#AM_Equality Tipsheet: July 3, 2018

by Allison Turner

Maine Ed Boards call on Gov. LePage to sign bill protecting youth from so-called “conversion therapy.”

MAJOR EDITORIAL BOARDS IN MAINE CALL ON GOV. LEPAGE TO SIGN BILL PROTECTING YOUTH FROM SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: “Same-sex attraction is not something that needs to be cured. The government also should have no role in telling people that their gender expression is right or wrong,” writes the Portland Press Herald Editorial Board. “Ethical psychotherapists have long ago stopped attempting this treatment because it doesn’t help their patients -- it harms them.” More from the Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News.

TUESDAY TWEET -- TREASURE TROVE OF LGBTQ HISTORY DISCOVERED IN LONDON ATTIC: Two bags containing historic LGBTQ and activist pins, comics and a manuscript helped Gavin McGregor uncover the life and activism of Paud Hegarty. McGregor has since created a website dedicated to the discovery -- and to collect more information on Hegarty’s life. Read the full, fascinating Twitter thread here.

THE DAILY BEAST REPORTS ON THE EPIDEMIC OF ANTI-TRANS VIOLENCE: Samantha Allen (@SLAwrites) reports on the violence documented so far this year, including a recent wave in Jacksonville, Florida, where three transgender women of color have been shot dead, and a fourth injured. Cathalina Christina James, 24, and Keisha Wells, 58, were fatally shot on June 24, in Jacksonville and Cleveland respectively; Antash’a English and Celine Walker were killed earlier this year in Jacksonville. More from The Daily Beast.

  • Jacksonville police on Monday arrested Cory Deshaun Fisher-Thompson in connection with the shooting and wounding a 23-year-old transgender woman on June 8.  Fisher-Thompson is being held on $1.1 million bail and is also charged with charged with possession of a weapon or ammunition by a felon and marijuana possession. More at the Florida Times Union.

POWERFUL PHOTO SERIES FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES  ON LGBTQ PRIDE IN ALABAMA: Rebecca Lieberman and Annie Flanagan traveled throughout Alabama to document the varied experiences of the local LGBTQ community. While bigger cities like Birmingham have lively LGBTQ communities, LGBTQ people in smaller Alabama towns are finding community and acceptance in unexpected places. Read the full piece from NYT.

NEW DOCUMENTARY ON LGBTQ ATHLETES: Alone in the Game highlights the need for LGBTQ acceptance and visibility in professional sports. More from Advocate.

  • Read about the importance of sports for LGBTQ student-athletes from HRC.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

UKRANIAN LGBTQ ACTIVIST ATTACKED IN KRYVYI RIG ON SATURDAY: Borys Zolotchenko, the head of the organizing committee for the local LGBTQ Pride parade, was allegedly attacked by a group of 10 men. More from ENCA.

INDONESIA’S ANTI-LGBTQ RHETORIC CONTRIBUTING TO HIV EPIDEMIC: Rates of HIV in the country have risen by five percent in the last decade. In some major cities, the HIV rate among men who have sex with men is one in three. More from The Associated Press.

U.K. LABOUR PARTY CALLS ON THERESA MAY TO BAN DANGEROUS PRACTICE OF “CONVERSION THERAPY”: More from Independent.

ÁNGELA PONCE BECOMES THE FIRST OPENLY TRANS WOMAN TO BE CROWNED MISS UNIVERSE SPAIN: More from Pink News.

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Fast Company interviews trans workers about efforts to make companies more inclusive; ABC reviews an Australian play with LGBTQ themes; GoErie.com profiles openly trans local school board member Tyler Titus; WHYY shares a heartwarming story of two trans veterans finding community; Tennessean explores advocacy to make the Episcopal Church more accepting of marriage equality

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