#AM_Equality Tipsheet: January 28, 2019

by HRC Staff

Ginni Thomas meets w/ Trump after SCOTUS allows trans troop ban to go into effect; Advocates call for nondiscrim protections in VA.

DISTURBING AND INAPPROPRIATE -- WIFE OF JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS MEETS WITH TRUMP DAYS AFTER SCOTUS ALLOWED DISCRIMINATORY TRANS TROOP BAN TO GO INTO EFFECT: Ginni Thomas led a group of hard-right extremists who, according to The New York Times, argued that women should not serve in the military because they have “less muscle mass and lung capacity” than men, asserted that marriage equality was harming the “fabric” of the U.S. and were “dismissive that sexual assault is pervasive in the military”. Read more at the NYT.

TODAY -- LGBTQ ADVOCATES CALL ON VA HOUSE OF DELEGATES TO PASS NONDISCRIM PROTECTIONS: Members of Equality Virginia, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Freedom for All Americans (FFAA) will gather at the Statehouse every day this week at 10:30 AM to urge the Virginia House of Delegates to pass legislation that would protect LGBT Virginians from discrimination in housing and public employment. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Nick.Morrow@hrc.org

  • Bills that would provide nondiscrimination protections in housing and public employment have garnered strong bipartisan support and have passed the Republican-controlled Senate for four and six years, respectively. In the House, similar bills will be heard by the Rules Committee today at 4 PM and must ultimately be approved by the General Laws Committee by the end of this week in order to remain viable for passage this year.

ICYMI --- HRC COMMENDS NY GOVERNOR CUOMO AND LEADER STEWART-COUSINS ON HISTORIC PRO-LGBTQ LEGISLATION: “[Last Friday], with Governor Cuomo’s signature, New York has made bold, historic progress by making GENDA the law of the land and banning the abusive and life-threatening practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy’ on LGBTQ youth,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “We also owe today’s celebration in large part to Senator Hoylman and Assembly members Gottfried and Glick for their strong leadership on this legislation and to Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, who made them a top priority this session.” More from HRC, The Advocate and The Washington Blade.

TRANS WOMAN SHOT IN HOUSTON -- CURRENT CONDITION UNKNOWN: Pinky, 24, was chased and cornered at a gas station, where she was shot three times. She was taken to the hospital in unknown condition. More from TransGriot.

  • HRC offers a helpful guide for reporting on transgender people. More from HRC.

SOBERING STATISTICS FROM CDC HIGHLIGHT URGENT NEED TO SUPPORT TRANSGENDER AND NON-CONFORMING YOUTH: Among the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) findings -- high school students who identify as transgender are at higher risk of attempting suicide. More from The Washington Post. and The Atlantic Journal-Constitution.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION FORCES ASYLUM SEEKERS INTO DANGER AT BORDER AS THEY AWAIT U.S. COURT DATES:

HRC FOUNDATION TO HONOR E.J. JOHNSON FOR HIS LGBTQ ADVOCACY AT 6TH ANNUAL TIME TO THRIVE: “E.J. is a powerful role model to LGBTQ youth everywhere -- showing through his work to end LGBTQ homelessness that all young people deserve a safe and inclusive place to thrive and an equal chance to succeed in all aspects of their lives,” said Vincent Pompei, Director of HRC's Youth Well-Being Project and Time to THRIVE conference. More from HRC.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

GAY BRAZILIAN CONGRESSMAN QUITS DUE TO DEATH THREATS, DOES NOT PLAN TO RETURN TO COUNTRY: More from The New York Times.

HORRIFIC -- JAPAN SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS LAW REQUIRING TRANSGENDER PEOPLE TO BE STERILIZED BEFORE TRANSITIONING: More from Japan Today and CNN.

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

The Advocate features portraits of trans women from the most dangerous places in the world for trans people; Pink News highlights book recommendations in lead up to LGBTQ History Month; Openly gay athlete Timothy LeDuc and his partner Ashley Cain win the National Pairs title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships

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