#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 25, 2019

by HRC Staff

Victory - Michigan requires child welfare agencies to accept all qualified families; new HRC video feat. Rep. Cicilline on Equality Act.

HRC ENDORSES ERIC GENRICH FOR GREEN BAY, WI MAYOR: “Eric Genrich has spent his career in service to Wisconsin,” said HRC Wisconsin State Director Wendy Strout. “With a proven commitment to equality, Genrich will work to ensure that Green Bay is an inclusive and welcoming place for everyone.” More from HRC.

VICTORY -- MICHIGAN REQUIRES ALL STATE-CONTRACTED CHILD WELFARE AGENCIES TO COMPLY WITH NON-DISCRIMINATION LAW &  ACCEPT ALL QUALIFIED FAMILIES: The decision was made following a settlement in a case brought by two same-sex couples, represented by the ACLU of Michigan, who were turned away by child welfare agencies who objected to working with LGBTQ people. More from ACLU of Michigan.

HRC CELEBRATES 9 YEARS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: More here.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- NEW HRC VIDEO FEATURES U.S. REP. DAVID CICILLINE (D-RI) ON THE NEED TO PASS THE EQUALITY ACT NOW:

DESPITE TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN’S ANTI-LGBTQ & ANTI-IMMIGRANT POLICIES, MIGRANTS STILL HOPE FOR A BETTER LIFE IN THE U.S.: “People are going to leave because they are dying of hunger. There are no employment opportunities here,” said Kendra Stefani Jordany, a Honduran transgender activist. “I have heard testimony from women who left the country because their children were killed. They are afraid to live.” More from The Washington Blade.

STATEHOUSE ROUND-UP

  • A Nevada bill could prohibit use of the “panic” defense that allows those accused of violent crimes to use the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity as a defense. More from NewNowNext.
  • Ohio lawmakers have reintroduced the Fairness Act, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s non-discrimination laws. More from Fox 28.

MONTANA TRANSGENDER WOMAN ALLEGEDLY FIRED FOR GENDER IDENTITY: More from Newsweek.

TRANS BOY FORCED INTO PROM QUEEN CATEGORY AFTER BEING NOMINATED BY CLASSMATES FOR PROM KING: Dex Frier of Gainesville, Georgia, alleges school officials told him he must compete under the “queen” category or give up his nomination. More from BuzzFeed.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

KENYAN COURT OF APPEALS RULES LGBTQ ORGANIZATION MUST BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER WITH GOVERNMENT: This move comes as the nation waits for its high court to release a decision regarding decriminalizing consensual same-sex relationships. More, including analysis from HRC Global Innovator Njeri Gateru (@njerigateru), at The Star.

COSTA RICAN PRESIDENT CARLOS ALVARADO VOWS TO LEGALIZE MARRIAGE EQUALITY BEFORE MAY 2020: More from Gay Star News.

JUSTICE MINISTRY OF JAPAN GRANTS PERMISSION FOR TAIWANESE MAN TO STAY IN JAPAN WITH HIS PARTNER: More from Gay Star News.

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

Advocate reviews a new documentary on San Diego’s LGBTQ bar history; OutSports shares a heartwarming story of two openly gay high school athletes attending prom together; HRC joined the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance Community Catalyst Awards on Sunday night

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