#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 27, 2019

by HRC Staff

Sen. Cory Booker to speak at HRC’s 2019 LA Dinner; Appeals Court lifts barrier to discriminatory Trump-Pence trans troop ban.

U.S. SENATOR CORY BOOKER TO SPEAK AT HRC’S 2019 LA DINNER ON SATURDAY: “Senator Cory Booker is a long-time friend and champion of our community whose leadership on LGBTQ rights and commitment to social justice has helped advance equality in New Jersey and across America,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “As a lead co-sponsor of the Equality Act, which will extend crucial non-discrimination protections to millions of LGBTQ people across the country, Senator Booker has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to our community and we are honored to welcome him to one of our most crucial events of the year.” Read more from HRC, USA Today, Los Angeles Blade, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

APPEALS COURT LIFTS BARRIER TO DISCRIMINATORY TRUMP-PENCE TRANSGENDER TROOP BAN: It will go into effect April 12. Said HRC’s Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride): “It is unconscionable that the harm of this ban will begin even while cases continue to make their way through the courts. This ban will needlessly put transgender service members in danger, many of whom are deployed in combat zones. HRC will never stop fighting alongside coalition partners to defend the rights of LGBTQ service members.” Read more at Axios.

ED SEC BETSY DEVOS REFUSES TO SAY WHETHER LGBTQ CHILDREN SHOULD BE PROTECTED FROM DISCRIMINATION: During a congressional hearing, she repeatedly sidestepped direct yes-or-no questions from Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.). Said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy (@david_stacy): “From day one of this administration, Betsy DeVos has undermined the safety, dignity, and civil rights of LGBTQ students. Sadly, it is not the least surprising that the Secretary of Education is unwilling to give a direct answer on whether or not she thinks discrimination against students based on their sexual orientation or gender identity is wrong.” More from The Hill.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- NEW REPORT FROM PRRI SHOWS WIDESPREAD SUPPORT FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY: The survey shows that nearly seven in 10 Americans, majorities across party lines and majorities in all 50 states support nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. Read the full report here.

CONGRATS, JOE SOLMONESE! More from Journal Sentinel.

TEXAS SENATE STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE VOTES TO SEND ANTI-LGBTQ SB17 TO FULL SENATE FOR DEBATE: The religious refusal bill would forbid state licensing or regulatory authorities from taking corrective action against a professional who asserted a religious justification for failure to meet regulatory or licensing requirements. More from Dallas Morning News.

 HRC IS A FINALIST FOR SIX (YES, SIX!) SHORTY AWARDS: The awards (@shortyawards) honor the best of social and digital media. See the full list here.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

THAILAND ELECTS FIRST OPENLY GENDERQUEER, NONBINARY CANDIDATE TO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: More from Coconuts.

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

Broadly creates gender-inclusive stock photo library, “The Gender Spectrum Collection,” with over 180 photos of 15 transgender and non-binary models; HRC joined the Latino GLBT History Project (@LatinoGLBTStory) to celebrate Women’s History Month with its eighth annual “Mujeres en el Movimiento” awards

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