#AM_Equality Tipsheet: January 31, 2018

by Allison Turner

Just who was Trump’s SOTU audience?; HRC endorses New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for re-election

JUST WHO WAS TRUMP’S SOTU AUDIENCE? Because it certainly wasn’t LGBTQ Americans, women, Muslims, immigrants, Dreamers or people with disabilities. It certainly wasn’t to LGBTQ Egyptians, Chechens and Indonesians who are facing violence and even death because of who they are or who they love. Even with a teleprompter, Trump failed to hide his xenophobic, nationalist views. More from Metro Weekly.

  • Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) couldn’t have said it better in his rebuttal: “As if the parent who lies awake terrified that their transgender son will be beaten and bullied at school is any more or less legitimate than the parent whose heart is shattered by a daughter in the grips of opioid addiction.” More from Vox.
  • Also last night, the women’s group UltraViolet projected a message onto the D.C. Trump Hotel highlighting the allegations of sexual misconduct against the president. More from Newsweek.

HRC ENDORSES NY GOV. ANDREW CUOMO FOR RE-ELECTION: HRC also announced that Governor Cuomo will speak at the 2018 HRC Greater New York Gala this Saturday at the New York Marriott Marquis. During his tenure, Governor Cuomo has made LGBTQ equality a core part of his agenda, from fighting for marriage equality to combating HIV & AIDS to removing obstacles and improving opportunities for transgender Americans. More from New York Daily News.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY: At the HRC Austin Gala, actress Clea DuVall (@cleaduval), a VEEP regular, spoke in deeply personal terms about the power of living your truth. Watch here.

VANITA GUPTA HONORS MATTHEW SHEPARD FOUNDATION ON ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY: Gupta (@vanitaguptaCR) is president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.


RUSSIAN SAME-SEX COUPLE MARRIED IN DENMARK FORCED TO FLEE: Russian police refused to allow Pavel Stotsko and Yevgeny Voitsekhovsky to return to their apartment, declaring their passports “invalid.” More from RadioFreeEurope / RadioLiberty.


MEET THE FIRST TRANS PERSON TO PUBLICLY TRANSITION AT A MAJOR CORPORATION IN CHILE: HRC interviews Alessia Injoque, 35, an industrial engineer at Cencosud, about how LGBTQ-inclusive policies in workplaces can change lives. Read it at HRC.

CONOZCA A LA PRIMERA PERSONA TRANSGÉNERO EN HACER SU TRANSICIÓN PÚBLICA EN IMPORTANTE CORPORACIÓN DE CHILE: HRC habló con Alessia Injoque, una ingeniera industrial de 35 años, sobre las políticas inclusivas de personas LGBTQ en centros laborales que pueden cambiar vidas. Lea su historia en HRC.

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Gay Star News interviews the first same-sex couple to wed on a major cruise line;

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