#AM_Equality Tipsheet: July 24, 2018

by Allison Turner

The 1st trans superhero on TV! Two anti-LGBTQ peas in a pod: Pence campaigns for senate candidate Lou Barletta.

DELAWARE BECOMES 15TH STATE TO ENACT PROTECTIONS FOR YOUTH FROM ABUSIVE “CONVERSION THERAPY”: “Today’s signing is a critical step forward in the fight to ensure that Delaware is a safe and affirming state for all LGBTQ youth, and we hope that the values and progress reflected in this law guide the ongoing conversation in Delaware about protecting LGBTQ students from discrimination,” said HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride). Washington, D.C., and more than 40 municipalities have also passed similar protections. More from HRC, Advocate, Into and The Hill.

PENCE IS CAMPAIGNING FOR SENATE CANDIDATE REP. LOU BARLETTA -- HERE’S WHAT THEIR ANTI-LGBTQ AGENDA MEANS FOR PENNSYLVANIA: Said HRC Pennsylvania State Director Allison VanKuiken: “As [Pence and Barletta] campaign to push their extreme, anti-equality agendas, HRC is on the ground mobilizing our hundreds of thousands of members and supporters in Pennsylvania to reject the politics of hate and re-elect pro-equality champion Bob Casey to the U.S. Senate.” More from HRC.

TUESDAY TWEET -- ‘SUPERGIRL’ CASTS TRANS ACTRESS NICOLE MAINES (@NicoleAMaines) TO PLAY FIRST TRANS SUPERHERO ON TELEVISION: More from USA Today.

MICHIGAN CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION TO CONTINUE INVESTIGATING ANTI-LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION, DESPITE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CLAIMS: Michigan AG -- and candidate for Governor -- Bill Schuette asserted that under the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act LGBTQ residents are not protected from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The opinion conflicts with a Michigan Civil Rights Commission vote in May affirming the act does protect residents. More from The Detroit News and Pride Source.

COMMUNITY HOLDS VIGIL, DEMANDS JUSTICE FOR SASHA GARDEN, BLACK TRANS WOMAN MURDERED IN ORLANDO: “So many different times, trans violence happens, and we don’t get justice, and we’re coming together to let the community know that we want justice for this case,” said Mulan Williams, a transgender activist and Garden’s close friend. More from Click Orlando.

NEW RESEARCH FROM UMASS AMHERST SHOWS INCLUSIVE FEDERAL LAWS ENABLE MORE LGBTQ PEOPLE TO SEEK JUSTICE WHEN TARGETED FOR DISCRIMINATION: More from MassLive.

HRC MOURNS ANGELA BOWEN, BLACK LESBIAN ACTIVIST, DANCER, EDUCATOR: Bowen, 82, changed countless lives through dance at the Bowen/Peters School of Dance, and as a professor of English and women’s, gender and sexuality studies. More from The New York Times.

NEW STUDY HIGHLIGHTS HEALTH DISPARITIES FOR LGBTQ ELDERS: More from Washington Blade.

BISEXUAL WOMAN FILMS HARASSMENT BY ANTI-LGBTQ EXTREMIST: After a man knocked on her door to lecture her about her sexual orientation for a second time, Dannie Andreeva filmed him and posted his verbal attacks on social media. More from Pink News.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

CUBA’S NEW DRAFT CONSTITUTION IS A STEP TOWARD MARRIAGE EQUALITY: It defines marriage as “the consensual union of two people, regardless of gender,” but will be put to a referendum later this year. More from The Guardian.

ENGLAND’S DEPT OF EDUCATION WILL INCLUDE LGBTQ IDENTITY IN SEX EDUCATION CLASSES: More from Reuters.

OPENLY GAY BRITISH RACE WALKER TO BRAVELY SPEAK OUT FOR EQUALITY AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN QATAR: More from Independent and Gay Times Magazine.

LI HUANWU, GRANDSON OF SINGAPORE’S FIRST PRIME MINISTER, COMES OUT AS GAY: More from Pink News.

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Outsports reports that Jack Bristow, an openly gay English triathlete, won his age group at the European Triathlon Championships; CBR confirms that the character Shiro on the Netflix series “Voltron: Legendary Defender” is gay; Healthday shares data that LGB elders experience dementia at higher rates than non-LGB elders

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