#AM_Equality Tipsheet: February 26, 2019

by HRC Staff

HRC to Congress: Pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act now; How to support LGBTQ youth during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

HRC TO CONGRESS -- PASS THE VOTING RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT ACT NOW: Ahead of the 54th anniversary of the first Selma to Montgomery voting rights march, Representative Terri Sewell (D-AL) and other members of Congress are introducing today the Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR4). HRC is calling Congress to pass this critically important civil rights legislation that would ensure fair access to the ballot for all Americans is protected.   

FOURTH AND FINAL ANTI-TRANS BILL FAILS TO PASS IN SOUTH DAKOTA: HB 1225 would have blocked transgender student-athletes from participating on teams aligned with their gender identity. The state Senate last month rejected a similar bill. More from The Associated Press.

“MANY STATES STILL DON’T HAVE PROTECTIONS FOR LGBTQ WORKERS”: Referencing HRC Foundation’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index,  Marketplace’s Peggy Lowe (@peggyllowe) reports on how more than half of U.S. states don’t have laws that specifically bar discrimination against LGBTQ workers. More from Marketplace.

UPSETTING -- HOUSTON COUNTY DENIES TRANSGENDER WOMAN INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR GENDER AFFIRMATION SURGERY: More from The Telegraph.  

TUESDAY TWEET -- YOUTUBER LILLY SINGH COMES OUT AS BISEXUAL: THESE ARE MY ‘SUPERPOWERS’: “”Throughout my life these have proven to be obstacles from time to time. But now I’m fully embracing them as my superpowers,” said Lilly Singh (@IISuperwomanII). More from People.

HERE’S HOW TO SUPPORT LGBTQ YOUTH DURING NATIONAL EATING DISORDER AWARENESS WEEK: HRC Children, Youth and Families Program Coordinator Sula Malina (@sulamalina) shares their personal story highlighting the importance of supporting LGBTQ youth, who suffer disproportionately from disordered eating. This week, the National Eating Disorders Association is hosting its annual NEDAwareness campaign with the theme “Come As You Are”. More from HRC.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

MOMENTUM -- POLAND MOVES CLOSER TO BANNING DANGEROUS SO-CALLED ‘CONVERSION THERAPY’: More from PinkNews.

PAKISTAN OPENS PUBLIC SCHOOL FOR TRANS PEOPLE, PROVIDES EMPLOYMENT TRAINING AND SUPPORT: More from Gay Star News.

MORE ON KENYAN HIGH COURT’S DECISION TO DELAY ACTION ON DECRIMINALIZING SAME-SEX RELATIONS: Read Neela Ghoshal’s (@NeelaGhoshal) report in Foreign Policy.

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The New York Times discusses progress by transgender athletes and the challenges they still face; Out Magazine features Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) surprising a same-sex couple and their engagement party

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