#AM_Equality Tipsheet: May 30, 2019

by HRC Staff

Maine Gov. Mills signs legislation protecting LGBTQ youth from “conversion therapy”; Trans activists rallied yesterday at White House.

MAINE GOVERNOR JANET MILLS SIGNS LEGISLATION PROTECTING LGBTQ YOUTH FROM “CONVERSION THERAPY”: “We’re grateful to Gov. Janet Mills for signing this bill into law, the Maine state legislature -- especially lead sponsor Rep. Ryan Fecteau -- and EqualityMaine for their leadership in taking up this important issue,” said Marty Rouse, HRC national field director. The bill was passed with strong bipartisan support and makes Maine the 17th state in the U.S. to protect youth from this egregious practice. Read more from HRC.

YESTERDAY, TRANS ACTIVISTS RALLIED AT THE WHITE HOUSE TO PROTEST THE TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN’S MOST RECENT ATTACKS ON TRANS AND NON-BINARY PEOPLE: HRC’s Jay Brown (@ThisIsJayBrown) spoke at the rally. Read more from the Washington Blade.

  • Reproductive rights groups and LGBTQ health organizations have gone to court to challenge an HHS 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. More from CNN.
  • Boston Globe columnist Renée Graham (@reneeygraham) writes, “Weeks before worldwide celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that marked the beginning of the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement, the Trump administration is systematically rolling back still more hard-won gains for transgender people.” Read the column here.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- HRC HIGHLIGHTS THE VOICES OF API LGBTQ PEOPLE AND THEIR UNIQUE COMING OUT EXPERIENCES FOR ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH: Watch the video here.

TRANSGENDER ACTIVISTS AND PIONEERS SYLVIA RIVERA AND MARSHA P. JOHNSON TO BE HONORED WITH PUBLIC MONUMENT IN NEW YORK CITY: More from the Washington Post and The New York Times.

LYFT ADDS PRONOUN OPTIONS FOR RIDERS: Riders are now able to select their pronouns on their profiles. Lyft also offers a “Round Up and Donate” program, which benefits HRC. More from Mashable.

HUNDREDS GATHERED TUESDAY AT FUNERAL FOR MUHLAYSIA BOOKER, BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED EARLIER THIS MONTH IN DALLAS: Before her death, Booker had been a courageous voice against the violence she experienced during an attack in April. Read more from KERA News.

  • Black transgender women in Dallas have feared for their safety and their lives since Booker was killed. “This is not a game, someone’s life is gone,” said Booker’s friend, Robyn Crowe. More from BuzzFeed and NBC DFW.

CONGRATS TO HRC’S SARAH MCBRIDE (@SarahEMcBride), NAMED TO APOLITICAL’S 2019 GENDER EQUALITY TOP 100 LIST: See the full list here, and read more from Reuters.

THIRD MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH STRING OF VIOLENT CRIMES TARGETING GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN IN THE DALLAS AREA: More from Dallas News.

JARED ROTE, A BLACK GAY MAN, WAS ATTACKED IN MORGANTOWN, W. VA.: Police have opened an investigation and the local LGBTQ community gathered Monday to rally around Rote. More from WV Public Radio.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

ASSAILANTS BROKE INTO THE HOME OF RUSSIAN LGBT NETWORK WORKER AND THREATENED VIOLENCE: The organization has been instrumental in protecting LGBTQ people in Chechnya. Read the full report from the Human Rights Watch.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!
Portfolio Advisor looks at why LGBTQ-inclusive businesses perform better; KPBS reports on the first-of-its-kind shelter for trans youth in San Francisco; HRC video featuring Lupe, who aged out of foster care and thought she would never find a family until she met her two dads, was nominated for a Heartland Emmy.

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