#AM_Equality Tipsheet: July 1, 2019

by HRC Staff

HRC celebrates historic World Pride & 50th anniversary of Stonewall; Lil Nas X shares he is a proud member of LGBTQ community.

HRC CELEBRATES THE LAST WEEKEND OF PRIDE MONTH, WORLD PRIDE AND THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF STONEWALL: HRC was on the ground across New York City this past week, kicking off the celebration with electronic billboards in Times Square, the backdrop for the closing ceremony of World Pride, urging visitors from around the globe to “show your pride”. On Monday, Tinder set up a 30-foot “Slide for Pride” in Flatiron Plaza encouraging participants to “slide into their senators DMs” and remind them of the importance of passing the Equality Act. And, on Friday, HRC joined Rep. Jerry Nadler and advocates from the ACLU, SAGE and the New York Transgender Advocacy Group to discuss the state of LGBTQ rights and freedoms, including the need for the Equality Act, a half century since the Stonewall riots changed the landscape of the LGBTQ rights movement in America. Read more at HRC and check out photos from Pride celebrations around the world at The New York Times.

  • Artist Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt reflects on his life as a self-described “gay street kid” in New York City in 1969 and what has changed in the 50 years since Stonewall. Read his story at HRC.
  • The rainbow at the end of Old Town Road: Yesterday, star rapper Lil Nas X  (@LilNasX) took to Twitter to confirm that he’s a proud member of the LGBTQ community. More here.
  • The U.S. Senate passed a resolution honoring the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, introduced by openly gay Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).

EIGHTH ANNUAL CHEFS FOR EQUALITY BENEFITING HRC FOUNDATION RETURNING TO WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL: HRC Foundation and prominent food writer David Hagedorn (@DCHagedorn), along with Christopher Vazquez and Rick Davis of Amaryllis Floral + Event Design, will be bringing together the capital region’s top culinary talent this fall for Chefs for Equality -- Washington’s premier food event. “This year’s theme, Stirred, Not Shaken, means that rather than be cowed by attacks on our most marginalized communities -- including immigrants, the transgender and non-binary community, people of color and women -- the chef community will fight even harder to protect and promote equality,” said Hagedorn. More from HRC

“I WAS FIRED FOR BEING TRANSGENDER” -- AIMEE STEPHENS SHARES POWERFUL STORY FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY: “No one should face discrimination because of who they are,” said Stephens, plaintiff in a job discrimination case before the U.S. Supreme Court. “I continue to fight because I know so many transgender people face similar discrimination at work.” More from The Washington Post.

MORNING MUST WATCH -- HRC’S CHRIS SGRO ON NEW DAY TO DISCUSS THE POWER OF THE LGBTQ VOTE:

U.S. HOUSE MEMBERS UNVEIL BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE HATE CRIMES REPORTING, EXPAND RESOURCES FOR VICTIMS:  The No Hate Act was introduced by Reps. Don Beyer (D-Va.) (@RepDonBeyer) and Pete Olson (R-Texas) (@RepPeteOlson). “With the spike in bias-motivated violence and harassment across the country, particularly impacting transgender women of color, the need to address the crisis of anti-LGBTQ hate is more urgent than ever,” said David Stacy, HRC Government Affairs Director (@david_stacy). More from The Hill

  • FBI Hate Crimes data has marked a rise in reported crimes against LGBTQ people. These numbers do not account for all these crimes, as there is no federal requirement to report hate crimes to the FBI. More from USA Today.
  • Reps. Katherine Clark (D-MA), Chris Pappas (D-NH) and Sharice Davids (D-KS) have introduced legislation that would require universities receiving  federal funds to apply for a waiver from the Department of Education before they can claim a religious exemption from Title IX protections for students. Read more here.
  • Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) has introduced legislation that would ban the abusive practice of “conversion therapy.” Read more here

NY GOV. ANDREW CUOMO SIGNS LAW BANNING SO-CALLED LGBTQ “PANIC” DEFENSES IN MURDER TRIALS: More at The New York Times.

Q: WHY DO WE NEED THE EQUALITY ACT? A: IN 2019, YOU CAN STILL BE AT RISK OF BEING FIRED FOR BEING LGBTQ: Seventeen states still do not offer nondiscrimination protections for its LGBTQ workers. More from Fast Company

HOW SOUTH DAKOTA BECAME “A FACTORY FOR ANTI-TRANS LEGISLATION”: Reports The Nation’s Naomi Gordon-Loebl: “In recent years, South Dakota has become a laboratory for anti-trans legislation, a place where extreme right-wing ideologues can field their basest anti-trans fantasies.” Read more about why from The Nation.

IN PROMISING STEP FORWARD, UTAH GOV DIRECTS STATE LICENSING BOARDS TO DEVELOP REGS RESTRICTING HARMFUL “CONVERSION THERAPY:” More from CNN

MINNEAPOLIS PASTOR AND CHURCH EXPELLED FROM EVANGELICAL COVENANT CHURCH BECAUSE OF SUPPORT FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY: The Rev. Dan Collison noted he was “saddened” that his support of the LGBTQ community caused him and his church to be expelled. More from WBNS.

HOW THE 1980S AIDS CRISIS SHATTERED THE SILENCE ABOUT LGBTQ LIVES: More from CNN

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