#AM_Equality Tipsheet: January 30, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC releases annual State Equality Index ratings; Virginia Senate committee passes “Virginia Values Act”

HRC RELEASES ANNUAL STATE EQUALITY INDEX RATINGS: Seventeen states and Washington, D.C., earned top honors, setting the standard for state LGBTQ-inclusive laws and policies. “As LGBTQ people continue to face an onslaught of attacks from the federal administration in Washington, the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 State Equality Index (SEI) documents how states were instrumental in advancing equality through pro-LGBTQ legislation, policies and proposals,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “In the absence of federal non-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community, states must put policies in place to ensure equality for their residents, workers and visitors. In 2020 and beyond, HRC will continue to work with our partners to defeat anti-LGBTQ legislation in the states and secure new protections for our community, both at the state and federal level.” More at HRC

VIRGINIA SENATE COMMITTEE PASSES “VIRGINIA VALUES ACT”: The bill would modernize Virginia's existing human rights laws and provide nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people in public employment and housing, as well as create new nondiscrimination protections in private employment and public accommodations for all Virginians. More from HRC

LEGISLATURES ACROSS THE U.S. ARE INTRODUCING LEGISLATION TO DENY CARE FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE UNDER AGE 18: “The anti-trans fight has moved from bathroom access to legislating over children’s bodies. With so many bills in process, LGBTQ advocates worry that the passage of one could trigger passage of the rest, casting the progress of trans children back at least half a century,” writes Katelyn Burns (@transscribe) for Vox. Read the full piece here

  • The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) & its U.S. chapter have issued a statement opposing this and similar bills filed in at least 11 states. Read their statement here
  • Last night, the South Dakota House passed its version of this discriminatory anti-transgender legislation. The bill would bar transgender youth and their parents from making decisions about their medical care, and allow the state to arrest and imprison doctors providing care for trans and gender non-conforming youth. More from HRC

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- COMING OUT GUIDE FOR ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS HAS BEEN TRANSLATED TO VIETNAMESE, SIMPLIFIED CHINESE, KOREAN & JAPANESE: There is no universal coming out experience that all LGBTQ API Americans share, but many report similar challenges during the process. Read more from HRC and NBC Out

PHILLY OFFICE OF LGBT AFFAIRS (@PhillyLGBTgov) NAMES CELENA MORRISON AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: More from Philadelphia Gay News

NYC POLICE MAKE ARREST IN CONNECTION WITH THE ASSAULT OF A TRANSGENDER WOMAN, SERENA DANIARI, ON A SUBWAY TRAIN: Read more from NBC Out (warning -- upsetting descriptions and video at link). 

ORLANDO COMMUNITY MOURNS LONG-TIME LGBTQ ADVOCATE TERRY DECARLO, WHO DIED EARLIER THIS WEEK: More from WMFE and Ari Shapiro (@arishapiro) at NPR

GREENVILLE, S.C., PASSES LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE HATE CRIMES ORDINANCE: More from Greenville Journal

GET CULTURED - Entertainment, arts and sports news!

CHRIS MOSIER CONTINUES TO BREAK BARRIERS FOR TRANSGENDER ATHELES: Mosier (@TheChrisMosier) has become the first openly transgender athlete to “qualify for and participate in an Olympic trials in the gender with which he identifies,” writes Talya Minsberg (@tminsberg). Says Mosier: “For me, it’s all about making a pathway for all the trans athletes that come after me.” Read the full interview from The New York Times

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HUNGARIAN CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP SPEAKS OUT AGAINST INCREASED GOVERNMENT ATTACKS ON THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: More from Openly and HRC

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

Forbes reports on new emojis announced by Emojipedia, which include the trans flag!

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