#AM_Equality Tipsheet: February 19, 2019

by HRC Staff

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.

  • At the conference, HRC highlighted the findings of its latest report on Black and African American LGBTQ youth. In his remarks at the opening event, HRC President Chad Griffin addressed the devastating consequences of discrimination alongside powerful stories of resilience -- and the imperative to support these youth and all LGBTQ young people. More from Blavity.
  • HRC honored actor Josie Totah with an Upstander Award for her brave decision to live openly as a transgender woman. More from Pink News.

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.

DON CHEADLE MAKES A BIG STATEMENT FOR TRANS YOUTH ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: More from Time and Advocate.

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.

STATE LEGISLATION ROUNDUP:

  • Lawmakers in California have re-introduced a bill that aims to help LGBTQ youth in the state by providing teachers with training on how to best support their LGBTQ students. Read more from The Sacramento Bee.
  • Tennessee’s attorney general has announced that the state’s sentencing law applies to hate crimes targeting transgender people. Read more from the Associated Press.

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.

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

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

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