#AM_Equality Tipsheet: January 3, 2019

by HRC Staff

Equality Wins! Welcoming to the 116th Congress and a pro-equality majority in the U.S. House

EQUALITY WINS! WELCOME TO THE 116TH CONGRESS AND A PRO-EQUALITY MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE: Leading up to the midterms, HRC endorsed more than 480 pro-equality candidates nationwide, and deployed 150 staff to organize and mobilize voters in more than 70 congressional, targeted senate and key statewide races across 23 states. HRC helped register more than 32,000 voters and recruited more than 4,200 volunteers, who worked over 8,500 shifts and clocked more than 30,000 volunteer hours. In the critical final four days of the campaign, HRC staff and volunteers in get-out-the-vote efforts alone knocked on more than 80,000 doors, and held 36,400 conversations with voters at their doors and by phone on behalf of our endorsed candidates.

  • In addition, HRC’s Equality Votes PAC spent $3.2 million to drive turnout through direct mail and digital ads in priority races. And through tested digital ads, HRC was able to reach a total of 4.6 million voters across priority races.
  • Check out this interview with Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) on his commitment to the Equality Act in the 116th Congress. More from Washington Blade.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- NEW HAMPSHIRE TO SWEAR IN STATE’S FIRST TRANS REPRESENTATIVES: Gerri Cannon and Lisa Bunker were sworn into office yesterday to serve in the State House. More from The Associated Press.

WISCONSIN GROUP INSURANCE BOARD WILL NOW COVER MEDICALLY NECESSARY TRANSITION-RELATED CARE: More from Advocate.

CALIFORNIA BEGINS TO OFFER NON-BINARY GENDER OPTION ON STATE IDs: More from KRON.

NATION’S SECOND-OLDEST WOMEN’S COLLEGE WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING TRANS WOMEN AND NON-BINARY STUDENTS IN FALL SEMESTER: More from Metro Weekly.

NEW STUDY FINDS LGBTQ PATIENTS MORE COMFORTABLE SHARING SEXUAL ORIENTATION IN WRITING RATHER THAN VERBALLY: More from Becker's Hospital Review.

PHILL WILSON TO RETIRE AS CEO OF THE BLACK AIDS INSTITUTE: Wilson’s work has been essential in the fight to achieve an HIV-free generation and to stem the epidemic in Black communities. More from HIV Plus Magazine.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HRC MOURNS TRANS WOMEN MURDERED IN MALAYSIA SINCE DEC. 24: More from World of Buzz.

WITHIN HOURS OF TAKING OFFICE, BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT JAIR BOLSONARO ATTACKS LGBTQ, INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES: He removed LGBTQ issues from those considered by the human rights ministry and issued an order making it nearly impossible for lands to be demarcated for indigenous communities. More from The Associated Press.

CANADIAN GOVERNMENT ISSUES TRAVEL WARNING TO LGBTQ TOURISTS VISITING THE BAHAMAS: More from Pink News.

MEET THE FIRST SAME-SEX COUPLE TO MARRY IN AUSTRIA: Nicole Kopaunik and Daniela Paier married just five minutes after the country’s law went into effect. More from Pink News.

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

Las Vegas Review-Journal interviews openly transgender Henderson police officer Bridget Ward; Metro reports that Madonna gave a surprise New Years Eve performance at the historic Stonewall Inn in NYC; Windy City Media speaks with Pose star Dominique Jackson (@tyraaross); Towleroad reviews the upcoming book “Out In Time,” which highlights three generations of gay men

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