#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 18, 2019

by HRC Staff

Change to Medicare rule could undermine care & treatment of those living with HIV & AIDS; HRC joins in solidarity with Muslim community.

CHANGE TO MEDICARE RULE COULD UNDERMINE CARE AND TREATMENT OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV AND AIDS: “We’re close to finding a permanent cure for people living with HIV, and as a society we’ve made leaps and bounds to reduce stigma and fight the HIV epidemic,” writes Marvell L. Terry II, founder of Red Door Foundation and former co-director of HRC’s HIV and Health Equity Project (@Marvellous2theT) in an oped for the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “Yet this health policy may undermine all progress we’ve made and endanger the lives of people all across the South -- and the United States -- living with HIV.” More from Commercial Appeal.

HRC STANDS WITH MUSLIM COMMUNITY AFTER TERRORIST ATTACK ON MOSQUES IN NEW ZEALAND: “We are heartbroken and outraged by this terrorist attack on Muslims in places of worship, and we mourn for the victims and their families,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) on Friday. “We call on politicians who traffic in dangerous anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant hate speech, including Donald Trump, to immediately stop the fear-mongering and divisive politics that can have deadly consequences.” More from Washington Blade, NPR and HRC.

HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI’S HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK -- EQUALITY ACT!

HRC RESPONDS TO TRUMP’S VETO OF VOTE REJECTING HIS “NATIONAL EMERGENCY” DECLARATION:

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Variety reports that openly bisexual Lilly Singh (@IISuperwomanII) will replace Carson Daly on late night television; ET reports on Mimi Tao’s debut as first transgender model on Project Runway; HRC wrapped up its annual Equality Convention, which brings hundreds of volunteer leaders to Washington, D.C. for training, workshops and high-profile speakers.

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