#AM_Equality Tipsheet: May 25, 2018

by Allison Turner

HRC joins Mexico gov’t and business leaders to support LGBTQ inclusion; ICYMI - DeVos, how do you sleep at night?

HRC JOINS MEXICAN GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO SUPPORT LGBTQ INCLUSION: Yesterday, HRC honored the Museum of Memory and Tolerance in Mexico City, government officials and corporate partners for their commitment to greater LGBTQ inclusion. The event also celebrated the museum’s first LGBTQ-themed exhibit -- “LGBT+. Identity, Love and Sexuality”, which includes mention of HRC’s Equidad MX program as among important equality efforts that are driving change in Mexico. “HRC welcomes the voices of so many leaders from across Mexico’s business, public and civil society sectors to promote LGBT equality as we head into Pride month. Now is the time for all of us to join in partnership and stand for our values of inclusion” said Mary Beth Maxwell, HRC’s Vice President for Programs, Research and Training. More from HRC.

ICYMI -- “BETSY DEVOS, HOW DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT?” -- HRC PROJECTS MESSAGE ON U.S. DEPT. OF EDUCATION BUILDING IN WASH., D.C.: HRC and artist Robin Bell (@bellvisuals) projected a message to Education Secretary DeVos featuring findings from HRC’s recent groundbreaking  survey of 12,000 LGBTQ teens. The survey, conducted in partnership with the University of Connecticut, found that LGBTQ teenagers are not only experiencing heartbreaking levels of stress, anxiety and rejection, but also overwhelmingly feel unsafe in their own schools. The projection included a survey finding that 95 percent of LGBTQ teens report trouble getting to sleep at night, and asked DeVos, “how do you sleep at night?” More from HRC and NewNowNext.

FAB FIVE FRIDAY -- QUEER EYE IS BACK JUNE 15! The Netflix sensation Queer Eye will return for its second season on June 15, just in time for Pride season! More from The Wrap.

HRC JOINS CALL FOR PEACE CORPS TO END DISMISSALS OF VOLUNTEERS NEWLY DIAGNOSED WITH HIV: According to recent media reports, two Peace Corps volunteers were informed that their assignments would be terminated as a result of their recent HIV diagnosis.  Worryingly, reports have also emerged of Peace Corps officials denying volunteers’ requests for PrEP.  “These policies are outdated and harmful to Peace Corps volunteers living with HIV or seeking effective prevention tools,” said Peter Cruz, associate director of HRC’s HIV and Health Equity Program. “We join fellow HIV advocates in asking the Peace Corps to act quickly to modernize their HIV policies and practices.” More from HRC.

MAN TAKES HIS SISTER TO PROM -- THEN IS ARRESTED AND ASSAULTED BY POLICE AT A RESTAURANT: The outrageous treatment and arrest of Anthony Wall at a Waffle House in Warsaw, North Carolina -- where he was also subjected to a homophobic slur -- is appalling and unacceptable. HRC condemns discrimination in all forms. This dangerous attack at the intersection of racism and homophobia must be thoroughly reviewed. More from The Washington Post.

ANTI-EQUALITY ACTIVISTS IN OREGON ATTEMPT TO SUE SCHOOL FOR BEING INCLUSIVE TO TRANS STUDENTS: The case, brought by anti-equality activists, challenged the Dallas (Oregon) School District’s policy allowing transgender students to use facilities aligned with their gender identity. More from The Oregonian.

TRANS WOMAN FOUND DECEASED IN TEXAS WAS PIONEERING ACTIVIST: Nicole Hall is being described as a leader in the Texas Black Transgender Community. The Dallas Voice reports that a vigil is being planned for Saturday evening. More from Dallas News.

LICENSES TO DISCRIMINATE MAY TAKE MENTAL HEALTH TOLL ON LGBTQ AMERICANS: Boston University researchers found that laws allowing the denial of services to LGBTQ people can be linked to increased mental distress. More from U.S. News & World Report.



TRANSGENDER IRANIANS STILL FACE DISCRIMINATION: Despite legal protections for transgender people, violence and discrimination are still a part of daily life in Iran. More from The Georgia Voice.

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

South Florida Gay News profiles the seven LGBTQ gubnatorial candidates running across the country; Out In Jersey interviews “UnREAL” actor Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (@JeffreyBChapman)

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