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.
Until a PERMANENT injunction is issued:— Lambda Legal (@LambdaLegal) March 27, 2018
����#Transgender troops like client Jane Doe must serve in fear.
����Ryan Karnoski, Drew Layne & Conner Callahan must put dreams on hold
����All plaintiffs must wear undeserved badge of inferiority, foisted on them by @realDonaldTrump.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
.@HRC and @Fair_Wisconsin praise Milwaukee for becoming the first city in Wisconsin to protect #LGBTQ youth from the debunked junk science of so-called “conversion therapy.” https://t.co/jUMHrweGPp pic.twitter.com/2wJaMPCi72— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 27, 2018
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.
ESTIMATES SHOW THAT MORE THAN 150 LGBTQ PEOPLE ARE RUNNING FOR OFFICE IN 2018: More from Salon.
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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.
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