#AM_Equality Tipsheet: June 18, 2018

by Allison Turner

Fed court denies another Trump-Pence attempt to ban trans troops; HRC endorses Susan Wild to rep. PA in U.S. House

FEDERAL COURT IN SEATTLE DENIES ANOTHER TRUMP-PENCE ATTEMPT TO BAN TRANSGENDER SERVICE MEMBERS: HRC is proud to be an organizational plaintiff in the case brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN. “The judge's decision sends one more powerful signal that the Trump-Pence administration has an uphill battle ahead of them in their shameful attempt to justify a ban on qualified, patriotic transgender Americans,” said HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride). “We are encouraged by this decision and remain hopeful for a victory in this case on behalf of our brave transgender service members and the qualified recruits who simply want to serve their country.” The case is on track to go to trial in April 2019. More from HRC.

HRC ENDORSES SUSAN WILD TO REPRESENT PENNSYLVANIA IN U.S. HOUSE: “A proven champion for working families, Susan Wild will fight for every Pennsylvanians’ right to live and work free from discrimination and harassment,” said HRC Pennsylvania State Manager Allison VanKuiken. “The Human Rights Campaign proudly endorses her candidacy to represent Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District in Congress, and we look forward to working with her to move equality forward in the Keystone State.” More from HRC.

  • HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) was on the ground to announce the endorsement.

MUST WATCH MONDAY: This month, social media star Tyler Oakley is releasing the second season of his series “Chosen Family,” including this powerful video highlighting the struggles of LGBTQ prospective parents attempting to foster or adopt children in need. Watch here.

LGBTQ AND ALLIED EMPLOYEES AT THE DEPT. OF EDUCATION URGED DEVOS NOT TO FAIL TRANS YOUTH: On the same day that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinded guidelines protecting transgender students, the employees implored her to reconsider -- she refused. Read the exclusive from Rebecca Klein (@rklein90) in the HuffPost.

HONORING IMMIGRANT HERITAGE MONTH: While the Trump-Pence administration continues to attack the rights of immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees, Immigrant Heritage Month provides an important opportunity to shine a light on the stories that illuminate the fight for LGBTQ equality. Members of HRC’s staff shared in their own words what it means to work at the intersections of immigrant and LGBTQ identities on our blog.

MTV TO HONOR LENA WAITHE WITH THE TRAILBLAZER AWARD AT TONIGHT’S TV AND MOVIE AWARDS: Also watch for the Best Kiss category nominee from the film Love Simon.

LDS CHURCH TO BEGIN RECORDING SAME-SEX MARRIAGES & PARENTS IN GENEALOGICAL DATABASE: The church plans to complete this project by 2019. More from The Salt Lake Tribune.

PRIDE MONTH ROUNDUP

MORNING MUST READ FROM THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH EDITORIAL BOARD: The board members sat down with HRC President Chad Griffin after his recent visit. They write, “Ohio is one of six states targeted by the Washington D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign with plans to spend $20 million to raise awareness of and support for the LGBTQ community leading up to the 2020 presidential elections, Chad Griffin, HRC president, told The Dispatch. ‘The days are over of attacking our community for political gain,’ Griffin said.” More from The Columbus Dispatch.

  • HRC was on the ground at Columbus Pride this weekend and will be at more than 200 Pride events nationwide during its Summer of Action.

CHICAGO TO HONOR OPENLY GAY BOXER ORLANDO CRUZ AT CITY’S PRIDE CELEBRATION: More from The Chicago Tribune.

THE NEW YORK TIMES IS ASKING YOU -- WHAT DOES LGBTQ ACTIVISM LOOK LIKE TODAY? Submit your answers here.

LEARN THE HISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY’S LGBTQ PRIDE PARADE: From The Daily Beast.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

NIGERIA ARRESTS MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE ON SUSPICION OF BEING LGBTQ: More from No String NG.

DESPITE PROTESTS, THOUSANDS CELEBRATE PRIDE IN KYIV, UKRAINE: More from RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty and The New York Times.

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

Peoria Journal Star talks about the local fight to achieve an HIV-free generation; The New Yorker speaks to LGBTQ Turkish refugees; Salon interviews children with LGBTQ parents; Forbes offers tips to LGBTQ people preparing for retirement

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