#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 22, 2019

by HRC Staff

U.S. House to vote on resolution opposing Trump-Pence trans troops ban; Betty Who to perform at HRC’s LA Dinner

U.S. HOUSE TO VOTE ON RESOLUTION OPPOSING TRUMP-PENCE TRANS TROOPS BAN: Next week, the U.S. House will vote on a resolution opposing Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s discriminatory transgender troop ban. Since Trump’s first tweets in July 2017, a bipartisan chorus of members of Congress, leading military and national security experts and an overwhelming majority of Americans have voiced their opposition to the policy. More from The Washington Post and The Hill.

LGBTQ SINGER/SONGWRITER BETTY WHO TO PERFORM AT HRC’S LOS ANGELES DINNER: In an exclusive HRC video, Who (@BettyWho) talked about how she wants her music to be a safe space for people to be themselves openly and safely: “The thing that has excited me has been how much more normalized it has become to be a part of the LGBTQ community. The stories I want to tell in my music are specific to finding yourself, growing up a lot and falling in love. All I want to do is create a safe space for people to come and be themselves and feel like they’re not being judged.” Who, who has shared that she has been in relationships with men and women, will perform March 30 at the 2019 HRC Los Angeles Dinner. Tickets and more information available here.

MAINE GOVERNOR JANET MILLS SIGNS LAW PROTECTING LGBTQ HEALTH CARE:

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- MODEL NATHAN WESTLING COMES OUT AS TRANSGENDER IN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “It feels like I've been wearing like a mask my whole life,” Westling told CNN’s Allyssia Alleyne (@AllyssiaAlleyne). “I removed that mask, it was like I was finally... I don't know. I'm not wearing a skin that I don't feel I am anymore. I'm not playing a persona; I'm not trying to be something I'm not anymore.” More from CNN.

SAN ANTONIO MAYOR’S LGBTQ ADVISORY COMMITTEE URGES CITY TO OPPOSE ANTI-LGBTQ TEXAS STATE BILL: Senate Bill 15, as amended, would prevent municipalities such as San Antonio from fully enforcing nondiscrimination  ordinances. More from Out in San Antonio.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE CREATES POSITION TO PROTECT LGBTQ CONSUMERS: Nik Harris, who is a member of the local HRC steering committee, will serve as the state’s first LGBTQ consumer advocate, to raise “awareness of opportunities within the agriculture industry and [help] address discrimination and fraud targeted at the LGBTQ community.” More from Click Orlando.

HRC SHARES TIPS FOR DOCS ON HOW TO BETTER CARE FOR BISEXUAL PATIENTS:  By following simple guidelines, health care professionals can create safe, welcoming places where bisexual people feel less anxious about coming out and seeking the health care they need and deserve. More from HRC.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

CANADIAN MILITARY ISSUES GUIDANCE IN SUPPORT OF TRANSGENDER TROOPS: More from CBC.

NEW REPORT FROM HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH DETAILS ABUSIVE PRACTICE OF FORCED STERILIZATION FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE IN JAPAN: More from The Washington Post.

DATING APP FOR CHINESE LGBTQ COMMUNITY HELPING COUPLES FIND OVERSEAS SURROGACY OPTIONS: Surrogacy is illegal in China, though many advocates are working to overturn the ban. More from Bloomberg.

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

France24 profiles Jean Wyllys, a gay Brazilian congressman who fled his home country after receiving death threats; Forbes highlights five financial challenges (and solutions) faced by LGBTQ people; KTLA records a podcast with actress Yeardley Smith (@YeardleySmith); PennToday looks at the history of the Wharton Alliance, UPenn’s network for LGBTQ business students; The Body reviews a documentary on the impact of crystal meth on the LGBTQ community; ABC features non-binary actor Asia Kate Dillon’s (@AsiaKateDillon) interview with gay Olympian Adam Rippon (@Adaripp)

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