#AM_Equality Tipsheet: June 19, 2018

by Allison Turner

Presbyterian Church poised to say religious freedom =/= a right to discriminate; WHO clarifies that being trans isn’t a mental disorder.

HISTORIC --  PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA) POISED TO ASSERT THAT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DOESN’T CONFER A RIGHT TO DISCRIMINATE: As Frederick Clarkson (@FredClarkson) reports, “This development comes at a time when the Trump administration has sought, in the name of religious freedom, to drastically reduce the civil rights protections accorded LGBTQ people and women’s access to reproductive health care.” The church is expected to pass a resolution at its General Assembly this week stating, in part, “The principle of religious freedom should not mean the right to discriminate against or impose one’s views upon others. In our commitment to be disciples of Jesus Christ, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is called to stand against oppression and in support of human dignity for all people. Because religious freedom must be ‘equal and common to all,’ as our Historic Principles further state, it cannot be maintained as a matter of privileged exemption for powerful individuals or groups.” More from Rewire.

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION OFFICIALLY CLARIFIES THAT BEING TRANS IS NOT A MENTAL DISORDER: It released the International Classification of Diseases, which removes “gender incongruence” as a mental disease. The move will help reduce stigma and increase social acceptance of members of the transgender community. More here.

TUESDAY TWEET: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) YRBS Data Summary and Trends Report: 2007-2017 shows that LGB youth are disproportionately at risk for interpersonal violence, drug and alcohol use and poor mental health outcomes. The troubling findings reinforce the urgent need for federal and state initiatives to address these critical needs and reflects recent HRC data, which also shows that, due to stigma, these outcomes are worse for transgender and non-binary youth. HRC expects the CDC to add questions regarding gender identity and trans identities to future surveys. More from NPR and Slate.

ARIZONA’S LGBTQ YOUTH ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY BULLIED, HARASSED AT SCHOOL: HRC and the University of Connecticut surveyed 330 LGBTQ teenagers from Arizona, and found that two-thirds of them reported being targeted with unwanted sexual comments, jokes and gestures in the past year. More from Daily Miner.

MTV HONORS LENA WAITHE (@LENAWAITHE) WITH THE TRAILBLAZER AWARD AT LAST NIGHT’S TV AND MOVIE AWARDS: MTV also honored the film Love Simon in the ‘Best Kiss’ category. Openly bisexual actor Keiynan Lonsdale (@KeiynanLonsdale) accepted the award, saying “I just want to say to every kid: You can live your dreams and wear dresses; you can live your dreams and kiss the one that you love no matter what gender they are,” he told the crowd in a heartfelt speech.” More from HuffPost.

ACTOR AMANDLA STENBERG COMES OUT AS GAY in an interview with Wonderland Magazine.

WILSON PHILLIPS JOINS HRC’S EQUALITY ROCKS CAMPAIGN: The campaign is sparking a conversation about love, fairness and equality around the globe through music. More from HRC.

AFFIRMING TRANSGENDER FAITHFUL IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: Sr. Luisa Derouen has advocated for the trans community within the Catholic Church for nearly two decades. Learn more about her fight in Global Sisters Report.

SAN PEDRO, CALIFORNIA, RALLIES BEHIND COMMUNITY MEMBER HARASSED FOR BEING GAY: The community and city leaders raised a rainbow flag to show their support for Air Force veteran Ryan Gierach. More from ABC 7.


TRANS ADVOCATE SUING TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN FOR RIGHT TO SERVE IN U.S. MILITARY HONORED AND LOS ANGELES PRIDE: Ryan Karnoski is the named plaintiff in the case brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN. HRC is an organizational plaintiff in the case. More from Los Angeles Blade.

REMEMBERING AND HONORING SALLY RIDE THIS PRIDE MONTH: As a pioneering NASA astronaut, Ride was both the first American woman and the youngest American to be launched into space. Ride was with partner Tam O'Shaughnessy for 27 years. More from Space.com.

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces inaugural LGBTQ fellowship and competition during Pride Month. The fellowship will support efforts by the state’s Chief Diversity Officer, and the Ambassadors Competition will showcase New York’s LGBTQ community ahead of World Pride 2019. More from Governor Cuomo.
  • Thousands celebrate Pride in Springfield, Missouri: More from Missourinet.
  • Aurora, Illinois, holds first-ever LGBTQ Pride Parade. More from Beacon-News.
  • Ventura, California, Pride Prom gives safe space to LGBTQ youth. More from Ventura County Star.


EUROPEAN LGBTQ GROUP EVICTED FROM RUSSIAN RESIDENCE WITHOUT WARNING ON EVE OF WORLD CUP: Diversity House aimed to serve as a safe space to LGBTQ and ethnic minority fans during the World Cup. more from BBC.

  • World cup fans shout anti-LGBTQ slurs during Mexico-Germany game. More from OutSports.
  • England’s Football Association greenlights rainbow version of Three Lions insignia to be flown during World Cup match. More from Gay Star News.

TUNISIAN PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS DECRIMINALIZATION OF SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS: Tunisia is one of 72 countries where same-sex sexual acts are criminalized. More from NBC.

IN ARGENTINA, MAN SENTENCED AFTER MURDERING TRANS WOMAN: Gabriel David Marino was sentenced for life after murdering transgender advocate Diana Sacayán in 2015. He is the first person in Argentina to be sentenced under new hate crime laws that include crimes targeting trans people. More from BBC.



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Los Angeles Blade interviews actress, writer and director Lena Waithe (@LenaWaithe); Curve highlights eight advertisements featuring LGBTQ women; Manila Bulletin reviews ‘Call Her Ganda,’ a documentary about the murder of a local trans woman; HuffPost speaks to the owners of the Stonewall Inn; BBC takes a look at Tunisia’s Shams Rad, believed to be the only LGBTQ radio station in an Arab country; ideastream reports on the struggles of transgender employees; Mic explores the linguistic history of the LGBTQ community
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