#AM_Equality Tipsheet: June 22, 2018

by Allison Turner

HRC endorses Jennifer Wexton for U.S. Congress Virginia seat; Feel Good Friday from NYT - “Queer Love in Color”

HRC ENDORSES JENNIFER WEXTON FOR U.S. CONGRESS VIRGINIA SEAT: “Jennifer Wexton is a proven leader who will stand up in the U.S. Congress for Virginia’s working families and help pull the emergency brakes on the Trump-Pence administration’s reckless agenda,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “In the Virginia General Assembly, Jennifer Wexton worked tirelessly to advance fairness and equality for all. HRC is proud to endorse her bid to represent the people of Northern Virginia’s 10th District in Congress, and we look forward to working closely with her to move LGBTQ equality forward.” More from HRC.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY  FROM NY TIMES -- “QUEER LOVE IN COLOR”: Digital Editor Jamal Jordan highlights Black same-sex relationships in a beautiful new photo series in The New York Times. He writes, “As a visual journalist, I believe pictures can connect with people in a way that other forms of media can’t. To this end, I decided to give a gift to my younger self: the imagery of queer love I’ve never seen. Queer love in color.” More from The New York Times.

MUST-READ -- FCC COMMISSIONER JESSICA ROSENWORCEL URGES AGENCY TO RECONSIDER CUTTING PHONE PROGRAM THAT GIVES LIFELINE TO LGBTQ HOMELESS: Rosenworcel (@JRosenworcel) writes, “In light of the epidemic of homelessness among LGBT youth, the FCC should be figuring out how to get Lifeline service into the hands of young people who need it. But instead, the FCC’s is planning to make deep cuts to the Lifeline program. As proposed, these cuts would leave 70 percent of Lifeline participants without a connection.” More from Advocate.

TEXAS REPUBLICAN PARTY ADOPTS 24 ANTI-LGBTQ POSITIONS IN OFFICIAL PLATFORM: Egregiously, one of the positions endorses the dangerous and debunked practice of “conversion therapy.” “Fourteen states and Washington, D.C., have laws or regulations effectively banning so-called conversion therapy for minors, and several others have pending legislation that would do the same,” said Nick Morrow (@NRMorrow), HRC Southern States press secretary. “Meanwhile, Republican leaders in Texas continue to needlessly and cruelly attack their LGBTQ residents, contrary to the will of their own constituents.” More from Into.

MASSACHUSETTS MUST VOTE ‘YES’ TO PRESERVE PROTECTIONS FOR TRANS COMMUNITY:. If repealed, Massachusetts would become the first and only state in the U.S. to pass a statewide ballot initiative to revoke legal protections for transgender people. More from The Daily Beast.

WE’VE GOT YOUR WEEKEND PRIDE PLAYLIST RIGHT HERE: More from Pitchfork.

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, MAYOR CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR APPOINTS LGBTQ LIAISON: More from Pride Source.

NEW LGBTQ COMMUNITY CENTER IN GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, MICHIGAN: More from Up North Live.

FORMER UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY FOOTBALL PLAYER LANDON FOSTER COMES OUT AS GAY in an essay for Outsports.

PRIDE MONTH ROUNDUP

SOCORRO MORELAND IS A BLACK TRANS MAN WHO HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO HELPING OTHER TRANS MEN OF COLOR GET THE RESOURCES THEY NEED: More from The Bay Area Reporter.

CONGRATS SOUTH BEND, IND., MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG AND CHASTEN GLEZMAN ON YOUR NUPTIALS: After their wedding, the pair attended an LGBTQ Pride celebration in their first appearance as a married couple. More from The New York Times.

LGBTQ PRIDE HISTORY LESSON -- THE UPSTAIRS LOUNGE FIRE: In 1973, an arsonist set fire to the New Orleans LGBTQ bar, killing 32. More from ABC News.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

POLISH SUPREME COURT RULES A SHOP CANNOT REFUSE TO PRINT LGBTQ MATERIALS: The court upheld a lower court’s ruling. More from Human Rights Watch.

MEXICO FOOTBALL FEDERATION FINED $10K FOR HOMOPHOBIC CHANTS DURING WORLD CUP GAME: More from ESPN.

FOLLOWING FIRST PRIDE FESTIVAL HELD AT REFUGEE CAMP, ORGANIZERS ARE BEING THREATENED: Posters containing death threats have gone up around the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. More from NBC.

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

The New York Times explores LGBTQ food culture; Bustle asks activists what they wish they knew before their first Pride; The New York Times goes on a tour of the city’s forgotten LGBTQ bars; The National LGBT Media Association announced winners of its third annual Ad POP awards; The New York Times interviews David Oscar, an 86-year-old activist organizing for LGBTQ elders

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