE -- FORMER NBA SUPERSTAR DWYANE WADE TALKS WITH ELLEN ABOUT HOW PROUD HE IS OF ZAYA, HIS 12-YEAR-OLD TRANSGENDER DAUGHTER: Wade (@DwyaneWade) says that since Zaya’s coming out, he and his wife, Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu), have been striving to educate and create a supportive foundation for her. “Now it's our job to one, go out and get information, to reach out to every relationship that we have,” Wade told Ellen Degeneres (@TheEllenShow) during an appearance Tuesday on her show. “We're just trying to figure out as much information as we can to make sure that we give our child the best opportunity to be her best self.” More from ENews, NBC and The Hill

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- 2020 HRC YOUTH AMBASSADOR SAM MOEHLIG TALKS ABOUT GIVING LGBTQ YOUTH A VOICE: “The best way for an educator or other people to help the youth and make their lives easier is to respect them and to believe that what they are telling you is true. Just something as simple as, ‘What can I do to help you? What do you want from me?’” Moehlig said. More from Karla Peterson (@Karla_Peterson) at the San Diego Union Tribune.

NEW YORK AMONG BEST STATES FOR LGBTQ PROTECTIONS -- BUT FEDERAL LAW STILL NEEDED: “Having a federal law that provides protections is absolutely critical,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow (@SarahWarbelow). “We have been working with members of Congress to support the Equality Act. It is an amendment to our basic civil rights laws that would ensure, regardless of where you live, that you would be guaranteed discrimination protections in employment, in housing, in education.” More from WAER.

OHIO STATE REP. MARY LIGHTBODY INTRODUCES BILL TO PROTECT LGBTQ YOUTH AGAINST SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: “The practice of conversion therapy is a dangerous and discredited practice that is based on a false claim that being LGBTQ+ is a mental illness that must be cured,” said Rep. Lightbody (@MaryLightbody). “Ohio must step up to join these other states and localities in ending this practice and prevent future harm.” Read more here.

NBC EXIT POLL SHOWS STRONG TURNOUT FOR LGBTQ AND EQUALITY VOTERS: More from NBC.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

NORTHERN IRELAND POLICE ARREST FOUR MEN IN CONNECTION WITH MURDER OF LGBTQ JOURNALIST AND ACTIVIST LYRA MCKEE: More from PinkNews

UNIV. OF TORONTO PROFESSOR DEVELOPS APP TO HELP BRAZILIAN TRANS WOMEN AVOID VIOLENCE, AND FIND SAFETY AND SUPPORT: Professor Monica Malta (@MonicaMalta7) developed the app called Dandarah. More from Now Toronto

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BBC reports on discovery of a 200-year-old diary highlighting tolerance toward same-sex relations dating back to 1810

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