#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 16, 2018

by Allison Turner

HRC working to rid Congress of Illinois’ anti-LGBTQ Dan Lipinski; Press blocked from meeting between Pence and openly gay Irish PM

BREAKING - HRC WORKING TO RID CONGRESS OF ILLINOIS’ ANTI-LGBTQ DAN LIPINSKI: Yesterday, HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) was in Chicago where he joined staff, volunteers and coalition partners to mobilize HRC members in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District to turn out this Tuesday for Marie Newman -- the pro-equality insurgent who is challenging the most anti-equality Democrat in Congress, Dan Lipinski. In the Advocate, Trudy Ring reports that HRC and other advocacy groups “are going all in for Illinois congressional candidate Marie Newman, who’s opposing U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski in the Democratic primary next Tuesday.” Lipinski, Ring writes, was the only Democrat to cosponsor the First Amendment Defense Act, which allows a widespread license to discriminate against LGBTQ people and others. He also opposed marriage equality and the rights of women to obtain safe and legal abortions. Marie Newman, Ring writes, is pro-LGBTQ and pro-choice. HRC is also investing an additional $50K targeting Spanish-speaking voters in the district to get out the vote for Newman. Read more at the Advocate.

  • NEW SPANISH-LANGUAGE TV, RADIO ADS HIT LIPINSKI OVER IMMIGRATION: A major immigrant rights organization released new Spanish-language TV and radio ads hitting Lipinski over his immigration record, including his vote against the Dream Act in 2010. The ads, spearheaded by ICIRR Action, target Latinx voters leading up to Tuesday’s primary election, and feature Elizabeth, a DACA recipient and 3rd District resident who blasts Lipinski for being out-of-step with his constituents on immigration issues. More from HRC.

PRESS BLOCKED FROM MEETING BETWEEN MIKE PENCE AND OPENLY GAY IRISH PRIME MINISTER LEO VARADKAR: More from Pink News and from Dwight Adams (@hdwightadams) at the Indy Star.

  • And in Savannah, LGBTQ leaders express concern about Pence’s St. Patrick’s Day visit. “As a member of Congress he voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, cosponsored a deal to define marriage between a man and a woman and sought to cut off HIV funding,” said Dusty Church, president of Savannah Pride.

INSPIRING LEADER KATE KENDELL STEPS DOWN AS EXEC DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR LESBIAN RIGHTS: “Kate Kendell is one of the most fearless and tireless advocates the LGBTQ equality movement has ever known,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Kate’s profound work is woven into the fabric of our movement and millions of Americans have felt the impact of her unwavering leadership. I am proud to call Kate a friend, colleague and a true champion for equality.”

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- HRC’S SARAH MCBRIDE’S MEMOIR WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH, CRY … AND PREPARE YOU FOR THE FIGHT AHEAD: As HRC’s National Press Secretary, McBride (@SarahEMcBride) regularly leads campaigns to fuel the LGBTQ equality movement across the country. In her new memoir, “Tomorrow Will Be Different,” she reflects on the ever-growing strength of the trans equality movement, while weaving in her personal journey through loss and adversity to become one of the nation’s leading transgender activists.

  • Some of 0ur favorite headlines from her book tour: The Washington Post, “Transgender activist Sarah McBride talks about the fight for equality in the Trump era”; Vox, “Embracing a child when they come out as transgender can be a matter of life and death”; Mic, “Sarah McBride: If your loved one came out as trans, what kind of world would you want them to enter?”; Signature Reads, “Hope Shines On: Transgender Rights Gain Ground in Trump’s America”; Mother Jones, “Politics Doesn’t Have to Be Dire. Meet the Young, Smart, and Openly Trans Leader Making the Future Brighter.”
  • Read it now - check out where to get the book, and where McBride will be appearing next, at sarahmcbride.com

ROBERTA KAPLAN HELPING TO SUE WHITE SUPREMACISTS INVOLVED IN VIOLENCE DURING NEONAZI CHARLOTTESVILLE MARCH: More from NPR.

LOVE SIMON HITS THEATRES TODAY! The film tells the story of a teenage boy’s struggle to come out. A star of the film, Josh Duhamel (@joshduhamel), spoke at HRC’s Los Angeles Gala last weekend. Watch here.

ON THE EVE OF ST. PATRICK’S DAY, PRIDE MARCHES ON AND THE FIGHT FOR INCLUSION CONTINUES: For more than five years, the Pride Center of Staten Island has been denied permission to march in the Staten Island St. Patrick’s Parade -- illustrating again that there is equality work yet to be done. More from NBC.

THE GAINESVILLE (FLA) SUN EDITORIAL BOARD SUPPORTS PROTECTING YOUTH FROM DANGEROUS SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: More from The Gainesville Sun.

TWO LGBTQ TEEN SUICIDES HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR ANTI-BULLYING PROTECTIONS AND ACCEPTANCE: The recent deaths Hope Verbeeck of Florida and Andrew Leach of Mississippi underscore the urgent need to protect and support LGBTQ youth. LGBTQ youth are disproportionately affected by suicide: a 2016 study by the Center for Disease Control found that 43 percent of LGB high school students had seriously considered suicide in the previous 12 months. While not included in the the CDC study, figures for trans teens appear to be similar, if not higher.

TO MARK BISEXUAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH, HRC STAFF WEIGH IN ON BUILDING BI+ COMMUNITY: More from HRC.

  • Learn more about Bisexual Health Awareness Month from Curve.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

IRISH LAWMAKERS PROPOSE BILL TO PROTECT YOUTH FROM SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: More from Reuters.

BRASIL LLORA LA PÉRDIDA DE ACTIVISTA DE DERECHOS HUMANOS Y LGBTQ: Marielle Franco, concejala de Río de Janeiro y madre de familia, falleció en un tiroteo este miércoles en un presunto asesinato. Más de PRESENTES.

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

Ebony reflects on National Women and Girls HIV and AIDS Awareness Day; Entertainment Tonight interviews openly LGBTQ actor Keiynan Lonsdale (@KeiynanLonsdale); ABA Journal explores a new legal tool helping trans Floridians change their name and gender marker; Vogue interviews trans model Teddy Quinlivan about sexual assault in the fashion industry; The Texas Observer reviews the film TransMilitary; Washington Blade reports that the Smithsonian has acquired the archives of a prominent D.C. drag collective

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