FROM THE BANGOR DAILY NEWS ED BOARD-- “MAINE PROTECTIONS FROM DISCRIMINATION SHOULD BE NATIONWIDE”: “We built on significant, if unfinished reforms in 1964 with the Civil Rights Act -- enshrining federal protections from discrimination for people on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. But even that landmark legislation falls short in protecting some groups today,” the Board writes. The law lacks clear, comprehensive protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. The Board argues eloquently for passage of the federal Equality Act -- which is supported by Maine’s congressional delegation. Read the full piece at The Bangor Daily News.
SHAMEFUL -- IOWA GOV. KIM REYNOLDS SIGNS BILL WITH ANTI-TRANSGENDER PROVISION: “It’s deeply disappointing that Gov. Kim Reynolds is caving to the pressure from some radical lawmakers in the Iowa Senate, instead of protecting the rights and dignity of transgender Iowans,” said JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive), HRC senior vice president of policy and political affairs. More from HRC.
MUST WATCH MONDAY -- JESSE TYLER FERGUSON AND JUSTIN MIKITA JOIN THE “AMERICANS FOR THE EQUALITY ACT” CAMPAIGN IN POWERFUL NEW VIDEO: The series, filmed by award-winning directors Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) and Paris Barclay (@Harparbar), launched with a video featuring Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field (@sally_field) and her son Sam Greisman (@SAMGREIS). Additional videos have featured Karamo Brown (@Karamo), Adam Rippon (@adaripp), Shea Diamond (@iamsheadiamond) and Justina Machado (@JustinaMachado). More from HuffPost.
TEN TRANS WOMEN GRANTED ASYLUM IN U.S.: The women, who allege they were harassed by officers while being held in a Texas detention center, worked with the immigrant advocacy group RAICES, which connected them with legal representation. More from CBS.
WE MUST STOP THE EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE AGAINST TRANSGENDER PEOPLE:
We are horrified by the attack on Amber Nicole, a transgender woman in Denver. We wish her a swift recovery.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) May 3, 2019
This vicious attack must be fully investigated, and the suspects must be found brought to justice.
Trigger warning: graphic images at link. https://t.co/18qj1NmxZw pic.twitter.com/ygfihmzaP4
HRC RESPONDS TO REPORTS THAT THE SULTAN OF BRUNEI HAS DECLARED A MORATORIUM ON THE DEATH PENALTY: “While this is an important step we continue to call on him to repeal this draconian law in its entirety and uphold all Brunei’s commitments under international law, “ said HRC Director of Global Partnerships Jean Freedberg. “The world has turned its eyes to Brunei in recent months and we urge the countless advocates, activists and organizations who seized this moment to speak out against these human rights abuses to continue to do so.” More from France 24.
It's reported the Sultan of Brunei declared a moratorium on the death penalty, but urge this draconian law be repealed entirely.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) May 5, 2019
The Trump-Pence admin is silent & must join the chorus of voices speaking out against these human rights abuses. #EyesOnBrunei https://t.co/su8boQmG71
EUROPEAN STUDY SHOWS HIV WAS NOT TRANSMITTED BETWEEN SAME-SEX COUPLES WHEN ONE PARTNER HAD HIV AND WAS TAKING ANTIRETROVIRAL MEDICATION: More from Reuters.
CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FORMS TASK FORCE ON BLACK YOUTH SUICIDE AND MENTAL HEALTH: The Task Force will raise awareness of the rise in the suicide rate for Black children among members of Congress and staff, and identify legislative recommendations to address this mental health crisis. More from The Root.
HRC REMEMBERS TIM FISHER, LGBTQ ALLY AND ADVOCATE IN THE LUTHERAN CHURCH: More from Minneapolis Star Tribune.
HRC REMEMBERS RACHEL HELD EVANS, ADVOCATE FOR LGBTQ INCLUSION IN THE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH: More from Slate.
Rachel Held Evans was steadfast in her support and inclusion of LGBTQ people in the church, and a beacon of hope for LGBTQ people of faith.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) May 4, 2019
We are deeply saddened to learn of her loss and send our condolences to all who knew her. https://t.co/2AEV2ztU7V
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Atlas Obscura writes about the radical roots of potlucks in queer women communities; The Associated Press interviews trans opera singer Lucia Lucas (@lucialucasde); Vice shares how gay and bisexual men in Indonesia are using social media to live their truths; WEKU reports on a local conference addressing LGBTQ mental health; HRC marks the Muslim holy month of Ramadan; HRC congratulates Meghan Stabler (@MeghanStabler) on becoming the first openly transgender member of Planned Parenthood’s Board of Directors
Congratulations @MeghanStabler! I know you will do great things on @PPFA’s National Board of Directors, and we are so grateful for your years of leadership @HRC and in the progressive movement. https://t.co/MaKbvYTcp7— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) May 5, 2019