#AM_Equality Tipsheet: January 26, 2017

by Allison Turner

Donald Trump’s unconscionable immigration executive orders; Katie Couric to be honored at HRC’s national conference on LGBTQ youth

DONALD TRUMP’S UNCONSCIONABLE IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ORDERS: Yesterday, President Donald Trump followed up on his executive order to start construction of a border wall with an executive order to suspend the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and create further obstacles for all people seeking to enter the U.S.. “President Trump’s attacks on immigrants and refugees is a direct assault on America’s most fundamental values,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Donald Trump’s unjust and unconscionable executive orders make life more dangerous for countless LGBTQ people, and could equal a death sentence for those trying to escape violence and persecution from places such as Syria. No wall, no matter how high, can block America’s promise of liberty and justice for all.” Countless LGBTQ refugees fleeing violence in countries like Syria and Iraq will suffer from the executive order to suspend the refugee admissions program. The executive order will prevent refugees from escaping some of most violent regimes in the world. HRC’s report, “Helping LGBTQ Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Age of ISIL,” highlighted how men alleged to have sex with men are hunted down by ISIL, targeted on social media and subjected to extreme violence. Among the vicious attacks: ISIL has tied nooses around these men’s necks and dragged them behind trucks, burned them alive, thrown them off buildings and stoned them to death. More from HRC.

TRAILBLAZING JOURNALIST KATIE COURIC TO BE HONORED AT HRC’S NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LGBTQ YOUTH: Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric (@KatieCouric) will be honored at HRC’s annual Time to THRIVE conference for her groundbreaking work raising up LGBTQ visibility, most recently in partnership with National Geographic on a documentary exploring gender. HRC’s Time to THRIVE, the nation’s premier conference for K-12 educators, professional counselors and other youth-serving professionals on LGBTQ youth safety, inclusion and well-being, will be held April 28-30 in Washington, D.C., in partnership with the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association. Couric is the co-producer and host of the documentary Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric, which will premiere February 6 on the National Geographic Channel. The documentary not only explores deeply personal stories, but also the scientific, cultural and historical understanding of gender. In 2014, she also interviewed transgender teenager Jazz Jennings, an HRC Youth Ambassador and star of the reality series, I Am Jazz.  Jazz will also be attending Time to THRIVE as a special guest, as will members of HRC’s Parents for Transgender Equality Council - including Jazz’s mother, Jeannette, and Vanessa and JR Ford, who are featured in Gender Revolution. More from HRC and Entertainment Weekly.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLEN! Today we celebrate the birthday of Ellen DeGeneres, who has spent her career living boldly and openly, and using her powerful voice to advocate for LGBTQ equality. Her brave decision to come out helped change a whole generation’s perceptions of the LGBTQ community, and we are so thankful for her.

HRC AND ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION LAUNCH SECOND YEAR OF PROGRAM FOR YOUNG LEADERS IN COMMUNITIES MOST AFFECTED BY HIV: HRC Foundation, with the generous support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, is launching the second year of an intensive, capacity-building fellowship program for young leaders at the front lines of the fight to end the spread and stigma of HIV. HRC’s HIV 360° Fellowship program will continue to provide training and support for innovative young professionals and nonprofit leaders as they tackle the challenges facing communities hit hardest by HIV, including Black and Latino gay and bisexual men, transgender women of color, and LGBTQ people living in the South. More from HRC.

HRC JOINS #NoBanNoWall RALLY: Yesterday, HRC staffers and supporters joined United We Dream to stand with immigrants and refugees for a #NoBanNoWall rally. LGBTQ people are as diverse as the fabric of this nation and HRC stands strong with the immigrant community today and every day. President Trump’s unjust and unconscionable executive orders make life more dangerous for countless LGBTQ people, and could equal a death sentence for those escaping violence and persecution from places such as Syria. No wall, no matter how high, can block America’s promise of liberty and justice for all. Javier, who appeared in a powerful HRC video speaking to the fear of undocumented LGBTQ immigrants and describing his mother’s sacrifice in immigrating to the United States to protect her queer son, spoke at the event. Watch the video here.

ACTRESS AND PHILANTHROPIST MARY TYLER MOORE PASSES: HRC mourns the loss of the incandescent Mary Tyler Moore, whose legacy as a trailblazing actress and dedicated philanthropist won't soon be forgotten. More from CNN.

WHAT THE WOMEN’S MARCH MEANS FOR TRANS TEENS: For Grace Dolan-Sandrino, a young transgender woman of color, the Women’s March on Saturday encompassed so many issues dear to her heart. She writes for Teen Vogue about the experience, “It felt like the birth of our own 21st century revolution — the first giant leap in the rest of our fantastic lives. We still have hope, and that's what matters.” Read the full piece from Teen Vogue.

UNC GYMNASTICS TEAM MAKES BOLD STATEMENT AGAINST HB2: The University of North Carolina women’s gymnastics team stood up (and cartwheeled, rounded-off and back handspringed) against anti-LGBTQ discrimination by wearing shirts promoting LGBTQ equality in sports. The meet was one of the most well-attended ever for the team. More from OutSports.

The Japan Times reports on a court case involving a man seeking spousal benefits after the death of his same-sex partner… The mother of Gavin Grimm pens an oped on the need for an ally in the White House…

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