#AM_Equality Tipsheet: January 24, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC to honor CNN anchor Don Lemon at Time to THRIVE conference; Congrats to Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Justin Mikita on expecting.

HRC TO HONOR CNN ANCHOR DON LEMON FOR LGBTQ VISIBILITY AND ADVOCACY AT ANNUAL TIME TO THRIVE CONFERENCE: “Don Lemon has been an outspoken voice for the LGBTQ community in the media and beyond for many years, and we could not be more proud to honor him at this year’s Time to THRIVE,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “As one of the most recognizable individuals on television today, Don serves as an inspiration to LGBTQ young people across the country.” The seventh annual Time to THRIVE Conference will be held Feb. 14-16 in Washington, D.C. More from HRC and Essence.

  • Actress and trans advocate Nicole Maines (@NicoleAMaines) and National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) Black Youth Advocate and Ambassador Camika Shelby will also be honored at the conference for their work on behalf of the LGBTQ community -- particularly LGBTQ young people.

FRIDAY FEATURE -- NEW TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN RULES  TO FURTHER RESTRICT PREGNANT PEOPLE ENTERING U.S. ON VISITOR VISAS: More from Reuters.

HRC ENDORSES……

  • JAIME HARRISON FOR U.S. SENATE IN SOUTH CAROLINA: “Jaime Harrison’s demonstrated record of support for LGBTQ people and families stands in stark contrast with his opponent, who has refused to support non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people despite over 58% of South Carolinians supporting those protections,” said HRC President Alphonso David.  More from HRC.
  • SEN. DOUG JONES FOR REELECTION IN ALABAMA: “Senator Doug Jones has been one of our community's strongest advocates in the United States Senate, and we’re proud to stand by his side as he runs for reelection,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “As a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, Senator Jones’ demonstrated record of support for LGBTQ people and families stands in stark contrast with his opponents, who have long histories of using their power and offices to attack LGBTQ people at every opportunity.” More from HRC and Alabama Political Reporter.
  • MARK KELLY FOR U.S. SENATE IN ARIZONA: “Kelly’s demonstrated record and commitment of support for LGBTQ people and families stands in stark contrast with his opponent, who has refused to support non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people despite over 68% of Arizonans supporting those protections,” said HRC President Alphonso David. More from HRC
  • REP. BEN RAY LUJÁN FOR U.S. SENATE IN NEW MEXICO:  “As a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, Congressman Luján’s demonstrated record of support for LGBTQ people and families stands in stark contrast with his opponents, who have refused to support non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people despite over 73% of New Mexicans supporting those protections,” said HRC President Alphonso David. More from HRC.
  • SEN. GARY PETERS FOR REELECTION IN MICHIGAN: “Senator Gary Peters has been one of our community's strongest advocates in the United States Senate, and we’re proud to stand by his side as he runs for reelection,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “As a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, Senator Peters’ demonstrated record of support for LGBTQ people and families stands in stark contrast with his opponent, who has refused to support non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people.” More from HRC

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MISS USA COMPETITION TO INCLUDE FIRST OPENLY BISEXUAL CONTESTANT IN 70-YEAR HISTORY: “The reason I waited so long to come out… was that I didn’t think who I choose to love should define who I am,” said Rachel Slawson, who was recently crowed Miss Utah USA. More from Gwen Aviles (@gwenfaviles) NBC.

MODERN FAMILY’S JESSE TYLER FERGUSON AND HUSBAND JUSTIN MIKITA EXPECTING FIRST CHILD: More from Benjamin VanHoose (@BenVanHoose) at People

SUNDANCE FESTIVAL TO INCLUDE LGBTQ PANELS ON HISTORY, POLITICS AND CINEMA: More from Washington Blade.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

CHURCH OF ENGLAND FAILS TO AFFIRM UNWED & SAME-SEX COUPLES: “This guidance is a clear sign that the Church is moving even farther out of step with a majority of Christians and leadership across denominations, which are becoming more inclusive and affirming of the LGBTQ community,” said HRC Religion & Faith Program Director Michael Vazquez (@mvsebastian).

ISRAEL SIGNS FORMAL AGREEMENT EFFECTIVELY BANNING SAME-SEX COUPLES FROM ADOPTING CHILDREN FROM RUSSIA:  More from Haaretz

FRENCH SENATE VOTES TO ALLOW SINGLE WOMEN, LGBQ WOMEN AND TRANSMASC PEOPLE ACCESS TO IVF, BUT DENY COVERAGE: More from Reuters

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

Lansing State Journal talks with Jay Makowski on being openly LGBTQ in The United Methodist Church

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