#AM_Equality Tipsheet: February 22, 2019

by HRC Staff

New report shows Trump-Pence admin still separating families at the border; Utah legislation to protect youth from “conversion therapy”

THE CRUELTY CONTINUES -- TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT REVEALS TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN STILL SEPARATING FAMILIES  AT THE BORDER:

UTAH LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT YOUTH FROM “CONVERSION THERAPY”: “No child should be put through the dangerous, debunked and inhumane practice of conversion therapy,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. “We commend Rep. Craig Hall and Sen. Dan McCay for introducing this crucial legislation that will ensure that Utah is safe and affirming to all LGBTQ youth, and urge lawmakers in both chambers to do the same and stand up for Utah’s kids.” More from HRC.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- FEDERAL JUDGE DETERMINES A TWIN SON OF BINATIONAL SAME-SEX COUPLE IS U.S. CITIZEN: The child was initially denied U.S. citizenship because he does not share a blood relationship with his American father. However, Los Angeles federal Judge John F. Walter determined that U.S. law does not require a child to show a biological relationship with both of their parents if their parents were married at the time of their birth -- and requested the State Department propose a judgement consistent with this determination by the end of the month. More from Los Angeles Times.

JUDY SHEPARD -- “LET’S GET THIS EQUALITY ACT DONE AND MOVE FORWARD AS A UNITED NATION”: Her remarks about the federal legislation that would provide non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity came during HRC Foundation’s Time To THRIVE conference last weekend.

WASH POST -- “WILL THE NATION’S THIRD-LARGEST CHURCH SPLIT UP OVER LGBT DEBATE?”: Leaders of the 12 million-member United Methodist Church will convene Saturday in St. Louis to decide critical issues related to the LGBTQ faithful -- including whether to continue to bar clergy from performing same-sex marriages, and LGBTQ people from ordination. More from Julie Zauzmer (@JulieZauzmer) and Sarah Pulliam Bailey (@spulliam) in the Washington Post.

NEW VICE DOCUMENTARY SHOWS JOURNEY OF TRANS ASYLUM SEEKERS TO AMERICA: It also highlights resources and community groups helping transgender asylum seekers once they reach the U.S.

PULSE SURVIVOR BRANDON WOLF ACCEPTS POSITION AT EQUALITY FLORIDA: Wolf (@bjoewolf) will serve as the Central Florida development officer and the statewide media relations manager. More from Watermark Online.

HRC TO HONOR LGBTQ ADVOCATE YEARDLEY SMITH AT HRC LOS ANGELES DINNER: She’ll receive the HRC National Leadership Award on March 30 at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE, where more than 1,000 of HRC’s most active members and supporters in the greater Los Angeles area will gather to raise crucial funds in the fight for LGBTQ equality. More from HRC.

HARROWING NEW DATA REVEALS THAT ONE IN FOUR 12-TO-14 YEAR OLDS WHO DIE BY SUICIDE ARE LGBTQ: More from Reuters.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HIGH COURT OF KENYA DELAYS DECISION ON COLONIAL-ERA LAW CRIMINALIZING CONSENSUAL SAME-SEX SEXUAL RELATIONS: Justice John Mativo said the judgement will now be issued in late May. HRC continues to support advocates on-the-ground like Global Innovator Njeri Gateru who are working to overturn this anti-LGBTQ law. More from The Guardian.

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