#AM_Equality Tipsheet: May 31, 2018

by Allison Turner

HRC President Chad Griffin on the power of the LGBTQ vote on NPR’s 1A; Mourning trans woman who died in ICE custody.

ICYMI -- HRC PRESIDENT CHAD GRIFFIN ON THE POWER OF THE LGBTQ VOTE AND THE COMING SUMMER OF ACTION ON NPR’S 1A: Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) sat down with host Joshua Johnson (@jejohnson322) to discuss the state of the LGBTQ movement, HRC’s efforts to combat the Trump-Pence administration and how we are harnessing the energy of our 3 million members and supporters in the 2018 midterms. Today, Griffin heads to Madison, Wisconsin, to kick off a tour of key battleground states, launching a summer campaign that will feature hundreds of events engaging voters across the nation. For more information on press opportunities with Griffin, contact ianthe.metzger@hrc.org. Listen to the full interview with Griffin on NPR affiliate WAMU here.

HRC MOURNS ROXSANA HERNÁNDEZ, TRANSGENDER WOMAN WHO DIED IN ICE DETENTION CENTER: Hernández, 33, passed away from complications from pneumonia while in an ICE detention center in New Mexico. Before her death, Hernández told BuzzFeed she was sexually assaulted in her home country of Honduras and feared for her life. HRC is calling on ICE to conduct a thorough investigation into her death. Said HRC President Chad Griffin: “LGBTQ migrants, especially transgender women, face higher rates of abuse in immigration detention facilities. Hernández’s death raises serious questions regarding the treatment she received while in ICE custody, and we expect ICE to provide answers to those questions. As HRC mourns the loss of Roxsana Hernández, we continue to stand in solidarity with those seeking asylum from violence and prosecution in their home countries.” More from HRC, Advocate and BuzzFeed.

  • Estrella Sanchez, a transgender immigrant from Mexico, has finally been granted asylum after a hard-fought legal battle. More from Law.com.

HRC JOINS CALL FOR INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS AND ATTORNEYS GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE REDUCED COVERAGE OF PrEP: HRC has joined the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership in calling on officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., to investigate so-called copay accumulator programs. This policy from health insurance companies prevents many individuals from accessing and adhering to PrEP. More from HRC.

THANKFUL (FOR SISTERS) THURSDAY -- FOLLOWING LOCAL OUTCRY, DALLAS SCHOOL RESPECTS TRANS STUDENT’S NAME AT GRADUATION: Allen High School officials were swayed by a petition started by Jay Alfie’s sister that received over 5,000 signatures. More from The Dallas Morning News.

VETERAN DENIED JAG POSITION DUE TO PENTAGON’S OUTDATED HIV POLICIES: Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN, alongside Winston & Strawn LLP have filed a lawsuit on behalf of Sergeant Nick Harrison. Harrison was denied a position in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps because of a outdated policy deeming people living with HIV to be “non-deployable.” More from Lambda Legal.

NEW STUDY HIGHLIGHTS MENTAL HEALTH STRUGGLES OF LGBTQ WOMEN: More than 500 women in Australia participated in the study, which found that the stigma of mental health struggles, addiction and LGBTQ identity kept them from seeking help. More from NewNowNext.

MOURNING LGBTQ ADVOCATE CONNIE KURTZ: Kurtz, 81, sued the New York City Board of Education in 1994, leading to the city granting domestic partner benefits to all city employees. More from Advocate and Jewish Telegraphic Agency.



HRC ENCABEZA LOS TITULARES DE CIUDAD DE MÉXICO: La semana pasada, HRC se reunió con funcionarios públicos y líderes corporativos para promover la inclusión LGBTQ en centros laborales de México. Durante el evento, HRC honró al Museo Memoria y Tolerancia por su compromiso por la inclusión LGBTQ y su primera exposición de temática LGBTQ que incluye la mención de HRC Equidad MX, el primer programa internacional de equidad laboral de HRC. Más de SDOnoticias, ComunidadDivers, CanalMatrixHD, LaJornada, EnlaceJudío y NoticieroTelevisa.

LESBIAN ASYLUM SEEKER IN U.K. FIGHTS DEPORTATION TO UGANDA: Local advocates are protesting in London to ensure that Gloria Namuzungu is not sent back to Uganda, where same-sex sexual relations are criminalized. More from Pink News.

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PrideSource interviews openly gay Ferndale, Mich., Mayor Dave Coulter (@davidwcoulter); The Daily Beast reports that the story “Brokeback Mountain” is being adapted for the stage; Washington Blade details the evolution of The LGBT Center of Los Angeles; Juneau Empire profiles Mikah Meyer, a Christian LGBTQ advocate visiting all 417 National Park Service sites; HRC kicks off Pride season at DC Black Pride

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