#AM_Equality Tipsheet: February 13, 2019

by HRC Staff

HRC calls on the Senate to reject William Barr for U.S. Attorney General; Out Magazine dedicates March issue to women & nonbinary femmes.

AHEAD OF SENATE CONFIRMATION VOTE, HRC REITERATES CALL TO REJECT WILLIAM BARR FOR U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL: “William Barr has made clear that as Attorney General he would not defend and uphold civil rights laws for all Americans — including LGBTQ people,”said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy (@david_stacy). “From his deeply disturbing opposition to nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people to his record of undermining HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment and awareness -- Barr would perpetuate Jeff Sessions’ work to license discrimination and double down on the Trump-Pence administration’s harmful attacks on the LGBTQ community. The Senate must reject Barr’s confirmation, and Senators must make clear to the Trump-Pence White House that they will only confirm a nominee who will treat all Americans equally and with the dignity and fairness they deserve.” More from HRC.

HRC URGES LAWMAKERS TO CLOSE THE DANGEROUS LOOPHOLE IN BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUN SALES: Scheduled for markup today in the House Judiciary Committee, H.R. 8 — the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 — would close the dangerous gap in federal law that makes it possible for individuals who are prohibited from gun possession, like domestic abusers and persons with violent criminal histories, to have easy access to firearms. For decades, LGBTQ people have been a target for bias-motivated violence, and easy access to deadly weapons has compounded this threat. Since the shooting at Pulse Nightclub, HRC has worked to elevate the need for common-sense gun violence prevention policies to keep the LGBTQ community safe. “One more death is one too many, and this common-sense, bipartisan measure would be a critical first step in addressing the crisis of gun violence impacting our communities,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. More from HRC.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- OUT MAGAZINE HONORS WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, DEDICATES ISSUE TO WOMEN AND NONBINARY FEMMES: Edited by Pose director, producer and transgender activist Janet Mock (@JanetMock) and Out executive director Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_), the cover story features five Black queer and trans women: Miss Major Griffin-Gracy (@immissmajor), Barbara Smith (@TheBarbaraSmith), Tourmaline, Alicia Garza (@aliciagarza) and Charlene Carruthers (@CharleneCac). All have carried the movement forward and lead vital work around race, sexuality, gender, class and beyond. More from Out.

HRC CALLS ON CONGRESS TO ADVANCE THE FAMILY ACT: Re-introduced yesterday in Congress, the LGBTQ-inclusive measure would establish the nation’s first-ever federal insurance program for paid family and medical leave. “American workers are too often forced to choose between their jobs and the well-being of their families, because taking paid leave is simply not an option,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. “The FAMILY Act would establish a national program providing peace of mind to all families — including LGBTQ families — and bring family and medical leave policies into the 21st century.” Read more from HRC.

STATEHOUSE ROUNDUP:

  • Anti-equality lawmakers in Tennessee recently introduced a bill attacking marriage equality: “As a native Tennessean, it's disappointing to see lawmakers pushing more mean, pointless legislation that would do nothing except single out LGBTQ people in an effort to make us feel less than equal,” said HRC Press Secretary Nick Morrow. More from NBC.
  • The South Dakota House of Representatives passed a discriminatory anti-trans bill yesterday, which effectively bars instructors who teach grades K-7 in the state’s public schools from instructing students on gender identity or gender expression. “If HB 1108 were to become law, it would send a strong message to LGBTQ youth that they are less than their peers,” said Cathryn Oakley, HRC State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel. Read more from HRC and the Associated Press.

NEW SURVEY FINDS MORE LGBTQ YOUNG PEOPLE ARE PLANNING TO START FAMILIES: Read more from PinkNews.

AWFUL -- OPENLY GAY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT ENDURES BULLYING, THREATS AND VIOLENCE: More from Las Cruces Sun News.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

JAPAN LAUNCHES FIRST SAFE HOUSE TO SUPPORT DISPLACED LGBTQ PEOPLE: More from Gay Star News.

PUERTO RICO GOVERNMENT ISSUES LGBTQ-FRIENDLY GUIDELINES TO PUBLIC EMPLOYEES: More from The Washington Blade.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

Yahoo Entertainment interviews CNN Tonight journalist Don Lemon, who opens up about being Black and openly gay in America; ABC News highlights Andi Mack, first-ever Disney Channel series to feature an openly gay character; US Weekly features RuPaul’s Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) drag queens in upcoming TLC wedding special

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