Trump-Pence, Congress’ continued failure to support Dreamers; Pulse survivor takes over HRC twitter in aftermath of Florida shooting
HRC RESPONDS TO CONTINUED FAILURE OF TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESS TO SUPPORT DREAMERS: The Senate yesterday failed to pass protections that would have provided a path to citizenship for the more than a million Dreamers living and working in the United States, including 75,000 LGBTQ young people. “Dreamers are Americans. It’s disappointing that, despite some positive bipartisan efforts, the Senate has failed to pass legislation to protect them today,” said David Stacy, HRC Government Affairs Director. “The overwhelming majority of Americans -- 87 percent -- across the political spectrum believe our leaders must pass the DREAM Act now. A bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate agrees.” Read more from HRC.
PULSE SURVIVOR BRANDON WOLF TAKES OVER HRC TWITTER IN AFTERMATH OF FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING: After 17 people were killed during the shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Wolf (@bjoewolf) remembered friends lost at Pulse, called for sensible gun safety measures and urged voters to elect leaders who will take action on this deadly epidemic -- and aren’t in the pocket of the NRA. More from HRC.
Hey Twitter. I'm Brandon Wolf (@bjoewolf), a @pulseorlando shooting survivor here for an #HRCTwitterTakeover to talk about the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, gun violence and my friend Drew. pic.twitter.com/z0fVj5GLWm— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 15, 2018
FEEL GOOD (AND A REASON TO FIGHT!) FRIDAY: Chesley and Bailey Glassco are an Alabama same-sex couple who have dedicated their lives to children -- both as teachers and as foster parents. They are excited and ready adopt their foster son, Jay, who has a developmental disorder. More from Scalawag Magazine.
People outside of Alabama will think these women are outliers. They're Christian, queer, committed teachers and foster parents living in rural Alabama. They aren't outliers. But theirs is truly an inspirational story. #alpoliticshttps://t.co/L41JDerVrs— Katherine Webb-Hehn (@KAWebb_) January 30, 2018
LEHIGH COUNTY, PA., SAYS COMPANIES MUST HAVE ANTI-DISCRIM POLICIES PROTECTING LGBTQ WORKERS IF THEY WANT TO DO BIZ WITH COUNTY: More from The Morning Call.
“I CAN’T TONE IT DOWN,” RIPPON SAYS -- AND YOUNG LGBTQ PEOPLE SAY THEY DON’T WANT HIM TO: The Washington Post’s Steven Petrow (@StevenPetrow) weighs in on how Rippon is inspiring LGBTQ young people. The Washington Post.
KANSAS CITY CARE CLINIC SAVING TRANS LIVES: The recently-opened transgender clinic provides health care to a community too often un- or under-insured. More from KSHB.
ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY -- PRO-EQUALITY CLERGY CONDEMN APPOINTMENT OF ANTI-LGBTQ BISHOP TO MI CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION: Governor Rick Snyder appointed anti-LGBTQ Bishop Ira Combs Jr. More from M Live.
HRC -- HELPING MUNICIPALITIES WORK TOWARD EQUALITY: HRC recently met with the Human Rights Commission of Arlington County, Virginia, to discuss how the county can achieve a perfect 100-point score in HRC’s 2018 Municipal Equality Index -- a roadmap to help communities become more inclusive of the LGBTQ people who live, work and travel there. More from HRC.
AACAP OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) approved a policy statement asserting that “‘conversion therapies’ should not be part of any behavioral health treatment of children and adolescents.” More from HRC.
SPOTLIGHT ON UNIVERSITY ADVOCATES IN NORTH CAROLINA:
ANTI-TRANS PAMPHLET DISGUISED AS LEGITIMATE RESOURCE BEING DISTRIBUTED TO TEACHERS: More from Pink News.
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MORNING MUST READ -- “I WAS BORN IN BERMUDA. I WON’T BE GOING BACK.” Former HRC board member Kirkland Hamill tells his story in Advocate.
GAY HONG KONG POP STAR’S SHOW BANNED IN MALAYSIA: Denise Ho was set to perform in Kuala Lumpur in April, but says her application to perform was cancelled because of her sexual orientation. More from Reuters.
CANADA HOSTS PRIDE HOUSE FOR LGBTQ OLYMPIANS AND ALLIES: This Pride House is the first in Asia -- and the first directly affiliated with a national Olympic committee. More from NewNowNext.
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