#AM_Equality Tipsheet: January 22, 2019

by HRC Staff

HRC condemns SCOTUS decision to allow trans military service ban; Congrats to LGBTQ and allied performers on their Oscar nominations

HRC CONDEMNS U.S. SUPREME COURT’S DECISION TO ALLOW DISCRIMINATORY TRANS MILITARY SERVICE BAN TO TAKE EFFECT: More from HRC.

HRC COMMEMORATES THE LIFE OF CIVIL RIGHTS HERO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: HRC members and supporters nationwide gave back to their communities over the weekend by volunteering for a range of service projects and amplifying the work local organizations and leaders are doing for the most marginalized groups of the LGBTQ community. Efforts included organizing clothing and toiletries donation drives; assembling and distributing care packages of travel-size hygiene items, school supplies and winter accessories; and participating in beautification and small renovation projects. More from HRC.

HRC AND EQUALITY VIRGINIA COMMEND STATE SENATE FOR PASSING NON-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS: “These are basic non-discrimination protections that LGBTQ Virginians need and deserve, and that will make the commonwealth a more welcoming and inclusive place for all Virginians,” said Marty Rouse, HRC National Field Director. “It’s essential for the future of Virginia that pro-equality legislators in the House act on these non-discrimination bills and ensure that these long-overdue protections are passed.” More from HRC.

TUESDAY TWEET -- MUST-READ FROM TRANS TEAM USA DUATHLETE ON DISCRIMINATORY SOUTH DAKOTA BILL: Chris Mosier writes, “Lawmakers proposing these bills generally have very little understanding of who trans people are and what it means for us to compete in sports.” South Dakota’s SB49 would void the state's policy allowing transgender athletes to participate in athletic activities consistent with their gender identity. More from Out Magazine.

  • South Dakota must choose facts over fear: More from Argus Leader.

FROM HOMETOWN (NEARLY) ZERO TO HERO -- HOW BROOKINGS, S.D. BECAME A CHAMPION FOR ITS LGBTQ CITIZENS: When officials in Brookings, South Dakota, received a preliminary score of 12 out of 100 on HRC’s Municipal Equality Index, they were appalled. They embarked on a multiyear effort to raise the score of their beloved hometown, and in the process helped make their community a more welcoming and affirming place for LGBTQ people. Watch here.

CONGRATS TO THE LGBTQ AND ALLIED PERFORMERS ON THEIR ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS! Good luck to Lady Gaga (@LadyGaga), Regina King (@ReginaKing), Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins), Nicholas Britell (@NicholasBritell) and Jennifer Hudson (@IAMJHUD).

CREATING CHANGE TO BE HELD IN DETROIT JAN. 23-27: More from Pride Source.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

DON’T BE A BYSTANDER! -- RUSSIAN LGBT GROUP URGES ALLIES TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST ANTI-LGBTQ VIOLENCE IN CHECHNYA: More from Metro.

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

Parents Magazine features a same-sex couple on their cover for the first time; The New York Times reviews two French plays focusing on LGBTQ topics; Datebook reports on the opening of the National LGBTQ Center for the Arts

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