#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 11, 2019

by HRC Staff

HRC and major civil rights orgs host Equality Act press briefing; HRC hails passage of voting rights legislation expanding voter access.

AHEAD OF EQUALITY ACT INTRODUCTION THIS WEEK, HRC AND MAJOR CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS HOST PRESS BRIEFING TODAY: HRC, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), the ACLU, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and the Center for American Progress (CAP) hosted a press briefing on the Equality Act, historic federal civil rights legislation that will finally establish clear, consistent, protections for LGBTQ people from coast to coast. Learn more about the Equality Act here.

HRC HAILS PASSAGE OF “FOR THE PEOPLE ACT OF 2019” THAT EXPANDS VOTER ACCESS: The sweeping voting rights legislation would, among other things, create a national automatic voter registration that allows participants to opt-out rather than opt-in, and make Election Day a holiday for federal workers. “The American people are entitled to an electoral system that works for them, not against them,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy (@david_stacy). “We praise congressional leadership for securing passage of this bill in the House and call upon Sen. Mitch McConnell to immediately bring it to a floor vote on the Senate and let the people decide through their representatives.” More from HRC.

PrEP USE INCREASES AMONG GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN: Writing for NBC Out, Tim Fitzsimons (@tfitzsimons) reports that “thirty-five percent of gay and bisexual men at high risk of HIV infection were using PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, the daily pill that prevents HIV infection, in 2017, according to data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014, just 6 percent of these men used PrEP.” However, the CDC says that “PrEP use remains too low, especially among gay and bisexual men of color.” Read the full piece from NBC Out.

MONDAY MUST-READ: Young adult (YA) books featuring LGBTQ main characters are on the rise, writes Gwen Aviles (@gwenfaviles) for NBC Out, a sign that the publishing industry is finally recognizing the importance of having role models that LGBTQ people can look up to and identify with. “The market for YA books featuring protagonists who identify as LGBTQ is growing, as publishers and authors tap a rising demand among young readers for a broader diversity of characters and storylines,” Aviles reports. However, authors said there is more work to be done to ensure young adult books better reflect the diversity of the LGBTQ community. Read the full piece here.

STATEHOUSE ROUNDUP

  • HRC signed on to a letter warning Indiana legislators that without a list of protected classes in a hate crime bill currently under consideration, the bill “could actually cause harm by being used to further marginalize communities of color and minority religious communities, the exact opposite of the bill's original intent.” More from Journal Review.

LGBTQ ADVOCATES CONTINUE TO SPEAK OUT AFTER UTAH GOV. GARY HERBERT DERAILS ANTI-CONVERSION THERAPY BILL: Last week, Herbert and the House Judiciary Committee rejected the leading scientific consensus that conversion therapy is harmful and endangers youth and replaced a bill meant to protect youth from this discredited practice with one that would have authorized it. A group of LGBTQ youth staged a sit-in last outside the Governor's office and demanded an apology. More from Fox 13.

HRC INTERVIEWS TRANSGENDER ACTIVIST BLOSSOM BROWN ABOUT IMPORTANCE OF RAISING AWARENESS OF WOMEN AND GIRLS LIVING WITH HIV: Brown’s (@BlossomCBrown) call to advocacy marked Sunday’s National Women and Girls HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. More from HRC.

GREATER HOUSTON LGBT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE JOINS TEXAS LGBT CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE: More from Out Smart Magazine.

PROM INVITATION IN TREMONT, MISS., STATES THAT GUESTS “MUST BE OF THE OPPOSITE SEX”: More from WTVA.  

TRANSGENDER WOMAN SUES ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES COMMISSIONER: Swan Being, who filed the lawsuit last week, was denied transition-related healthcare coverage under Medicaid. More from KBBI.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HRC CO-HOSTED EVENT WITH VICTOR MADRIGAL-BORLOZ, THE UN’S INDEPENDENT EXPERT ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY: Madrigal-Borloz (@victor_madrigal) discussed LGBTQ rights around the globe. Read more here.

TWO GAY MEN RUN FOR CONGRESS IN GUATEMALA: Read Michael Lavers’ (@mklavers81)  story in The Washington Blade.

JAPANESE LGBTQ JOB RECRUITMENT COMPANY RELEASES VIDEO SHOWING DISCRIMINATION FACED BY TRANSGENDER WOMEN IN JAPAN: More from Gay Star News.

POLICYMAKERS AND STAKEHOLDERS TO DRAFT LEGISLATION ADDRESSING HATE CRIMES IN BELIZE: More from Channel 5 News.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

Jessica Stern, executive director of OutRight Action International (@OutRightIntl), writes for Openly about the importance of including LGBTQ women on International Women’s Day

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