#AM_Equality Tipsheet: July 31, 2018

by Allison Turner

DOJ wants to spend taxpayer money to DEFEND discrimination; Former Navy Sec. calls trans troops ban what it is… dumb

DOJ STANDS WITH ANTI-LGBTQ EXTREMISTS, CREATES TAXPAYER-FUNDED TASK FORCE TO DEFEND DISCRIMINATION IN THE NAME OF “RELIGIOUS LIBERTY”: “This taxpayer funded task force is yet another example of the Trump-Pence White House and Jeff Sessions sanctioning discrimination against LGBTQ people,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the task force while flanked by anti-LGBTQ extremists from Alliance Defending Freedom and the Colorado baker who refused to serve a same-sex couple in violation of the state’s nondiscrimination law. More from HRC, Advocate and NewNowNext.

THE TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION IS LITERALLY BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH: Politico’s Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) reports that Trump-Pence political appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) pressured HHS public health experts to remove all references to LGBTQ health in the agency's strategic plan. More from Politico.

MORNING MUST READ FROM HRC PRESIDENT CHAD GRIFFIN ON TRUMP SCOTUS NOMINEE BRETT KAVANAUGH: Griffin shares the story of Daniel Downer, a Black gay man living with HIV who was able to access the live-saving care he needed through the Affordable Care Act. Griffin writes, “For Daniel and millions of others, their future now hinges on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and his dangerous opposition to the ACA. Kavanaugh’s threat to the ACA isn’t merely speculation -- it’s a promise spelled out in black and white in his judicial record.” More from Advocate.

FORMER NAVY SEC. RAY MABUS CALLS TRUMP’S TRANS TROOPS BAN “THE DUMBEST GOVERNMENT POLICY YOU COULD POSSIBLY PURSUE”: During comments at the Veterans in Global Leadership event last week, he also said Trump broke faith with people willing to serve when he tweeted the trans troop ban “with no evidence, no thought, nothing…” More from The Hill.

CHECK OUT THIS ELECTION DAY UPDATE FROM NEVADA: HRC has made significant endorsements in Nevada in the lead up to Election Day, including the following candidates. More from Las Vegas Review-Journal.

HRC MOURNS THE PASSING OF FORMER CONGRESSMAN AND OAKLAND MAYOR RON DELLUMS: “Throughout his life, Ron Dellums was a courageous voice in the fight for justice at home and abroad,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “From his historic fight against South Africa’s apartheid to his early support of lesbian, gay and bisexual service members and advocacy for HIV research, prevention and services, Ron Dellums leaves behind a legacy of action on behalf of those facing discrimination and prejudice.” More from HRC.

INTERNATIONAL HIV AND AIDS ADVOCATES SAY GLOBAL RISE OF ANTI-LGBTQ RHETORIC IS FUELING EPIDEMIC: More from CNN.

YOUTUBE STAR HANNAH HART AND BUZZFEED’S ELLA MIELNICZENKO ANNOUNCE ENGAGEMENT: Hart popped the question (and the champagne!) in Hawaii, where she first told Mielniczenko that she loves her. More from People.

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ABC speaks to trans people working in the film industry; Sports Illustrated reports that Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner has apologized for anti-LGBTQ and racist tweets posted in 2011 and 2012; Advocate reviews a new production of Romeo and Juliet featuring two women as the leads; The Washington Post interviews a speech pathologist who works with trans women to help them find a voice that matches their gender identity

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