#AM_Equality Tipsheet: February 7, 2019

by HRC Staff

HRC to honor Josie Totah at Time to THRIVE conference; We must do more to combat the epidemic of violence against Black trans people

HRC CALLS ON SENATE TO REJECT TRUMP’S ATTORNEY GENERAL NOM WILLIAM BARR & SLATE OF OTHER ANTI-LGBTQ NOMS: “[Barr’s] record makes clear that he will perpetuate the discriminatory agenda of Jeff Sessions and double down on the Trump-Pence administration’s harmful attacks on LGBTQ equality,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. “[T]he Trump-Pence administration is continuing their efforts to stack the courts across the country with nominees who would not defend and uphold civil rights laws for all Americans -- including LGBTQ people. The Senate must reject these anti-LGBTQ nonimees.” More from HRC.

  • HRC also called on the Senate to reject the nominations of Brian Buescher to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska; Matthew Kacsmaryk to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas; Eric E. Murphy to the U.S Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Chad Readler to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Allison Jones Rushing to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; and Wendy Vitter to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

HRC FOUNDATION TO HONOR ACTRESS JOSIE TOTAH AT TIME TO THRIVE CONFERENCE: Totah will receive an Upstander Award at the organization’s sixth annual Time to THRIVE Conference on February 15-17 in Anaheim, California. “By living her truth as a trans woman, Josie is setting an inspiring example for trans and gender-expansive young people everywhere that they can live and thrive as their true selves,” said Vincent Pompei, Director of HRC's Youth Well-Being Project and Time to THRIVE conference. “We are so proud to call this amazing young actor part of our HRC family.” The band OneUp will perform on the opening night of the conference. More from HRC.

MORNING MUST READ -- HOW HBCUs ARE A KEY TO ACHIEVING AN HIV-FREE GENERATION: On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,  Leslie Hall (@MrLeslieHall) HRC Foundation Director of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program, touts the efforts of HBCUs including Morehouse College, Spelman College and Jackson State University, writing, “[W]hile President Trump announced a commitment to stopping the spread of HIV, unfortunately, this administration continues to undermine the very tools we need to reach that noble goal… In the face of this intersection of injustices, HBCUs are uniquely positioned to address the current health crisis, and we already have inspiring examples to look to.” More from Advocate.

THURSDAY THOUGHTS -- RAQUEL WILLIS, “WHERE’S ALL THIS ENERGY FOR THE ATTACKS ON BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMEN?”: “When Black trans women are brutalized, I have mostly come to expect silence from nearly every group that we’re a part of,” writes Out Executive Editor Raquel Willis. “After we are diminished and marginalized in our lives, should we then be murdered, we can expect careless investigators and police officers releasing inaccurate names and genders and an endless justification for our deaths, suggesting we were ‘tricking’ our assailants or that we made bad life choices that placed us in a precarious situation. The hierarchy of whose lives actually matter is clear.” More from Out Magazine.

  • Elizabeth Cole, a Navajo trans woman in Nevada, is fortunate to be alive after being subjected to anti-trans slurs and shot. Her bravery to push forward, live authentically and encourage others to do the same is remarkable. More from Las Vegas Journal-Review.
  • With hate crimes on the rise, particularly crimes against transgender people, it’s crucial that media cover their stories accurately. Here’s a helpful guide on getting coverage right.
  • Investigation shows FBI fails to include anti-LGBTQ hate crimes in data report:  A must-see report from Investigate TV on hate crimes reporting, including those targeting the LGBTQ community, reveals that multiple cases investigated by the FBI do not appear in the agency's national database. More from KCWY.


  • California lawmakers have introduced a bill to protect intersex babies from harmful and medically-unnecessary surgeries. More from Equality California.

MARK FEB. 28 ON YOUR CALENDAR -- HRC & NEA TO SPONSOR NATIONAL DAY OF READING TO SUPPORT TRANS AND GENDER-EXPANSIVE YOUTH: Thousands of parents, educators and allies will join in solidarity with transgender and gender-expansive students by hosting school and community readings of I Am Jazz, a children’s book by transgender teen trailblazer Jazz Jennings, as well as additional titles. More from HRC.

HRC HONORS BLACK LIVES MATTER AT SCHOOL WEEK: From February 4-8, educators across the country will come together to call on schools to hire more Black teachers and counselors, to teach Black history and to end “zero tolerance” discipline policies enshrining severe and punitive practices that disproportionately impact students of color. More from HRC.




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WBUR speaks to Chrysanthemum Tran and  Justice Ameer, two transgender poets of color; Gay Star News reviews an upcoming show on Netflix about a gay man with cerebral palsy; PowellsBooks.Blog shares an essay from parent-advocate and HRC Foundation Board Member Jodie Patterson (@jodie_GeorgiaNY)

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