#AM_Equality Tipsheet: February 18, 2020

by HRC Staff

New survey shows Tennesseans agree that anti-LGBTQ leg. is a waste of time; Time to THRIVE conference honors Don Lemon, Jamie Clayton

NEW HRC SURVEY SHOWS TENNESSEANS AGREE THAT ANTI-LGBTQ LEGISLATION IS A WASTE OF TIME: “For years, a group of extreme lawmakers have been targeting LGBTQ people in Tennessee, spreading misinformation and using vicious, harmful rhetoric while doing so,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Yet, as these new survey results show, most people in Tennessee have no interest in pursuing divisiveness for the sake of divisiveness, and think that anti-LGBTQ bills are a solution in search of a problem. Elected officials should be looking out for all of their constituents, not targeting the most vulnerable among them to appeal to a shrinking population.” More from HRC, and see the full results here

ICYMI -- UPSTANDER AWARDEES DON LEMON (@donlemon), NICOLE MAINES (@NicoleAMaines), CAMIKA SHELBY, JAMIE CLAYTON (@MsJamieClayton), SAM LONG (@samlong713) INSPIRE PARTICIPANTS AT HRC FOUNDATION’S TIME TO THRIVE CONFERENCE: Check out their energizing and moving speeches here, and read more about this year’s Time to THRIVE from HRC

TUESDAY TWEET -- AS VOTERS PREPARE TO CAUCUS TODAY IN NEVADA, HRC WAS ON THE GROUND HELPING NEVADANS CAUCUS: More from The Nevada Independent

HRC YOUTH AMBASSADOR MOLLY PINTA TALKS TIME TO THRIVE, COMING OUT AND WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE IN A LEADERSHIP ROLE: More from WBEZ

OKLAHOMA HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES BILL THAT WOULD PROTECT LGBTQ YOUTH FROM SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: The bill will now move to the full state House. More from CNN

LGBTQ COMMUNITY REMEMBERS DEBORAH BATTS, FIRST OPENLY GAY FEDERAL JUDGE: More from Kathi Wolfe (@UppityBlindGirl) at the Washington Blade

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“THE FLASH” STAR RICK COSNETT COMES OUT AS GAY IN MOVING VIDEO: More from PinkNews

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

LGBTQ VETERANS IN UKRAINE ARE FIGHTING FOR EQUALITY: “When you speak about these things society changes,” said Nastya, an out LGBTQ veteran who asked to be identified by her first name only. “We exist, and we’re going to show our faces more and more.” More from Reuters

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