Historic Equality Act Markup; Michael Urie to be honored at HRC Western New York Dinner; Discrimination at the 11th hour in Iowa.
TODAY -- HISTORIC EQUALITY ACT MARKUP: Today, the House Judiciary Committee will vote on the historic LGBTQ civil rights legislation, a crucial step toward passage of the law. The vitally important, bipartisan legislation would provide clear, comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people and strengthen existing protections for all people covered by our nation’s civil rights laws. The measure has unprecedented support from nearly 70 percent of Americans, more than 280 members of Congress, more than 195 major businesses and more than 350 statewide and national organizations. Recently, the House Judiciary and Education and Labor Committees held hearings on the legislation, which Speaker Pelosi has made a priority in the new pro-equality Congress.
HRC TO HONOR MICHAEL URIE WITH HRC VISIBILITY AWARD AT HRC WESTERN NEW YORK DINNER: “From his iconic role on Ugly Betty to his award-winning portrayal of Arnold in Torch Song, Michael Urie has captured hearts across America,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “By using his transformational talents and global platform to celebrate openness and authenticity, Michael Urie is bringing greater visibility to the LGBTQ community and making a real difference for countless people. HRC is proud to honor Michael Urie with the HRC Visibility Award at our 2019 Western New York Dinner.” More from HRC and Playbill.
By using his talents and global platform to celebrate openness and authenticity, @michaelurie is bringing greater visibility to the LGBTQ community.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 30, 2019
We're excited to present him with the @HRC Visibility Award the 2019 HRC Western New York Dinner. https://t.co/lWheWPDKER pic.twitter.com/um6INOpoGB
IOWA LAWMAKERS PUSH DISCRIMINATORY LEGISLATION AT 11TH HOUR: At the last possible moment, far-right lawmakers pushed to add language to the HHS funding bill that, among other concerning provisions, allows legislators to refuse state funding for critically important, often life-saving transition-related care for transgender Iowans. More from HRC and Des Moines Register.
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY -- QUEER EYE’S KARAMO BROWN JOINS THE “AMERICANS FOR THE EQUALITY ACT” CAMPAIGN IN POWERFUL NEW VIDEO: The Americans for the Equality Act series, filmed by award-winning directors Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) and Paris Barclay (@Harparbar), launched with a debut video featuring Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field (@sally_field) and her son Sam Greisman (@SAMGREIS). Additional videos have included Adam Rippon (@adaripp), Shea Diamond (@iamsheadiamond) and Justina Machado (@JustinaMachado). More from The Houston Chronicle.
HRC’S CATHRYN OAKLEY BREAKS DOWN HOW TEXAS’ PROPOSED “LICENSE TO DISCRIMINATE” BILL HARMS LGBTQ PEOPLE: “There are certainly some hospitals that have great nondiscrimination policies for patients, for visitors, for staff, and maybe you’re fortunate enough to live within driving distance of one of those places,” said HRC State Legislative Director Cathryn Oakley (@CthrynOkly). “But if you’re hit by a car, the ambulance picks you up and takes you wherever they take you. You don’t get to choose -- you’re at the mercy of the caregivers there.” More from Texas Observer.
MUST READ PROFILE OF TRANS WOMAN AT THE HEART OF TITLE VII CASE SCOTUS TO HEAR: Aimee Stephens worked as a funeral director at R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes. When she informed the funeral home’s owner that she is transgender, the business owner fired her, saying it would be “unacceptable” for her to appear and behave as a woman. More from The Washington Post.
HRC CALLS ON HHS TO REJECT PROPOSAL REMOVING SEXUAL ORIENTATION DATA COLLECTION FROM FED CHILD WELFARE REPORTING SYSTEM: Said Ellen Kahn, director of the HRC Foundation Children, Youth and Families Program: “Missed opportunities to collect data can lead to setbacks. In my mind, that’s unconscionable.” More from The Columbus Dispatch.
MEET THE TRANSGENDER WOMEN FIGHTING THE TRUMP-PENCE TRANS MILITARY BAN: More from The Philadelphia Inquirer.
FEDERAL JUDGE RULES WISCONSIN MEDICAID PROGRAM MUST COVER MEDICALLY NECESSARY TRANSGENDER HEALTH CARE: More from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
NEW REPORT FROM ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE AUDITS ANTI-SEMITIC INCIDENTS IN 2018: Read more here.
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TRANSGENDER WOMEN IN BANGLADESH NOW ABLE TO REGISTER WITH CORRECT IDENTITY: More from Telegraph.
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Religion News reports that a group of teens used their confirmation to the United Methodist church to advocate against the church’s anti-LGBTQ stances; NBC profiles an LGBTQ advocate (@MikahMey) who visited all 419 national parks to honor his late father; WMAZ sits down with openly transgender Byron, Ga. Fire Chief Rachel Mosby