#AM_Equality Tipsheet: November 14, 2018

by HRC Staff

Nearly 180 companies oppose alarming effort to erase trans people from legal protections; FBI reports hate crimes increasing

NEARLY 180 COMPANIES OPPOSE ALARMING EFFORT TO ERASE TRANS PEOPLE FROM LEGAL PROTECTIONS: Forty-nine enterprise businesses and 73 small and mid-size companies have joined 56 major companies that, on November 1, called out the rising tide of legislative and Trump-Pence administrative attempts to further marginalize transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex people. In total, 178 companies -- with more than $3.2 trillion in collective revenue -- stand in solidarity, asserting that diversity and inclusion are good for business, observing that discrimination significantly harms transgender people and imposes enormous productivity costs, and calling for full equality for transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex people under the law. More from HRC, Metro Weekly and INTO.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- TROUBLING FBI HATE CRIME STATISTICS: New FBI statistics show an alarming increase in the number of reported hate crimes, including an ongoing epidemic of anti-transgender violence. Because hate crimes reporting is not mandatory, the numbers undercount -- likely significantly -- the reality of bias-motivated crimes. Read more at HRC.

THE BLUE WAVE CONTINUES TO GROW: HRC-endorsed Josh Harder declared winner of U.S. House race in California’s 10th congressional district. Read more about other gains in the state at Los Angeles Blade.

  • The Washington Post’s Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) details “A banner year for LGBT candidates”: HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) tells Scott: “The days of attacking LGBTQ people for political gain are over, and the American people will not stand for lawmakers who try to drum up votes by trafficking in hate.” More at The Washington Post.
  • Arizona U.S. Senator-elect Kyrsten Sinema’s win is a “big bisexual leap forward,” reports Samantha Allen (@SLAwrites) of The Daily Beast.

IT’S TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK: Last week’s election saw historic levels of support for transgender people across the country. Check out four major electoral victories for the transgender community from HRC.

ON NOVEMBER 30, SCOTUS WILL DECIDE IF IT WILL HEAR A CASE INVOLVING WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST A TRANS PERSON: The New York Times’ Adam Liptak (@adamliptak) reports that, earlier this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati ruled that discrimination against transgender people was barred by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids discrimination on the basis of sex. The court said, “It is analytically impossible to fire an employee based on that employee’s status as a transgender person without being motivated, at least in part, by the employee’s sex.” More from The New York Times.

HOW THE ACA HAS SAVED COUNTLESS LGBTQ LIVES: The open enrollment period for purchasing coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces started November 1. Over the next few weeks, people living with HIV and millions of others, including many LGBTQ individuals, will have important decisions to make about selecting a health care insurance plan. More from HRC.

SEVENTY-SIX LGBTQ MIGRANTS ARRIVE IN TIJUANA VIA CARAVAN: The group reports they faced anti-LGBTQ harassment during the harrowing journey. More from Fox News.

NEW STUDY SHOWS 85 PERCENT OF PRIMARY CARE CLINICIANS ARE WILLING TO PROVIDE ROUTINE CARE TO TRANS PATIENTS: More from Annals of Family Medicine.

WASHINGTON, D.C., PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO ALLOW STUDENTS TO NOTE NON-BINARY GENDER IDENTITY: More from SevenThirty DC.

EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF CENTRAL NEW YORK REAFFIRMS SUPPORT OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY: The statement from Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe came after an Albany-based bishop issued an edict banning marriage equality in the diocese’s churches. More from Syracuse.com.

BEAUTIFUL WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY HONORS LGBTQ VETERANS IN D.C.: It took place on Sunday at the gravesite of Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, whose tombstone famously says, “When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.” More from Washington Blade.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

CARIBBEAN COURT OF JUSTICE STRIKES DOWN ANTI-LGBTQ LAW IN GUYANA: The law made it a criminal offense for a person to dress in clothing designated for the “opposite sex.” More from the Caribbean Court of Justice.

ANTI-LGBTQ RALLY IN INDONESIAN CITY ADVOCATES BAN ON LGBTQ PEOPLE: This is the latest in a string of attacks on the LGBTQ community in Indonesia. More from Gay Star News.

POLISH PRESIDENT ANDRZEJ DUDA “SERIOUSLY” CONSIDERING ANTI-LGBTQ SO-CALLED “ANTI-PROPAGANDA LAW”: More from Pink News.

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

KJZZ explores the unique struggles for LGBTQ elders; Baptist News Global shares a column from Dallas associate pastor Mark Wingfield (@markwingdallas) on why being transgender is not a sin; People shares the horrifying experience of a conversion therapy survivor

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