#AM_Equality Tipsheet: July 26, 2019

by HRC Staff

Presidential candidates speak out against epidemic of violence against Black trans women; Trans people are sacred

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SPEAK OUT AGAINST EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE FACING BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMEN: Their calls to action come after the violent death Saturday of Denali Berries Stuckey, the third transgender woman to have been killed in South Carolina since 2018, and one of at least 12 transgender women to have died by violent means this year in the U.S HRC Foundation’s “Dismantling a Culture of Violence” details how anti-transgender stigma, denial of opportunity and increased risk factors create a culture of violence -- and provides clear recommendations on how each of us can take action to make our society a safer place for transgender people. Read the statements from Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.

TRUMP-PENCE OFFICIAL CLAIMS HIV STATUS IS AN EXCUSE TO SEPARATE FAMILIES AT THE BORDER:

  • And in a morning must read, Kate Sosin (@shoeleatherkate) reports on an ICE detention center that houses transgender asylum-seekers has come under renewed scrutiny after 29 trans detainees wrote a handwritten letter to Trans Queer Pueblo calling for an investigation into the facility. More from NewNowNext.

U.S. HOUSE PASSES “PRIDE ACT” TO GIVE SAME-SEX COUPLES A REFUND ON TAXES THEY PAID WHEN INEQUALITY WAS BUILT INTO THE SYSTEM: The bill allows same-sex couples to recalculate taxes they paid consistent with the requirements that were in place for different-sex married couples if they legally married before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 2013. Same-sex couples overpaid an estimated $67 million in taxes as a result of DOMA. More from Washington Blade

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- DETROIT BILLBOARD PROCLAIMS “TRANS PEOPLE ARE SACRED”: More from the Detroit Free Press.

ADVOCATE SHARES EXCLUSIVE FILM CLIP OF FATHER STRUGGLING TO DESCRIBE GRIEF OVER GAY SON WHO DIED: Tu Me Manques is based on a critically-acclaimed Bolivian play, and will primere at the Outfest Los Angeles Film Festival tomorrow. More from Advocate.

LGBTQ PEOPLE OF COLOR REFLECT ON TRUMP’S RECENT COMMENTS THAT PEOPLE SHOULD “GO BACK” TO THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: More from Them.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

BULGARIAN COURT RECOGNIZES A SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN LANDMARK RULING: The court ruled that an Australian citizen should be recognized as the spouse of a European Union citizen, and should be afforded spousal rights to live, work and travel in Bulgaria. The couple’s lawyer, Denitsa Lyubenova, is a former HRC Global Fellow. More from The Washington Post.

LGBTQ CLUB OWNER IN PUEBLA, MEXICO FOUND DEAD IN HIS HOME: Police are investigating the death of Jorge Abel Espinoza Ocampo on the 25th anniversary of the opening of his popular club. More from Gay Star News.

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ABC San Francisco interviews Rick Stokes, an LGBTQ rights advocate since the 1970s; Advocate reviews the new film The Garden Left Behind, about the epidemic of violence against transgender women of color; NBC reports on a new Tinder update designed to protect LGBTQ people in countries that criminalize same-sex relationships; CNN reminds us that RGB continues to be the clapback kween

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