#AM_Equality Tipsheet: June 5, 2019

by HRC Staff

HRC calls on Senate to pass the American Dream and Promise Act, and announces support for DC decriminalization legislation.

HOUSE PASSES THE AMERICAN DREAM AND PROMISE ACT -- HRC CALLS ON SENATE TO ACT: “Dreamers, TPS and DED holders are our colleagues, our classmates, and our community members, including approximately 75,000 Dreamers who are LGBTQ,” said David Stacy, HRC’s Government Affairs Director (@david_stacy). “It is crucially important that Congress give them certainty and security to stay here in the U.S. and continue contributing to our nation.” More from HRC.

HRC ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR D.C. DECRIMINALIZATION LEGISLATION: The Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019, introduced in the D.C. Council, would eliminate criminal prohibitions and penalties for consensual sex work and establish a task force to recommend further improvements to public safety, health and human rights. “No person should be put at risk of abuse or fear violence simply for trying to survive,” said Sarah Warbelow, HRC’s Legal Director (@SarahWarbelow). More from HRC.

HRC MOURNS CHYNAL LINDSEY, THE THIRD BLACK TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN DALLAS IN THE PAST YEAR: Lindsey’s death is the eighth known case of deadly violence against the transgender community in 2019. More from HRC.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- VOX’S EMILY TODD VANDERWERFF (@TVOTI) SHARES HER POWERFUL COMING OUT STORY: More from Vox.

REP. MIKE HILL’S SHOCKING DISPLAY OF ANTI-LGBTQ BIAS:

HORRIFYING AND UNCONSCIONABLE -- ALABAMA MAYOR DEFENDS SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTS ON KILLING LGBTQ PEOPLE:  

CONGRATS! HRC’S DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL LEADERSHIP JAY GILLAM NAMED ONE OF ATLANTIC COUNCIL’S 25 LGBTQ NEXT GENERATION LEADERS: More from the Atlantic Council.  

PRIDE MONTH ROUNDUP

FROM THE WASH POST’S EUGENE SCOTT -- “TRUMP’S RECOGNITION OF PRIDE MONTH CONFLICTS WITH HIS ADMIN’S POLICIES”: “You can’t celebrate Pride and constantly undermine our rights — including attacking #TransHealth, discharging #TransTroops, refusing to protect LGBTQ youth, and cozying up to dictators who brutalize and marginalize LGBTQ people,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). More from Scott (@Eugene_Scott) at The Washington Post.  

 LOOKING AT TRANSGENDER REPRESENTATION ON TV FOR PRIDE MONTH: More from Michael Rothman (@TheRealRothman) at Good Morning America.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

FINLAND HONORS EQUALITY WITH NEUTRAL PRONOUN FOR GENDER AND SOCIAL STATUS:

PHILIPPINES’S ANTI-LGBTQ RODRIGO DUTERTE CLAIMS HE “CURED HIMSELF” OF BEING GAY: “Instead of making insulting and often nonsensical remarks about LGBTQ people and marginalized communities, it’s time that he takes action to end the well-documented human rights abuses committed by government and security forces officials across the Philippines,” said HRC Director of Global Partnerships Jean Freedberg (@freedjean). More from USA Today.

ANTI-LGBTQ SENTIMENT ON THE RISE AROUND THE WORLD: More from Harpers Bazaar.

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Buzzfeed features the New York Public Library’s (@nypl) new exhibit of photos showcasing powerful moments in LGBTQ history; The Guardian reports that the First United Methodist Church in Birmingham will screen Arthur episode blocked by Alabama Public Television; HRC staff Marcos Garcia on Immigrant Heritage Month and Pride Month

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