#AM_Equality Tipsheet: May 1, 2018

by Allison Turner

HRC, Equality Kansas & ACLU of Kansas launch ad feat. biz oppo to anti-LGBTQ bill; TODAY Pence to raise $$$ for AZ’s most dangerous senate candidates.

HRC, EQUALITY KANSAS & ACLU OF KANSAS LAUNCH FULL-PAGE AD FEATURING BIZ OPPOSITION TO ANTI-LGBTQ ADOPTION BILL: The ad -- “Keep Kansas Open To All” -- featured today in the Topeka Capital-Journal and tomorrow in the Wichita Eagle, highlights the overwhelming opposition from the business community to HB 2481, legislation currently pending before the Kansas House of Representatives that would create a license to discriminate with taxpayer funds against LGBTQ foster or adoptive parents, single parents, or other qualified families. “We’re making sure lawmakers know full well the business community has joined fair-minded voices across Kansas in calling for the rejection of this dangerous bill that threatens the state’s reputation, people, and economy,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs

TODAY -- MIKE PENCE TO RAISE $$$ FOR ARIZONA’S SLATE OF DANGEROUS ANTI-EQUALITY SENATE CANDIDATES: Pence will headline an event today for the National Republican Senate Campaign (NRSC), raising money for Arizona’s eventual Republican nominee to the U.S. Senate. Those vying for the nomination -- Joe Arpaio, Rep. Martha McSally and Kelli Ward -- have long, disturbing records undermining LGBTQ equality. “Ward, McSally and Arpaio have proven that they will not represent all Arizonans equally and fairly, and will only double down on the anti-equality agenda laid out by the Trump-Pence administration,” said HRC Arizona State Manager Justin Unga. “Kyrsten Sinema is the champion we need in the United States Senate to ensure that every Arizonan has a fair shot at the American dream -- and that’s why HRC has proudly endorsed her.” More from HRC.

DONALD TRUMP IS APPEALING THE LATEST VICTORY IN LAMBDA LEGAL’S SUIT AGAINST HIS UNCONSTITUTIONAL BAN ON QUALIFIED TRANSGENDER TROOPS:

HRC RELEASES REPORT HIGHLIGHTING HEIGHTENED NEED FOR PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE FOR LGBTQ WORKERS OF COLOR: “We know that access to inclusive paid leave is vital for all working people, and our groundbreaking research shows it is particularly crucial for LGBTQ people of color and our loved ones,” said Ashland Johnson (@ashlandj11), HRC Director of Public Education and Research. “LGBTQ people of color report higher barriers, increased fears and less access to inclusive leave policies compared to white LGBTQ working people.” The release of the new report coincides with International Workers’ Day. More from HRC.

TUESDAY TWEET: Yesterday, HRC’s Ashland Johnson and retired NBA player Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) reflected on the five-year anniversary of his coming out. More from OutSports.

TRUMP-PENCE’S LATEST ATTACK ON TRANS PEOPLE IN HEALTH CARE: More than 4,500 LGBTQ people and allies from every state, including D.C. and Puerto Rico, joined HRC in submitting comments opposing the proposed Trump-Pence administration’s so-called “conscience” regulation at HHS. If finalized, it would empower health care providers to deny LGBTQ people and women necessary care, and deter health care organizations and providers from taking necessary action to guarantee that all patients have access to the care they not only deserve, but are legally entitled to. More from The Associated Press.

POLICE HAVE LEAD IN MURDER OF SASHA WALL, TRANS SOUTH CAROLINA WOMAN: The FBI is assisting with local investigations, and are analyzing phone records and collecting DNA evidence. At the time of her murder, a friend of Wall’s expressed condolences on Facebook, writing, “Sasha Wall you had me always taking photo of you, you stayed ready for the camera. I will miss you my beautiful sister. I cannot sleep, I hope they find who did this.” More from The State.

  • And in Connecticut, police have identified a man they believe shot a local trans woman, who survived the attack, but has not been identified by police. More from Into.

FOR YOUR RADAR -- MAY IS…

WISCONSIN HIGH SCHOOL ELECTS TRANS GIRL AS PROM QUEEN: “I didn't win prom queen for being a transgender girl. I won prom queen for being Nikko Nelson,” she said. More from KCCI.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

INDIAN SUPREME COURT RECEIVES SIX PETITIONS TO DECRIMINALIZE SAME-SEX SEXUAL RELATIONS: More from The Times of India.

PHOTO SERIES -- LGBTQ ACCEPTANCE IN PREDOMINANTLY CATHOLIC PHILIPPINES: More from The New York Times.

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

Bangkok Post explores the fight for marriage equality in Thailand; The Daily Beast’s Samantha Allen (@SLAwrites) interviews pioneering transgender computer scientist Mary Ann Horton; WBEZ speaks to Steven Thrasher, the university’s first professor to focus on LGBTQ subjects and scholarship in journalism; NBC shares a new multimedia project highlighting gender nonconformity in Russia and other former Soviet countries, featuring HRC Global Innovator Svetlana Zakharova

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