Historic, bipartisan Equality Act reintroduced in Congress; MA House advances bill protecting youth against “conversion therapy”
A MOMENTOUS STEP TOWARD FULL LGBTQ EQUALITY -- HISTORIC, BIPARTISAN EQUALITY ACT REINTRODUCED IN CONGRESS: The Equality Act, introduced by Representatives David Cicilline (D-RI) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) in the House and Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) in the Senate, would provide clear, comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people under our nation’s civil rights laws. More from Elle, The Washington Post, CBS, Washington Blade and HRC.
Today, Congress introduced the #EqualityAct, which would finally establish comprehensive federal protections for LGBTQ people under our nation’s civil rights laws.— HRC: TEXT Equality Act to 472472 (@HRC) March 13, 2019
Thank you to the pro-equality majority for making this day possible. https://t.co/gV8e7Mi9EM pic.twitter.com/DwzOg7U3V6
TODAY -- #HRCONTHEHILL: HRC’s annual Equality Convention kicks off with Lobby Day today. Hundreds of HRC members and volunteers will be fanning out on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and encourage support for issues critical to the LGBTQ community including the Equality Act and speaking out against the Trump-Pence ban on transgender troops. Follow the day’s action on HRC’s Twitter.
HRC APPLAUDS HOUSE COMMITTEE FOR REJECTING ANTI-TRANSGENDER AMENDMENTS TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT (VAWA): “It’s shocking that in 2019, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee would use a bill designed to address violence against women as a vehicle to launch a coordinated attack on the LGBTQ community,” said David Stacy, HRC Government Affairs Director (@david_stacy). More from HRC.
THURSDAY MUST READ IN NYTIMES -- HOW “REAL AMERICA” BECAME QUEER AMERICA: “America’s queer center of gravity is moving toward the middle,” writes Samantha Allen (@SLAwrites), reflecting on how attitudes toward LGBTQ people are changing rapidly in the heartland. “Before we know it, this country will have become LGBT-friendly not from the outside in but from the inside out.” More from The New York Times.
STATEHOUSE ROUNDUP -- MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE PASSES BILL PROTECTING YOUTH FROM DANGEROUS “CONVERSION THERAPY”: “Now, it is critical for the Massachusetts Senate to quickly pass these bipartisan protections so they can make their way to the Governor,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. More from WBUR and HRC.
TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION’S TRANSGENDER TROOP BAN IS “DISTURBING AND DISAPPOINTING”: “This is really a national security risk. This is putting folks, not just folks, not just transgender folks, but other soldiers in danger by inflicting undue stress onto them,” said HRC Press Secretary Charlotte Clymer (@cmclymer) in the interview. More from ABC News.
.@HRC's @cmclymer calls Pentagon's new transgender policy "disturbing and disappointing.”— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) March 13, 2019
"This is enormously stressful... This is really a national security risk. This is putting folks, not just transgender folks, but other soldiers in danger" https://t.co/oCqpiiJfXo pic.twitter.com/tCmq5sbESc
LGBTQ NETWORK LAUNCHES ANTI-BULLYING PROGRAM: It will provide educational, life skills and financial training to high school students. More from NewsDay.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
INDIA DECRIMINALIZED SAME-SEX RELATIONS, YET LGBTQ PEOPLE STILL FACE STIGMA AND VIOLENCE: More from The Guardian.
HORRIBLE -- ANTI-LGBTQ ARSONISTS VANDALIZED HIV TESTING CENTER IN ATHENS: More from Gay Star News.
CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP VOICES CONCERN OVER ANTI-LGBTQ CRACKDOWN IN MALAYSIA: More from PinkNews.
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Daily Dot features Nico Lang’s (@Nico_Lang) profile honoring the late trans activist Stephanie Mott; HuffPost highlights Queer Eye’s (@QueerEye) Tan France (@tanfrance) on how fashion has empowered him; The Salt Lake Tribune spotlights Utah Jazz (@UtahJazz) fans raising money for HRC Foundation.
A group of @UtahJazz fans aim to raise $25,000 — the amount Russell Westbrook was fined by the NBA — to be donated to Human Rights Campaign.— The Salt Lake Tribune (@sltrib) March 13, 2019
The organizer of the fundraiser says he hopes it will “show our true colors.” https://t.co/9TtC71aCej