#AM_Equality Tipsheet: November 13, 2017

by Allison Turner

America’s top leaders have remained silent on global LGBTQ persecution; LGBTQ military join HRC calling on Trump to honor all troops

AMERICA’S TOP LEADERS HAVE REMAINED SHAMEFULLY SILENT ON GLOBAL LGBTQ PERSECUTION: In a piece in Metro Weekly, HRC Global Director Ty Cobb (@TyWesleyCobb) raises the alarm about the increasing attacks against the LGBTQ community around the world. Cobb calls on Donald Trump, Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to speak out against the anti-LGBTQ human rights abuses occurring in Egypt, Chechnya, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Georgia, Tanzania, Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan. Writes Cobb, “For the past several years, the United States and its leadership would stand strong against such persecution, but Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Rex Tillerson have failed to address these horrific abuses. With each passing day they remain silent, the United States is failing in its leadership responsibility to defend human rights around the globe. Now more than ever, we desperately need that leadership.” More from Metro Weekly.

  • In Egypt, seven were arrested for waving a rainbow flag at a Mashrou’ Leila concert in Cairo in September. The New York Times’ Michael Schulman (@MJSchulman) sat down with the band’s openly gay lead singer, Hamed Sinno, to discuss these human rights abuses. More from The New York Times.
  • “I felt like I had two options: I‘m going to live as I am, or I‘m going to die,” says Justin Romanov, a gay man from Russia who fled persecution to Canada. More from Reuters.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- LGBTQ MILITARY AND VETERANS JOIN HRC AND OTHER ADVOCATES CALLING ON TRUMP TO HONOR ALL TROOPS: HRC and Lambda Legal joined former Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning (@ericfanning) and LGBTQ service members and veterans to call on Trump to honor and support all who serve and have served. The advocates, in Dallas to mark Veterans Day, also provided 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 plaintiffs including transgender individuals, HRC, Gender Justice League, and the American Military Partner Association.

  • Sterling Crutcher’s dreams of following in his grandfather's footsteps as an airman are “under review” because of Trump’s ban on transgender troops. More from ABC.
  • NewNowNext shared the stories of transgender service members and veterans in honor of Veterans Day. More here.
  • NBC profiles 11 influential out LGBTQ veterans, including HRC National Press Secretary Stephen Peters (@StephenPeters2). Read the full piece here.
  • Morning Must Read: “As Trump attempts a transgender military ban, Germany celebrates its first trans commander,” in The Washington Post.

ELLEN PAGE BRAVELY SPEAKS OUT ABOUT EXPERIENCING SEXUAL HARASSMENT & HOMOPHOBIA: In a Facebook post, Page recounts being sexual harrassed by director Brett Ratner on a movie set -- where he targeted Page with sexual comments, outing her as a lesbian before she was ready. “I was a young adult who had not yet come out to myself. I knew I was gay, but did not know, so to speak. I felt violated when this happened,” Page writes. “He ‘outed’ me with no regard for my well-being, an act we all recognize as homophobic.” Read her full post on Facebook.

JAZZ JENNINGS RESPONDS WITH GRACE TO DESPICABLE ATTACK BY DUGGAR SON-IN-LAW: After Derick Dillard, husband of Counting On’s Jill Duggar, attacked transgender teen and HRC Youth Ambassador Jazz Jennings (@JazzJennings__), she sent out a message of love saying “In the face of constant ignorance and hatred I prefer to disregard negative opinions and continue moving forward with love.” TLC also issued a statement that Dillard has not been associated with the network for some time, and that they are proud to share Jennings’ story. More from Us Magazine.

THESE BUSINESSES ARE STANDING UP FOR THEIR LGBTQ EMPLOYEES: Top-rated businesses on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index are taking to social media to share their commitment to LGBTQ equality in the workplace. More from HRC.

JOHN PAUL DE CECCO, SCHOLAR OF SEXUALITY STUDIES, PASSES: De Cecco, 92, was a professor emeritus at San Francisco State University and had a 50-year career pioneering sexuality studies. More from Windy City Times.

FOR YOUR RADAR -- RESULTS OF AUSTRALIAN MARRIAGE EQUALITY POSTAL SURVEY EXPECTED TOMORROW: Watch out tomorrow night (in the U.S.) for the official results. More from HuffPost.




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