#AM_Equality Tipsheet: May 15, 2018

by Allison Turner

Breaking -- HRC and UConn release groundbreaking survey of 12,000 LGBTQ teens nationwide

BREAKING -- HRC AND UCONN RELEASE GROUNDBREAKING SURVEY OF 12,000 LGBTQ TEENS NATIONWIDE: At press conference this morning, the HRC Foundation in partnership with the University of Connecticut released the largest-of-its-kind survey ever of more than 12,000 LGBTQ teenagers across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., revealing the persistent challenges so many of them face going about their daily lives at home, at school and in their communities. Said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin),“These harrowing statistics show the devastating toll rejection by family and peers, bullying and harassment, and apathy on the part of too many adults is having on America’s young people. When this administration rescinds guidance protecting transgender students, or when lawmakers attempt to grant a license to discriminate to schools, colleges, and universities, it further erodes the fragile landscape for young people across the nation. Now more than ever, it is crucial for each of us to do all we can to protect LGBTQ youth and ensure they feel valued, equal, and loved.” Read Amy Ellis Nutt’s (@amyellisnutt) piece on the survey in The Washington Post.

Findings from the report include:

  • Seventy-seven percent of LGBTQ teenagers surveyed report feeling depressed or down over the past week;
  • More than 70 percent report feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness in the past week.

The good news -- 91 percent of youth report feeling pride in being an LGBTQ person, and 93 percent are proud to be a part of the community. And three out of five LGBTQ students say they have access to a LGBTQ student club, which has been shown to have a positive impact on the perceptions LGBTQ youth have of their school experiences and can provide support to those who may face hostile environments at home or in their communities. Read the full report here.

… AND TOMORROW IN THE MOTOR CITY: HRC President Chad Griffin will join leaders at the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit for an event underscoring the urgency of supporting LGBTQ youth and the unique challenges facing LGBTQ youth of color, who reported the highest levels of rejection and isolation in HRC’s survey. Media interested in attending must email press@hrc.org.

HEY, PENNSYLVANIA, OREGON, IDAHO AND NEBRASKA VOTERS -- CAST YOUR BALLOT FOR PRO-EQUALITY CANDIDATES IN TODAY’S PRIMARY: HRC has endorsed candidates up and down the ballot across the country, including Oregon Governor Kate Brown, the nation’s first openly bisexual governor, as well as pro-equality champion Senator Bob Casey, running for re-election in Pennsylvania.

MASTERPIECE WATCH BEGINS: The Hill breaks down five cases to watch at the Supreme Court of the United States, including Masterpiece Cakeshop v. the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case involving a Denver-area baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, citing religious beliefs. The ruling in this case, expected in coming weeks, will either protect the fundamental equality of LGBTQ people, or set a dangerous precedent giving business a license to discriminate. HRC organized two major amicus briefs in the case featuring the nation’s leading bakers, and chefs, as well as top businesses that oppose discrimination against LGBTQ people — the central issue in the case. More from The Hill.

  • Recent polling from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) found that 60 percent of Americans oppose allowing businesses to deny service to LGBTQ customers. More from U.S. News and World Report.

TUESDAY TWEET: New York Times reporters Alexander Burns (@alexburnsNYT), Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) and Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) report on the ever-growing influence of Mike Pence -- over Trump, over individuals in the GOP and over the Republican Party itself. Read their full piece here, and check out HRC’s recent  report and site exposing the very real dangers of  “The Real Mike Pence.”

US ARMY CHAPLAIN FIGHTS TO PROTECT HIS HUSBAND FROM DEPORTATION: “I will not stop. I am determined. I am persistent. and I am an advocate for humanity,” said U.S. Army Chaplain Tim Brown of Sanford, North Carolina, whose husband Sergio is facing deportation to Honduras. More from ABC 11.

PROTECTING THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY -- WITH HELP FROM SURVEYS AND STORIES: The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) recently released a report exposing the effort to limit municipalities from passing local laws that often protect LGBTQ people. And authors Alison Ash Fogarty and Lily Zheng recently published a book featuring interviews with 25 transgender and gender nonconforming people discussing the importance of workplaces that embrace people of all genders. Read more from The Seattle Lesbian and INTO.




PRO-EQUALITY EPISCOPALIAN BISHOP MICHAEL CURRY TO DELIVER SERMON AT BRITISH ROYAL WEDDING: Bishop Curry has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ equality. Read more from Washington Post.

LGBTQ COMMUNITY HOLDS PARADE IN HAVANA: The Saturday parade came in advance of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. More from NBC Out.

MALTA RETAINS NO. 1 SPOT IN RAINBOW INDEX: It holds the top spot in the equality classification of European countries, released by the LGBTI advocacy organization ILGA-Europe. Read more from Malta Today.

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The Salt Lake Tribune reports on the second annual Queer Prom held in Utah; NewNowNext takes a look at the LGBTQ history of Eurovision; Washington Post profiles the work of Colombia’s indigenous transgender women in a piece by Kenneth Dickerman (@dickerman_k ‏) and featuring the photography of Lena Mucha (@Lena_Mucha);

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