#AM_Equality Tipsheet: June 27, 2018

by Allison Turner

DANGEROUS - SCOTUS rules 5-4 that Trump-Pence Muslim ban is constitutional; Congress must pass the Equality Act.

SCOTUS’ RULING ON TRUMP-PENCE MUSLIM BAN UPHOLDS XENOPHOBIC EFFORT TO SCAPEGOAT PEOPLE OF CERTAIN FAITH: “Make no mistake: this is an unnecessary and dangerous ban against Muslims that recklessly puts lives in danger and undermines civil liberties in this country,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “We are disappointed that the Supreme Court has chosen to uphold what is clearly a xenophobic effort that scapegoats persons of a particular faith, threatens the safety of human beings seeking refuge, encourages violence and discrimination against Muslim Americans and does nothing to keep all Americans safer.” HRC has continuously stood with coalition partners in fighting Trump and Pence efforts to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. More from HRC.

ROAD TRIP -- HRC HITS THE ROAD TO EXPOSE THE PATCHWORK OF STATE NON-DISCRIMINATION LAWS: In most states in this country, LGBTQ people who get married at 10 a.m. are at risk of being fired from their jobs by noon and evicted from their homes by 2 p.m. simply for sharing their wedding photos on social media. It’s long past time for Congress to pass the Equality Act. Currently, 50 percent of LGBTQ Americans live in states where they are at risk of being fired, denied housing, or refused service because of who they are or who they love. The Equality Act would extend existing civil rights protections to LGBTQ people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally-funded programs and jury service. More from HRC.

MAINE LEGISLATURE SENDS BIPARTISAN MEASURE TO GOVERNOR TO PROTECT YOUTH FROM “CONVERSION THERAPY”: If signed or allowed to become law by the governor, Maine would join 14 other states plus the District of Columbia with laws or regulations protecting LGBTQ youth from the dangerous practice. Said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse: “It’s now imperative that fair-minded people across the state contact Governor LePage’s office and urge him to sign this bill protecting LGBTQ youth or allow it to become law. Other Republican governors across the country -- including most recently in neighboring New Hampshire -- have signed similar bipartisan legislation, and it’s vital for Maine’s LGBTQ youth that Governor LePage does the same.” More from HRC.

HRC OPPOSES DANGEROUS CHANGES TO PROPOSED REGULATION PROTECTING DELAWARE STUDENTS: After a public comment period late last year, the Delaware Department of Education earlier this month announced changes to Regulation 225 that would effectively mandate discrimination against many LGBTQ students, particularly transgender youth.  “If adopted, Regulation 225 would license discrimination against transgender students, violate federal civil rights laws and undermine the health, safety and dignity of kids who deserve our support,” said Sarah Warbelow, HRC’s Legal Director.  “Requiring the forced outing of transgender students as a precondition to protect their rights is discriminatory and cruel. We implore Governor Carney and his administration to immediately withdraw this draft regulation to ensure that Delaware stands on the right side of both the law and history.” More from HRC.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY --  “WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A TRANSGENDER MAN AT SPELMAN COLLEGE”: Keo O’Neal, believed to be the first openly trans man to graduate from Spelman, writes, “I know I am not the only trans man that has or will graduate from Spelman College but I know I did pave a way for other trans folks to be themselves... Progress always needs to be made, but it is my hope that Spelman is moving in the right direction.” More from Teen Vogue.

  • Earlier this year, Spelman responded strongly after O’Neal and his girlfriend received transphobic messages from students. The incident prompted continuing  discussion among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) about how to better support and serve LGBTQ students. More from The Nation.

JARED POLIS WINS COLORADO DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL NOMINATION: If he wins in November, he will be the state’s first openly gay governor. More from Vox.

  • Polis is one of several openly LGBTQ candidates running for governor this year. More from The Hill.

