#AM_Equality Tipsheet: July 30, 2018

by Allison Turner

Countdown to Election Day; HRC Responds to Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley’s Refusal to Request Kavanaugh Records

COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY: With Sunday marking just 100 days before November’s critical midterm elections, HRC is more than doubling its staff in key states -- racing to a total of 130 in order to #TurnOUT 10 million LGBTQ voters and millions more allies. For the final 100 days, HRC is hiring another 45 organizers and deploying 50 more staff, who will join 35 existing staff already on the ground in key districts and states leading GOTV efforts, training hundreds of local organizers and volunteers across the country, and organizing online as part of the largest grassroots expansion in the organization’s 38-year history. More from HRC and On Top Magazine.

SENATE JUDICIARY CHAIR CHUCK GRASSLEY REFUSES TO REQUEST KAVANAUGH RECORDS: “During his time in the Bush White House, Brett Kavanaugh almost certainly was involved with numerous legal and policy issues that impact the lives and rights of LGBTQ people, including hate crimes legislation, non-discrimination protections for federal workers and a proposed Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in every state,” said HRC Associate Legal Director Robin Maril. “The American people demand and deserve to have the most comprehensive and transparent view of Brett Kavanaugh’s record.” More from HRC.

MUST READ MONDAY -- FRANK BRUNI ON THE REAL MIKE PENCE: Pence has fought hate crimes laws, the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’, marriage equality and actively sought to enable discrimination against LGBTQ people in the public square. As the ‘shadow president’, he has continued to undermine our fundamental equality and leads an administration that has attacked our nation’s trans students, targeted brave trans troops and licensed discrimination against LGBTQ people. More from The New York Times.

HRC ENDORSES GRETCHEN DRISKELL FOR U.S. HOUSE IN MICHIGAN'S 7TH DISTRICT: Said HRC Michigan State Director Amritha Venkataraman. “We look forward to mobilizing our thousands of members and supporters across the district to turn out for equality in November, and to working with Gretchen Driskell in the ongoing fight for full federal equality.” More from HRC.

BETH FORD BECOMES FIRST OPENLY GAY WOMAN TO RUN A FORTUNE 500 COMPANY: “Her authentic leadership as an out lesbian is well-known in the LGBT corporate community, and the fact that she is assuming this role as an out lesbian sends an especially powerful message," says Deena Fidas, HRC director of workplace equality. More from CNN.

MORMON MUSIC FESTIVAL PROVIDES LGBTQ INCLUSIVE SPACE: “You are a gift to the world,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told attendees at the LoveLoud Festival in Salt Lake City.  More from Reuters and The Advocate.  

BRADLEY KIM BECOMES FIRST FOOTBALL PLAYER AT A SERVICE ACADEMY TO COME OUT: As the Air Force Academy defensive back makes history, he hopes ‘living his dream,’ will help pave a path for others. More from The Washington Post.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HORRIFYING -- ATTACK ON TRANS WOMAN IN LEBANON CAUGHT ON FILM: More from The Observers.

HRC GLOBAL INNOVATOR IRINA SHARES HER STORY OF COMING OUT AS INTERSEX:

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The Daily Beast explores Hollywood’s LGBTQ history

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