#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 26, 2018

by Allison Turner

HRC condemns Trump-Pence trans troops ban policy; TMRW - HRC releases scorecards of 100s of hospitals for LGBTQ inclusion

#ProtectTransTroops - HRC CONDEMNS TRUMP-PENCE TRANS TROOPS BAN POLICY: HRC condemned the newly-released official Trump-Pence Administration policy attempting to implement Donald Trump’s discriminatory ban on transgender troops. “There is simply no way to spin it, the Trump-Pence Administration is going all in on its discriminatory, unconstitutional and despicable ban on transgender troops,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Donald Trump and Mike Pence are pushing their extreme anti-transgender prejudices onto the military over the overwhelming objections of bipartisan officials, national security leaders and the American public.” Pence and a shadowy group of anti-LGBTQ extremists secretly pursued the ban, informed by junk science, despite objections from the Pentagon.  More from HRC and Towleroad.

  • Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) called out the ban, telling Face The Nation’s Margaret Brennan (@margbrennan), “If you are willing to lay down your life beside mine, I would welcome you into our military.” More from The Hill.

SHAMEFUL ANNIVERSARY -- TODAY IN 2015, MIKE PENCE SIGNED A LICENSE TO DISCRIMINATE INTO LAW AS INDIANA’S GOVERNOR: More from Advocate.

MUST WATCH MONDAY: Pulse Nightclub shooting survivors and family members led hundreds of HRC members and supporters in Saturday’s March For Our Lives in Washington. Before stepping off, the survivors and family members addressed HRC’s annual Spring Equality Convention to talk about the Pulse Nightclub shooting and the importance of mobilizing the LGBTQ community against gun violence. More from HRC and Washington Blade.

  • The marchers were also led by Karamo Brown, a host of Queer Eye and  graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He knew Aaron Feis, the football coach killed in the Parkland attack. More from HRC, Refinery29 and HuffPost.

TOMORROW -- HRC RELEASES LGBTQ INCLUSION SCORES OF HUNDREDS OF HOSPITALS: The 2018 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) launch coincides with the deadline for public comments on the proposed Trump-Pence so-called “Conscience” regulation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The measure is designed to harm LGBTQ people and women by prioritizing physicians’ beliefs over life-saving patient care. If finalized, it would empower health care providers to deny LGBTQ people and women necessary care, and deter healthcare organizations and providers from taking necessary action to guarantee that all patients have access to the care they not only deserve, but are legally entitled to.

  • #PutPatientsFirst: HRC is urging people to send a message to Trump-Pence that this proposal is wrong by going here. More from Advocate.

DR. RACHEL LEVINE NAMED PENNSYLVANIA SECRETARY OF HEALTH: Levine, who already serves as the state’s Physician General, is now first openly trans cabinet member in Pennsylvania. More from The Central Penn Business Journal.

TODAY -- SARA RAMIREZ TAKES OVER HRC’S TWITTER FOR BISEXUAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH:

ABC CORRESPONDENT KARL SCHMID COMES OUT AS HIV POSITIVE: His (@KarlJSchmid) message to others living with HIV, “Let me tell you this, you are somebody who matters… don't let anybody tell you otherwise.” More from The Hollywood Reporter and Schmid’s inspiring post here

HRC MOURNS THE LOSS OF NANCY MCFADDEN: McFadden, a top advisor to California Governor Jerry Brown and beloved public servant, had been battling cancer. “Nancy McFadden was a beloved champion of equality and a driving force for progressive change. For Nancy, public service in the pursuit of equality was not a job but a lifelong calling,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. More from HRC.

WHAT ARE THE COURTS SAYING ABOUT LGBTQ WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION? Glad you asked -- across the country, they are reaffirming what we have long known: Title VII bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Check out this deep dive by Lisa Keen, who details the opinions in The Dallas Voice.

HORRIFYING -- ONE DEAD AFTER DRIVER PLOWS THROUGH CROWD OUTSIDE HOUSTON LGBTQ NIGHTCLUB: The suspect was arrested at the scene. More from WQAD.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

KENYAN AND BOTSWANAN LGBTQ ADVOCATES SEEKING ALLYSHIP FROM JUDGES: More from World Politics Review.

NEW ORGANIZATION IN INDIA HELPING LGBTQ COMMUNTIY FIND LOVE: More from GQ.

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

The Los Angeles Blade reviews a new music video from Demi Lovato and Q-Tip; The Verge reports on new research confirming that access to transition-related health care improves trans lives; East Asia Forum details the fight for LGBTQ equality in Bangladesh; Jackson Clarion Ledger shares moments from Starkville, Miss.’s first-ever LGBTQ Pride event

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