#AM_Equality Tipsheet: February 4, 2019

by HRC Staff

We’re counting on Speaker Pelosi to advance the Equality Act; Adam Rippon, Brian Coleman at Time to THRIVE.

MORNING MUST READ -- “WE’RE COUNTING ON NANCY PELOSI TO ADVANCE THE EQUALITY ACT”: HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) and National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling (@MaraKeisling) write today in The Advocate, “Our community has waited far too long for [the Equality Act]. Without [it], countless LGBTQ people and families remain vulnerable to discrimination in the workplace, in the ER, in a leasing office, and at the restaurant around the corner. And without them, the Trump-Pence administration’s dangerous plan to erase LGBTQ people from federal protections could succeed.”  Today, half of all LGBTQ Americans live in the 30 states without explicit, uniform legal protections from discrimination. More from Advocate.

HRC FOUNDATION TO HONOR OLYMPIAN ADAM RIPPON AND SCHOOL COUNSELOR BRIAN COLEMAN WITH UPSTANDER AWARDS: At Time to THRIVE, Coleman and Rippon will join other special guests, including LGBTQ advocate and mother of Ellen DeDeneres Betty DeGeneres; President and Founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation Dolores Huerta; parent-advocate, founder of FreeMomHugs and subject of an upcoming Jamie Lee Curtis project Sara Cunningham; transgender trailblazer Jazz Jennings and her mother Jeanette Jennings; Los Angeles Rams cheerleader Quinton Peron; and others. HRC previously announced that it will honor advocates E.J. Johnson and Judy and Dennis Shepard with an Upstander Award during the Time to THRIVE conference. More from HRC.

VICTORY! --  NEW JERSEY BECOMES FOURTH STATE TO ALLOW GENDER-NEUTRAL OPTION ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE: “Having a gender-neutral option will now give thousands of people in the state of New Jersey the power to self-identify,” said Amanda Babine (@ababine), director of policy and programs at the New York Transgender Advocacy Group. More from NBC.

  • HRC mourns New Jersey’s Barbra “Babs” Siperstein, the first openly transgender member of the Democratic National Committee, who died just days after the law -- named after her -- went into effect. Appointed to the committee in 2009, she also served on its executive committee from 2011 to until October 2017. More from Insider NJ.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- ELLEN PAGE ADVOCATES AGAINST HATE CRIMES, HIGHLIGHTS RISE MOTIVATED BY TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN: “This is what happens,” Page said during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “If you are in a position of power and you hate people, and you want to cause suffering to them -- you go through the trouble, you spend your career trying to cause suffering -- what do you think is gonna happen?” More from Vanity Fair.

  • New report notes two-thirds of Americans say hate crimes have intensified in the last two years: More from Hate Magnified.

ICYMI -- ACTOR AMANDLA STENBERG TALKS BLACK, QUEER REPRESENTATION AT HRC GREATER NEW YORK GALA: “Had I had more representations of black gay women growing up, I probably would have come to conclusions around my sexuality earlier, because I would have had more conceptions of what is possible, and okay,” Stenberg said. More from Pink News.

HRC FOUNDATION CELEBRATES ITS HBCU PROGRAM DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: More from HRC.

NC DMV REVISES PROCESS FOR CHANGING GENDER ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR ID CARD: No longer will applicants have to procure a court order or letter from a physician. The revisions also eliminate a requirement that a person undergo surgery before correcting their license. Partners at Equality North Carolina worked on the change for years. More from Herald Sun.

AWFUL -- USA POWERLIFTING TO BAN TRANSGENDER ATHLETES: The organization’s position stands in stark contrast to other major sports organizations, including the International Olympic Committee, USA Hockey, the NCAA and Crossfit. More from Compete Network.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

GAY IRAQI MAN SPEAKS OUT ABOUT FLEEING IRAQ, STARTING IRAQ’S FIRST LGBTQ ORGANIZATION : “Iraq has a lot of great achievements and positive points, but for LGBTI people, our identities are the equivalent of a death sentence,” said Amir Ashour, founder of IraQueer (@IraQueer). More from Gay Star News and Hornet.

DISGUSTING -- BERLIN MONUMENT HONORING LGBTQ VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST VANDALIZED: More from ArtNews.

DISNEYLAND PARIS TO HOST FRANCHISE’S FIRST-EVER OFFICIAL LGBTQ PRIDE EVENT: More from Queerty.

MEXICO BORDER CITY PROVIDED ASSISTANCE TO LGBTQ MIGRANTS: More from The Washington Blade.

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