#AM_Equality Tipsheet: July 25, 2018

by Allison Turner

GA state lawmaker exposes himself while launching a racist, anti-LGBTQ rant; approaching one year since Trump tweeted a ban on trans troops

A DESPICABLE ANNIVERSARY -- ONE YEAR AGO TOMORROW, TRUMP TWEETED OUT A BAN ON TRANS TROOPS: Despite recent court victories for transgender troops and recruits, the Trump-Pence administration has continued to file appeals in an effort to force its extreme anti-LGBTQ agenda on the U.S. military. Bipartisan lawmakers, military leaders and an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose the Trump-Pence Administration’s ban on transgender troops bravely serving the country.

  • Today at 3 p.m. ET, HRC, Lambda Legal, Outserve-SLDN, American Military Partner Association (AMPA), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and others will host a national press call to discuss the state of the transgender military ban. Contact press@hrc.org for call-in information.

LGBTQ GROUPS CALL ON GOV. RICK SCOTT TO RESPOND TO THE EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMEN IN FLORIDA: Last week’s murder of Sasha Garden follows a disturbing wave of violence that has shaken the LGBTQ community in Florida. More from Orlando Sentinel and News4Jax.

  • In Detroit on Monday, a trans woman was shot in the shoulder and remains in the hospital in serious condition. More from The Detroit News.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY -- TRANS AND GENDER EXPANSIVE HRC YOUTH AMBASSADORS SHARE THEIR HEARTBREAKING STORIES OF DISCRIMINATION IN SCHOOL:

OUR HEARTS ARE WITH DEMI LOVATO DURING HER RECOVERY: Demi is a long-time supporter of LGBTQ equality and her openness in speaking out on her struggles with addiction and mental health has helped countless LGBTQ youth who may have felt alone in their own experiences. A resource on preventing substance abuse among LGBTQ teens can be found here. More from Pink News.

KANSAS’ ANTI-LGBTQ BILL IS FAILING LGBTQ FOSTER YOUTH IN NEED: In May, Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer signed into law a license to discriminate with taxpayer funds against prospective LGBTQ foster or adoptive parents, single parents or other qualified families. The law also may enable child welfare agencies to refuse to place LGBTQ youth. More from The Wichita Eagle.

MAJOR NEW STUDY FINDS NO TRANSMISSION OF HIV BETWEEN PARTNERS USING EFFECTIVE TREATMENT: The results from PARTNER 2 were announced at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. More from Gay Star News.

  • HRC Global alumni are also participating in the conference. More from HRC.

 ON TV SHOW, GEORGIA STATE LAWMAKER EXPOSES HIMSELF WHILE LAUNCHING A RACIST, ANTI-LGBTQ RANT: We aren’t kidding. State Rep. Jason Spencer has since resigned. More from Project Q Atlanta and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

JULY IS MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH MONTH: HRC is proud to join Mental Health America’s nationwide #MyStoryMyWay campaign to bring awareness to the ways in which diverse populations talk about mental health. More from HRC.

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

NewNowNext interviews Pose’s Billy Porter (@TheeBillyPorter) on centering the most marginalized within the LGBTQ community; Outsports shares a gay college tennis player’s struggle with mental health; NPR's Terry Gross talks with with Black, gay author Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) about his latest memoir; The New York Times profiles lesbian comedian Hannah Gadsby (@Hannahgadsby)

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