#AM_Equality Tipsheet: November 1, 2019

by HRC Staff

U.S. House passes resolution to formalize impeachment inquiry into Trump; 2,000+ parents & advocates sign letter supporting trans youth.

NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW -- U.S. HOUSE PASSES RESOLUTION TO FORMALIZE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY INTO TRUMP: The House voted Thursday 232-196 to adopt the resolution. "We come here to do the work, make the future better for our children, for America's future,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) told reporters. “We take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, and that's what we cannot ignore and will not ignore when the president's behavior indicates that that investigation, that inquiry, is necessary." More from NPR.  

2,000+ PARENTS AND ADVOCATES SIGN LETTER SUPPORTING TRANS YOUTH AMID DANGEROUS RHETORIC IN TEXAS: Following abhorrent anti-trans remarks from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the Human Rights Campaign and 2,000+ parents, families and advocates joined an open letter to Sen. Cruz, condemning his harmful language and supporting the rights of trans youth to access medically recommended care. In the letter, they write: “As parents of transgender and non-binary children, we’ve become all-too-familiar with the danger that can come if a child is unable to express their deeply-held gender identity…the nation’s leading medical organizations…have made clear that access to gender-affirming care is essential to well-being.” More from the Dallas Morning News.

  •  Stand united for transgender children -- parents/caregivers of transgender and non-binary children interested can sign onto the letter here

FRIDAY FEATURE -- MOTHER JONES GOES INSIDE SHEILA BYNUM-COLEMAN’S CAMPAIGN TO UNSEAT ANTI-LGBTQ VA HOUSE SPEAKER KIRK COX: “I’m running against the most powerful Republican in the state of Virginia, and this election is going to impact people’s lives,” said Bynum-Coleman (@sheilaforva). “When I knock on people’s doors and they tell me they need me to win, that’s not something I take lightly. That’s big to me.” More from Matt Cohen (@Matt_D_Cohen) at Mother Jones

HRC HONORS NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH 2019: As communities across the U.S. gather to honor Native American Heritage Month, we must center the lives and stories of LGBTQ and two-spirit Native American people at the heart of our movement. More from HRC

HRC MARKS NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH TO SUPPORT LGBTQ YOUTH: National Adoption Month is a nationwide initiative to raise awareness about the need for permanent families for children and youth awaiting adoption in the U.S. foster care system. More from HRC

THREE THINGS LGBTQ PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW AS ACA OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGINS TODAY: The open enrollment period for 2020 health insurance through the Affordable Care Act runs through December 15. More from HRC

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VIDA’S TANYA SARACHO (@TanyaSaracho) & POSE’S MJ RODRIGUEZ  (@MjRodriguez7) ON CHANGING THE LGBTQ NARRATIVE IN MEDIA: “Immigrant and brown members of the LGBTQIA+ community have often been left out of not only the celebrations, of the commissions, but of the narrative in the media, in the industry, in this country. Of me being up here, I think the tide is changing,” Saracho told Variety. More from Variety.


ANTI-LGBTQ U.S. ACTIVISTS ORGANIZE CONFERENCE IN GHANA: This week, the World Congress of Families is holding a regional conference in Accra, Ghana, where U.S. anti-LGBTQ activists will advance their dangerous vision of the so-called “natural family.HRC condemns efforts by the World Congress of Families to further endanger LGBTQ people, women and others in Ghana and throughout the world. More from HRC.

UGANDAN DOCTOR UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR ALLEGED ASSAULT OF LGBTQ PATIENT: Members of the Ugandan LGBTQ community say they risk physical attacks in their daily lives, particularly in the context of a recent spate of targeted murders and other violence in the country, and routinely encounter harassment and prejudice in employment, housing and healthcare. More from The Guardian

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