#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 27, 2018

by Allison Turner

Federal judge to hear arguments in challenge to Trump-Pence trans troops ban; HRC honors 100s of health care facilities for LGBTQ inclusion

TODAY -- FEDERAL JUDGE TO HEAR ARGUMENTS IN CHALLENGE TO TRUMP-PENCE UNCONSTITUTIONAL BAN ON TRANS 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 (@ChadHGriffin). “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.”  In August, HRC joined as an organizational co-plaintiff in Karnoski v. Trump, a case brought by Lambda Legal and Outserve-SLDN, challenging the ban in U.S. District Court in Seattle. HRC is joined by the American Military Partner Association, Gender Justice League, and nine individuals as co-plaintiffs in the case. Six separate federal courts have issued rulings blocking implementation of the ban. Barring further court action, the administration cannot implement this ban.

HRC HEADS TO PHILLY -- RELEASES NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EQUALITY INDEX HONORING RECORD 626 FACILITIES FOR LGBTQ INCLUSION: “At a time when health care and the rights of LGBTQ people are under attack by the Trump-Pence Administration and state legislatures across the country, hundreds of top healthcare facilities are driving progress toward equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “These top-scoring facilities are not only establishing policies that save LGBTQ lives every day, they have become vocal advocates for equality in the public square. This year, we are heartened to see corporate champions, including many healthcare systems, not just speaking out, but also doubling down on their commitment to equality.” More from HRC.

  • HRC’s Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride), who made history in Philadelphia two years ago as the first openly transgender person to speak at a Democratic National Convention, will join LGBTQ advocates, health care providers and parents of transgender children for the HEI launch at 2 p.m. ET at the William Way LGBT Community Center.
  • The HEI’s release coincides with today’s deadline for public comments on the proposed Trump-Pence so-called “conscience” regulation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • A new study from AARP found that LGBTQ elders want and need inclusive care. Read the full findings here.

THE SO-CALLED “CONSCIENCE” HHS REGULATION IS DANGEROUS: “Under the proposed regulations, which HHS estimates will cost $312 million to implement, physicians could feel empowered to step away from a dying patient -- even if they are the only one who could save them,” writes HRC Associate Legal Director Robin Maril. “That isn’t health care. And it’s not something that should ever be allowed by the federal government with taxpayer dollars.” More from Advocate.

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

LOUISIANA HIGH COURT KILLS EXECUTIVE ORDER PROTECTING LGBTQ STATE EMPLOYEES: Justices decline to hear Governor John Bel Edwards appeal of an earlier ruling striking down his executive order protecting LGBTQ state workers and contractors from discrimination. “Unfortunately, this puts us on the wrong side of history,” Bel Edwards said. More from Advocate and NOLA.com.

NEW STUDY FROM THE CDC: The HIV Incidence and Prevalence Report found that one in seven people in the U.S. living with HIV did not know -- with a majority of undiagnosed infections found in Black and Latinx populations.  More from the CDC.

YAAS -- QUEER EYE HAS BEEN RENEWED FOR A SECOND SEASON: Karamo Brown, one of the show’s stars, led HRC members and supporters in Saturday’s March for Our Lives. More from Vogue

TOM STEYER PLEDGES $2M TO HELP REGISTER AND TURN OUT YOUNG VOTERS IN NEVADA: More from Las Vegas Review-Journal.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

ROMANIA TO CONSIDER LEGALIZING CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN SAME-SEX COUPLES: More from The Associated Press.

HRC MOURNS NAOMI HERSI, TRANS WOMAN MURDERED IN LONDON: Friends and family of Naomi described her as a “tennis lover, music junkie, film and tv addict.” More from Pink News.

BEIJING FILM FESTIVAL PULLS OSCAR-WINNING CALL ME BY YOUR NAME FROM LINEUP: China has had a history of censoring LGBTQ content in the creative arts. More from Reuters.

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

OutSports reports that openly gay University of Texas diver Jacob Cornish helped lead his team to an NCAA national title; Philly Voice looks at local #MeToo advocacy within the LGBTQ community; Daily Beast shares openly transgender Pakistan news anchor Marvia Malik’s first television appearance; Reuters reviews the new television show “Drag Race Thailand”; The Associated Press explores voguing culture in Paris

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