VIDEO - HRC continues call for Trump-Pence admin to withdraw Giampietro nom; Academy Awards show power of diversity and visibility
NEW VIDEO -- HRC CONTINUES CALL FOR TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN TO WITHDRAW NOMINATION OF ANTI-LGBTQ GORDON GIAMPIETRO: Giampietro was recently nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. HRC’s video highlights abhorrent comments Giampietro made during radio interviews not previously disclosed to Wisconsin’s judicial nominating committee. “Gordon Giampietro’s disturbing views against the LGBTQ community, women and other marginalized groups raise serious questions about his ability as a Judge to enforce equal treatment for all people under our laws,” said HRC Wisconsin State Manager Wendy Strout. “Someone who publicly and unabashedly voices contempt for equality and diversity has no place on the bench or in public office. HRC will continue to oppose Giampietro and other anti-LGBTQ nominees that the Trump-Pence Administration scrapes from the bottom of the barrel.” More from HRC.
ACADEMY AWARDS SHOW POWER OF DIVERSITY AND VISIBILITY: So many LGBTQ young people saw themselves last night -- from A Fantastic Woman’s Daniela Vega (@danivega) and Strong Island Director Yance Ford (@yford) to the incredible activists onstage with Common (@common) and Andra Day (@AndraDayMusic). James Ivory won the Oscar for best Adapted Screenplay for “Call Me by Your Name”. Darla Anderson thanked her wife, and Adrian Molina thanked his husband -- bringing visibility not only to the stage, but to households across the country and world. The Chilean drama “A Fantastic Woman,” which tells the story of the struggles of a young transgender woman, wins Best Foreign Language Film. More from NBC.
Huge congratulations to the entire cast and crew of this groundbreaking film, especially the amazing Daniela Vega! https://t.co/ui7BQu0x2n— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) March 5, 2018
HRC JOINS DREAMERS RALLY FOR MARCH 5 DEADLINE: The Trump-Pence Administration set March 5 as the day that they are ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects Dreamers -- including approximately 75,000 LGBTQ Dreamers -- from deportation. Today on the Hill, HRC is joining a rally and march on Monday, March 5, to keep up the pressure and demand that Congress create a permanent solution for the Dreamers NOW. Due to court action, DACA remains in place for the time being. More from ABC.
MUST WATCH MONDAY: While accepting the Ford Vanguard award at Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood event, powerhouse writer, director and actress Lena Waithe said that “[b]eing a gay Black female is not a revolutionary act. Being proud to be a gay Black female is.” And she honored the pioneers who came before her: “So many of our Black gay, lesbian, queer trans foremothers and forefathers and those that never felt comfortable with either gender had to hide it inside.” More from Essence.
WA. BILL TO PROTECT YOUTH FROM “CONVERSION THERAPY” SENT TO GOV. INSLEE’S DESK: “Children across the Evergreen State deserve to live their lives authentically and should never be subjected to the abusive practice of so-called conversion therapy,” said HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “It’s time for Washington to join the growing number of states and municipalities who are enacting these critical protections. We thank the state legislators who voted to protect LGBTQ youth from this dangerous practice and now call on Governor Inslee to sign this crucially important legislation.” More from HRC.
ACLU WORKING TO DISMISS ANTI-TRANSGENDER OREGON LAWSUIT: A group of anti-trans activists sued the Dallas, Ore., school district for allowing trans students to use facilities consistent with their gender identity. More from KLCC.
PINK FEATURES HRC IN BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA TOUR: In the video setup for the hit song “What About Us,” Pink features footage of a speech she made at an HRC dinner. More from PopCrush.
MILWAUKEE BUCKS HOLD AN LGBTQ PRIDE NIGHT: More from OnMilwaukee.
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IN PARTING WORDS, CAYMAN ISLAND GOVERNOR URGES ACTION ON LGBTQ RIGHTS: More from Cayman News Service.
UKRAINIAN NON-PROFIT LAUNCHES EFFORT TO TEACH HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ABOUT LGBTQ COMMUNITY: More from Kyiv Post.
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