#AM_Equality Tipsheet: June 28, 2018

by Allison Turner

Senate must hold action on SCOTUS nominee until after midterms; Janus ruling undermines American workers.

HRC CALLS ON SENATE TO HOLD ACTION ON SUPREME COURT NOMINEE UNTIL AFTER MIDTERMS -- KENNEDY RETIREMENT “A WAKEUP CALL”: “Justice Kennedy’s retirement should serve as a wakeup call for every pro-equality voter in America,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “Trump wants a Supreme Court nominee who will undermine progress we've made on affordable health care, LGBTQ equality, Roe and more. The American people don't -- and they should have an opportunity to say so at the ballot box in November. The 2018 midterm elections just became the most consequential election of our lifetime. We must keep organizing, mobilizing, and holding lawmakers to account every single day -- and then we need turn out like never before this November.” Trump has signaled his intention to nominate Supreme Court justices who would undermine significant progress -- from health care to LGBTQ equality to the Constitutional right to safe, legal abortion.  More from HRC.

SUPREME COURT RULING IN JANUS UNDERMINES AMERICAN WORKERS: The court’s 5-4 vote against AFSCME undermines the ability of unions to fight for workers’ rights. “The decision is a devastating blow to working people,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “Unions have long played a vital role in strengthening families and advancing LGBTQ equality in the workplace. Nurses, social workers and teachers use their voice to stand up for LGBTQ patients, parents and students every day. HRC will continue to fight alongside our partners in the labor movement in the face of ongoing attacks from the Trump-Pence administration.” HRC joined with coalition partners in the LGBTQ movement in filing an amicus brief in support of workers and their right to organize. Janus v. AFSCME was widely considered the most consequential legal case for workers’ rights in a generation. More from HRC.

THANKFUL THURSDAY: HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) joined ‘In The Know’ to share words of wisdom with young LGBTQ people struggling to be their authentic selves. Watch here.

MASS HOUSE OF REPS OVERWHELMINGLY PASSES BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PROTECT LGBTQ YOUTH FROM “CONVERSION THERAPY”: The measure now heads to the Massachusetts Senate for consideration. “No child should be subjected to this abusive practice that has been condemned by every major medical and mental health organization,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. “Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree on these critically important protections for Massachusetts’ LGBTQ youth.” Read more at HRC and Metro Weekly.

HRC ENDORSES LAUREN UNDERWOOD FOR U.S. CONGRESS IN ILLINOIS’ 14TH DISTRICT: “Lauren Underwood is the clear choice for Illinois voters who believe in justice, fairness and equality,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “She will fight for Illinois’ working families and champion every person’s right to live and work free from discrimination and harassment.” More from HRC.

WHITE HOUSE ISSUES MEANINGLESS, TONE DEAF STATEMENT ON NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY: Said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy: “Donald Trump and Mike Pence have both shamefully undermined efforts to combat HIV and AIDS. This empty White House press release is all the more absurd given Trump’s ignorance on and indifference to people living with AIDS, Pence’s role in a major HIV outbreak in Indiana, and this administration’s repeated efforts to rip affordable health care away from vulnerable people.” The Trump-Pence administration is also proposing dramatic cuts to HIV and AIDS funding; has fired the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS; and failed  to mention Black and Latinx and gay, bisexual and transgender people who are  facing the worst of this epidemic. Read more at HRC.

  • Must watch: Check out the first episode of Vice’s new show ‘Latin-X,’ chronicling the HIV epidemic among young LGBTQ Latinx populations. Watch here.

HRC MOURNS KEISHA WELLS, SECOND TRANS WOMAN MURDERED IN CLEVELAND THIS YEAR: Wells, 58, was fatally shot Sunday in Cleveland, according to news reports, becoming the second transgender woman to be killed in the Ohio city this year. No arrests have been made in the case. In news reports, Sheila Jones, a longtime friend of Wells, described her as “the nicest person ever,” a “tough cookie” and someone who “wouldn’t back down from anyone.” Wells is the 14th known transgender person to have been killed this year. On the same day, transgender woman Cathalina Christina James was killed in Jacksonville, Florida, becoming the third transgender woman murdered in the Jacksonville area this year. These tragic deaths underscore the urgent need to address the epidemic of violence against the transgender community across the U.S. More from Cleveland.com and HRC.

NEW SURVEY -- 65 PERCENT OF DOCTORS WILLING TO PRESCRIBE PrEP TO ADOLESCENTS: More from NBC.

ISRAEL PRO WRESTLER NIR ROTENBERG COMES OUT AS GAY IN AN INTERVIEW FOR WDG: More from OutSports.

PRIDE MONTH ROUNDUP

THE ANNIVERSARY OF STONEWALL REMINDS US OF THE URGENCY OF RESISTANCE:  In a week of frustrating setbacks and heartbreaking stories,  today’s anniversary of Stonewall reminds us of the power and urgency of resistance. Forty-nine years ago, the Stonewall Riots in New York City marked the beginning of the modern LGBTQ rights movement in the United States.  Harassed by local police simply for congregating, LGBTQ patrons -- the majority of whom were trans women of color -- decided to take a stand and fight back against the brutal intimidation they regularly faced. More from HRC.

  • This LGBTQ Pride Month, HRC asked members of our Parents for Transgender Equality Council to share why they are proud to celebrate their young, transgender family members. More from HRC.
  • As part of its Pride coverage, The New York Times reviews LGBTQ-themed dance theatre productions at the Joyce Theater and Performance Space New York. More from NYT.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

REGISTRAR OF SOCIETIES OF KENYA ACKNOWLEDGES INTERSEX PEOPLE FOR FIRST TIME: More from Voice of America.

LGBTQ ORGANIZATION IRIS ANGOLA RECEIVES LONG-AWAITED GOVERNMENTAL REGISTRATION: More from Global Voices.

AUSTRALIAN POLICE EXAMINING ANTI-LGBTQ COLD CASES IN NEW EFFORT TO HEAL RIFT BETWEEN COMMUNITY AND POLICE: More from The Guardian.

STAFF AT SWEDISH SPORTS STADIUM TO RECEIVE TRAINING IN LGBTQ COMPETENCY: The facilities will also be designed to be inclusive of all -- including allowing all to use facilities based on their gender identity and offering ungendered facilities. More from The Local se.

OPENLY GAY MAN ANTON KRASOVSKY TO RUN FOR MAYOR OF MOSCOW: To qualify for the ballot, he must collect signatures of 110 municipal deputies before July 3. More from The Daily Beast.

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The Teal Mango interviews Sushma Dwivedi Jindal, who started a project to help officiate Hindu same-sex weddings; Reuters visits the British Museum’s exhibit exploring 11,000 years of LGBTQ history; Texas Lawyer reports on a recent panel of LGBTQ judges; Ozy examines the gradual reversal of equality in Paraguay; Forbes shares an emotional ‘America’s Got Talent’ audition from trans singer Bobby Ray

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