#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 29, 2018

by Allison Turner

WA Governor signs legislation protecting youth from so-called “conversion therapy”; Trans troops are still serving in fear

VICTORY! WA GOVERNOR SIGNS LEGISLATION PROTECTING YOUTH FROM SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: Yesterday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law legislation protecting LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and debunked practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” Said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin): “No child should be put through the dangerous and abusive practice of conversion therapy. Medical professionals agree this harmful and discredited practice not only doesn’t work, but can also have life-threatening consequences. We thank the many advocates, allies, parents, and survivors who spoke out against conversion therapy and urged their elected officials to adopt these crucial protections. We also thank Governor Inslee and the Washington State Legislature for enacting this legislation to protect LGBTQ youth.” More from HRC and The Associated Press.

  • Maryland State Senate also takes stand, passing bill to protect youth from “conversion therapy”. “We thank the state senators who voted to protect LGBTQ youth from so-called ‘conversion therapy’,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. More from HRC, Metro Weekly and Washington Blade.

TRANS TROOPS ARE STILL SERVING IN FEAR: This week, oral arguments were held in Seattle in a case challenging Trump-Pence’s unconstitutional ban on transgender people serving in the military. Until a permanent injunction is issued in this case, qualified transgender people hoping to serve must put their dreams on hold and currently-serving transgender troops must wear an undeserved badge of inferiority. More from The Washington Post.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: In March 2013, as the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments in two marriage equality cases, HRC shared a red version of its logo -- selected because the color is synonymous with love -- on Facebook and Twitter and asked supporters to change their profile photos to show their support. The campaign went viral, and Facebook saw a 120 percent increase in profile photo updates. The Internet was awash in red, illustrating the growing support for marriage equality in the U.S. and the world. More from MSNBC.

HRC ON THE GROUND IN ANCHORAGE, ALASKA: HRC is mobilizing members and supporters alongside Fair Anchorage and coalition partners to vote NO on the discriminatory Proposition 1 on April 3. The measure would repeal common sense nondiscrimination protections, putting transgender Alaskans at risk.

  • Must read: “A Story about Supporting Our Trans Friends & Family After Prop 1 Vote” from Anchorage Press.

WE ROLLED OUT HRC’S 11th HEALTHCARE EQUALITY INDEX THIS WEEK -- AND THESE ARE OUR FAVORITE HEADLINES: More from HRC.

  • “Amid political uncertainty, hospitals make strides toward equality in LGBTQ health care,” from The Lily.    
  • “As Health And Human Services Dep’t Defends Homophobia, LGBT-Inclusive Hospitals Are Leading The Way,” from NewNowNext.

THOUSANDS OF HRC MEMBERS SUBMIT PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THE HHS ATTACK ON LGBTQ HEALTH: More than 4,500 LGBTQ people and allies from every state, as well as D.C. and Puerto Rico, joined HRC in submitting comments opposing the proposed Trump-Pence administration’s so-called “conscience” regulation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). More from HRC.

HRC ENDORSES TINA SMITH FOR U.S. SENATE IN MINNESOTA: “Throughout her career, both in the Senate and as Lt. Governor of Minnesota, Tina Smith has been a proven champion for equality who has fought for the rights of all Minnesotans, including the LGBTQ community,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.“We are proud to endorse her in this race, and look forward to continuing to work with her in the U.S. Senate to move equality forward for all Americans.” More from HRC.

ANTI-TRANSGENDER STUDENT BILL MOVES IN TENNESSEE: The measure, which would use taxpayer money to defend schools sued for protecting trans students, passed through the Tennessee House Civil Justice Committee this week. HRC has been mobilizing against this bill alongside the Tennessee Equality Project. More from Chattanooga Times Free Press.

SPORTS SUPERSTARS CALL ON “POWER 5” SCHOOLS TO ADOPT NCAA GUIDANCE ON TRANS PARTICIPATION IN SPORTS: More from Teen Vogue.

GRINDR TO URGE MILLIONS OF USERS TO #GetTested: The dating app will offer users the option to get a reminder every three to six months to get tested for HIV. More from The New York Times.

ANTI-LGBTQ MIKE PENCE’S HOMETOWN TO HOLD FIRST-EVER LGBTQ PRIDE FESTIVAL: The Columbus, Indiana, festival will take place on April 14. “Most people would think that all of us here are also anti-LGBT,” said Erin Bailey, the high school senior organizing the event. “But there are plenty of us who very much support the LGBT community and are members of the community.” More from IndyStar.

LGBTQ STUDENTS AT RELIGIOUSLY-AFFILIATED COLLEGES FIND REFUGE WITH SUPPORTIVE TEACHERS: Even when the governing religion of a university is unaccepting of LGBTQ people, some professors are going the distance to support their students. More from NPR.   

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

TRANSGENDER PAKISTANI WOMAN MURDERED IN PESHAWAR: Local advocates say 55 transgender people have been murdered in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in the past three years. More from RadioFreeEurope RadioLiberty.

ISRAEL’S FIRST OPENLY TRANSGENDER OFFICER CALLS OUT TRUMP-PENCE’S TRANS TROOPS BAN: More from Haaretz.

UN ESTUDIANTE GAY SE SUICIDA TRAS SER DISCRIMINADO: Según las autoridades, César Arellano de Jalisco, México, dejó una nota que decía que estaba "agotado" de ocultar quién era. Más de Periódico AM.

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

SunHerald interviews “Part-Time Justin,” a well-known openly-LGBTQ Dallas radio host; NBC reports on Wisconsin’s first group home for LGBTQ youth; St. Louis Public Radio interviews trans elders for Transgender Day of Visibility; The New York Times shares a photo series highlighting African LGBTQ diaspora communities

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