#AM_Equality Tipsheet: June 13, 2018

by Allison Turner

AG Sessions says domestic and gang violence are not grounds for asylum; Victories for pro-equality candidates in NV and WI.

SHAMEFUL -- AG JEFF SESSIONS SAYS DOMESTIC AND GANG VIOLENCE ARE NOT GROUNDS FOR ASYLUM: Sessions’ decision will have wide-reaching negative consequences for countless asylum-seekers looking for safe havens to escape deadly violence. In too many countries, gang violence is pervasive, and it disproportionately targets the LGBTQ community -- especially transgender people. The Trump-Pence administration continues to recklessly put lives in jeopardy by blocking people in extreme danger from reaching safety in the U.S. HRC will continue to stand up against attacks on all communities by Trump-Pence and call out the peril in which their shameful tactics place the international LGBTQ community. More from The New York Times.

  • Reports show this heartless decision is partially in response to recent reports about  a caravan of migrants traveling to the southern border from Central America, including LGBTQ people, seeking asylum in the United States. Tragically, a transgender women on the caravan, Roxsana Hernandez, recently died in ICE custody. HRC has called for an investigation into her death. More from HRC.

HRC CELEBRATES VICTORIES FOR PRO-EQUALITY CHAMPIONS IN NEVADA PRIMARY: Pro-equality candidates Rep. Dina Titus (NV-01), Rep. Jacky Rosen (NV-03) for U.S. Senate, Kate Marshall for Lt. Governor, State Senator Aaron Ford for Attorney General, Assemblyman Nelson Araujo for Secretary of State and Susie Lee for Congress won their primaries yesterday. “HRC was proud to support pro-equality candidates in these crucial races up and down the ballot, and will continue to mobilize our thousands of members and supporters in the Silver State to turn out for equality in the months ahead,” said HRC Nevada State Manager Briana Escamilla. More from HRC.

HRC CONGRATULATES PRO-EQUALITY CALEB FROSTMAN ON HIS WI STATE SENATE WIN: “This is a historic day for Wisconsin and an exciting victory for Caleb Frostman,” said HRC Wisconsin State Manager Wendy Strout. “Throughout these crucial special elections, HRC was proud to mobilize our members and supporters in Senate District 1 on behalf of Frostman, who is deeply committed to moving equality forward in the Badger State. We look forward to harnessing the same energy that led him to victory to elect pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot this fall, in Wisconsin and across the country.” More from HRC.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY: Following the tragedy at Pulse two years ago, local governments and nonprofits created the Family Assistance Center at Camping World Stadium to address urgent practical and emotional needs for survivors and victims families. A month later, the Orlando United Assistance Center (OUAC) opened as a long-term hub of services and support for survivors, victims’ families and other community members affected by the Pulse tragedy.  HRC spoke with Joél Morales, the Community Partnerships Manager for the Orlando United Assistance Center, about the five most important things they have learned about how communities heal after tragedy. Read it here.

  • Yesterday, HRC honored the lives of the 49 people -- most of them young, LGBTQ and Latinx -- killed in the LGBTQ nightclub attack two years ago with a moment of silence at the HRC headquarters. More from Washington Blade and Teen Vogue.
  • We must do more to end the epidemic of gun violence in America. More from John Paul Brammer (@JPBrammer) from them.

PENTAGON’S LEADERS SNUB LGBTQ SERVICE MEMBERS THIS PRIDE MONTH: For the first time since the repeal of the discriminatory  ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,’ the Department of Defense failed to recognize LGBTQ Pride Month. The silence is especially deafening in light of the Trump-Pence administration’s unconstitutional ban on qualified transgender service members. Reminder: This ban is opposed by national security leaders, military officials, servicemembers’ organizations and a wide, bipartisan swath of elected officials, including top Republicans in Congress. More from Advocate.

