#AM_Equality Tipsheet: November 10, 2017

by Allison Turner

Disqualifying - anti-LGBTQ Senate candidate Roy Moore accused of sexually molesting a minor; HRC releases Corporate Equality Index

HRC PRESIDENT CHAD GRIFFIN -- “WE ALREADY KNEW ROY MOORE WAS A RACIST, TRANSPHOBIC, HOMOPHOBIC, XENOPHOBIC BIGOT WHO OPENLY FLOUTS THE LAW”:  Now, the anti-LGBTQ Alabama U.S. Senate candidate is also an alleged child molester, according to a shocking and exhaustive Washington Post report by Stephanie McCrummen (@mccrummenWaPo), Beth Reinhard (@bethreinhard) and Alice Crites. “Alabamians must not let him step foot in the Senate,” Griffin said of Moore. “His abuse of power goes back decades.” HRC has endorsed Doug Jones in the December 12 special U.S. Senate race in Alabama, where he is taking on the odious Moore.  Jones is the candidate Alabamians deserve - and the only one they can trust in this race to stand up for them. #NoMoore. More from HRC and The Washington Post.

  • Eva Kendrick, HRC’s Alabama state director, tells The Washington Post, “Given Roy Moore’s track record of flouting laws and attacking the civil rights of LGBTQ people across our state, we already know he won’t stand up for all Alabamians when it matters most. In the run-up to December 12, we urge every fair-minded person across Alabama to say #NoMoore and reject the politics of bigotry and hate.” Read the full story at The Washington Post.

ROY MOORE -- UNFIT TO SERVE: Further underscoring that Moore should never serve in the U.S. Senate -- or any other public office, CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski (@KFile) and Chris Massie (@ChrisMassie) uncovered a divorce case from the 1990s in which Moore unconscionably denied a mother unsupervised visits with her children, writing that, because she was with a woman, “minor children will be detrimentally affected by the present lifestyle.” In 2016, Moore was removed from the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to implement a ruling that brought marriage equality to the state -- the second time he was ousted for disobeying legal and ethical standards. He has also outrageously asserted that transgender people “don’t have rights.” Recently, he took his extremism one step further, saying that he and Vladimir Putin may be “more akin... than [he] knows,” citing their shared virulently anti-LGBTQ views. More from CNN.

HRC RELEASES CORPORATE EQUALITY INDEX WITH RECORD 609 COMPANIES EARNING PERFECT SCORES: A record number of the nation’s major companies and law firms are advancing vital policies and practices to protect LGBTQ workers around the world, according to the HRC Foundation’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), released yesterday. The CEI underscores the historic support for LGBTQ equality among the nation’s top employers as sustained attacks by the Trump-Pence Administration on LGBTQ people continue. More from Gay Star News, Bloomberg and Fast Company.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: HRC released new videos as part of its #LoveYourNeighbor campaign, a groundbreaking storytelling project focused on sharing the experiences of LGBTQ people and allies across the South, particularly in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. The project was funded by a grant from Toyota, which has a manufacturing plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi, just outside Tupelo. This work would not be possible without the generosity and support of Toyota and the Levi Strauss Foundation. Watch here.

TODAY, ON VETERANS DAY -- LGBTQ MILITARY AND VETERANS JOIN HRC AND OTHER ADVOCATES CALLING ON TRUMP TO HONOR ALL TROOPS: HRC and Lambda Legal will hold a press conference in Dallas with former Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning and LGBTQ service members and veterans to call on Trump to honor and support all who serve and have served. The advocates will also provide an update on Karnoski v. Trump, a lawsuit challenging Trump’s transgender military ban. Karnoski v. Trump is brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN on behalf of several transgender individuals, HRC, Gender Justice League, and the American Military Partner Association. To RSVP, please contact chris.sgro@hrc.org.

  • “This Veterans Day, service members, veterans, and their families deserve better,” writes HRC National Press Secretary Stephen Peters (@StephenPeters2) in a powerful Veteran’s Day op-ed. Americans must stand with all who bravely serve. Donald Trump and Mike Pence should drop their politics of fear and do the same.” Read the full piece in HuffPost.
  • A U.S. District Court judge said that the Trump-Pence ban on qualified transgender people serving in the military is already harming active-duty service members. “They are certainly suffering a stigma that exists by virtue of the president’s statements,” Judge Marvin J. Garbis said yesterday. Read more at The Washington Post.

REPORTS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST TRANSGENDER PEOPLE CONTINUE TO RISE: In a moving piece for the New York Times, Maggie Astor (@MaggieAstor) writes about the increasing number of incidents of reported violence against transgender people. “There’s no question that transgender people and the trans community have seen an increase in our profile and in our visibility,” HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) tells Astor. “In many cases, that is a good thing. It results in more hearts and minds opening. It allows for progress legally, socially.” But, Astor writes, it can also make trans people targets for violence. Read the full piece from the NYT.

DIVERSITY PAYS OFF IN THIS YEAR’S ELECTIONS: U.S. News & World Report’s Susan Milligan (@MilliganSusan) lays out the role diversity and inclusion played in Tuesday’s election, with voters rejecting the politics of hate and fear from coast to coast. Read the full piece here.

  • ABC News looks at Tuesday’s historic races  -- and wins, and also notes that it may be years before the full impact is felt. More from Veronica Stracqualursi and Paola Chavez (@paolaychavez_) here.
  • The Washington Post’s Antonio Olivo (@aolivo) takes a closer look at Danica Roem’s historic victory. Read the piece at WaPo.

PASS A CLEAN DREAM ACT NOW: Yesterday, HRC joined United We Dream, immigration advocates and more than 1,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients in a demonstration on Capitol Hill to defend the DREAM Act. DACA was created by the Obama administration in 2012, to protect 800,000 young people who came to U.S. as children. Thanks to DACA, Dreamers who meet certain guidelines are able to attend college, obtain driver's licenses and work permits to support their families. Among those who will be affected -- 75,000 LGBTQ dreamers. Read Perry Stein’s (@PerryStein) piece, “Undocumented, Unafraid,” in The Washington Post.

SENATORS CALL ON STATE DEPARTMENT TO INVESTIGATE ANTI-LGBTQ HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN AZERBAIJAN: A bipartisan group of eight U.S. Senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to investigate reports that Azerbaijani authorities have detained dozens of LGBTQ people simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In September, it was reported that authorities in Azerbaijan were cracking down on LGBTQ people, arresting at least 60 people while beating, harassing and torturing many of them. Read the letter here.

TICK-TOCK -- ANTI-LGBTQ FRESNO SCHOOL BOARD LEADER NEEDS TO STEP DOWN: At this week’s meeting of the Fresno Unified school board, attendees held up signs saying “72 Days, No Action” as a reminder of how long it’s been since trustees were asked to discipline board president Brooke Ashjian. HRC has called on Ashjian to resign for his anti-LGBTQ remarks regarding California’s LGBTQ-inclusive comprehensive sex education laws. More from The Fresno Bee.

TRANS INMATE SUES FOR HORMONE THERAPY: A transgender inmate is suing the Indiana Department of Correction because it has refused to allow her access to hormone therapy. The department asserts it has an “informal policy” that prevents people who weren’t receiving hormone therapy before entering correctional facilities to access it when they are incarcerated. Read more from IndyStar.

GAY TEENAGER ATTACKED IN MICHIGAN: A horrifying video shows a 17-year-old being attacked and robbed by a man who called him homophobic and racist slurs. The perpetrator has been arrested and is facing charges. Read more from Detroit Free Press.



The Associated Press shares a new study on LGBTQ representation in television

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