#AM_Equality Tipsheet: July 23, 2018

by Allison Turner

HRC & NWLC target Kavanaugh in full-page ads across 4 states; Momentum for Equality Act grows 3 years after being introduced in Congress.

HRC & NWLC TARGET KAVANAUGH IN FULL-PAGE ADS ACROSS FOUR KEY STATES: HRC and the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), launched full-page newspaper and digital ads this weekend in Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, and Maine spotlighting the grave threat that Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination presents to LGBTQ equality, reproductive rights, and affordable health care and urging senators to vote no on his nomination. “In nominating Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump followed through on his threat to put forward a justice who will undermine LGBTQ equality, reproductive rights and affordable healthcare. This ad campaign will help expose Brett Kavanaugh’s record and urge voters to contact their senators to reject his nomination,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). More from HRC.

  • Kavanaugh’s nomination is endorsed by anti-LGBTQ extremists and hate groups including the NRA, Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, National Organization for Marriage and more. More from HRC.

MOMENTUM FOR EQUALITY ACT CONTINUES TO GROW 3 YEARS AFTER VITALLY IMPORTANT BILL FIRST INTRO’D IN CONGRESS: “Momentum is on our side as a growing majority of Americans, 115 leading businesses and more than 240 bipartisan Members of Congress have announced their support for the Equality Act,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “The harsh reality is that in 30 states, LGBTQ people are still at risk of being fired, denied housing or turned away from a business simply because of who they are. LGBTQ people shouldn’t have to wait any longer for the vital protections ensured by the Equality Act.” More from HRC.

  • HRC polling has found that nearly two-thirds of self-identified LGBTQ Americans report experiencing discrimination.

MICHIGAN AG AND GUBNATORIAL CANDIDATE BILL SCHUETTE DECIDES LGBTQ PEOPLE ARE NOT PROTECTED UNDER STATE’S CIVIL RIGHTS LAW: “[ AG Schuette] is unfit to serve as Attorney General, and this latest outrageous act proves once again that he cannot represent all Michiganders equally and fairly,” said HRC Michigan State Director Amritha Venkataraman. “AG Schuette has chosen to ignore legal precedent and leave thousands of LGBTQ Michganders at risk of discrimination.” More from HRC, WKAR and The Associated Press.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- THE SEASON FINALE (SOB!) OF POSE: Is it time for season two yet? We’ve been glued to our screens every Sunday night watching “Pose,” Ryan Murphy’s television series on FX that includes a cast and crew of queer and transgender trailblazers including HRC honorees Angelica Ross and Billy Porter, Janet Mock, MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson and Steven Canals.

HRC ENDORSES BETSY RADER FOR U.S. HOUSE IN OHIO’S 14TH DISTRICT: In November, Rader will face incumbent Congressman David Joyce, who received a pitiful 16 out of 100 on HRC’s most recent Congressional Scorecard, which measures members’ of Congress support for LGBTQ equality and policies. More from HRC.

CDC STUDY SHOWS MORE HIV TESTING NEEDED FOR BLACK GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN IN THE U.S. SOUTH: Black gay and bisexual men received only six percent of HIV tests -- but account for 36 percent of new diagnoses in non-health care facilities. More from HRC and Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

FEDERAL APPEALS COURT WON’T HEAR COMPLAINT ALLEGING ANTI-LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION: Gerald Lynn Bostock alleges he was fired from the Clayton County, Georgia, Juvenile Court System because he came out as gay. Bostock’s attorneys have also filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court. More from Law.com.

MUST READ -- MASSACHUSETTS SHERIFF URGES ‘YES’ VOTE TO MAINTAIN TRANS NONDISCRIM PROTECTIONS: Hampshire County Sheriff Patrick J. Cahillane writes, “The mission of the Hampshire Sheriff's Office is to provide care and custody for all inmates and promote community reintegration while maintaining the highest level of public safety... I hope that you will join me in voting yes on Question 3 so that transgender residents of our Commonwealth will know that they will be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.” More from MassLive.

TRANS INMATE FILES LAWSUIT ALLEGING SHE WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED, BEATEN BY GUARDS AND FELLOW INMATES: Strawberry Hampton, represented by the MacArthur Justice Center, is seeking immediate relief and a transfer to a women’s facility. More from The Southern Illinoisan.

HONORING HRC’S PARENTS FOR TRANSGENDER EQUALITY COUNCIL ON PARENTS’ DAY: Check out five of our favorite ways that these parents have led the way in fighting for the rights of LGBTQ young people from HRC.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

CONTINUED PROTESTS AGAINST PROPOSED BILL THAT DENIES ISRAELI SAME-SEX COUPLES STATE-SUPPORTED SURROGACY SERVICES: More from The Washington Post and BBC.

LEBANESE APPEALS COURT RULES LAW NOT INTENDED TO BE USED TO CRIMINALIZE CONSENSUAL INTIMACY BY LGBTQ PEOPLE: Local advocates hope this reading will pave the way for the law criminalizing same-sex intimacy to be repealed or amended. More from The Times of Israel.

NAYYAB ALI HAD ACID THROWN AT HER FACE BECAUSE SHE IS TRANSGENDER -- NOW, SHE IS RUNNING FOR PARLIAMENT IN PAKISTAN: More from BBC.

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

Advocate lists seven LGBTQ books to read on summer vacation; First Coast News shares the heartbreaking story of a gay teen risking his scholarship to leave his abusive home; A Plus analyzes data from twitter posts featuring ‘#ComingOut’; Advocate previews the documentary “Light in the Water”

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