NPR REPORTS ON HOW QUALIFIED, PROSPECTIVE LGBTQ FAMILIES COULD BE DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE IN A CHILD IN NEED: Rebekah Wilson and Kris Williams are ready to expand their family, but fear what will happen in light of Oklahoma’s anti-LGBTQ adoption law that grants child welfare agencies a license to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals and same-sex couples, among others. This year, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer signed bills that would allow child welfare organizations to turn away qualified prospective parents seeking to care for a child in need, including LGBTQ parents or other parents to whom the agency has a religious objection. More from Rachel Hubbard (@kosurachel) at All Things Considered.

HORRIFYING -- THIRD TRANS WOMAN SHOT THIS YEAR IN JACKSONVILLE, FLA: The victim of Friday’s attack survived and is recovering. Antash’a English and Celine Walker were shot to death in separate incidents in Jacksonville -- English on June 1, and Walker earlier this year. Inexcusably, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office continues to misgender the women. More from The Florida Times Union.

  • 2017 was the deadliest year on record for transgender people. Learn how organizations like HRC and the New York City Anti-Violence Project are working against this epidemic of violence from CNN.

MAINE TO ISSUE DRIVER LICENSES WITH OPTION FOR ‘X’ GENDER MARKER: Maine joins Oregon, California and the District of Columbia in making this option available. More from The Boston Globe.

WHY WE NEED TO BEGIN COLLECTING CENSUS DATA ON LGBTQ AMERICANS: Inclusive data collection policies are vital to understanding and improving the health and well being of LGBTQ Americans. While some federal data on LGBTQ communities is collected, there is no requirement prioritizing the collection of LGBTQ data in federal surveys. More from Public News Service.

  • The D.C. Council has introduced a bill that would require the city’s Department of Health and Office of the State Superintendent of Education to collect demographic data on sexual orientation and gender identity as part of their public health surveys of adults and students. More from Washington Blade.

BUH-BYE -- ANTI-TRANS EXTREMIST JAZMINA SAAVEDRA CRUSHED IN CONGRESSIONAL BID IN CALIFORNIA:  In May, HRC and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law called on California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate an incident during which Saavedra recorded and posted a non-consensual video following a transgender woman into a bathroom, harassing her and repeatedly and intentionally misgendering her. More from Georgia Voice.

DISTURBING -- SAME-SEX COUPLE KICKED OUT OF UBER AFTER KISSING: Uber says it’s investigating a report by two women who were harassed and asked to leave by their driver, who called their affection “illegal” and “disrespectful.” In a statement, Uber said it “does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience." More from NBC.

RUPERT EVERETT REVEALS HOMOPHOBIA FACED IN HOLLYWOOD: “But there were three or four big films, when I was successful, that I was absolutely blocked from, when the director and the other actors wanted me to be in the film, by a studio, just for the fact of being gay,” he told the Press Association.

HATE GROUP TARGETS PENNSYLVANIA HIGH SCHOOL FOR SHOWING ANTI-BULLYING MESSAGE: The American Family Association -- a known anti-LGBTQ hate group -- is attacking the Emmaus High School LGBTQ student club for showing a video during the morning announcement spreading awareness about anti-LGBTQ bullying. More from The Morning Call.



NFL AND MLB TO MARCH IN NYC PRIDE PARADE FOR FIRST TIME: They will join representatives from the NHL, NBA, WNBA, MLS and National Women’s Hockey League who have marched in the past. More from The Hill.

RESOURCES ON COMING OUT AS LGBTQ: Resources from HRC and the Trevor Project are included on the list at a plus. And more from USA Today.


PRO-EQUALITY PRIEST JAMES MARTIN, S.J. (@JamesMartinSJ), TO SPEAK AT WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES: Martin’s talk is titled “Showing Welcome and Respect in Our Parishes for LGBTI+ People and Their Families.” Organizers have advocated for the meeting -- organized by the Roman Catholic Church -- to be more LGBTQ-inclusive. More from America Magazine.


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

Fast Company looks at the history of LGBTQ equality in the workplace; Texas Observer rides the bull with the Texas gay Rodeo Association; Montgomery News interviews Adoption Center Executive Director Ken Mullner, whose agency was awarded the HRC All Children-All Families Seal of Approval

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