#AM_Equality Tipsheet: November 16, 2017

by Allison Turner

Worst of the worst - 5 most threatening Trump-Pence judicial noms; HRC releases guide on engaging trans foster and adoptive parents

WORST OF THE WORST -- HRC HONES IN ON FIVE OF MOST DANGEROUS OF TRUMP-PENCE’S ANTI-LGBTQ JUDICIAL NOMINEES (AND THAT’S SAYING SOMETHING): Jeff Mateer, Damien Schiff, Leonard Steven Grasz, Mark Norris, and Stephen Schwartz could seriously threaten the future of LGBTQ equality in America. “In their crusade against the LGBTQ community, Donald Trump and Mike Pence are doing everything they can to stack our federal courts and all agencies of the government with anti-LGBTQ nominees and appointments,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “This is a deliberate attempt to undermine the progress we’ve made and weave discrimination into every part of our government. There are scores of under-qualified nominees with terrible anti-equality records, and Jeff Mateer, Damien Schiff, Leonard Steven Grasz, Mark Norris, and Stephen Schwartz are among the worst of the worst. The Senate must reject their nominations to lifetime appointments to the federal bench.” More from HRC, The Daily Beast, LGBTQ Nation and Metro Weekly.

HRC RELEASES FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND GUIDE ON ENGAGING PROSPECTIVE TRANSGENDER AND NON-BINARY FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE PARENTS: The groundbreaking guide, Promising Practices for Serving Transgender & Non-Binary Foster & Adoptive Parents, is designed to help foster care and adoption agencies recruit, certify and support qualified transgender and non-binary adults to become resource parents for young people who need safe, welcoming homes.   “With more than 100,000 young people awaiting adoption across the country, it is urgent for all prospective foster and adoptive parents, including trans and non-binary adults, to feel safe and welcomed in our nation’s foster care system,” said Mary Beth Maxwell, HRC’s Senior Vice President for Programs, Research, and Training. “All parents, no matter their gender identity, deserve the same opportunities to welcome youth into their families, and this detailed resource provides agencies with the information and tools they need to make that a reality.” More from HRC.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE SPEAK OUT DURING #TRANSWEEK: To mark Transgender Awareness Week (#TransWeek), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) spoke out in support of the transgender community, calling for non-discrimination protections and condemning Trump’s dangerous ban on transgender service members.

SLEAZY SENATE GOP TAX “REFORM” PLAN IS BAD FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE: Senate Republican leadership says they will add repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate to their tax “reform” bill, which would strip health insurance away from MILLIONS -- including countless LGBTQ people -- while providing BILLIONS in tax cuts to the top one percent.

ACA OPEN ENROLLMENT: Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues until December 15. Check out some frequently asked questions about enrolling at HRC.

  • Health care and the bisexual community: Check out this article, “7+ Reasons Why Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid, And Queer People Need to Sign Up For Health Insurance This Month,” from HuffPost.

WEST VIRGINIA LGBTQ ADVOCATES CALL ON CITY COUNCIL TO PASS INCLUSIVE NON-DISCRIM ORDINANCE: Wearing shirts referencing Parkersburg’s low score on HRC’s Municipal Equality Index, a group of advocates demanded the city council pass a nondiscrimination ordinance that includes gender identity and sexual orientation. More from The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

CHILDREN’S MAG HIGHLIGHTS TO (FINALLY) INCLUDE LGBTQ FAMILIES: The magazine, criticized for not showcasing diverse families, will now feature imagines of LGBTQ families. More from Advocate.

THIS IS TORTURE -- HORRIFYING STORIES OF LGBTQ PEOPLE IN CHINA SUBJECTED TO SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: Many LGBTQ Chinese have been subjected to electroshock, harassment, involuntary confinement and forced medication. More from CBS.

DAY AFTER AUSTRALIA POSTAL SURVEY, SENATOR STARTS MARRIAGE EQUALITY DEBATE: Dean Smith, a gay Australian senator, introduced a bill to limit who could refuse to serve a same-sex couple seeking marriage, in order to safeguard a future marriage equality bill. More from ABC.

PRINCE HARRY HONORS ENGLAND’S HIV TESTING WEEK: The Prince attended the launch of a pop-up shop in London to help hand out free HIV self-testing kits. More from People.


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