HRC DEMANDS JUSTICE FOR CATHALINA CHRISTINA JAMES, 3RD TRANS WOMAN MURDERED IN JACKSONVILLE AREA THIS YEAR: Cathalina was recently identified as the third trans woman murdered in the Jacksonville area this year. HRC has joined local advocates in reaching out to Jacksonville city leadership for more information, urging a thorough and complete investigation to find those responsible for these murders and to bring them to justice. The Jacksonville Transgender Action Committee is holding an event tonight highlighting these tragedies and calling on local officials to address the epidemic of violence against Jacksonville’s trans community. More from HRC and NBC 2.

TODAY IS NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY: Francisco Cortes is an HRC Foundation HIV 360° 2017 cohort Alumnus.  Since completing the program, Francisco was promoted to Interim Executive Director of Galaei, an HIV service organization in Philadelphia. Learn more about his work from HRC.

OHIO GOP LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE BILL ATTACKING TRANSGENDER CHILDREN: The despicable bill would allow parents to deny a young person’s access to gender-affirming health care, and prevent schools from affirming a young person’s gender identity without outing the youth to their parents. More from Cleveland Scene.

NEW ORLEANS MAYOR LATOYA CANTRELL TO CREATE LGBTQ TASK FORCE: It will give special focus to issues affecting the trans community and LGBTQ people of color. More from The New Orleans Advocate.

VIRGINIA TEEN BELIEVED TO BE FIRST OPENLY TRANS VIRGINIA SENATE PAGE: HRC Youth Ambassador Sean Bender-Prouty was able to thank Governor Ralph Northam for his support of LGBTQ people and meet openly transgender Virginia Delegate Danica Roem. More from Washington Blade.

FOUNDERS OF AIRBNB’S TRANS EMPLOYEE RESOURCE GROUP PEN OPED ON GLOBAL TRANS EQUALITY: More from Advocate.

AIRBUS AMERICAS NAMES AMANDA SIMPSON VICE PRESIDENT, RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY: During the Obama administration, Simpson became the first openly transgender woman to receive a presidential appointment. More here.

GENDER EXPANSIVE CHILDREN FACE CHALLENGES IN HEALTH CARE THAT COULD HAVE LIFELONG CONSEQUENCES: More from The Atlantic.

  • The Mayo Clinic’s Transgender Intersex Specialty Care Clinic provides comprehensive and inclusive care to trans patients to mitigate such challenges. More from MPR News.

PRIDE MONTH ROUNDUP

CBS REPORTER DAVID BEGNAUD COMES OUT AS GAY IN POWERFUL PRIDE POST: More from Washington Blade.

  • Ariana Grande is raising crucial funds for HRC for her birthday -- and to honor the anniversary of marriage equality! More here.
  • The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra welcomed San Francisco gay Men’s Chorus director Tim Seelig as a guest conductor during Pride. More from The Salt Lake Tribune.
  • Lesbian singer-songwriter Mary Lambert released a new video for the anniversary of marriage equality featuring same-sex wedding videos and proposals. Watch here.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

EUROPEAN COURT RULES THAT U.K. DISCRIMINATED AGAINST TRANS PENSION-SEEKER: The government denied a trans woman her pension because she did not annul her marriage -- a requirement in the country to change her gender marker. She was told to wait until the men’s pension age of 65, rather than the women’s age of 60. More from The Guardian.

PROFESSIONAL RUSSIAN SOCCER PLAYER FORCED TO GIVE UP CAREER BECAUSE SHE IS A LESBIAN: More from HuffPost.

THIS WEEK IN ‘HUH’? HUNGARIAN PUNDIT CLAIMS MUSICAL BILLY ELLIOT WILL TURN CHILDREN LGBTQ: More from BBC.

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

Advocate shares a lesson Sharon Stone’s son taught her on coming out; The Los Angeles Times reviews art by Black gay artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase; HuffPost interviews openly gay college wrestler Justin Horn; POZ Magazine highlights milestones in HIV and AIDS activist history; Digiday asks how banks can make their customer service interactions more trans-friendly; Fast Company gives the pros and cons of coming out during the hiring process

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