#AM_Equality Tipsheet: February 5, 2019

by HRC Staff

Response to Trump’s rumored HIV plan after two years of undermining efforts; Broad support for MS hate crimes law update

HRC RESPONDS TO REPORTS THAT AT TONIGHT’S SOTU, TRUMP WILL ANNOUNCE HIV PLAN -- AFTER TWO YEARS OF UNDERMINING EFFORTS: “If this administration wants to combat the spread of HIV, they need to immediately end their efforts to cut Medicaid funding, undermine the Affordable Care Act and license discrimination against the most at-risk communities when they seek health care,” said David Stacy, HRC Director of Government Affairs. “This administration simply cannot achieve this goal while, at the same time, charging forward with attacks on health care for the communities most impacted by HIV.” More from HRC and The Washington Post.

  • Great news from National Immigration Law Center: “Marco Villada, a former DACA recipient whose life was turned upside down by an injustice that separated him from his husband and left him stranded in Mexico for half a year, will attend the State of the Union Address on Tuesday as a guest of Rep. Lou Correa (CA-46).” More here.
  • And in a powerful show of support for transgender service members and veterans who are under attack by Trump-Pence, members of Congress including Representatives Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) and A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.), and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) will bring as their SOTU guests transgender troops and vets. More from Washington Blade.

NEW POLLING IN MISSISSIPPI SHOWS BROAD, BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR UPDATE TO STATE HATE CRIMES LAW: “It is clear that updating Mississippi’s hate crimes laws is a non-controversial, commonsense solution toward ensuring victims of bias-based crimes are treated more fairly under the law, and now we know it is a proposition that has widespread bipartisan support across the state,” said Rob Hill, HRC Mississippi state director. Support outweighs opposition throughout the state -- and across party lines. See the full polling here. More from The Associated Press.

  • Twin bills that would update the law to include sexual orientation, gender identity and disability are awaiting a hearing in the Mississippi statehouse.

TUESDAY TWEET -- NEW VIDEO FROM HRC AND RAICES HIGHLIGHTS DANGERS OF TRUMP’S “RETURN TO MEXICO” POLICY:

STATEHOUSE ROUNDUP:

  • Arizona lawmakers push for hearing on a bill that would ensure transgender people have dignity in death by making it easier to correct someone’s gender on a death certificate. More from The Daily Beast.
  • Anti-equality lawmakers in South Dakota have introduced a bill to block transgender student-athletes from participating on teams aligned with their gender identity. More from Argus Leader.
  • A Minnesota bill would close a loophole that forces a mother to adopt her own child if  she is in a same-sex marriage and not the birthing parent. More from Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

ACCURATE DATA ON THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY  KEY TO HELPING POLICY MAKERS ADDRESS NEEDS: New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that two percent of U.S. high schoolers are transgender. This visibility is not only helping countless youth feel seen, but also gives lawmakers a better picture of the needs of the trans community, which is not accounted for in the U.S. Census and other federal surveys. More from USA Today.

NEW LAWSUIT ALLEGES TRANS MARYLAND TEACHER HARASSED AT PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Jennifer Eller’s suit alleges she was repeatedly harassed, insulted, misgendered and threatened -- and that school officials retaliated against her when she reported the abuse. More from Baltimore Sun.

ICYMI -- PARENTS OF TRANS & GENDER EXPANSIVE YOUTH MEET WITH CONGRESSIONAL TRANSGENDER EQUALITY TASK FORCE: The HRC Foundation’s Parents for Transgender Equality National Council, a group of the nation’s leading parent-advocates in the fight for transgender equality, met with members of Congress to discuss their families’ moving journeys and the urgent need for Congress to pass the Equality Act.

WE MUST ADDRESS VIOLENCE TARGETING LGBTQ COMMUNITIES OF COLOR: The recent horrific attack on Jussie Smollett has sparked a nationwide conversation about the epidemic of violence that disproportionately targets Black people, LGBTQ people and religious minorities -- and those living at the intersections of multiple identities. More from HRC.

OVER 200 RALLY IN TEXAS FOLLOWING ATTACK ON SAME-SEX COUPLE IN AUSTIN: More from Austin Statesman.

TODAY -- SENTENCING IN CASE INVOLVING ROBBERY OF TRANS WOMAN; MURDERING WOMAN’S BOYFRIEND: Matthew White, 34, is accused of targeting transgender woman for robbery. During one such incident, White allegedly murdered the boyfriend on one of his targets. More from KYW News Radio.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HORRIFYING -- SAME-SEX COUPLE MURDERED IN RUSSIA: More from Meduza.

OPENLY GAY POLISH POLITICIAN ROBERT BIEDRON FOUNDS NEW POLITICAL PARTY: The Wiosna (Spring) party calls for improved rights for women and the LGBTQ community. More from The Washington Post.

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The New York Times reviews the upcoming novel “An Indefinite Sentence,” a memoir of a gay man from India; Forbes discusses the $1 trillion (yes, with a “T”) buying power of the LGBTQ community

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