#AM_Equality Tipsheet: June 15, 2018

by Allison Turner

HRC endorses PA Gov. Tom Wolf for re-election and Stacey Abrams for GA governor; HRC releases new resource for reporters ahead of World Cup.

HRC ENDORSES PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR TOM WOLF FOR RE-ELECTION: “Throughout his career, Governor Wolf has stood shoulder to shoulder with LGBTQ Pennsylvanians — fighting for fairness and equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “He has championed LGBTQ rights in the Keystone State, and been a tireless advocate for every person’s ability to work and live free from discrimination and harassment. Every day, Governor Wolf is fighting hard with state and local partners to pass the crucial Pennsylvania Fairness Act. HRC is proud to endorse Governor Wolf’s bid for reelection, and we look forward to continuing to fight side by side for equality across the commonwealth.” More from HRC. HRC will endorse the Governor at an event today at 1:30 p.m. ET. To RSVP or for more details, please email Ianthe.Metzger@hrc.org.

HRC ENDORSES STACEY ABRAMS FOR GA. GOVERNOR: Abrams consistently opposed discriminatory legislation during her tenure in the Georgia House of Representatives, and aims to make Georgia a welcoming state for business and for all citizens, regardless of who they are. “HRC is proud to endorse Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Leader Abrams has been a tireless ally for LGBTQ Georgians in the state legislature, and she will be a vital voice for the LGBTQ community and all Georgians in the Governor’s Mansion. After a legislative session that featured threats of anti-LGBTQ legislation, it is more important than ever to have a pro-equality governor who will stand up to legislative extremists and protect all Georgians equally.” Read more from HRC.

CDC RELEASES NEW REPORT SHOWING HARROWING DATA FOR LGB YOUTH: The report shows that LGB youth are disproportionately at risk for interpersonal violence, drug and alcohol use and poor mental health outcomes. This data reinforces the urgent need for federal and state initiatives to address these critical needs. Recently, the HRC Foundation and the University of Connecticut released the largest-of-its-kind survey ever of more than 12,000 LGBTQ teenagers across the nation, showing findings consistent with the CDC’s data and detailing the persistent challenges so many of LGBTQ youth face going about their daily lives at home, at school and in their communities. HRC’s data also shows these outcomes are worse for transgender and non-binary youth, and we expect the CDC to add questions regarding gender identity and trans identities to future surveys. See the CDC results here, and read more about HRC’s youth report here.

FOOTBALL (OR ‘SOCCER’ HERE IN THE STATES!) FRIDAY: Ahead of the World Cup, HRC has released a new resource for reporters covering the event. Titled “Equality in the Stands,” it details ways to help make sporting events more inclusive of LGBTQ athletes, coaches, and fans. There are major concerns for LGBTQ fans who may be headed to the World Cup in Russia, as well as for LGBTQ Russians who are facing extreme challenges. The resource briefly lays out the hostile climate in Russia, the ongoing anti-LGBTQ purge in Chechnya, and FIFA's new policy on human rights -- implemented after Russia was selected for the 2018 World Cup. The resource is available from HRC in both English and Spanish.

  • LGBTQ advocate Peter Tatchell (@PeterTatchell) was arrested yesterday in Russia while protesting the ongoing anti-LGBTQ purge in Chechnya. More from Independent.

HRC ENDORSES COLIN ALLRED FOR U.S. CONGRESS (TX-32): Allred is a civil rights attorney and a North Texas native. During the 2017 legislative session in Texas, Allred was an outspoken critic of the anti-transgender legislation SB6.  “Colin Allred has been a consistent ally to the LGBTQ community, and he would continue to be one if elected to Congress,” said Marty Rouse, HRC national field director. “HRC is proud to endorse Colin Allred and fight alongside him to ensure that all Texans are represented in Congress.” More from HRC.

GOP SENATE NOMINEES TRY TO COZY UP TO ANTI-LGBTQ GROUP: Two GOP Senate nominees, Kevin Cramer from North Dakota and Corey Stewart from Virginia, asked for endorsements from the anti-LGBTQ extremist group Public Advocate of the U.S., by saying they would support discrimination towards LGBTQ people. Read more from CNN.

MORNING MUST READ ON THE NEED FOR SCHOOLS TO SUPPORT LGBTQ STUDENTS: HRC recently honored Nuestro Mundo Community School and Schenk Elementary in Madison for their focus on diversity and inclusion. Writes Emily Mills (@millbot), “Kids who bully or are bullied, who face exclusion and harassment or are taught to assert themselves by putting down others -- from peers and adults -- are likely to grow into adults who put toxicity back into the world. This work is life-saving.” More from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

HRC SE UNE A LÍDERES EN ARIZONA PARA DISCUTIR LA IGUALDAD LATINX-LGBTQ: El presidente de HRC, Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin), se reunió con líderes comunitarios y representantes de la Legislatura del Estado de Arizona para analizar los desafíos de las comunidades Latinx y LGBTQ y el progreso de la igualdad en el estado. Más de PrensaHispana (pág.4).

HRC JOINS LEADERS IN ARIZONA TO DISCUSS LATINX-LGBTQ EQUALITY: HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) met with community leaders and Arizona State Legislature representatives to discuss the challenges of the Latinx and LGBTQ communities and the progress of equality in the state. More from PrensaHispana (page 4).

PROVO, UTAH FREEDOM FESTIVAL EXCLUDES LGBTQ GROUPS FROM JULY 4 PARADE: Just hours before the LGBTQ groups’ applications for the parade were rejected, the Festival signed a nondiscrimination deal with the mayor of Provo. More from The Salt Lake Tribune.

BROTHERS ATTACKED ON TRAIN HOME FROM PHILLY PRIDE: Two brothers say they were violently attacked while riding home on subway train from Sunday’s Philly Pride Day Parade. More from Advocate.



VA HOSTS LGBTQ PRIDE EVENT AIMING TO BREAK STEREOTYPES: The Veterans Affairs Medical Center is recognized by HRC as a leader in LGBTQ health care equality. More from The Journal.


AFRICA’S QUIET LGBTQ REVOLUTION: In Kenya, LGBTQ citizens are resisting government humiliation and marginalization by challenging their continued victimization in court. More from Quartz.



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South China Morning Post looks at the fight for transgender equality in China; Christian Science Monitor gives a recap of LGBTQ advocates’ fight to overturn Kenya’s ban on same-sex relationships

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