#Am_Equality Tipsheet: November 16, 2018

by HRC Staff

27 Taiwanese & multinational companies speak in support of LGBTQ equality; Thank you, Chad! HRC President announces departure in 2019

TWENTY-SEVEN TAIWANESE AND MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES SPEAK OUT IN SUPPORT OF LGBTQ EQUALITY: The statement comes ahead of November 24 referendums in Taiwan that include five ballot initiatives -- three that would harm LGBTQ people, including two attempting to undermine a landmark Taiwanese Constitutional Court decision supporting marriage equality and another that would repeal a portion of the Gender Equity Education Act, which supports LGBTQ inclusion in Taiwan’s school curriculum. In contrast, two other initiatives would affirm marriage equality and the importance of the Gender Equity Education Act. The major businesses are joined in their statement by six non-governmental organizations operating in Taiwan and globally. More from HRC, INTO and Taiwan News.

THANK YOU, CHAD! HRC PRESIDENT CHAD GRIFFIN ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE IN 2019: Said Griffin (@ChadHGriffin): “The true strength of the Human Rights Campaign is in its fearless army of staff and volunteers, who are committed to ensuring full equality reaches every LGBTQ person across America, and around the world. Even as I step down from my role in this remarkable organization, I remain committed to HRC’s mission and will continue to fight for the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people -- and all Americans -- as I embark on this next chapter. So now is the time to fight harder and dig deeper. Because there are still more trails to be blazed. There is still more history to be made and more battles to be won. The LGBTQ community’s brightest days and our grandest victories are still ahead of us.” More from HRC, Advocate and The Associated Press.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- HRC SITS DOWN WITH FIRST TRANS PERSON TO PUBLICLY TRANSITION AT A MAJOR CHILEAN CORPORATION: Alessia Injoque (@ale_injoque) was also a featured speaker at the launch of HRC Equidad CL and shared her story with HRC for Trans Awareness Week.

Alessia Injoque es la primera persona transgénero en hacer su transición pública en una corporación importante en Chile. Injoque fue una de las ponentes en el lanzamiento de HRC Equidad CL y nos compartió su historia.

LGBTQ VOTERS TURNED OUT IN UNPRECEDENTED NUMBERS THIS MIDTERM ELECTIONS: CNN, NBC and the Wall Street Journal reported that six percent of the voting bloc identified as LGBTQ -- an increase from past years. More from Washington Blade.

TURNING ORANGE TO BLUE:

HRC AND UCONN SURVEY FIND SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES FOR TRANS AND GENDER EXPANSIVE YOUTH: The new report details the alarming barriers facing transgender and gender-expansive youth -- and their perseverance in the face of discrimination and harassment. The findings were drawn from the 5,600 transgender and gender-expansive youth who participated in HRC’s groundbreaking 2018 LGBTQ Youth Survey. “Amidst an onslaught of political attacks on the rights and dignity of transgender people, these harrowing results reinforce that transgender and gender-expansive youth need action and need it now,” said Jay Brown, Acting Senior Vice President, HRC Foundation (@ThisIsJayBrown). “No child should have to wake up in the morning fearful of rejection, bullying or discrimination, but for far too many transgender and gender-expansive youth that remains an everyday reality.” More from HRC.

NEW VOX SERIES DEBUNKS MYTHS ABOUT THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY: Read the full series here.

HUYENDO DE LA DISCRIMINACIÓN, INMIGRANTES TRANSGÉNERO SE UNEN A LA CARAVANA MIGRANTE: Milagros Chirinos, jefa de prensa bilingüe de HRC, habló con Univision Arizona sobre la discriminación específica contra inmigrantes transgénero que viajan en la caravana migrante. "En esos países, lamentablemente, todavía no hay leyes que protejan a esta comunidad, lo cual es alarmante". Más de UnivisionAZ.

BROOKLYN MAN ACCUSED OF ANTI-LGBTQ ATTACK ON TWO MEN ARRAIGNED ON HATE CRIME CHARGES: More from Patch Williamsburg - Greenpoint.

KENTUCKY BAPTIST CONVENTION CUTTING TIES WITH CHURCHES THAT SUPPORT LGBTQ HIRES: More from WLKY.

FORMER COWBOYS LINEBACKER JEFF ROHRER COMES OUT AS GAY, WILL MARRY PARTNER THIS WEEKEND: More from The New York Times.

HRC HONORED WITH A SHORTY AWARD FOR ITS FIGHT TO PROTECT LGBTQ IMMIGRANTS:

WWE SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION BECKY LYNCH COMES OUT IN SUPPORT OF LGBTQ WRESTLERS, EQUALITY: Read the exclusive interview from Pink News.

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

Advocate reports on the unique challenges for LGBTQ Muslims during the Trump-Pence administration; Pix11 reviews a new documentary on the experiences of LGBTQ NYPD officers; Refinery29 speaks to trans model Geena Rocero (@GeenaRocero) for Trans Awareness Week; HuffPost shares a Ellen segment in which Laverne Cox surprises a trans man who had never met another openly trans person

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