#AM_Equality Tipsheet: January 16, 2020

by HRC Staff

Senate must ensure thorough, fair impeachment trial of Trump; 2020 state legislative roundup on pro- and anti- equality bills

HRC -- SENATE MUST ENSURE THOROUGH, FAIR IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF TRUMP: “This is a nation of laws, built on a promise in the Constitution that no one is above accountability -- especially those elected to serve the American public,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “The Senate’s constitutional role in adjudicating the President’s actions is vital in preserving this accountability. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and all Senators have a duty to ensure this trial is conducted with full transparency and includes all witnesses and presentation of other evidence necessary to uncover the truth. The American people deserve leaders who uphold the rule of law, and that includes the president of the United States.” More from HRC.

CRITICAL NEW HIRES EXPAND HRC’S IMPACT: HRC has hired Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1) as Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative, Michael Vazquez (@mvsebastian) as Director of HRC Foundation's Religion and Faith Program, Jason Starr (@jasonestarr) as Litigation Director and Elizabeth Bibi (@elizlbibi) as Senior Advisor for Communications, New York.  Starr and Bibi will work out of HRC’s newly-launched office in New York. Said HRC President Alphonso David: “These talented advocates will dramatically enhance the Human Rights Campaign’s impact in the courts, our communities, in houses of worship and throughout the media.” More from Politico Playbook

TRUMP ROUNDUP

“CORRUPT BACK CHANNEL” -- ANTI-LGBTQ GROUP “CATHOLIC VOTES” HOSTS RECEPTION AT TRUMP HOTEL: “The reality is Catholic voters overwhelmingly support full non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people,” HRC President Alphonso David said in comments to the Washington Post. “[T]he fact that this corrupt back channel exists in the first place is the deeper problem.” More from Jonathan O'Connell (@OConnellPostbiz) at The Washington Post.

STEPHEN MILLER IS STILL A WHITE NATIONALIST: In leaked emails, Trump’s senior White House adviser used several white nationalist talking points, claiming, for example, that immigrants would “replace existing demographics” and showing continued support of birthright citizenship. More from HuffPost.

  • You hate to see it -- Trump campaign hire has suuuuuper anti-LGBTQ history: Jenna Ellis, Trump’s new senior legal advisor for his re-election campaign, called the Stonewall Inn’s designation as a national monument a “celebration of sin” and testified in support of the dangerous practices of so-called “conversion therapy.” More from NBC

THIRD ARREST MADE IN CHRISTMAS EVE KILLING OF BRONX GAY MAN: The victim, Juan Fresnada, 60, was killed on Christmas Eve after leaving a McDonald’s with his partner. More from Gay City News.

CHICAGO MAYOR’S OFFICE TO BEGIN YEAR-LONG STUDY INTO SETTING ASIDE CONTRACTS FOR LGBTQ-OWNED BUSINESSES: In a speech, Lori Lightfoot shared her experience as a Black lesbian, and said the “pie is big enough to slice it in lots of other ways.” The city has similar programs for minority- and women- owned businesses. More from the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun Times.

2020 STATEHOUSE ROUNDUP

VIRGINIA TRANS WOMAN DESCRIBES HOW PROPOSED NONDISCRIM PROTECTIONS WOULD CHANGE HER LIFE: The Virginia Values Act would modernize the state’s human rights laws and provide nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people in public employment and housing and also create nondiscrimination protections in private employment and public accommodations for all Virginians. More from WTVR.

NEW JERSEY LEGISLATURE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES BILL TO BAN ANTI-LGBTQ “PANIC DEFENSE”: It now heads to Gov. Phil Murphy to sign into law. More from NJ.com

BIPARTISAN KENTUCKY BILL TO PROTECT YOUTH FROM DANGEROUS “CONVERSION THERAPY”: More from Lexington Herald Leader.

TRANSPHOBIC BILL IN SOUTH DAKOTA WOULD BLOCK MINORS FROM LIVE-SAVING CARE: “(Transgender) kids and families should be given the opportunity to thrive in South Dakota," Libby Skarin, policy director for the ACLU of South, said in a statement. “This legislation only stands to harm them and make their lives harder.” More from The Associated Press.

ANTI-LGBTQ MISSOURI LAWMAKERS SEEK TO BAN TRANS STUDENTS FROM PARTICIPATING IN SPORTS: The bill would force trans students to participate in sports based on the gender listed on their birth certificate. More from St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

DC COUNCIL PROPOSAL WOULD UPDATE DISTRICT CODE WITH GENDER-NEUTRAL LANGUAGE: More from Fox 5 DC.

OPENLY TRANS VA DELEGATE DANICA ROEM TALKS ABOUT HER VOTE TO RATIFY THE ERA: The Virginia Assembly voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment yesterday. More from WFIR.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

SHOCKING NEW REPORT FINDS THAT MORE THAN 300 HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES WERE KILLED IN 2019: More from The Guardian.

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