#AM_Equality Tipsheet: July 10, 2018

by Allison Turner

HRC opposes Kavanaugh, Trump’s pick to undermine LGBTQ rights, reproductive rights and health care.

HRC OPPOSES KAVANAUGH, TRUMP’S PICK TO UNDERMINE LGBTQ RIGHTS, REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, HEALTH CARE AND MORE: “In nominating Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump has followed through on his threat to nominate a justice who would undermine LGBTQ equality, women’s reproductive rights and affordable healthcare,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “Now, the Senate has a responsibility to fulfill its constitutional duty, serve as a check on this reckless president and reject Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. This nominee was hand-picked by anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice groups in an explicit effort to undermine equality -- and the prospect of a Justice Kavanaugh threatens to erode our nation’s civil rights laws, block transgender troops from bravely serving this nation and allow a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people in every aspect of American life. The 2018 midterm elections just became the most consequential elections of our lifetime, and we must seize the opportunity to pull the emergency brake on this regime. We need to vote this November like our lives depend on it -- because they do.” More from HRC, Pink News, Gay Star News, Advocate, Roll Call and The Hill.

HRC JOINS CHORUS OF CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS CALLING ON JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA AUTHORITIES TO BRING MURDERERS OF THREE TRANS WOMEN TO JUSTICE: In Jacksonville, Florida, three transgender women of color have been shot dead, and a fourth injured, in the first six months of 2018. Cathalina Christina James, Antash’a English and Celine Walker were killed this year in Jacksonville. These women have been routinely misgendered and misnamed by local law enforcement, and Jacksonville officials must do more to address this epidemic of violence, find justice for these murdered women and strengthen local law enforcement’s relationship with the LGBTQ community. More from NewNowNext.

TUESDAY TWEET -- EDITOR AND MOTHER OF NON-BINARY CHILD EXPLAINS THE NECESSITY OF RESPECTING PRONOUNS: “So as Sula’s mom, I push through my discomfort and do what I can to explain all this to the people I know or encounter, hoping to help them undertake the minimal work to call transgender people by language that reflects their true selves,” writes Debra Malina (@dmalina3), perspective editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and mother of HRC’s Sula Malina (@sulamalina) in The Washington Post.

SHAMEFUL -- HISTORIC STONEWALL INN VANDALIZED: A teenager is facing charges for smashing a window and neon sign at the historic venue, which was the site of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. The uprising is largely considered the beginning of the modern American LGBTQ movement. More from The Associated Press.

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA POISED TO PROTECT LGBTQ YOUTH FROM SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: The city council gave the measure preliminary approval with unanimous support. The final vote is scheduled for July 17. More from Lehigh Valley Live.

QUESTIONS RAISED AFTER TWO CHILDREN BELIEVED TO LGBTQ WERE MURDERED IN LOS ANGELES: Last month, police arrested Kareem Leiva for the horrifying murder of Anthony Avalos, who appeared malnourished and severely beaten at the time of his death. Avalos had reportedly come out to his family just before his death. Two years ago in a similar neighborhood, another child, Gabriel Fernandez, was allegedly murdered for being “feminine.” These murders underscores the urgent need for family services, foster care and child welfare agencies to be better prepared to protect and serve all youth, including LGBTQ kids. More from NBC.


NEW SURVEY SHOWS LGBTQ TEENS MORE LIKELY TO USE E-CIGARETTES: Advocates attribute the behavior to additional stress and anxiety caused by bias and harassment. More from Cleveland.com.

HRC MOURNS TAB HUNTER, ICONIC GAY ACTOR: Hunter, 86, a mainstay of 1950s film, came out in his 2005 memoir. More from NBC.


INDIA SUPREME COURT HEARS CASE TO DECRIMINALIZE SAME-SEX RELATIONS: With a population of 1.3 billion, India is by far the largest of the 72 countries that criminalize same-sex relations. In early May, the Supreme Court agreed to reconsider its 2013 verdict that re-criminalized same-sex sexual activity and ruled the government must clearly explain its stand on consensual same-sex relations. More from Bloomberg.

LGBTQ ADVOCATES WEAR JERSEYS IN RAINBOW ORDER TO WORLD CUP: Russia’s so-called anti-LGBTQ “anti-propaganda” law has been used to target LGBTQ advocates who display the Pride flag -- so these activists from the organization FELGTB find a way to show Pride at the World Cup. More from USA Today.

MUST READ -- PM THERESA MAY’S CALL TO PROTECT LGBTQ PEOPLE FROM “CONVERSION THERAPY” WILL SAVE LIVES: Mathew Shurka from the Born Perfect Campaign shares his harrowing experience with the dangerous and debunked practice, and writes: “May’s call for nothing short of a full ban will protect generations of LGBTQ+ youth to come and sets a meaningful, important example for the rest of the world.” More from Independent.

POLISH ANTI-EQUALITY EXTREMISTS BLOCK LGBTQ MARCH: Nearly 1,000 supporters of equality planned to march to the Jasna Gora shrine, where the Polish prime minister was attending an event. More from The Associated Press.

WIMBLEDON TO-WATCH ALISON VAN UYTVANCK (@AlisonVanU) IS OPENLY GAY: The Belgian athlete came out last February. More from AS.

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

Washington Blade reflects on Colombia’s LGBTQ movement four years after the heartbreaking suicide of a young person; The New York Times speaks to trans French director Phia Ménard about her latest work “Saison Sèche”; The Washington Post reviews efforts for retirement communities to be more LGBTQ-inclusive; Net-A-Porter interviews Jodie Foster; The Salt Lake Tribune shares thoughts from an openly gay Mormon on how to increase acceptance in the church; Cosmopolitan shares 13 coming out stories; NBC reviews a “poetry musical” highlighting the experience of LGBTQ Asian Americans

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