#AM_Equality Tipsheet: January 31, 2019

by HRC Staff

Chicago PD seeking ‘persons of interest’ in Jessie Smollett attack; TODAY Rally at VA Statehouse in support of nondiscrim protections.

VARIETY REPORTS CHICAGO PD SEEKING “PERSONS OF INTEREST” IN ATTACK ON JUSSIE SMOLLETT:  The Chicago Police Department has released two images from surveillance video of “potential persons of interest” in the attack of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, Variety’s Ted Johnson (@tedstew) reports. Chicago police tweeted this alongside the photos: “Photos of people of interest who were in area of the alleged assault & battery of Empire cast member. While video does not capture an encounter, detectives are taking this development seriously & wish to question individuals as more cameras are being reviewed.” Smollett was attacked Tuesday night; his assailants poured an unknown substance on him, put a rope around his neck and called him anti-Black and anti-LGBTQ slurs. More from Variety.

TODAY AT 1:30 PM ET -- HRC, EQUALITY VIRGINIA TO RALLY OUTSIDE STATE HOUSE TO DEMAND HOUSE SPEAKER COX GIVE LGBTQ NONDISCRIM PROTECTIONS A HEARING: More on these bills from HRC.

MUST WATCH -- CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS DELIVER POWERFUL TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF VOTING RIGHTS BEFORE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Sherrilyn Ifill,  president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, spoke out on the Trump-Pence administration’s dangerous and false claims of election fraud --  a threat to the voting rights of all Americans, particularly citizens of color, including and especially members of the nation’s LGBTQ community. Watch below.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- PARENTS OF TRANS & GENDER EXPANSIVE YOUTH MEET WITH CONGRESSIONAL TRANSGENDER EQUALITY TASK FORCE:  The HRC Foundation’s Parents for Transgender Equality National Council, a group of the nation’s leading parent-advocates in the fight for transgender equality, met with members of Congress to discuss their families’ moving journeys and the urgent need for Congress to pass the Equality Act. Watch here. More from HRC and Washington Blade.

  • Vanessa Ford, a member of the council, and her daughter, Ellie, appeared on the cover of DiversityIS Magazine’s Spring edition. Read here.

DISGUSTING -- HERITAGE FOUNDATION LACKIES HARASS HRC’S SARAH MCBRIDE (@SARAHEMCBRIDE) ON CAPITOL HILL: Said Olivia Dalton (@OliviaAlair), HRC senior vice president of communications: “That the targeted harassment occurred following a moving meeting between parents of trans kids and members of Congress reinforces the massive gap between our message of love and their agenda of bigotry. No one advocating for their basic human rights should face such hate and hostility, and shame on the Heritage Foundation for fostering this kind of atmosphere.” More from Pink News.

REAP WHAT YOU SOW -- KIM DAVIS ORDERED TO PAY LEGAL FEES FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES WHO CHALLENGED HER REFUSAL TO ISSUE THEM MARRIAGE LICENSES: More from the Lexington Herald-Leader.

MAN ALLEGEDLY ATTACKED, CALLED ANTI-LGBTQ SLURS IN PHILADELPHIA: City police are investigating whether to designate the attack a hate crime. More from 6 ABC.

 MODEL WOODY COOK COMES OUT AS BISEXUAL in an interview with Boys By Girls.

SUNDAY -- SUPER BOWL TO MAKE HISTORY WITH FIRST-EVER OPENLY GAY CAMERAMAN: More from Pink News.

MARK YOU CALENDAR -- CAPITALS HOCKEY PRIDE TAPE STICK AND PUCK AUCTION FEB 5-11 TO BENEFIT THE HRC FOUNDATION: More here.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

#EYESONCHECHNYA -- RUSSIAN LGBTQ ADVOCATES DEMAND COUNTRY OPEN INVESTIGATION INTO TORTURE, DEATHS OF LGBTQ CHECHENS: More from ABC.

GAY BRAZILIAN CONGRESSMAN FORCED TO STEP DOWN AND LEAVE COUNTRY DUE TO DEATH THREATS WILL BE REPLACED BY ANOTHER OPENLY GAY OFFICIAL: Congressman Jean Wyllys, will be replaced by Rio de Janeiro city councillor David Miranda. More from Pink News.

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The Wrap reports that ‘Project Runway’ will feature its first openly trans model in its upcoming season; WSKG interviews a New York Medical College student on her advocacy to get more LGBTQ topics covered by the school; The Associated Press sits down with openly queer Filipino actor Nico Santos (@nicosantos); The Swaddle dispels myths about bisexuality; Vice reviews the new film “The Future is Fluid”

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