#AM_Equality Tipsheet: May 9, 2018

by Allison Turner

Pro-equality champs victorious in OH, NC primaries; HRC Launches #FightLikeAMother Campaign for Mother’s Day

PRO-EQUALITY CHAMPIONS VICTORIOUS IN OHIO PRIMARY: HRC released the following statement celebrating the victories of pro-equality candidates Senator Sherrod Brown, U.S. Representatives Joyce Beatty, Marcy Kaptur, and Tim Ryan, Steve Dettelbach and State Rep. Nickie Antonio in the Ohio Primary Elections. “HRC was proud to work on behalf of pro-equality candidates in these crucial races up and down the ballot, and will continue to mobilize our hundreds of thousands of members and supporters in Ohio to turn out for equality in the general election,” said HRC Ohio State Manager Shawn Copeland. “The choice for fair-minded Ohioans couldn’t be clearer this November. We can either support pro-equality champions like Senator Sherrod Brown, who have spent their careers fighting to ensure that every Ohioan can live a life free from discrimination and harassment, or side with anti-equality candidates like Rep. Jim Renacci who, time and time again, have worked to undermine equality for the LGBTQ community.” More from HRC.

  • And in the North Carolina primaries, Mujtaba Mohammed, endorsed by both HRC and Equality NC, won the primary for the state Senate.

FIGHT LIKE A MOTHER -- HRC LAUNCHES “MOMS FOR EQUALITY” CAMPAIGN FEATURING STAR-STUDDED LINEUP: Sally Field (@sally_field), Betty DeGeneres, Jodie Patterson (@jodie_GeorgiaNY) and Kelly Rippon all share their stories in the “Moms for Equality” campaign, opening up about how their LGBTQ kids have made them fierce advocates for equality. The membership campaign also features HRC President Chad Griffin’s (@ChadHGriffin) mother Betty Hightower and HRC’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion Nicole Cozier. More from HRC, Gay Star News and PopSugar.

  • Morning must read: Check this interview with Jeanette Jennings (@MomofJazz), a fierce parent-advocate and mother to transgender teen trailblazer Jazz Jennings (@JazzJennings__). More from Broadly.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY: Yesterday in Orlando, the interim memorial to the victims of the senseless gun violence at Pulse nightclub was unveiled. We will never forget the 49 lives taken at Pulse -- most of them young, LGBTQ and Latinx. More from ABC.

THESE ARE THE BRAVE, QUALIFIED TRANS PEOPLE TRUMP-PENCE WANTS TO BAN FROM SERVING IN THE MILITARY: “Even since [President Trump's] tweets, they are still getting up every morning, putting on their uniforms, lacing up their boots and doing their job to the best of their abilities. That speaks volumes to the [transgender] folks who are out there on active duty,” said Sheri Swokowski (@sswoko), a trans veteran in the Wisconsin National Guard. More from Rolling Stone.

ANTI-LGBTQ TRUMP-PENCE JUDICIAL NOMINEE WITHDRAWS: Damien Schiff has called Anthony Kennedy a “judicial prostitute,” opposed anti-bullying policies, opposed the decriminalization of same-sex relationships and has been a longtime critic of marriage equality. He also refused to answer questions about his personal beliefs on these deeply important LGBTQ issues when questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee. More from BuzzFeed.

MISSISSIPPI WOMAN SPEARHEADS ACTION TO ENSURE ALL FEEL WELCOME: After the state signed into law a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people at work, school and in their communities, Ann Madden began an effort to help business owners show they are open to all. Her signs, with the rallying cry “All Are Welcome Here!”, have become a common sight across Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. More from Sun Herald.


  • The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law has found that visibility of trans people increases public support for trans equality. Find the full study here.
  • The LGBTQ Poverty Collaborative released a report showing how LGBTQ people are disproportionately affected by poverty. More from NewNowNext.

TEXAS TEACHER PLACED ON LEAVE IS SUING FOR ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION: Mansfield, Texas, teacher Stacy Bailey was placed on paid administrative leave after parents complained because she is LGBTQ. More from Star-Telegram.

LGBTQ MEDICAL CLINIC OPENS IN GEORGIA: Starland Family Practice hopes to help patients who are forced to travel to big cities -- sometimes in different states -- to get LGBTQ-competent health care. More from WSAV.


ONTARIO ISSUES FIRST BIRTH CERTIFICATE WITH ‘X’ GENDER MARKER: This historic moment came after filmmaker Joshua Ferguson (@joshuamferguson) petitioned Ontario’s government for a new, non-binary birth certificate. More from The Guardian.


  • Trans woman shot in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan: Advocates are calling on the Pakistani government to investigate. More from Gay Star News.


READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

Autostraddle profiles LGBTQ women running for office; Out & About Nashville interviews comedian Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy); PinkNews shares Gloria Carter’s acceptance speech at the GLAAD awards; The Late Show with Stephen Colbert welcomes Jim Parsons of the Broadway smash hit “The Boys in the Band”; InfoMigrants looks at the unique struggles of LGBTQ asylum seekers in France

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