#AM_Equality Tipsheet: May 3, 2019

by HRC Staff

Trump-Pence admin allows medical providers to deny lifesaving care to LGBTQ people; Supergirl character comes out as trans.

TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN ALLOWS MEDICAL PROVIDERS TO DENY LIFESAVING CARE TO LGBTQ PEOPLE: The final version of this regulation that would allow medical providers to cite their personal beliefs in refusing to provide a broad spectrum of services -- including lifesaving care for LGBTQ patients. “The Trump-Pence administration’s latest attack threatens LGBTQ people by permitting medical providers to deny critical care based on personal beliefs,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy (@David_Stacy). “The administration’s decision puts LGBTQ people at greater risk of being denied necessary and appropriate health care solely based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Everyone deserves access to medically necessary care and should never be turned away because of who they are or who they love.” More from HRC and The Washington Blade.

LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE FEDERAL BILL TO PROTECT LGBTQ PEOPLE FROM HOUSING DISCRIMINATION: The bipartisan bill would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the currently protected characteristics in the Fair Housing Act -- a key part of efforts to pass the Equality Act. More from ABC 13.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- POWERFUL MOMENT IN SUPERGIRL FEATURES SUPERHERO CHARACTER COMING OUT AS TRANSGENDER: Nia Nal, aka Dreamer, is played by openly transgender actress Nicole Maines (@NicoleAMaines). Watch here.

STATE LEGISLATION ROUNDUP:

  • Last night, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed a piece of legislation into law that unfairly targets transgender people.
  • Earlier this week,  Republican Senate leadership in the Iowa legislature added discriminatory, harmful language to the state’s Health and Human Services Department funding bill, which has now been sent to Gov. Kim Reynolds for her signature. More from HRC and Rewire.
  • A Texas bill would add gender identity to the list of protected classes in the state’s hate crimes laws. The law already has sexual orientation as a protected class. More from FOX 26 Houston.

HRC PRESIDENT CHAD GRIFFIN TO RECEIVE CHAIRPERSON’S AWARD FROM THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS: “Chad has been a strong and strategic leader in the fight for LGBTQ equality and a bridge-builder across movements,” said Vanita Gupta (@vanitaguptaCR), president and CEO of The Leadership Conference. “Under Chad’s leadership, HRC has grown into a powerhouse that has helped accelerate the pace of progress toward LGBTQ equality and fend off attacks on our fundamental civil rights.” More here.

TREVOR PROJECT’S TEXT AND CHAT RESOURCE FOR LGBTQ YOUTH WILL NOW BE AVAILABLE 24/7: The organization is partnering with Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) on the announcement. More from Campaign Live.

RETIRED BAPTIST MINISTER PENS POWERFUL OPED ON NEED FOR LGBTQ ACCEPTANCE IN THE CHURCH: More from USA Today.

NEW NIELSEN DATA SHOWS ENTERTAINMENT TRENDS FOR LGBTQ FAMILIES: More from The New York Times.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

SCOTLAND TO ADD VOLUNTARY QUESTION ON GENDER IDENTITY TO NEXT CENSUS: More from The Scotsman.

UNITED KINGDOM OPENS FIRST PERMANENT HOMELESS SHELTER FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY: More from BBC.

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The Californian explores the Salinas Union High School District’s new LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum; Daily Interlake reports on a recent vote of the Kalispell ImagineIF Library Board of Trustees to keep an LGBTQ-inclusive book on the shelf, despite pushback from anti-LGBTQ activists; The New York Times profiles transgender comedian Patti Harrison (@Party_Harderson)

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