#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 22, 2018

by Allison Turner

HHS removes resources for lesbian & bi women from website; HRC endorses Susie Lee for NV03 in the U.S. House

HHS REMOVES RESOURCES FOR LESBIAN AND BISEXUAL WOMEN FROM WEBSITE: Yet again, the Trump-Pence Administration has been caught deleting public resources for LGBTQ people -- in this case, online health care resources for lesbian and bisexual women. The removals were tracked in reports by the Sunlight Foundation’s Web Integrity Project. More from Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) at Politico.

  • We won’t be erased: Check out HRC’s resources on health and aging here.
  • #PutPatientsFirst: HHS is also considering a dangerous proposal that would put providers’ religious views over patient well-being -- putting women & others at risk. HRC is urging people to send a message to Trump-Pence that this proposal is wrong by going here. More from Advocate, The Hill and NPR.

HRC ENDORSES SUSIE LEE FOR NEVADA’S 3RD DISTRICT U.S. HOUSE SEAT: “A proven champion for working families, Susie Lee will fight for every Nevadans’ right to work and live free from harassment and discrimination,” said HRC Nevada State Manager Briana Escamilla. “HRC is proud to endorse her candidacy for Nevada’s 3rd District, and we look forward to electing another pro-equality champion to the U.S. House of Representatives come November.” More from HRC.

PULSE SURVIVORS TO JOIN STUDENT ACTIVISTS IN THE MARCH FOR OUR LIVES: Brandon Wolf, vice president of the Dru Project, a gun control advocacy group, and José Arraigada, who also survived the massacre, are expected to participate with a contingent from HRC. More from Washington Blade.

THANKFUL THURSDAY: Today, more than 200 dedicated HRC volunteers from 25 states and DC will hold meetings with nearly 200 Congressional offices to discuss issues critical to the LGBTQ community. HRC’s annual Lobby Day today kicks off HRC’s annual Spring Equality Convention, which brings together hundreds of  the organization’s volunteers and leaders from across the country for training, workshops and speeches by equality movement leaders.

UTTERLY SHAMEFUL - KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ENDORSES ANTI-LGBTQ ADOPTION & FOSTER CARE MEASURE: The bill would give child welfare agencies a license to discriminate against qualified LGBTQ prospective parents. More from Jonathan Shorman (@jonshorman) in the The Kansas City Star.

ALARMING -- HATE CRIMES IN LOS ANGELES INCREASING, WITH TRANS PEOPLE DISPROPORTIONATELY TARGETED: According to the LAPD, the number of hate crimes increased by nearly 11 percent from 2016 to 2017. The number of hate crimes targeting trans people during that time jumped to 23, from eight. More from The Los Angeles Times.

CALL IT OUT -- NEW MEXICO GUBERNATORIAL HOPEFUL’S DISPICABLE ANTI-LGBTQ REMARKS: U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce once claimed that people would exploit marriage equality to engage in health care fraud by -- get this -- marrying people with AIDS “in California” to gain access to coverage. Can’t make it up, folks. Read more from David Badash (@davidbadash) at New Civil Rights Movement.



STUDENT NON-DISCRIMINATION ACT (SNDA) REINTRODUCED IN THE U.S. SENATE: “Every child in this country has a right to feel safe in their school. SNDA would provide crucial protections against discrimination for LGBTQ young people, one of the most vulnerable groups in our community,” said David Stacy, HRC government affairs director. We thank Senator Tammy Baldwin and Representatives Jared Polis, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mark Takano and Bobby Scott for their leadership on this issue and being champions of equality for all people.” More from HRC and The Washington Blade.

SAFE SCHOOLS IMPROVEMENT ACT (SSIA) REINTRODUCED IN THE U.S. SENATE: It would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to require school districts in states that receive ESEA funds to adopt codes of conduct specifically prohibiting bullying and harassment, including on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and religion. SSIA would also require that states report data on bullying and harassment to the Department of Education. More from WSET and Urban Milwaukee.

RUNAWAY AND HOMELESS YOUTH AND TRAFFICKING PREVENTION ACT (RHYTPA) REINTRODUCED IN THE U.S. SENATE: The measure would reauthorize essential Runaway and Homeless Youth Act programs, including prevention, emergency shelters, street outreach, transitional living, and assistance in rural areas. It includes an explicit non-discrimination provision that would prohibit any provider of these services from discriminating against youth based on their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. More from Vermont Business Journal.


REPORTS OF ANTI-LGBTQ CRIME INCREASES BY 45 PERCENT IN CHILE: According to a new report by Chile’s Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement, the number of reports filed detailing anti-LGBTQ bias-motivated crime jumped from 332 in 2016 to 484 in 2017. More from AL DÍA.


CANADIAN TRANS WOMAN FOUND DEAD; TORONTO POLICE CRITICIZED FOR SLOW RESPONSE: Alloura Wells, remembered as  “vibrant” member of the local LGBTQ community, had been missing since last July. More from CBC News.

FORTY PERCENT OF RUSSIANS BELIEVE LGBTQ PEOPLE WILL BE ATTACKED AT WORLD CUP THEIR NATION IS HOSTING: This is according to a study commissioned by Bonus Code Bets. In 2013, a law banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” -- which effectively prohibits public LGBTQ advocacy -- was passed by Russia’s Federal Assembly and signed into law by President Vladimir Putin. The law imposes fines or jail time to citizens or foreigners, such as those visiting Russia for the World Cup. Get the exclusive from Josh Jackman (@josh_jackman) in Pink News.

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The Kansas City Star publishes an oped by a local trans Republican calling out the state party for its anti-equality actions

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