#AM_Equality Tipsheet: June 26, 2018

by Allison Turner

On 3rd anniversary of marriage equality -- HRC highlights need for equality act; Half of LGBTQ employees remain closeted at work

ON 3RD ANNIVERSARY OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY, HRC HIGHLIGHTS URGENT NEED FOR THE EQUALITY ACT: Said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “In 30 states, LGBTQ people are still at risk of being fired, denied housing, or turned away from a business simply because of who they are. Support for this crucial legislation is broader and deeper than it’s ever been. Momentum is on our side as a growing majority of Americans, the business community, and more than 240 lawmakers from both sides of the aisle support the Equality Act. But in order for us to finally pass this critically important legislation, it’s essential that fair-minded Americans turn out and vote this November to ensure we send a pro-equality majority to Congress.” More from HRC.

  • Today, HRC will lead a digital day of action highlighting the incredibly important need to pass the Equality Act and move #EqualityForward. Check out more on HRC’s twitter.

STARTLING NEW HRC DATA REVEALS HALF OF LGBTQ EMPLOYEES IN THE U.S. REMAIN CLOSETED AT WORK -- UNCHANGED FOR NEARLY A DECADE: A Workplace Divided: Understanding the Climate for LGBTQ Workers Nationwide found that even with historic progress in LGBTQ equality, many barriers to full inclusion remain -- particularly within interpersonal workplace connections, including non-work conversations or outings among coworkers. “While LGBTQ-inclusive corporate policies are becoming the norm, LGBTQ workers too often face a climate of bias in their workplace,” said Deena Fidas, director of HRC’s Workplace Equality Program. “LGBTQ employees are still avoiding making personal and professional connections at work because they fear coming out -- and that hurts not only that employee, but the company as a whole.” More from HRC, Advocate, Chicago Sun Times, Bloombergand USA Today.

ACROSS THE COUNTRY, FAIR-MINDED AMERICANS ARE RALLYING AGAINST TRUMP-PENCE’S UNCONSCIONABLE CHOICE TO RIP APART IMMIGRANT FAMILIES: Despite Trump’s late and incomplete retreat from his cruel and dangerous policy, thousands of families have already paid the price and will continue to suffer because of his actions. As the National Immigration Law Center notes: “This executive order would have the effect of jailing, for months or even years, immigrant families seeking safety in the U.S.” More from CNN.

NEW YORK GOV. ANDREW CUOMO DIRECTS STATE AGENCIES TO PROTECT TRANS PEOPLE IN HEALTH CARE AND INSURANCE: Governor Cuomo says his actions are a direct response to the rumored Trump-Pence rollback of Obama-era protections for trans people in health care and insurance. More from Albany Times Union.

  • Gov. Cuomo helped dedicate a memorial to those lost in the Pulse shooting in 2016. More from CBS New York City.

TUESDAY TWEETS -- PUPS SHOW THEIR PRIDE AT PARADES ACROSS THE COUNTRY: These good doggos are dressed in their best and ready to give kisses to all supporters of equality! More from Breaking News.

DRIVING TOWARD EQUALITY -- ACROSS THE U.S., STATES ARE OFFERING GENDER-NEUTRAL LICENSES: Oregon, California, Maine and the District of Columbia currently allow licenses with a ‘X’ marker or similar gender-neutral option. Several other states are considering the change. More from Mother Jones.

RHODE ISLAND LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL TO ENSURE THAT DEATH CERTIFICATES REFLECT GENDER IDENTITY: The measure, which heads to Gov. Gian Raimondo, amends state law to require that the sex designation on a decedent’s death certificate accurately reflects their gender identity. Rhode Island legislators have signaled that they support preserving the dignity and equality of all people, including transgender residents. More from HRC.

CRUCIAL WPATH INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS OF CARE ADOPTED BY STARBUCKS: While the company has offered coverage of gender affirmation surgery since 2012, it will now offer additional transition-related services. Starbucks is the first company in the world to work with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) to “help translate their recommended standards of care into a medical benefits policy.” “Starbucks is taking a stand and standing up for trans people and saying that our procedures aren’t just cosmetic -- they are lifesaving. They’re affirming,” said Tate Buhrmester, a transgender Starbucks manager benefiting from these policies. More here.

JANELLE MONAE STUNS IN RAINBOW DRESS AT BET AWARDS: The actress and singer came out as pansexual and queer earlier this year. More from Daily Mail.

GAY PUERTO RICAN MAN WHOSE HOME AND BUSINESS WERE DESTROYED BY HURRICANE MARIA FINDS NEW PLACE TO LIVE: HRC was on the ground in Puerto Rico recently to help Ricky Santiago and others affected by Hurricane Maria. More from Washington Blade.


PRIDE MUST-WATCH -- SUGARLAND RELEASES VIDEO HIGHLIGHTING NEEDS OF LGBTQ YOUTH: The powerful cover of ‘Tony’ by Patty Griffin features statistics from HRC’s 2018 survey of LGBTQ youth. Watch here.

LGBTQ HISTORY LESSON -- GILBERT BAKER: In 1978, Gilbert Baker hand-dyed and stitched the fabric that would become one of the most important and enduring symbols of LGBTQ pride -- the rainbow flag. Baker’s creation reflects the diversity of the LGBTQ community and has brought hope to millions across the globe. More from San Francisco Chronicle.

  • Cynthia Nixon honored her trans son’s graduation during NYC Pride weekend. More from HuffPost.
  • Do you want to be a better ally to LGBTQ people? Check out these tips from CNN.
  • Orioles’ Pride Night will benefit HIV & AIDS organization, Moveable Feast. More from Baltimore Sun.
  • Smirnoff Vodka pledges $1 million to HRC in support of love: More from HRC.


FIRST LGBTQ ORGANIZATION RECOGNIZED BY MOROCCAN GOVERNMENT: HRC Global Innovator Nidal Azhary (@Nidal_Azhary) is the executive director of L’Union Feministe Libre, which last week received its official government registration.


  • “When I left Ireland, it was still a criminal offense to be gay.” Brendan Fay reflects on his journey while attending New York’s Pride parade. More from The Irish Times.

MAJOR LGBTQ WORKPLACE INCLUSION SURVEY IN PERU: This month, Gabriel de la Cruz Soler, proud 2017 HRC Global Innovator and notable LGBTQ advocate in Peru, released the results of a groundbreaking LGBTQ workplace inclusion survey conducted by Presente, an LGBTQ organization he leads. More from HRC.

ENCUESTA DE INCLUSIÓN LGBTQ EN PERÚ: Este mes, Gabriel de la Cruz Soler, destacado participante de la Cumbre Global de Apoyo Innovador de HRC 2017 y defensor de derechos LGBTQ en Perú, dio a conocer los resultados de una innovadora encuesta de inclusión LGBTQ en centros laborales realizada por Presente, la organización LGBTQ que dirige. Más de HRC.


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

Boston Globe visits a Worcester, Mass., church that has become known for protecting and helping LGBTQ immigrants; The Daily Beast interviews 50 attendees of New York City’s Pride parade; A gay asylum seeker in America shares his story in HuffPost

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