#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 28, 2018

by Allison Turner

Send bigoted trans military ban to the dustbin of history; WA Governor to sign bill protecting youth from “conversion therapy”

LAMBDA LEGAL AND OUTSERVE-SLDN -- SEND BIGOTED TRANS MILITARY BAN TO THE DUSTBIN OF HISTORY: Yesterday, oral arguments were held in Seattle in a case challenging Trump-Pence’s unconstitutional ban on transgender people serving in the military. “Last week, under the cover of darkness and in an act of cowardice, Donald Trump and Mike Pence doubled down on their dangerous and discriminatory ban on transgender troops with an implementation plan written by anti-trans zealots,” said HRC Communications Director Chris Sgro (@cristoferosgro). “As today’s hearing demonstrated, this ban is rooted in nothing more than the petty prejudice of this president, vice president and the anti-LGBTQ extremists propping up their administration. Our country and constitution are stronger than these hateful politicians -- and we thank Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN for representing us in this vitally important case.” More from The Associated Press.

  • HRC is an organizational co-plaintiff in the case, along with the Seattle-based Gender Justice League and the American Military Partner Association (AMPA).
  • Said Washington AG Bob Ferguson: “Nothing the federal government has said or done up to this point, including Friday’s developments, changes anything about the unlawful and discriminatory nature of President Trump’s ban...” Read his statement here
  • Twenty-six retired generals and admirals released a statement condemning the ban. More from The Hill.
  • “They are entitled to respect, entitled to their dignity and should be treated equally with the rest us,” said Ted Olson, the top Republican lawyer who co-represented plaintiffs in the case that overturned California’s ban on marriage equality, about the Trump-Pence admin's unconstitutional ban of trans troops. Watch it at MSNBC.
  • Hear the stories of transgender service members and veterans from Nashville News Channel 5, Dayton (Ohio) Daily News and NPR.

TODAY -- WASHINGTON GOV. JAY INSLEE TO SIGN BILL PROTECTING YOUTH FROM SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: Today at 1 p.m. PDT, Governor Inslee will be joined by HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) and other LGBTQ advocates and survivors of conversion therapy to sign legislation protecting LGBTQ youth in the state from the dangerous and debunked practice. HRC worked with Equal Rights Washington, the Pride Foundation and NCLR to pass this bill. Please contact press@hrc.org for more information.

  • And Milwaukee became the first city in Wisconsin to pass a measure protecting youth from “conversion therapy.” Said HRC Wisconsin State Manager Wendy Strout,“We thank the Milwaukee Common Council and the team at the Milwaukee LGBT Center for putting the well-being and safety of our children first, and hope their leadership can be an example to cities across the state.” More from HRC.

HRC JOINS RALLY AGAINST TRUMP-PENCE SO-CALLED “CONSCIENCE” REGULATION: At the rally, advocates delivered over 200,000 comments opposing Trump-Pence’s proposed regulation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More from MedPage Today.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY: Check out these incredible HRC videos, which earned us two Shorty Awards! �� #1: After Donald Trump nominated anti-LGBTQ Mark Green, HRC worked diligently to expose Green's shameful anti-LGBTQ record and rhetoric. �� #2: HRC traveled to Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, to share the story about how one amazing small town fought off trolls to show support for transgender youth. More from ADWEEK.

HRC MOURNS AMIA TYRAE, TRANS WOMAN SHOT IN BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA: Few details are known about the crime, and police report they have no suspects or persons of interest at this time. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, according to WBRZ-TV 2, which sadly misgendered her. More from HRC.

NEW REPORT FROM CHICAGO DEPT. OF PUBLIC HEALTH ON LGBTQ PEOPLE: The study estimates there are 146,000 LGBTQ adults in Chicago -- or 7.5 percent of the population. More from the Chicago Sun-Times.

JACKSON, MICHIGAN, MAYOR ASKS STATE CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE COUNTY SHERIFF: The request for an investigation into possible discrimination came after Steven Rand allegedly made sexist, racist, ableist and anti-LGBTQ remarks. More from Michigan Live.




HONG KONG PROPERTY TYCOON OFFERS MILLIONS TO MAN TO MARRY HIS LESBIAN DAUGHTER -- YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED NEXT: When Gigi Chao’s father offered millions to a man to break up her same-sex relationship, she became an ‘accidental activist’ for the LGBTQ community. More from Reuters.

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

Muckrock uncovers the FBI’s investagation of an early LGBTQ equality group in the 1950s; Billboard reviews rapper CupcakKe’s (@CupcakKe_rapper) latest video ��️ -- with LGBTQ themes; Fox West Michigan shares a trans man’s experience receiving transition-related care; Michigan Live interviews Veronica Kirin (@vmkirin), owner of the first Grand Rapids company to be certified by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce; The Washington Post interviews National’s star Sean Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) and his wife Eireann Dolan (@EireannDolan) on their efforts to make baseball more inclusive

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