#AM_Equality Tipsheet: May 29, 2018

by Allison Turner

Hawaii protects LGBTQ youth from “conversion therapy”; Rep. Rohrabacher endorses anti-LGBTQ housing discrimination

HAWAII PROTECTS LGBTQ YOUTH FROM SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: On Friday, Governor David Ige signed into law legislation protecting LGBTQ youth from the debunked practice. “So-called ‘conversion therapy’ is a dangerous and ​inhumane form of child abuse that has no basis in science and is ​uniformly rejected by every major mental health and child welfare ​organization,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “We thank the many advocates, allies, parents and survivors who spoke out against this abusive practice and urged their elected officials to adopt these crucial protections. We also thank Governor Ige and the Hawaii State Legislature for enacting this legislation to protect the state’s LGBTQ youth.” Washington and Maryland have also enacted such protections this year, and lawmakers in New Hampshire recently passed similar legislation that awaits the governor’s signature. More from HRC and Metro Weekly.

  • Inside Franklin Graham’s push to attack California legislation to further protect youth from “conversion therapy.” Graham is crusading against a pending bill that would designate the dangerous practice as consumer fraud. More from Los Angeles Blade and The New York Times.

REP. DANA ROHRABACHER SAYS HOUSING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LGBTQ PEOPLE SHOULD BE LEGAL: In a meeting with the Orange County Association of Realtors, the California congressman reportedly said: “Every homeowner should be able to make a decision not to sell their home to someone (if) they don’t agree with their lifestyle. We’ve drawn a line on racism, but I don’t think we should extend that line. A homeowner should not be required to be in business with someone they think is doing something that is immoral.” Said David Stacy, HRC Government Affairs Director. “It is unconscionable that in 2018 that Dana Rohrabacher believes LGBTQ people do not deserve legal protections from housing discrimination.” HRC continues to call for passage of the Equality Act, which provides basic protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, access to public spaces, housing, education, jury service and federal funding. More from HRC, ThinkProgress and Bustle.

REMEMBERING MAYA ANGELOU: Maya Angelou passed away four years ago yesterday. Her words continue to inspire: “All of us are caged birds, have been & will be again… Caged because of someone else’s fear, hate and sometimes caged by our own lack of courage.”

OPENLY GAY VALEDICTORIAN WAS BLOCKED FROM GIVING SPEECH AT HIS GRADUATION… After being blocked from delivering his speech from the podium, Christian Bales used a bullhorn to deliver his remarks after graduating from Holy Cross High School in Covington, Kentucky. The New York Times’ Christina Caron (@cdcaron) reports that students, teachers and family members formed a semicircle around both Bales and the student body president, who was also barred from speaking. “It was very empowering,” Bales said. ‘The people who were surrounding us were the ideal audience.’” More from The New York Times.

HRC STAFF JOIN EFFORT TO HELP LGBTQ PEOPLE IN PUERTO RICO: HRC was proud to join #ReconstruyeQ, a coalition of LGBTQ and allied organizations working to support ongoing rebuilding efforts for LGBTQ people in Puerto Rico who are still suffering from the effects of Hurricane María. More from HRC and Primera Hora.

CONTINUED REFLECTION ON THIS YEAR’S RAMADAN: Remarkable findings released recently by Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) underscore how supportive the American Muslim community is in recognizing the importance of achieving fundamental fairness and full equality for all Americans. Almost two thirds of American Muslims favor non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. Almost six in 10 American Muslims oppose allowing small businesses to refuse service to LGBTQ people due to religious objections. More from HRC.


MORNING MUST READ -- COULD CORPORATE SPONSORS INFLUENCE FIFA’S RESPONSE TO RUSSIA’S ANTI-LGBTQ LAWS? Check out this analysis from Minky Worden (@MinkysHighjinks), director of global initiatives at Human Rights Watch in The New York Times.



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