#AM_Equality Tipsheet: January 2, 2019

by HRC Staff

HRC’s New Year Resolution? Fighting Trump-Pence’s politics of hate with a pro-equality U.S. House!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! HRC IS ROLLING UP ITS SLEEVES AND GETTING TO WORK FOR LGBTQ AMERICANS ALONG WITH A NEW PRO-EQUALITY HOUSE:

  • Michigan sworn in a pro-equality slate of statewide officials yesterday, including Governor Gretchen Whitmer! More from Detroit Free Press.

#TRUMPSHUTDOWN -- GOVERNMENT REMAINS CLOSED DUE TO CONTINUING FAILURE OF TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION: Said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy (@david_stacy): “Rather than using the Presidency for publicity stunts, we urge Donald Trump to work with Congress to immediately find a viable solution to reopen the government that funds essential government services and puts hardworking federal employees and their families first.” More from HRC.

LAMBDA LEGAL URGES SCOTUS TO MAINTAIN INJUNCTION AGAINST TRUMP TRANS MILITARY BAN: “Allowing this unconstitutional policy to take effect would immediately harm both transgender troops and our national security,” said HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride). “We are grateful to Lambda Legal and Outserve-SLDN for representing HRC and our fellow plaintiffs in this critical case, and we hope that the Supreme Court will maintain the preliminary injunction so that brave transgender service members and qualified recruits can continue to serve our nation with distinction.” More from YubaNet.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- “I AM JEWISH. I WEAR GLASSES. I AM BISEXUAL -- AND I AM THE ROSE QUEEN”: A great read to start off 20-bi-teen! Louise Deser Siskel writes of her historic coronation in the Los Angeles Times.

UNCONSCIONABLE -- DEVOS RESCINDS CRITICAL PROTECTIONS FOR STUDENTS OF COLOR: “While the revocation of this guidance would not change federal civil rights laws, this dangerous action would embolden discriminatory practices that push students of color, including LGBTQ students of color, out of the classroom,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. “It is particularly outrageous to utilize a commission tasked with addressing gun violence in schools as a tool to undermine protections for students of color.” More from HRC.

ANTI-LGBTQ MARTHA MCSALLY APPOINTED TO U.S. SENATE AFTER LOSING AZ SENATE RACE TO PRO-EQUALITY KYRSTEN SINEMA: Said HRC Arizona State Director Justin Unga. “From her votes to gut critical health care protections, to kowtowing to Trump’s shameful ban on transgender service members -- McSally has proven that she is more interested in political pandering than working to address the issues that matter to all Arizonans. We’re disappointed with this appointment.” More from HRC.

LOUIS C.K. ATTACKS NON-BINARY PEOPLE, PARKLAND SURVIVORS, AND ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS IN DISGUSTING STAND UP ROUTINE: More from Variety.

  • And FYI: non-binary people aren’t a “new phenomenon” -- they’ve always existed, writes Travis Alabanza (@travisalabanza) in HuffPost.

STARLEY, SHEA DIAMOND AND WILL WIESENFELD JOIN HRC’S EQUALITY ROCKS CAMPAIGN

  • Check out this interview with Diamond in Billboard.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

NEW REPORT FROM OSCE DOCUMENTS HORRIFIC ANTI-LGBTQ CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY IN CHECHNYA: Refuting denials from Chechen and Russian authorities, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) details the systematic torture, abuse and murder of LGBTQ people. It cites “overwhelming evidence that there have been grave violations of the rights of LGBTI persons in the Chechen Republic,” while documenting gruesome personal stories from victims of the Chechen regime’s cruelty. More from HRC.

JAMAICAN LGBTQ ORGANIZATION’S HEADQUARTERS DESTROYED:

HRC PARNTERS WITH PERU’S LARGEST LGBTQ EQUALITY ORG TO PROMOTE WORKPLACE INCLUSION: The Lima-based organization Presente recently released the findings of Diagnóstico de Diversidad y Equidad, its recent survey evaluating LGBT-inclusion in more than 50 businesses and multinationals that used HRC’s Spanish-language business toolkit to assess workplace policies and practices. More from HRC.

SELF-PROCLAIMED ‘PROUD HOMOPHOBE’ JAIR BOLSONARO TAKES OFFICE AS BRAZIL’S NEW PRESIDENT: More from Pink News.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

HRC interviews trans advocate and author Brynn Tannehill (@BrynnTannehill); Japan Times explores how the country is increasing LGBTQ tourism; Autostraddle lists their 11 best dressed LGBTQ celebs in 2018

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