#AM_Equality Tipsheet: June 21, 2018

by Allison Turner

Trump-Pence EO & Dangerous House GOP immigration bills; HRC endorses Darren Soto for U.S. Congress Florida seat.

TRUMP-PENCE EXECUTIVE ORDER AND DANGEROUS HOUSE GOP IMMIGRATION BILLS: HRC responded to Donald Trump’s executive order retreating from his cruel and dangerous policy of separating families at the border and two bills scheduled for votes tomorrow in the U.S. House of Representatives that fall far short of addressing the needs of refugees, dreamers, and other undocumented immigrants. “The Ryan and Goodlatte bills fail to address the challenges faced by refugees, Dreamers and other undocumented immigrants, and also falls short on ending the horrific treatment of migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “Instead of breaking up immigrant families and throwing unreasonable obstacles in front of asylum seekers, the Trump-Pence Administration and Congress should be ensuring basic human rights and working on a clean Dream Act that honors our country’s commitment to over a million undocumented immigrants, including over 75,000 LGBTQ young people. They must also act to immediately end detention of children.” More from HRC, Advocate, Wisconsin Gazette and Washington Blade.

HRC ENDORSES DARREN SOTO FOR U.S. CONGRESS FLORIDA SEAT: “Darren has been a strong ally to the LGBTQ community throughout his career, including standing up to the Trump administration’s hateful anti-LGBTQ policies and pushing for progress to expand civil rights and protections under law,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “In Central Florida, he brought community leaders together when the Trump administration rescinded protections from transgender students. He has fought for workforce and housing protections, and he supports legislation to make sure our elders get the care and services they need.” More from Florida Politics.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO DECLARES JUNE 20 AS EDIE WINDSOR DAY: Windsor, plaintiff in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case United States v. Windsor, successfully challenged the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 2013. Her case, argued by Roberta Kaplan, helped pave the way for the 2015 Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that established nationwide marriage equality. Yesterday would have been Edie’s 89th birthday.

ICYMI -- KIMAHLI POWELL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF RAINBOW RAILROAD, TOOK OVER HRC’S TWITTER FOR #WorldRefugeeDay: Rainbow Railroad is one of the only organizations in the world helping LGBTQ people escape persecution -- including in Chechnya, where confirmed reports reveal ongoing crimes against humanity, including abductions, detentions, forced disappearances, torture, and even murder of men suspected of being gay or bisexual. More from HRC.

STEPHEN COLBERT SLAMS ANTI-LGBTQ EXTREMIST AND MASSACHUSETTS GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE SCOTT LIVELY: Lively once wrote a book claiming the Nazi Party was “controlled” by “homosexuals.” Watch here.

ICYMI -- TWO WISCONSIN SCHOOLS RECEIVE HRC FOUNDATION’S WELCOMING SCHOOLS SEAL OF EXCELLENCE: Nuestro Mundo Community School and Herbert Schenk Elementary School of the Madison Metropolitan School District received the honor for their commitment to creating inclusive learning environments for all students. More from HRC and The 74.

TREND ALERT -- TRANS STUDENTS WELCOME AT SINGLE-SEX NEW YORK CITY PRIVATE SCHOOLS: Two major private girls’ schools in New York City -- The Brearley School and the Spence School -- recently announced that transgender girls are welcome to apply. More from The New York Times.

FAIRFAX (VA) COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD VOTES TO INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT PrEP IN EDUCATION CURRICULUM: PrEP is a once-daily pill proven to reduce the risk of contracting HIV. More from The Washington Post.

JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING, LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE NON-DISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE PASSES FIRST READING: More from Jackson Hole News & Guide.

FORTY-FOUR PERCENT OF LGBTQ AMERICANS STRUGGLE TO MAINTAIN ADEQUATE SAVINGS: The study pointed to the wage gap between LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ workers. More from Marketwatch.

TWO LGBTQ PEOPLE ATTACKED IN OAKLAND AND SAN FRANCISCO: More from ABC 7.

MORMON DADS OF LGBTQ YOUTH FIND SUPPORT AND SOLIDARITY IN ONLINE COMMUNITY: More from Today Show.

PRIDE MONTH ROUNDUP

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE LGBTQ EMPLOYEE GROUP TO HOLD PRIDE EVENT: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not expected to attend. More from Washington Blade.

  • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine made a statement to honor LGBTQ Pride Month, despite his history of anti-LGBTQ actions. More from Advocate.
  • Wake County, North Carolina, recognizes LGBTQ Pride Month for the first time. More from The News & Observer.

THANK THESE TEN BLACK LGBTQ ICONS FOR YOUR RIGHTS THIS PRIDE: James Baldwin, Josephine Baker, Bayard Rustin and Audre Lorde, among others, pushed the needle forward on equality for women, the Black community and the LGBTQ community. More from Ebony.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

AWFUL -- FRENCH OFFICIAL SAYS SAME-SEX COUPLES SHOULD ONLY BE ALLOWED TO ADOPT “CHILDREN THAT NO ONE WANTS”: More from The Local.

BRITISH ARMY VETERAN SHUTS DOWN HOMOPHOBIC ATTACK ON LONDON BUS: More from The Evening Standard.

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

Entertainment Tonight interviews trans actress Candis Cayne on her role in the groundbreaking new show ‘Pose’; BuzzFeed lists 26 young adult novels with LGBTQ themes; San Francisco Examiner looks at the epidemic of homeless LGBTQ youth; Journal of Accountancy reports best practices for employers when an employee comes out as transgender; WHYY speaks to Philadelphia LGBT Affairs Director Amber Hikes

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