#AM_Equality Tipsheet: June 5, 2018

by Allison Turner

Masterpiece decision does not change civil rights laws; HRC on the ground in WI for Sen. Tammy Baldwin

SCOTUS RULING IN MASTERPIECE DOES NOT CHANGE NATION’S CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS, AFFIRMS LGBTQ PEOPLE HAVE RIGHT TO LIVE FREE FROM DISCRIMINATION: HRC released the following statement yesterday after the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case involving a baker who in 2012 refused to provide a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. “In today’s narrow ruling against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the Supreme Court acknowledged that LGBTQ people are equal and have a right to live free from the indignity of discrimination,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “Anti-LGBTQ extremists did not win the sweeping ‘license to discriminate’ they have been hoping for -- and today’s ruling does not change our nation's longstanding civil rights laws. Yet, the fact remains that LGBTQ people face alarming levels of discrimination all across the country and HRC’s efforts to advance equality are as urgent as ever. With LGBTQ people at risk of being fired, evicted or denied services in 31 states, HRC continues to build momentum for the Equality Act, to elect pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot, and fighting in every corner of our country to advance policies that protect LGBTQ people from being targeted for who they are or whom they love.”

  • The court ruled that Colorado’s enforcement of its civil rights law was flawed, while reaffirming that LGBTQ Americans should not face discrimination in the provision of goods and services and state law may continue to prohibit such discrimination. More from HRC and USA Today.
  • Major national corporations, including Airbnb and Salesforce, spoke out to affirm that businesses should be #OpenToAll. Both companies joined a HRC-led amicus brief signed by dozens of major corporations in the case.
  • Reminder: Six in 10 Americans oppose this kind of discrimination. More from The Washington Post.


HRC PRESIDENT ON THE GROUND IN WISCONSIN CAMPAIGNING FOR SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN (D-WI): HRC President Chad Griffin kicked off HRC’s nationwide Summer of Action with a weekend event supporting Senator Baldwin, lauding her as “one of the hardest-working United States Senators today.” The Summer of Action is anchored by more than 500 local events in all fifty states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. In the lead up to the midterm elections, HRC has identified more than 52 million “Equality Voters” -- voters who support LGBTQ-inclusive policies including marriage equality, equitable family law, and laws that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. More from INTO.

PETITION TO THE SUPREME COURT IN SEXUAL ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION CASE: The company in the case Zarda v. Altitude Express is petitioning the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn a ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, en banc, that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The decision is consistent with other lower courts. The case involves a man who was allegedly fired for being gay. The Trump-Pence Department of Justice filed an amicus brief in the case -- a blatant effort to undermine the growing legal consensus that LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination under Title VII. More from Advocate.

SEC. OF EDUCATION BETSY DEVOS -- THE IMAGES OF THE STUDENTS YOU FAIL HANG IN YOUR HALLS: An art exhibit at the U.S. Department of Education features youth of color, LGBTQ youth and other marginalized young people. The irony is inescapable - the policies pushed by DeVos since the day she took office have targeted these youth. More from The Washington Post.

VERMONT REPORT FINDS BULLYING, SMOKING DOWN FOR YOUTH: The report, however, noted the disparities for LGBTQ students and students of color, who experience bullying at higher rates. More from WNYT.



TAYLOR SWIFT SENDS LOVE TO LGBTQ FANS AT CHICAGO CONCERT: “And so this month and every month I want to send my love and respect to everybody who has been brave enough to be honest about how they feel, to live their lives as they are, as they feel they should be, as they identify. And this is a month where I think we need to celebrate how far we've come, but I think we also need to acknowledge how far we still have left to go.” More from Rolling Stone.

  • NJ Gov. Phil Murphy pledges to make state a “beacon of inclusion and model of diversity.” More from Asbury Park Press.
  • Judy and Dennis Shepard will be the grand marshals of the DC Pride Parade. More from Washington Blade.
  • Estimated 100,000 attend Salt Lake City Pride parade. More from Deseret News.
  • Hundreds of thousands attend Sao Paulo Pride parade. More from CBS.
  • HRC’s Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) was in Boston to defend transgender equality in the Commonwealth.


PRESIDENT OF GERMANY APOLOGIZES TO LGBTQ COMMUNITY FOR COUNTRY’S HISTORY OF DISCRIMINATION: Frank-Walter Steinmeier noted specifically the connection between the country’s anti-LGBTQ discrimination and the Hitler regime. More from The Associated Press.


HRC CELEBRA INCLUSIÓN LGBTQ EN CIUDAD DE MÉXICO: La Fundación HRC otorgó un reconocimiento al Museo Memoria y Tolerancia por su creciente compromiso por una mayor inclusión LGBTQ y su primera exposición de temática LGBTQ en México. Más de EnlaceJudío.

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DW speaks to Russian LGBTQ advocates in advance of the World Cup; THEM teams up with Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) and Chella Man (@chellamanart) to teach LGBTQ vocabulary in ASL; HRC joins San Juan’s pride festival while helping rebuilding efforts

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