Trump is the real “national emergency”; HRC wraps up 6th annual Time to THRIVE; Major change for non-binary air travelers.
TRUMP IS THE REAL “NATIONAL EMERGENCY”: “There is no national security crisis at the border. This emergency declaration is just the latest extreme step that Donald Trump and Mike Pence have taken to divide America,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy (@david_stacy). “From revoking protections for more than a million Dreamers, including 75,000 LGBTQ young people, detaining tens of thousands of immigrants, making asylum claims almost impossible and separating thousands of children from their parents, the Trump-Pence Administration has harmed our country and violated the trust of the American people.” Read more from HRC and the Washington Blade.
HRC FOUNDATION WRAPS UP SIXTH ANNUAL TIME TO THRIVE: The nation’s premier event addressing the safety, inclusion and well-being of LGBTQ and questioning youth took place this weekend Anaheim, California. Time to THRIVE brought together a wide range of youth-serving professionals to discuss best practices for working with and caring for LGBTQ youth and their families in schools, community centers, health care settings and beyond. More from HRC.
TUESDAY TWEET: Airlines for America -- the industry trade group representing the country’s largest airlines -- and Delta last week approved the addition of new gender options to accommodate non-binary passengers. HRC Deputy Press Secretary Allison Turner (@amturner1993) writes in an oped for Advocate, “It means so much that I can be myself a little more fully, and find myself in one less situation in which I’m forced to feel like a fraud.” More from Advocate.
“While I am sure that I'll still have to deal with confusion and even bigger challenges in the airport around my identity, this is a big step in the right direction.” @HRC’s @amturner1993 on the news major airlines will add non-binary options for flyers. https://t.co/Z7xjsIpM6o— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 16, 2019
“It means so much to me to see other people standing up and protecting our youth.”— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 19, 2019
Thank you, @DonCheadle, for being an ally. By wearing a #ProtectTransKids shirt on @nbcsnl, you made a big fashion statement for equality. #SNL pic.twitter.com/KVQq0q4se2
HORRIFYING -- TRANSGENDER WOMAN DEPORTED FROM U.S. MURDERED IN EL SALVADOR: “[Camila] migrated to the U.S. because of threats that she had received, but she was deported because they didn’t believe her,” Aislinn Odaly’s, an independent LGBTI rights advocate, told the Washington Blade.
DESGARRADOR -- MUJER TRANSGÉNERO QUE FUE DEPORTADA DE EEUU FALLECE EN EL SALVADOR: “[Camila] emigró a Estados Unidos debido a las amenazas que había recibido, pero fue deportada porque no le creyeron”, dijo Aislinn Odaly’s, activista LGBTI independiente, según el Washington Blade.
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GAY MAN ALLEGEDLY ATTACKED, HARASSED IN SALT LAKE CITY: The victim, Sal Trejo, recorded the incident on his phone and posted it online. More from The Washington Post.
OUTSPORTS NAMES DAWN ENNIS NEW MANAGING EDITOR: Congrats, Dawn! Read more here.
LGB MEMBERS IN CONGRESS PEN LETTER OPPOSING HHS WAIVER THAT ALLOWS TAXPAYER-FUNDED DISCRIMINATION: Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Angie Craig (D-Minn.) and Katie Hill (D-Calif.) wrote the letter, signed by 95 House Democrats. Read more from the Washington Blade.
HORRIBLE -- TRANS MAN’S INSURANCE COMPANY REVOKES COVERAGE OF GENDER AFFIRMATION SURGERY DURING PROCEDURE: Read more from LGBTQ Nation.
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Bustle reports on an HRC Foundation and University of Connecticut survey that found more teens are using nontraditional labels to describe their sexuality; Los Angeles Blade reports that Gov. Gavin Newsom has named JP Petrucione Director of Digital Media, making him the highest ranking openly transgender official in California; and
.@HRC HBCU Program Director @MrLeslieHall and @HRC board member Jodie Patterson hosted a powerful discussion at @PoliticsProse about race & identity as seen in her new memoir reflecting on her journey raising a trans child.@jodie_GeorgiaNY’s’ “The Bold World” is in stores now. https://t.co/f038y3K5ba— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 19, 2019