#AM_Equality Tipsheet: January 29, 2019

by HRC Staff

Trump-Pence nom for TX district court is unfit to serve; Same-sex TX couple denied access to public wedding facility

DAVID KACSMARYK , TRUMP-PENCE NOMINEE FOR TEXAS DISTRICT COURT, IS UNFIT TO SERVE ON THE FEDERAL BENCH: Said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy (@david_stacy): “David Kacsmaryk has spent his career not only opposing non-discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity but also questioning the very existence of transgender people. It's clear that this nominee is completely out-of-step with the views of the American people, science, and the proper interpretation of our Constitution and our statutes. He cannot be trusted to adjudicate the civil rights of LGBTQ people with impartiality.” 

“IT’S 2019 - IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING TO US?” -- SAME-SEX COUPLE DENIED ACCESS TO TEXAS WEDDING FACILITY: Aaron Lucero and Jeff Cannon were turned away by The Venue north of Dallas a facility open to the general public for rental. “Discrimination is a real and persistent problem for LGBTQ people,” said HRC Spokesperson Stephen Peters (@StephenPeters2). “An overwhelming majority of Americans, leading businesses, and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle all agree that now is the time for Congress to end the patchwork of protections and pass the Equality Act.” More from NBC.

TOMORROW -- U.S. REP. KENNEDY AND CONGRESSIONAL TRANS EQUALITY TASK FORCE TO MEET WITH PARENTS OF TRANS YOUTH: The HRC Foundation’s Parents for Transgender Equality Council will hold a public meeting with Rep. Joe Kennedy, III (D-MA), chair of the task force, and other pro-equality members of Congress. The parents will discuss their families’ experiences in the face anti-transgender attacks from the Trump-Pence administration and the urgent need to pass the Equality Act. Interested media must RSVP to press@hrc.org.

TUESDAY TWEET -- SUPERGIRL UNVEILS FIRST OPENLY TRANS SUPERHERO PLAYED BY TRANS ACTRESS NICOLE MAINES: More from Deadline.

CRUCIAL PROTECTIONS FOR VIRGINIA’S LGBTQ COMMUNITY CLEAR RULES COMMITTEE IN STATE HOUSE OF DELEGATES: The two pieces of legislation -- which passed the State Senate last week -- would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing and public employment. More from The Washington Blade.

PORTLAND (ME) PRESS HERALD ED BOARD ON TRUMP’S TRANS TROOPS BAN -- IT “DEMEANS TRUE PATRIOTS”: The Editorial Board writes, “Transgender members of the military shouldn't be objects of fear and derision, and their willingness to serve and sacrifice shouldn't be demeaned… Their service, and the service of so many others like them, is worthy of our appreciation.” More from The Portland (ME) Press Herald.

  • Must-read: The AP’s David Crary (@CraryAP) interviews trans service members and veterans about SCOTUS’ recent decision to allow Trump’s trans troops ban to go in effect. More from Military Times

OPENLY GAY NYC COUNCIL SPEAKER COREY JOHNSON TO RUN FOR MAYOR: More from Pink News.

FOR YOUR CALENDAR -- HRC TO HOST NATIONAL DAY OF READING ON FEB 28: Thousands of parents, educators and allies will welcome and support transgender and non-binary youth by hosting readings of affirming children's’ books as part of the fourth annual Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings. More from HRC.

NEW REPORT FROM HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH DETAILS ALARMING HIV RATES AMONG TRANSGENDER WOMEN IN SOUTH FLORIDA: More from Instinct Magazine.

TRANS ACTOR TO APPEAR IN UPCOMING SPIDER MAN FILM: Zach Barack is believed to be the first openly transgender actor to be cast in a big budget superhero film, reports NBC.

TODAY -- PARENT-ACTIVIST & HRC FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBER JODIE PATTERSON RELEASES NEW BOOK, THE BOLD WORLD“Jodie Patterson, draws on the different parts of herself -- the student, the activist, the family loyalist -- to respond with heart, commitment, and all the fierceness required to protect her transgender child,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “Beautifully written, The Bold World is activism at its most pure level.” More here

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

SAME-SEX COUPLE BELIEVED TO BE FIRST IN BRITAIN TO BE OFFERED IN VITRO FERTILIZATION (IVF) TREATMENT BY NHS: The National Health Service (NHS) until recently had banned the use of surrogate mothers. More from Daily Mail.

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

Out Magazine higlights 10 LGBTQ stories that should be made into film
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