#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 5, 2019

by HRC Staff

HRC reiterates call for Senate to reject 3 judicial noms; LGBTQ advocates speak out against “slate of hate” bills in Tennessee.

HRC REITERATES CALL ON U.S. SENATE TO REJECT JUDICIAL NOMINEES RUSHING, MURPHY AND READLER: “Rushing, Murphy and Readler’s records make clear they would continue the Trump-Pence administration’s harmful attacks on LGBTQ equality instead of defending and upholding civil rights laws for all Americans,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy (@david_stacy). “The Senate must reject these anti-LGBTQ nominees and make clear to the Trump-Pence White House they will only confirm those who will treat all Americans equally with the dignity, objectivity and fairness they deserve.” The Senate is scheduled to vote on the nominations this week. Read more from HRC.

IN PROMISING ADVANCE, HIV CURED IN 2ND PATIENT, RESEARCHERS SAY: Reports The New York Times, “For just the second time since the global epidemic began, a patient appears to have been cured of infection with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS.” The report is to be published today in Nature, and presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle. Said HRC Foundation Acting Senior Vice President Jay Brown, in response to the report: “We are a long way off from a cure. While this is a step forward, let’s be clear -- treatment and prevention is key. We have the tools today to end HIV once and for all. We must ensure affordable access to HIV-related care and that programs are targeting those who need them most.” Read more at the New York Times.

TUESDAY TWEET -- ADVOCATES SPEAK OUT AGAINST SLEW OF ANTI-LGBTQ BILLS IN TENNESSEE: “Let’s be clear: this 'slate of hate' aims to use LGBTQ Tennesseans as pawns to win cheap political points,” said Nick Morrow, HRC Press Secretary, Southern States & Project One America (@NRMorrow). Read the full piece from NBC.

HRC & NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION HOST JAZZ AND FRIENDS READING IN ARLINGTON, VA.: The annual national day of school and community readings supports transgender and gender-expansive youth and helps foster safe and welcoming schools and communities for young people who still rarely hear affirming stories of LGBTQ people. “All children should feel included, they should feel safe and dignified in their schools and communities, and what we find is LGBTQ children are especially vulnerable to violence and discrimination, especially in school and communities,” said Charlotte Clymer, HRC Press Secretary, Rapid Response, (@cmclymer). Watch at Fox 5 DC.

TRANSGENDER STUDENT DREW ADAMS’ LAWSUIT AGAINST FLORIDA SCHOOL DISTRICT COULD REACH FEDERAL APPEALS COURT: Last week, HRC filed an amicus brief on behalf of 32 major U.S. companies in support of Adams. Said Sarah Warbelow, HRC Legal Director: “Employees may be reluctant to be transferred to a state in which your child might experience discrimination.” More from NBC.

TRANSGENDER TWINS TAKE LEGAL ACTION AFTER ANTI-TRANS DISCRIMINATION AT LAST YEAR’S COACHELLA: More from the Georgia Voice.

NYU TO COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF STONEWALL: More from Washington Square News.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HRC WRAPS UP THIS YEAR’S PARTNERSHIPS IN INNOVATIVE ADVOCACY PROGRAM: Read more from HRC.

LGBTQ ACTIVISTS IN KENYA CONTINUE TO ADVOCATE FOR LGBTQ RIGHTS AND EQUALITY: The Kenyan High Court recently postponed until late May its decision on  the decriminalization of same-sex relations. More from The New Yorker.

SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN ANTI-LGBTQ ATTACK ON YOUTH IN TEL AVIV: More from The Jerusalem Post.

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

Yahoo! collects seven inspiring speeches by women ahead of International Women’s Day; Pink News reports that actress Emma Thompson has signed on to an open letter supporting transgender women; Gay Star News reports that the award-winning LGBTQ film “Evening Shadows” is streaming on Nexflix

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