#AM_Equality Tipsheet: February 27, 2019

by HRC Staff

Congress must pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act; Transgender servicemembers to testify before House Armed Services Committee.

THE TIME IS NOW -- PROTECT THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY AND PASS THE BIPARTISAN BACKGROUND CHECKS ACT: “There is bipartisan support for meaningful steps to stop these preventable tragedies, including an assurance that no person in this country can purchase a firearm without clearing a background check,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy(@david_stacy). “From Newtown to Orlando to Parkland to Pittsburgh, and all of the other communities that are devastated by acts of gun violence every day that never make the news, Americans have called for action, only to be ignored. No more.” More from HRC.

TODAY -- TRANSGENDER SERVICEMEMBERS TO TESTIFY BEFORE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE: Transgender servicemembers will testify before the House Armed Services Committee subpanel on military personnel against the Trump-Pence administration’s discriminatory transgender military ban. More from Military Times and Stars and Stripes.

  • New poll notes nearly 60 percent of Americans say that transgender individuals should be allowed to serve in the U.S. armed forces. More from Reuters.

RESTORE THE VOTE -- HRC URGES CONGRESS TO PASS THE VOTING RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT ACT: More from HRC.

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH LEADERS VOTE AGAINST LGBTQ INCLUSION, FAILING TO EMBRACE EQUALITY: “Countless LGBTQ Methodists, including young people and their families, are yearning for a welcoming church family. Unfortunately, today The United Methodist Church decided against taking meaningful steps that would include LGBTQ Methodists fully in the life of the church,” said Jay Brown, HRC Foundation’s Acting Senior Vice President (@ThisIsJayBrown). “However, despite this decision, it’s clear that LGBTQ Methodists and allies will continue to push for inclusion -- not in spite of their faith, but because of it.” More from HRC.

  • Local pastor condemns United Methodist Church’s decision to vote against LGBTQ inclusion and equality. More from The Associated Press.

TENNESSEE WEDDING CAKE BUSINESS REFUSES TO SERVE SAME-SEX COUPLE, CITING OWNER’S ‘SPIRITUAL CONVICTION’: More from News Channel 5.

MINNESOTA SCHOOL DISTRICT SUED FOR BARRING TRANSGENDER TEEN FROM USING LOCKER ROOM CORRESPONDING TO HIS GENDER IDENTITY. More from Pioneer Press and Fox 9.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- KANAUTICA ZAYRE-BROWN DESERVES BETTER: The criminal justice system routinely treats trans women unjustly. More from The Root.

IN ADVANCE OF TOMORROW’S HRC’S JAZZ & FRIENDS NATIONAL DAY OF READING, PARENT OF TRANS SON WRITES ABOUT POWER OF STORYTELLING:  Writing In the Detroit Free Press, Peter Torchyk, a member of HRC Foundation’s Parents for Transgender Equality, movingly describes his family’s journey and how storytelling can advance love and acceptance. Read more in the Detroit Free Press.

LAMENTABLE: Camila, una mujer transgénero y solicitante de asilo, fue deportada de EE. UU y asesinada en El Salvador un año después. Su mejor amiga comparte su trágica historia en una entrevista con Al Punto Univision.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

UK SCHOOLS UPDATE RELATIONSHIP AND SEX EDUCATION CURRICULUM TO INCLUDE LGBTQ PEOPLE AND TOPICS: More from Gay Star News.

DISCRIMINATION IS EXPENSIVE -- KENYA’S ANTI-LGBTQ LAWS WOULD NEGATIVELY IMPACT ITS ECONOMY: Kenya’s Supreme Court recently delayed a ruling to decriminalize same-sex relations in the country. More from Pink News.

 READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!
NBC highlights drag queens protesting at the U.S.-Mexico border in southern Texas to raise money for LGBTQ asylum-seekers; Out Sports features world martial arts champion William Seth-Wenzel on the importance of visibility as an LGBTQ athlete

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