#AM_Equality Tipsheet: January 24, 2017

by Allison Turner

HRC previews anti-LGBTQ state action in 2017; Hearings continue today for Trump’s HHS Pick

HRC PREVIEWS ANTI-LGBTQ STATE ACTION IN 2017: A new report from HRC previews battles against anti-LGBTQ state legislation expected in the year ahead. With at least 40 anti-LGBTQ bills in 16 states introduced so far, HRC anticipates that, like last year, anti-equality activists will push for legislation in dozens of states. The report spotlights three key areas of concern: bills that would give a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people under the guise of religion, measures specifically targeting transgender people, and proposals to eliminate local LGBTQ non-discrimination protections. The new analysis also highlights opportunities to advance LGBTQ equality in 2017. “Lawmakers seeking to target LGBTQ people would do well to heed the lessons learned in North Carolina, where legislators are still working to repeal HB2 and undo the damage wrought by that hateful law,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “Like last year, we will be working closely with state partners across the country to prevent lawmakers from plowing down a destructive path that threatens LGBTQ people and wrecks a state’s economy and reputation. It’s time to recognize that Americans have moved inexorably in the direction of equality and there is no appetite for anti-LGBTQ politicking.” The full report -- Preview 2017: Pro-Equality and Anti-LGBTQ State and Local Legislation -- can be found here. More from The Associated Press and U.S. News and World Report.

TUESDAY TWEET -- TRUMP’S PRESS SECRETARY “DOESN’T KNOW” IF PRESIDENT WILL PROTECT LGBTQ FEDERAL CONTRACTORS: In yesterday’s White House Press Briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he doesn’t know the answer to whether President Trump will rescind or maintain President Obama’s executive order protecting LGBTQ employees of federal contractors. Throughout his campaign, Trump made repeated promises to rescind President Obama’s executive orders yet also claimed to be a president to all…

HEARINGS CONTINUE TODAY FOR TRUMP’S HHS PICK: Today at 10 AM ET, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing for Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), President Trump’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services . Last week, HRC sent a letter of opposition to Congressional offices highlighting Rep. Price’s decades-long career of opposition to LGBTQ equality and the stakes for the LGBTQ community if he is confirmed. He has also dedicated the past seven years to systematically undermining the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- one of the most significant tools this country has ever had to combat health disparities in our community. One of Trump’s first acts as president was to sign an executive order weakening the ACA. Learn about how this, or a full ACA repeal, impacts the LGBTQ community from NBC News.

HRC HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE IN ALABAMA TO OPPOSE JEFF SESSIONS: Today in Tuscaloosa, Ala., HRC will hold a press conference to oppose the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be the U.S. Attorney General. HRC opposes Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions based on his vehemently anti-LGBTQ record. If confirmed, Sessions would lead the U.S. Department of Justice, which is tasked with the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. As Alabama’s Attorney General, Sessions fought tooth and nail against allowing the LGBTQ student group at the University of Alabama to host a conference discussing issues facing the community. HRC recently released a video on the topic, featuring a student who attended UA and was a part of the group at the time.

LGBTQ AND ALLY FILMS, ACTORS SNAG OSCAR NOMS: The groundbreaking film Moonlight received eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score. LGBTQ advocate and ally Meryl Streep became the most nominated actress in Oscars history when she was nominated for Best Actress. Both Moonlight and Streep will be honored at the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala on Saturday, February 11, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

DOCUMENTARY ON TRANSGENDER SOCIAL MEDIA STAR PREMIERES AT SUNDANCE: Today, This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, a documentary on transgender social media star Gigi Lazzarato (@TheGigiGorgeous), premieres  at the Sundance Film Festival. Yesterday HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) appeared on a panel with Gigi at the festival to discuss the documentary. More on the film from Variety.

LGBTQ BUSINESSES CONTRIBUTE $1.7 TRILLION TO US ECONOMY: The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce released a report this week indicating that LGBTQ-owned businesses contribute more than $1.7 billion to the U.S. economy and have created more than 33,000 jobs. More from The Washington Post.

CHANNELING THE WOMEN’S MARCH ENERGY INTO ACTION: It’s more important than ever for LGBTQ community to organize, mobilize and fight in solidarity against attempts to roll back the rights of all vulnerable communities. Check out HRC’s blog for recommended actions individuals can take right now to make a difference.

MODEL HANNE GABY ODIELE COMES OUT AS INTERSEX: In an exclusive interview with USA Today, model Hanne Gaby Odiele came out as intersex. Thank you for sharing your story! More from USA Today.

CANADIAN AIR TRANSPORT SECURITY AUTHORITY CREATES NEW POLICIES TO PROTECT TRANSGENDER TRAVELERS: The Canadian federal agency has changed its screening procedures and includes guidance on treating transgender travelers with respect and consent. More from CBC.


The Associated Press reports on the Providence (RI) Police Department’s push to better serve the LGBTQ community… The New York Times interviews seven transgender and nonbinary young people about their views of gender...

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