#AM_Equality Tipsheet: January 12, 2020

by HRC Staff

Virginia Values Act unveiled to protect LGBTQ Virginians from discrimination. #IAmNonbinary trends on Twitter

VIRGINIA VALUES ACT LEGISLATION UNVEILED TO PROTECT LGBTQ VIRGINIANS FROM DISCRIMINATION: “The Virginia Values Act will not only provide critical protections for LGBTQ Virginians, but expand existing civil rights laws to provide recourse for discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex and veteran status,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Virginia voters sent pro-equality majorities to Richmond to make this change, and we look forward to working with the House of Delegates and the Senate to pass the Virginia Values Act into law.” More from HRC and the Washington Blade

MONDAY MUST-READ -- “WHY CAN’T ACCEPTANCE BE THE DEFAULT?” -- MONNAA HASSAN ELSAYED ON BEING BISEXUAL AND MUSLIM: “I came out to my chosen family in 2017. Despite my fear, I was open about my identity as I created meaningful connections with Muslims who similarly struggled,” writes Elsayed (@Monnaaahh). “Now I’ve pieced together a few communities that I turn to for support. I have a group of comedians, childhood friends, and queer folks who raise me up when I need it most and don’t judge me for who I am.” Read more from NewNowNext

TODAY AND EVERY DAY, HRC SENDS LOVE TO OUR NON-BINARY COMMUNITY MEMBERS: More from HRC

MICHIGAN COURT OF APPEALS RULES THAT TRANSGENDER PEOPLE ARE NOT PROTECTED BY AN INTIMIDATION LAW: More from The Detroit News

FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS THAT A GAY MAN WHO WAS DEPORTED TO CHAD AFTER SEEKING ASYLUM IN THE U.S. SHOULD BE RETURNED: More from NBC Out

TENNESSEE COUNTY CLERKS WERE SENT A LETTER STATING THEY SHOULD NOT PERFORM SAME-SEX MARRIAGES: The letter was sent by David Fowler, general counsel for the anti-LGBTQ Family Action Council’s Government Defense Fund, and alsely aruged that county clerks were violating the state’s constitution. More from the Washington Blade

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KENTUCKY LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE BILL THAT WOULD BAN HARMFUL AND DISCREDITED PRACTICE OF CONVERSION THERAPY: More from Courier-Journal

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CYNTHIA ERIVO, ROCKETMAN NOMINATED FOR OSCARS: See the full list of nominees from The Washington Post.

OPENLY GAY FOOTBALL PLAYER SCOTT FRANTZ PLANS TO ENTER THE NFL DRAFT THIS SPRING: More from Outsports

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