#AM_Equality Tipsheet: June 8, 2018

by Allison Turner

HRC runs full-page ad with sign businesses can display to show they are #OpenToAll

HRC RUNS FULL-PAGE AD IN USA TODAY WITH SIGN BUSINESSES CAN DISPLAY TO SHOW THEY ARE #OpenToAll: Following the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case, this sign will allow businesses to show their support for the LGBTQ community by proudly stating that their place of business will not turn away anyone based on who they are or whom they love.  “In the lead-up to the Masterpiece decision and in the days following, businesses across the country raised their voices to affirm that they are #OpenToAll,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing Olivia Dalton (@OliviaAlair). “While the Supreme Court’s decision did not deliver the sweeping ‘license to discriminate’ that anti-LGBTQ extremists were hoping for, we know they won’t stop here. That’s why, in the wake of this ruling, we are urging Americans in every corner of the country to come together in solidarity to reject discrimination.” More from HRC.

ARIZONA COURT OF APPEALS CITES MASTERPIECE IN DECISION DENYING BUSINESS OWNERS A LICENSE TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST SAME-SEX COUPLES: The decision serves as a potent reminder that anti-equality activists, alongside the Trump-Pence Justice Department, did not secure a license to discriminate at the Supreme Court of the United States earlier this week -- quite the opposite. More from Phoenix Business Journal.

  • HRC mourns the death of chef Anthony Bourdain, a singular, brilliant force who extended his passion to support for justice and equality. Bourdain was part of HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality campaign, and joined the ‘Chefs for Equality’ brief organized by HRC that includes bakers, chefs, restaurateurs and other culinary industry leaders who oppose discrimination against LGBTQ people -- the central issue in the Masterpiece case. More at CNN.

HRC PRESIDENT CHAD GRIFFIN (@CHADHGRIFFIN) ON THE GROUND IN OHIO: Yesterday, HRC discussed HRC and the University of Connecticut’s groundbreaking youth survey at a press conference at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. “Our youth, our young people, are experiencing bullying; are experiencing rejection, in their homes around their own dinner tables, in their schools, and in their communities,” said Griffin. HRC has launched a nationwide Summer of Action anchored by more than 500 local events in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. More from WVXU.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- TWO DADS FOUND OUT A LOCAL BOY WAS BARRED FROM WEARING A DRESS AT SCHOOL... SO GUESS WHAT THEY DID? After the student was told to change out of a dress he was wearing as part of a class project exploring gender and sexism, the child’s father and another dad wore dresses to a meeting with school administrators. “These are the little things you can do as allies to make the world a better place,” said HRC Parents for Transgender Equality Council Member Amber Briggle (@mrsbriggle), whose trans son, Max, attends the same school. “I really want to highlight the little everyday actions we can do to make the world a little bit better for kids like Max.” More from A Plus.

DELAWARE LEGISLATURE SENDS ANTI-“CONVERSION THERAPY” BILL TO GOV. CARNEY’S DESK: “For young people across Delaware, this legislation provides vital and potentially lifesaving protections from the damaging, dangerous and discredited practice known as ‘conversion therapy,’” said HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride), a Delawarean. “While Delaware has made historic progress on LGBTQ equality, we can and must do more to protect LGBTQ youth from rejection, stigma and harm. SB 65 is a critical and significant step in that direction.” More from HRC and WDEL.

HRC ENDORSES RICHARD CORDRAY FOR OHIO GOVERNOR: “Richard Cordray's commitment to equality and years of service to the people of Ohio make him the clear choice for voters,” said HRC State Manager Shawn Copeland. “Throughout his career in public service, Cordray has consistently worked to move equality forward, fighting for every person’s right to work and live free from harassment and discrimination.” More from HRC.

IOWA JUDGE STRIKES DOWN STATE’S MEDICAID BAN ON TRANSITION-RELATED CARE: Chief District Judge Arthur Gamble ruled in favor of two transgender Iowans, Carol Ann Beal of Northwest Iowa and EerieAnna Good of the Quad Cities, ruling that the state’s ban violated both the Iowa Civil Rights Act and the state constitution. More from Des Moines Register.

KITTERY, MAINE, SCHOOL COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES TRANSGENDER STUDENT POLICY: In powerful comments before the vote, one mother said, “There is no room for hate in Kittery.” More from Seacoast Online.

TRANSGENDER WOMAN WHO WORKS FOR STATE OF ALASKA SUES, ALLEGING HEALTH CARE DISCRIMINATION: Jennifer Fletcher says she was denied transition-related care by her insurance company. More from The Associated Press.

REMEMBERING ANTASH’A ENGLISH, TRANS WOMAN MURDERED IN JACKSONVILLE: Last night, community members held a memorial for English, who was fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting early Friday. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is investigating her death as a murder. More from Action News Jax.

RALLY IN NEW MEXICO TO OPPOSE TREATMENT OF TRANSGENDER MIGRANTS IN DETENTION FACILITIES: Last week, Roxsana Hernandez, a transgender woman, died while in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after fleeing violence and discrimination in Honduras. HRC called on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to conduct a thorough investigation into Hernandez’s death. More from The Associated Press.

  • Also, read this  devastating account from the New York Times about the Trump-Pence practice of separating families at the border -- ‘It’s Horrendous’: The Heartache of a Migrant Boy Taken From His Father. Five-year-old José cried himself to sleep the first two nights, “then it turned into just moaning and moaning,” reports Miriam Jordan (@mirjordan). Read the full piece at The New York Times.

INDIANA LAWSUIT ALLEGING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST TRANS STUDENT MOVES FORWARD: A district judge denied the school’s motion to dismiss the suit. More from 14 News.




  • LGBTQ man assaulted in NYC following Queens Pride parade, reports the Jackson Heights Post.
  • Same-sex couple chased by anti-equality mob after Salt Lake City Pride parade. More from On Top Magazine.


HRC MEETS WITH RAINBOW RAILROAD -- CANADIAN LGBTQ GROUP HELPING GAY AND BI CHECHENS ESCAPE PERSECUTION: A Chechen refugee joined the meeting to share his story of escaping persecution after being kidnapped from his place of work, tortured in an abandoned building for several weeks and forced to provide names of other gay and bisexual men in the country. More from HRC.


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