#AM_Equality Tipsheet: July 12, 2018

by Allison Turner

Betraying children in need, GOP on House appropriations committee adopt “license to discriminate” amendment

BETRAYING CHILDREN IN NEED, REPUBLICANS ON HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE ADOPT “LICENSE TO DISCRIMINATE” AMENDMENT: If it remains in the final bill, the amendment would grant a “license to discriminate” allowing child welfare placing agencies that receive federal government funding to turn away qualified prospective parents based on the agency’s religious beliefs. “Congress should be focusing on ways to help children in the child welfare system find homes rather than creating needless obstacles for prospective parents, effectively shrinking the pool of qualified folks who want to provide children with a loving home,” said David Stacy, HRC director of government affairs. More from HRC, Pink News and Metro Weekly.

LARGEST-EVER CONVENING OF PRESIDENTS OF HBCUs JOINED HRC TO DISCUSS EQUALITY ON CAMPUS: Said Mary Beth Maxwell, Senior Vice President for Programs, Training and Research for the HRC Foundation, “From enhanced inclusive programming to institutional investment in support staff, the momentum for equality at America’s HBCUs has never been clearer. HRC is honored to host presidents and senior leadership from these 12 esteemed institutions to continue the critical work of ensuring that all LGBTQ students, staff and faculty feel safe, supported and protected -- not just at these colleges and universities, but at every HBCU around the country.” In total, 12 HBCUs were represented at Wednesday’s summit, including five HBCU presidents, the most ever for a discussion on LGBTQ equality. More from HRC, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, The Undefeated and The Washington Post.

KOCH BROTHERS TO SPEND ADDITIONAL $1 MILLION IN RACE TARGETING SEN. BALDWIN: Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has been the top target of big money special interest groups this election cycle, who have already spent upwards of $10 million to oust her -- more than any other Democratic candidate up for re-election this year. Sen. Baldwin has been a pioneer in the fight for equality as a leader in the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a champion for federal hate crimes protections, and a primary sponsor of the Equality Act. HRC is on the ground mobilizing our thousands of members across the Badger state to turn out for equality in November.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- MADISON (WISC.) CITY COUNCIL PASSES MEASURE TO PROTECT YOUTH FROM “CONVERSION THERAPY”:  It’s the second city in the state to pass such a measure; Milwaukee embraced similar protections for minors in March. “No child should be subjected to abuse -- and that’s exactly what this dangerous, discredited practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy’ really is,” said HRC Wisconsin State Director Wendy Strout. More from HRC.

  • The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health found that 80 percent of transgender and gender-expansive youth do not have a medical provider who is aware of their needs. More from WiscNews.

HEARTBREAKING STORY OF TRANSGENDER SALVADORAN WHO FEARS SEEKING ASYLUM IN THE U.S.: “I’ve gone up to the border many times and turned back,” said Jade Quintanilla, who has escaped violence in El Salvador but fears entering the U.S. because of the Trump-Pence administration’s attacks on immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. “What if they ask, ‘Why would we accept a person like you in our country?’ I think about that a lot. It would be like putting a bullet to my head, if I arrive and they say no.” More from Jose A. Del Real (@jdelreal) in The New York Times.

HRC RELEASES NEW “COMING HOME” FAITH GUIDE FOR LGBTQ EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS: While recent surveys show that 53 percent of young white evangelical Protestants support marriage equality, many older members of that faith group are still struggling with accepting LGBTQ people -- including the LGBTQ faithful worshiping among them. “Within evangelical churches, many LGBTQ people, their loved ones and their allies are putting in the important work to create a safe and welcoming place to practice their religion. HRC is proud to release this powerful guide as part of our ongoing effort to help faith leaders and organizers fully embrace the LGBTQ faithful,” said Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, HRC Foundation director of faith outreach and training. More form HRC.

THIRTY-TWO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CALL ON THE TSA TO DO MORE TO RESPECT TRANSGENDER TRAVELERS: “[T]he National Center for Transgender Equality surveyed 28,000 transgender individuals, 53 percent of whom had indicated that they had flown within the prior 12 months. Of them, 43 percent responded reported having had negative experiences passing through TSA. This is an unacceptably high rate,” wrote the members. Read the full letter here.

ANTI-EQUALITY PENNSYLVANIA LAWMAKERS WANT TO OVERTURN PRO-EQUALITY MUNICIPAL ORDINANCES: Their bill would deny municipalities the right to protect LGBTQ employees, overturning ordinances passed by Yardley and Hatboro, and blocking similar measures being considered elsewhere. More from The Intelligencer.

HRC EXPOSES NEVADA’S SLATE OF ANTI-EQUALITY STATEWIDE CANDIDATES: U.S. Senate candidate Dean Heller, gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt, lieutenant governor candidate Michael Roberson, attorney general candidate Wes Duncan and secretary of state candidate Barbara Cegavske are not fit to represent the open-minded people of the Silver State. More from HRC.


SHAMEFUL -- OHIO JUDGE DENIES TRANS TEEN LEGAL NAME CHANGE: The judge asserted that Elliot should wait until he is an adult to change his name. Elliot has the support of his parents, who are appealing the decision. More from Click Orlando and WCMH-TV.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT JOINS HRC’S EQUALITY ROCKS CAMPAIGN: After getting his start on the hit TV show “Empire,” Smollett released his 10-track debut album, “Sum of My Music.” It contains raw verses about the ugly truths of jealousy and overcoming his insecurities as an openly gay black man. More from HRC.

NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT MARRIAGE EQUALITY IMPROVES HEALTH OUTCOMES FOR GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN: The study attributes this to increased access to health insurance coverage. More from Advocate.


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WNPR reports that Central Connecticut State University has hired a dedicated director for its LGBTQ center; Advocate shares the unique issues of male same-sex parents; Out Smart Magazine recounts the LGBTQ history of Galveston, Texas; AdAge speaks to openly LGBTQ executives; Infosurhoy lists five things the bisexual+ community wish more people understood; Deadline reviews ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post,’ a film about teens surviving a so-called “conversion therapy” camp

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