Our hearts are with Jussie Smollett; VA’s business & hospitality industry support LGBTQ protections; 70% of Americans support trans troops
HORRIFYING -- ACTOR AND SINGER JUSSIE SMOLLETT ATTACKED IN SUSPECTED HATE-MOTIVATED CRIME: According to police in Chicago, where the attack occurred, Smollett’s assailants poured an unknown substance on him, put a rope around his neck and called him anti-Black and anti-LGBTQ slurs. Said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin): “This shocking attack on our friend and tremendous advocate Jussie Smollett is, unfortunately, not an isolated incident. There is an alarming epidemic of hate violence in our country that disproportionately targets Black people, LGBTQ people, and religious minorities -- and particularly those living at the intersections of multiple identities.” More from Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter.
I am sick to my stomach over the news of a violent attack on @JussieSmollett. I'm so glad you are safe, my friend. All of us at @HRC wish you a quick recovery. Law enforcement MUST act quickly & thoroughly given the horrific racist/homophobic details described in news reports.— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) January 29, 2019
ICYMI -- VIRGINIA’S BUSINESS AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY SUPPORT LGBTQ PROTECTIONS: The Virginia Beach Restaurant Association and the Virginia Beach Resort Advisory Commission have both issued letters to the state legislature supporting measures that would prohibit discrimination in housing and public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. “As the business and tourism industries add their voices to the growing majority of Virginians who want to protect their friends and neighbors from discrimination, we have to ask the House of Delegates: what are you waiting for?” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow.
HUGE -- NEW POLLING SHOWS 70 PERCENT OF AMERICAN VOTERS SUPPORT ALLOWING TRANSGENDER PEOPLE TO SERVE IN THE MILITARY: The Trump-Pence cruel and inhumane #TransMilitaryBan isn't just unconstitutional, it's also deeply unpopular. More from Quinnipiac University. More from The Hill.
WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO WEDNESDAY -- SAN FRANCISCO DESIGNATES NATION’S FIRST-EVER ‘TRANSGENDER DISTRICT’: The new cultural district aims to protect vulnerable residents from losing their homes and businesses to gentrification. The district is also home to the Compton’s Cafeteria, where the local transgender community led an historic uprising against discriminatory police action in 1966. More from NPR.
San Francisco has created the country's first official transgender cultural district — in an effort to protect the Tenderloin neighborhood's storied trans community from pressures of gentrification. https://t.co/yL0g29OfgH— NPR (@NPR) January 29, 2019
DESPICABLE ANTI-TRANS BILL IN INDIANA WOULD BAR STUDENTS FROM USING RESTROOM MOST ALIGNED WITH THEIR GENDER IDENTITY: More from Pink News.
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION PASSES RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF LGBTQ PARENTS, NON-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS: Read the full resolution here.
The American Bar Association (@ABAesq) passed a vital resolution this week that protects #LGBTQ parents, opposes discriminatory laws and defends LGBTQ people who have faced discrimination. ️ https://t.co/epgbh5CCvJ pic.twitter.com/9UdRNx9XED— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) January 29, 2019
FRIDAY -- MICHIGAN CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION TO CONSIDER PROTECTIONS FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE UNDER STATE SEX NONDISCRIMINATION LAW: The resolution would ask Attorney General Dana Nessel to reaffirm the inclusive interpretation of the law. More from The Detroit News.
LGBTQ ASYLUM SEEKERS AND REFUGEES MUST BE WELCOME HERE: The recent government shutdown highlighted the humanitarian crisis facing asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, a symptom of the Trump-Pence administration’s ongoing, disgraceful policies targeting asylum seekers and refugees around the world. More from HRC.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
AS MYANMAR CELEBRATES PRIDE, ADVOCATES REFLECT ON NEED FOR LEGAL EQUALITY: More from Voice of America.
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NBC interviews the first openly LGBTQ ice dancing partners to compete in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships; Rolling Stone interviews Michael Caine, who says he was warned against taking on LGBTQ roles; Gay Star News shares the story behind a heartwarming viral video of middle school students singing to their teacher and his soon-to-be husband; Page Six looks at Bella Thorne’s (@bellathorne) cover story for Gay Times Magazine