#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 20, 2018

by Allison Turner

TODAY’S THE DAY to finally give Dan Lipinski the boot; Press call on anti-LGBTQ child welfare bills

TODAY’S THE DAY -- TO FINALLY DUMP DAN LIPINSKI IN ILLINOIS: HRC is on the ground in Chicago with staff, volunteers and coalition partners to mobilize HRC members in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District to turn out today for Marie Newman -- the pro-equality insurgent who is challenging Lipinski, the most anti-equality Democrat in Congress. Lipinski 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 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. More from Talking Points Memo, CNN and The Washington Post.

  • And we’re not stopping there: HRC is endorsing a slate of pro-equality champions across the country, including Texas state Sen. Sylvia Garcia. More from Vox.

TODAY -- LGBTQ GROUPS, CHILD WELFARE ORGS TO HOST PRESS CALL ON BILLS TARGETING LGBTQ COMMUNITY: At 11 a.m. ET, HRC, Freedom Oklahoma, Lambda Legal, Voice for Adoption and others will hold a national press call to discuss the troubling trend of child welfare bills that target LGBTQ people, several of which are moving in state legislatures across the country. Experts on the call will address legislation pending in Oklahoma, similar bills proposed in states including Georgia, and laws passed in Texas and Alabama. For call in information, contact nick.morrow@hrc.org.

TUESDAY TAKEDOWN -- JOHN OLIVER TROLLS PENCE WITH “BETTER BUNDO BOOK”: In a hilarious segment highlighting Mike Pence’s longstanding anti-LGBTQ animus, Oliver rewrites of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, a book about Pence’s pet rabbit, with a storyline that has Bundo falling for a boy rabbit. More from The Daily Beast.

  • Not to mention… Oliver’s bunny book is already outselling Pence’s. More from The Daily Beast.

MORNING MUST READ FROM REPS. ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN (R-FL) AND JARED POLIS (D-CO): They write about the need for a federal Equality Act to guarantee consistent, nationwide protections for LGBTQ workers, noting that the current “confusing patchwork of laws ... might allow a transgender man in one zip code to enjoy basic workplace protections that are denied a lesbian a few miles down the road.” More from The Hill.

CALIFORNIA STATE SENATOR TONI ATKINS NAMED PRESIDENT PRO TEM: She is the first woman and first LGBTQ person to be named to that role. More from The Associated Press.

PHILADELPHIA SEVERS TIES WITH TWO ANTI-LGBTQ CHILD WELFARE AGENCIES: After learning that Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Social Services refused to place children with qualified LGBTQ prospective parents, the city’s Department of Human Services announced it will halt foster-care intake with the organizations. More from NewNowNext.

TODAY IS NATIONAL NATIVE HIV AND AIDS AWARENESS DAY: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Native community had the fifth highest rate of HIV diagnoses in the U.S. in 2015 -- higher than both Asian and white communities. More from HRC.

NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDY GIVES HARROWING NUMBERS ON LGB YOUTH SUICIDE: The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry reports that the study found that being LGB was statistically tied to higher rates of suicide among first-year college students. It did not examine gender identity. More from Reuters.

EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF KANSAS’S OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS CHURCH’S JOURNEY TOWARD LGBTQ EQUALITY: Read this oped in The Kansas City Star.

ACTOR CORY MICHAEL SMITH (@mister_CMS) COMES OUT AS QUEER in an interview with The Daily Beast.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

THE WORLD MOURNING LOSS OF BRAZILIAN LGBTQ AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST: Marielle Franco, a 38-year-old mother and councilwoman from Rio de Janeiro, was shot to death last Wednesday in a suspected assassination. Más de PRESENTES. More from The Washington Post.

FILIPINO LGBTQ ADVOCATES URGE SENATE TO PASS LGBTQ PROTECTIONS: More from SunStar Iloilo.

NEW ZEALAND LGBTQ ADVOCATES ASK FOR COMPENSATION FOR MEN CONVICTED UNDER OVERTURNED ANTI-LGBTQ LAWS: More from The Guardian.

PERUVIAN COLLEGE COUNCIL ALLOWS TRANS STUDENTS TO USE CORRECT NAMES: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú is allowing transgender students to use the name that corresponds with their gender identity in their internal documentation. More from ElComercio.

UNIVERSIDAD PERUANA PERMITE A LOS ESTUDIANTES TRANSGÉNERO USAR SUS NOMBRES CORRECTOS: La Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú está permitiendo a estudiantes transgénero usar el nombre que corresponde con su identidad de género en los documentos internos. Más de ElComercio.

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The Hollywood Reporter shares a heartwarming speech by the stars of TLC’s ‘Nate & Jeremiah’; NewNowNext reviews a play about the declassification of homosexuality as a mental illness; HuffPost interviews transgender advocate Billie Lee (@ItsMeBillieLee) on visibility on reality television; Teen Vogue shares an oped about how, when politicians bully Americans, it worsens bullying in schools

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