#AM_Equality Tipsheet: June 4, 2019

by HRC Staff

HRC joins advocates to call for justice for Johana ‘Joa’ Medina; HRC staff shares powerful story in honor of Immigrant Heritage Month.

HRC JOINS ADVOCATES CALLING FOR JUSTICE FOR JOHANA ‘JOA’ MEDINA: “The death of Johana Medina, a transgender woman of color and asylum seeker, just days after being released from ICE custody, is yet another horrific and deeply disturbing development in the ongoing crisis of anti-LGBTQ actions by immigration authories,” said HRC Director of Government Affairs David Stacy (@david_stacy). More from HRC, Washington Blade and NBC.

NY GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO CALLS FOR BANNING OF LGBTQ “PANIC DEFENSE”: Under current law, perpretators can assert a victim’s LGBTQ identity as a potential defense for their violent crimes. More from New York Law Journal and WKBW.

 HORRIFIC -- DALLAS POLICE NAME CHYNAL LINDSEY AS THIRD TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED THERE IN A YEAR: “We see this phenomenon far too often, that violence will bubble up in a specific area or state each year,” said HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride), who characterized the attacks in Dallas as part of  a larger nationwide trend. “There are concerns around contagion or a copycat effect each time a community witnesses a significant number of cases of anti-transgender violence.” More from The New York Times.

“IT’S CALLED EQUALITY, AND WE WANT IT NOW” -- BILLIE JEAN KING REFLECTS ON STONEWALL 50 AND LGBTQ RIGHTS: “I want everyone -- regardless of race, sexuality, gender, ability, or gender identity -- to have the same rights,” King told The Daily Beast’s Tim Teeman (@TimTeeman). Read more from The Daily Beast.

TUESDAY TWEET -- HRC’S VIET TRAN (@VIETHOAITRAN) SHARES HIS PERSONAL STORY IN HONOR OF IMMIGRANT HERITAGE MONTH:

REP. AYANNA PRESSLEY DENOUNCES TRUMP-PENCE ROLLBACK OF TRANS NON-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS AT HOMELESS SHELTERS: “This proposed rule released by HUD robs thousands of Americans from adequate shelter and safety and puts their lives at risk,” writes Pressley (D-Mass.). More from the Washington Blade.

PRIDE MONTH ROUNDUP

TODAY -- HRC AND NORDIC AMBASSADORS TO U.S. PARTICIPATE IN TWITTER TOWN HALL FOR PRIDE MONTH:

PHILL WILSON (@iamphillwilson) WILL SERVE AS GRAND MARSHAL FOR LA PRIDE: More from Los Angeles Blade.

‘NO OUTSIDERS’ TEACHER LEADS BIRMINGHAM PRIDE PARADE: More from Gay Star News.

UTAH PRIDE PARADE COMMEMORATES 50 YEARS OF LGBTQ RIGHTS: More from The Salt Lake Tribune.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

NEW ZEALAND COMMITS ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO PROVIDE GENDER-AFFIRMING SURGERY: More from Gay Star News.  

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Advocate honors National Center for Transgender Equality’s Harper Jean Tobin; Indy Star highlights the Damien Center’s (@damiencenter) efforts to house and support homeless trans people; SF Chronicle’s Datebook details new art installation remembering San Francisco’s first Black-owned LGBTQ bar

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