#AM_Equality Tipsheet: February 25, 2019

by HRC Staff

HRC responds to Trump administration’s release of gag rule dismantling Title X; Congrats to LGBTQ and allied performers on Oscars wins.

HRC RESPONDS TO TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION’S RELEASE OF GAG RULE DISMANTLING TITLE X: “This is a dangerous and life-threatening attack by Trump and Pence that will effectively dismantle the Title X program, which provides reproductive care to millions, including women, LGBTQ people, people of color, people with a low income, and others. We must fight this,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin).

IN WASH POST, HRC’S TY COBB TAKES ON TRUMP-PENCE CLAIM THAT THEY’LL SEEK TO END CRIMINALIZATION OF SAME-SEX SEXUAL RELATIONS: “To lead on the world stage, this administration must first be truly committed to the fight for equality -- and that begins right here at home,” writes Cobb (@TyWesleyCobb). Read the full piece in WaPo.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- ICYMI, CHECK OUT DOLORES HUERTA, CHAD GRIFFIN, REP. MARK TAKANO AND OTHERS AT HRC’S TIME TO THRIVE CONFERENCE: Earlier this month, Time to THRIVE brought together 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. View the full playlist of videos at HRC’s YouTube page.

“NEARLY 2,000 MILES OF WALKING TO FIND ACCEPTANCE AND LOVE UNDER DISCO BALLS IN D.C.”: Amazing story of transgender woman’s dangerous journey from Guatemala to D.C., by Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak (@petulad). More from The Washington Post.

STATEHOUSE ROUNDUP:

  • The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill updating the state’s surrogacy laws to be inclusive of unmarried as well as married intended parents.  Openly transgender state lawmaker Danica Roem said this will make it “easier for LGBTQ parents to have kids.” More from Washington Blade.
  • Pro-equality voices in Texas, from pastors to business leaders, are speaking out in support of the local LGBTQ community, and urging the state legislature to protect all its residents. More from Dallas Voice and Austin Business Journal.
  • The D.C. Council asked the chief judge of the D.C. Superior Court to amend its nondiscrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity in its jury selection process. More from Washington Blade.
  • Kansas State Rep. Ron Highland (R) removed name from anti-LGBTQ legislation after his daughter penned a letter asking him why he would “openly attempt at policy that elevates hate and hurts my family or friends.” More from The Washington Post.

REP. ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON (D-DC) INTRODUCES BILL TO PROTECT DC LGBTQ COMMUNITY, WOMEN AND RELIGIOUS MINORITIES FROM FEDERAL ATTACK:

MORNING MUST READ -- IF TRUMP IS SERIOUS ABOUT ENDING HIV TRANSMISSIONS, HE MUST WITHDRAW PROPOSAL THAT UNDERCUTS TREATMENT: “As the fight to end HIV continues, we all must support policies that make access to the right medications easier, not harder, for those living with HIV,” write Equality Florida’s Nadine Smith (@1NadineSmith) and Alejandro Acosta. “Florida is at the center of the current fight against the HIV in the nation, and the Trump administration’s proposal threatens hard-fought progress and the lives of all Floridians.” More from Miami Herald.

AFTER PUBLIC MEETING, VIRGINIA SCHOOL BOARD SAYS IT WON’T CHANGE ANTI-TRANSGENDER POLICY: Gavin Grimm, who bravely sued the school district when he was denied access to the boys’ restroom, said: “It’s disappointing that the board is choosing to prolong the suffering of trans youth in Gloucester County Public Schools, but we will see this fight through no matter how long it takes.” More from WSET.

HARROWING NEW NORTH CAROLINA STUDY SHOWS INCREASE IN SUICIDE AMONG YOUTH: The overall rate has nearly doubled in the state since 2010, and these rates increase dramatically for Black and LGBTQ students. More from ABC 11.

DETROIT LGBTQ NONPROFIT BUYS SPACE TO CREATE NATION’S LARGEST BLACK-LED LGBTQ CENTER: More from Crain’s Detroit Business.

CONGRATS TO LGBTQ AND ALLIED PERFORMERS ON THEIR OSCARS WINS LAST NIGHT: Lady Gaga (@LadyGaga) won an Oscar for Original Song in “A Star Is Born” (@astarisbornmovie) and Regina King (@ReginaKing) for Best Supporting Actress in “If Beale Street Could Talk” (@BealeStreet).

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HORRIBLE -- BBC NEWS’ FIRST LGBTQ CORRESPONDENT SPEAKS OUT ABOUT FACING HOMOPHOBIC AND RACIST ABUSE IN NEW ROLE:  Last December, Ben Hunte (@BenInLDN) was named the first LGBTQ correspondent for BBC News (@BBCNews). More from INews.

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

MPRNews features an interview with Andrea Jenkins (@annapoetic), the first transgender black woman elected to public office

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