#AM_Equality Tipsheet: February 15, 2018

by Allison Turner

HRC mourns victims of Florida school massacre; Colorado committee defunds civil rights division; HRC endorses John Kaul for Wisc. AG

HRC MOURNS VICTIMS OF PARKLAND, FLA., HIGH SCHOOL MASSACRE, CALLS FOR ACTION ON SENSIBLE GUN SAFETY LAWS: Said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin): “It's been 19 years since Columbine. Five years since Newtown. The inaction in the wake of these tragedies has gotten us to 18 school shootings in the last six weeks. Kids are dying -- we can't tolerate politics as usual anymore.”

COLORADO’S GOP LAWMAKERS DEFUND STATE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION THROUGH JOINT BUDGET COMMITTEE ACTION: “By voting to withhold funding from the very division responsible for upholding the state’s civil rights laws, Colorado’s GOP lawmakers are stoking the flames of discrimination against LGBTQ people, people of color, people of faith, people with disabilities and women,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “This reckless action will not go unnoticed by the fair-minded majority of Colorado voters who will hold them accountable. Republican lawmakers on the committee must immediately take action to restore funding to the Colorado Civil Rights Division.” The department is  charged with protecting the civil rights of all Coloradans in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations. More from HRC.

THROWBACK THURSDAY -- HONORING VALENTINE’S DAY BY REFLECTING ON THE DAY LOVE WON: Writes Jim Obergefell (@JimObergefell), named plaintiff on the Supreme Court case that brought marriage equality to the nation: “[Valentine’s day] is a day to honor and embrace the legacy of love created by a series of landmark Supreme Court decisions that recognize the virtues of all loving relationships in the eyes of our government.” More from USA Today.

HRC ENDORSES JOHN KAUL FOR WISCONSIN ATTORNEY GENERAL: “Over the past year in particular, we’ve seen the crucial role attorneys general play in protecting the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community,” said HRC Wisconsin State Manager Wendy Strout. “We are proud to endorse Josh Kaul for Attorney General and look forward to working with him to ensure Wisconsin is a welcoming and inclusive place for all.” More from HRC.

LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL ACT TO HONOR BILLIE JEAN KING: The tennis star (@BillieJeanKing) has spent decades as an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ and women’s equality. More here.

MORNING MUST READ -- “AMID ALL THE NOISE IN D.C., DREAMER’S FATE HANGS IN THE BALANCE” by Glenn D. Magpantay, executive director of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, in Advocate.

ON VALENTINE’S DAY, TOM DALEY (@TomDaley1994) AND DUSTIN LANCE BLACK (@DLanceBlack) ANNOUNCE THEY WILL SOON BECOME PARENTS!

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

GHANA POLICE SAVE TWO WOMEN FROM ANTI-LESBIAN LYNCHING: More from NewNowNext.

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The Aurora (Ill.) Beacon-News reports that the city has approved its first-ever Pride parade; Washington Blade sashays in Burberry’s new scarf featuring rainbow colors for the LGBTQ community; BuzzFeed shares a heartwarming story of a same-sex couple who accidentally proposed to each other at the same time.

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